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Showing Homes in Sequim

Today is December 16th, and I’m showing homes in Sequim. It’s 8:00 in the morning, and the temperature in Sequim is about 50 degrees. This is what a winter day feels like in Sequim. Not bad, and for buyers out looking at homes, it’s another day in Paradise. I’ll be driving my buyer around to look at half a dozen homes today, and it’s going to be a lot of fun. It always is, and we shall see if this buyer finds their ideal retirement home. Some homes in Sequim come with a nice shop building like the one in this photo.

Homes in Sequim

Homes in Sequim MLS

It’s not easy to find the right property with a shop like this. I recommend using the number one Sequim MLS site to search for and filter properties. You’ll find the advanced search page at Homes in Sequim. This search page is perfect for searching the entire MLS in Sequim and Port Angeles. The data on this site is 100% accurate, because all the data comes directly from the source data, which is actual listings from all the local Realtors. This site is far more accurate than Zillow or Trulia, and when you are shopping for a home, you want to be sure you are looking at accurate data on all Sequim homes.

Homes in Sequim

Summer, spring, fall, or winter is a good time to look at homes in Sequim. Buyers are coming throughout the year, even in December. Come and see Sequim and Port Angeles and have fun looking at homes in Sequim. You can use the button “Book Your Appt Online” in the right margin of this blog to schedule showings when you plan to be here. 

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  • What is Good Customer Service in Real Estate (Part 1)

    What is good customer service in the real estate business? How would you define good customer service? I have some ideas on that subject, and I’ll share them here for your consideration. Customer service does not exist in a vacuum. It is a function of many factors that make up a business and the people. What are those factors?

    Customer Service

    The Foundation of Good Customer Service

    Good customer service is built on a business model that puts clients first. This is huge. Some businesses are not focused on their customers. They have their own agendas. How they market, how they sell, and how they treat their customers is based on the almighty dollar. Granted, making money is what a business is supposed to do, but when money making becomes the dominant philosophy that rules all other decisions, you don’t have a system built on good customer service.

    That kind of business model compromises customer service in a hundred little ways. Customers are generally happy as long as their transactions go smoothly without a hitch, but if there are difficult issues to work through, they often find out their agent is missing in action. However, a business model that is designed with the customer at the center of everything has a dramatically different approach to customer service. Every question is answered with the customer’s best interest in mind. Agents have the knowledge and experience to handle anything that comes up. They also have the courtesy and professionalism to give their clients the best customer service. In this model, not only is customer service consistently great, customers are often giddy about the customer service their agents give them.

    Customer Service and People

    Good customer service requires people who genuinely care about their clients. That care must be more than just talk. An agent who puts their clients at the center of the Universe will do everything with their client’s best interests in mind, even walking away from a commission if necessary. And the service is not limited by a strict set of rules. You would never hear an agent say, “No, that’s not in my job description.” These agents often talk about how they love their clients. There’s nothing they wouldn’t do for their clients.

    Good customer service is responsive to clients, pays attention to their needs, and helps them through every issue they need resolved. When a client makes a telephone call to their agent, their agent either answers the call or calls back fairly quickly. When a client emails their agent, they get a responsive email quickly. Their agent can answer all their questions thoroughly, because he is a real estate expert. Why would anyone hire a real estate agent who is not a real estate expert?

    Because of experience, he knows the answer to nearly every question that comes up. If he doesn’t immediately know the answer to a unique or esoteric question, he finds out and gets back to his client right away. Not only does good customer service mean all a client’s questions get promptly and thoroughly answered, the client feel like the answers were complete and detailed, and their agent has left no stone unturned. They keep getting the feeling that their agent is really watching out for them, and they are very grateful, because they don’t normally get this quality of customer service anywhere else.

    Read Part 2 of Customer Service.

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  • What is Good Customer Service in Real Estate (Part 2)

    This is the second part of an article about customer service in the real estate business. [Read part one of What is Good Customer Service in Real Estate?] When clients get great customer service by their agent throughout the entire relationship, they are not only happy with their agent, they are as pleased as they could possibly be. Anything less is just ordinary customer service.

    Customer Service

    Customer Service and Values

    Good customer service is a function of values. There are key values you would expect to be foundational for good customer service. Those values include honesty, integrity, hard work, perseverance, competence, professionalism, loyalty, and a passion to constantly improve one’s knowledge and abilities for the sake of his clients. Unfortunately, these values are not as common as one would like to think.

    Good customer service depends on the company culture. A real estate brokerage has a culture just like any company does. That culture is created by the owner, and it filters throughout the company and influences everyone who works there. So the question becomes, what is the brokerage culture?

    Is the owner kind, generous, devoted to the best interests of all their clients, and passionate about serving others more than putting money in her own pocket in ways that could compromise the clients? Does she bend over backwards to handle every detail for her clients? Will she work overtime to get her client’s work done? Is her commitment to honesty uncompromised? Does she treat everyone equally in the best way possible? Does she constantly seek to improve her real estate knowledge so she can give her clients the highest level of expertise? And does this broker/owner hold all her agents accountable to the highest standards?

    Customer Service and Culture

    All of this together creates a culture of customer service that speaks to the clients in a hundred ways, especially when it is most important. Whatever the culture created by the leadership, it becomes the culture of the brokerage. The thinking and behavior of the leader tends to permeate the entire brokerage, and the longer the same leader runs the company, the more entrenched that culture becomes.

    It’s amazing, but brokerages tend to assemble agents with similar values and work habits that fit within the culture of the company. That’s either good news or bad news for consumers, depending on the culture of the brokerage. Do not take good customer service for granted, because it is not so common.

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  • Why Real Estate Beats Gold and Stocks

    Real estate beats gold and stocks as a long term investment at this point in history. There have been other times when that was reversed, but I believe gold and stocks are far less secure and far more risky than real estate right now. Here’s an interesting picture. In August of 2011 Gold was $1,889 per ounce, and now in December of 2014 gold is about $1,200 per ounce. That’s a 36% loss. During this entire steady downturn in the price of gold over the last three years, the gold peddlers have not stopped pitching gold every day. “Buy, buy, buy,” they keep saying. Do they have any credibility left? I think not. I shared a version of this chart in 2011 arguing at the time that real estate beats gold and stocks. Wow! If you had shorted gold and bought real estate, you would have made a lot of money. In many areas around the country real estate has increased by 36%.

    Gold and Stocks

    Gold and Stocks v. Real Estate

    Whether real estate beats gold and stocks at any point in time depends on many variables, but in Sequim, Washington real estate prices have not increased significantly like they have in many parts of the country. Rural areas tend to lag behind the economy of larger metropolitan areas, and that is true with Sequim and Port Angeles. I believe real estate prices are poised to begin to increase in Sequim over the next year and will steadily appreciate beyond that at a slow rate. 

    Gold and Stocks Unstable

    Real estate as an investment, whether that is your retirement home or rental homes, is far more secure than gold and stocks. While the “experts” (or gold peddlers) have been telling you that you should buy gold while it continues to fall for the last three years, the stock market has been up and down like a roller coaster. The traditional “buy and hold” strategy for retirement planning has been a disaster for many over the past seven years, and for many periods of time throughout history.

    The volatility of investing in gold and stocks is crazy. If you have money to invest, I recommend a solid and secure long term investment that can never go “poof” on you. I believe single family homes are a very good investment right now in the Sequim and Port Angeles area, far more secure than gold and stocks.

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  • Real Estate Market Report for November 2014

    This is the Sequim real estate market report for November 2014. I love creating these real estate market reports on video. If you like them, let me know. Videos are easy to watch, and these are short and to the point.

    Real Estate Market

    The Sequim real estate market is doing okay for the middle of winter, although some stats are down from last year at this time. Active listings were up 1% from one year earlier and down 11% from last month. The median listing price was $307,000 compared to $292,000 last year. The average days on market before being sold was up 8% from last year.  The number of homes sold decreased 30% year over year and decreased 30% month over month. 

    The Seasonal Real Estate Market

    The winter season does slow down a little, but in this real estate market report we compare November of this year to November of last year, so we are doing an apples vs. apples comparison.

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    Sailing in Port Townsend

    Sailing in Port Townsend is pretty popular, and on a nice day you can hardly count all the boats sailing in Port Townsend Bay and Puget Sound. It was late in the afternoon when I could not resist taking this photo of one of the most impressive little sailing boats I’ve seen in the Bay. Port Townsend is known for it’s maritime activities, and it’s the home of the Wooden Boat Foundation. 

    Sailing in Port Townsend

    Sailing in Port Townsend

    Nearby Port Hadlock is the home of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. [Read my earlier article on Wooden Boats.]  If you have thought about sailing in Port Townsend, I recommend browsing the Wooden Boat Foundation. The annual Wooden Boat Festival attracts over 300 boats, a lot of festivities, good food, and music. Many of us who live in Sequim love to drive down to Port Townsend for a weekend day or an afternoon and just walk the docs, enjoy one of the quaint little restaurants (like Doc’s Marina Grill), or walk through town to watch people. Just do it, and you’ll see why it’s so entertaining.

    Sailing in Port Townsend and Having Fun

    Read more articles at Port Townsend. Whether you want to pursue sailing in Port Townsend or just enjoy this delightful waterfront community with a rich maritime history, come and visit soon. If I’m there, I’ll buy you a latte.

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    Compare Sequim with Port Angeles

    How would I compare Sequim with Port Angeles? People from around the country asked all the time how I would compare Sequim with Port Angeles or with Port Townsend. In a previous article, I compared Sequim with the San Juan Islands. Sequim and Port Angeles are dramatically different towns even though they are only 15 miles apart. 

    Compare Sequim

    Compare Sequim and Port Angeles

    First, the weather is slightly different. Sequim is famous for its Blue Hole or Rain Shadow. Sequim only gets 16 inches of rain in a year, and the average temperature is 48.7 degrees F.  Port Angeles gets 25 inches of rain per year, and the average temperature is 49.75 degrees F. But that’s probably where the two are most similar. 

    Compare Sequim and Port Angeles Populations and Culture

    When I compare Sequim and Port Angeles demographics, there is a huge difference. Sequim is largely a retired population. The median age in Sequim is 56 compared to 42 in Port Angeles. This means there is a much larger working population and more families and children in Port Angeles. There is still a large family population in Sequim, and I raised my own children in Sequim. Both Sequim and Port Angeles have great school systems.

    If you’re looking at homes, you will find great homes in both places, although homes are priced somewhat less in Port Angeles. If you want to live in the city, you can, but if you want to live out in the country, there are some incredible opportunities and low prices, especially outside of Port Angeles and west of Port Angeles. 

    There are great medical facilities in both Sequim and Port Angeles. Both have nice Marinas if you want to park a boat. Sequim is closer to Silverdale for shopping and SeaTac for traveling, but Port Angeles is closer to Victoria via a short ferry ride.

    I recommend driving around both Sequim and Port Angeles. That is the best way to get familiar with both. I’ve lived in Port Angeles, and I live in Sequim now. I cannot imagine living anywhere else. Come and visit us and compare Sequim and Port Angeles yourself.

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  • What is Good Customer Service in Real Estate?

    Let’s talk about good customer service. A youngster traveling alone had a stopover at Chicago O’Hara International. He was hungry, but he only had one dollar left in his pocket. Maybe he didn’t budget his eating money on his trip home, or maybe he had an unexpected expense. He called his father, and his father checked with several restaurants at the airport to see if they would take his credit card over the phone so his son could get a meal. None would do it. Until he called a Wolfgang Puck Express.

    Good Customer Service

    An Example of Good Customer Service

    When the father reached Wolfgang Puck Express on the phone, the conversation went like this:

    WPE: “So just send your boy in here and we’ll make sure he gets a good meal. My store manager and operations manager are both here, and we don’t want him to be sitting around hungry. You don’t have to worry about paying for it.”

    Father:  “Wha… you… no, please, I really insist you find a way for me to pay for this.”

    WPE: “Just do something nice for someone else.”

    This wasn’t just practicing the good customer service rule, “under promise and over deliver.” This was one of those pleasant surprises that you never forget. The father in this story is Michael Hess, entrepreneur and writer. [Read his story.]

    In real estate good customer service of this kind is rare. It’s rare in every industry. Here’s food for thought. Good customer service in real estate would mean that your Realtor is very knowledgeable on the subject of real estate. More than that, he would be an expert. Why hire someone who is not? Expertness doesn’t cost any more. Good customer service would also mean that you are taken care of, that your Realtor places your interests above his own, that he is honest and loyal to you. It would also mean that all the important details of your transaction are handled in a timely fashion and that you are protected by your Realtor’s experience. And among other things, good customer service would mean you know your Realtor genuinely cares about you and takes care of you.

    How Do You Define Good Customer Service

    There’s a saying that common sense is not so common. I think most would concur with me if I said good customer service is not common either. So how would you define good customer service in real estate?

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  • Sequim Winter Weather is Cold

    Sequim winter weather has descended upon us, and it is cold–below freezing! While that isn’t cold for many areas of the country, it is for Sequim. In the coldest Sequim winter weather we will see the temperature dip below freezing, but it doesn’t stay there long. Late last night and early this morning we had temps in the mid-20s, and during the day the temp will still be cold but above freezing.

    Sequim Winter Weather

    Sequim Winter Weather

    Some buyers are still coming to Sequim to look at homes and some are buying even in December, but many others don’t want to drive around to look at homes when it is only 40 degrees in the afternoon. It’s a good time to come if you can, because there is less competition and seller’s are motivated, but if you’re planning to come in the spring, that’s a beautiful time of year to look at homes and see the area.

    Sequim Winter Weather Online

    I love the way we can instantly look at Sequim winter weather on a smart phone, a tablet, or on a computer. You’ve gotta love the Internet for things like this. Talking about cold weather, we also had some snow in Sequim. Our snow doesn’t last long as it usually melts within a day or two, but we have some unusually cold weather, so we shall see. You can click on the image above to see Sequim winter weather. Stay tuned . . . to the Internet on the subject of Sequim winter weather.

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  • The Cost of Living in Sequim

    What is the cost of living in Sequim? Can you live like a King on a retirement income in Sequim, Washington? The answer is yes, but it does take some planning and diligence. There are three major components to the cost of living in the Sequim and Port Angeles area–the cost of housing, the cost of transportation, and the cost of food. Let me share why you can live like a King in Sequim and Port Angeles area.

    Cost of Living

    Live Like a King with Low Cost of Living

    The cost of living in Sequim includes the cost of homes plus property taxes, maintenance, and electricity. Compared to many areas of the country, the price of a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,800 to 2,200 square foot home on a single level in a nice area is very reasonable. You can buy a very nice home in Sequim for $225,000 to $325,000. Many of my clients compare prices and tell me homes are 50% to 100% more where they are coming from (largely California).

    Home maintenance costs in this area are also low compared to most areas of the country. Our climate is relatively mild, and that means less wear and tear on roofing, siding, and driveways. Sun and rain do wear wooden decks, but many people have been going with Trex decking, which needs very little maintenance. Property taxes are also reasonable and do not keep going up as they have in many parts of the country. For example, a $250,000 home may have annual property taxes of $2,100. All this helps keep the cost of living down by comparison.

    The Cost of Living with Low Electric Bills

    Electricity is our major utility bill, and most people are using electric heat, such as electric forced air with a heat pump, or electric baseboard or electric wall heaters. Because we don’t have extreme temperatures, either cold or hot, our heating bills are very reasonable, and we don’t even need air conditioning in the summers. Most people use electric appliances, including cooktops, ovens, dryers and hot water heaters. A typical total electric bill in the coldest part of winter might be $225. Compared to California, this is a big help in keeping down the cost of living.

    The cost of transportation is what you make it. For 20 years in the Sequim area I have been buying used cars from retirees who buy their vehicles brand new and keep the in perfect condition. Buying a car that is five or so years old with low mileage in show room condition is incredibly affordable. There are a lot of retirees in the Sequim area who sell cars that are like brand new for a fraction of the cost of a new one. Sequim and Port Angeles also has public transportation.

    The cost of food is not high in Sequim, and we do have a Safeway, a QFC, a Costco, a Walmart Super Store, and family owned organic grocery stores. You can buy inexpensive organic products from farmers, and you can do what many people do. They either have a green house for their vegetable garden or they just build raised garden beds. With plenty of sunshine and rich soils, Sequim is the perfect place to have a garden or an orchard. This helps reduce the cost of living. Many retirees also enjoy fishing, and we have plenty of fishing on the Olympic Peninsula and out on the Strait. And there is deer hunting, too. Some with acreage like to raise a few cows for beef. There are many ways to live off the land here.

    And if you want to keep your heating bill down, you can supplement your electric heat with a wood stove, if you are inclined to cut and split wood. Some do this for a while and then convert their fireplace or wood stove to propane. Overall, the cost of living in Sequim is very reasonable, and with some planning you can live like a King in Sequim.

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  • Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

    Founder and Broker of
    Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate dba iRealty Virtual Brokers
    435 W. Bell St. Suite A, Sequim, WA
    (360) 775-5424
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    Who is Chuck Marunde?

    Chuck's background includes real estate sales going back 37 years, including 20 years as a real estate attorney. He has closed hundreds of real estate transactions, authored thousands of articles on Sequim and Port Angeles real estate, and written several books on real estate. He has lived in Sequim for almost 20 years. Buyers from around the country seek Chuck out and retain him as their buyer's agent. Chuck was the number one individual selling agent of single family homes by volume in the county for 2013.

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    From Seattle

    I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chuck over the past three years in selling my parent's estate. It was a tough time to sell during the housing recession, but Chuck always kept things on the positive side. With his real estate law background, he offers sound, practical advice. He helps you along with the process using discussions and reason, rather than opinions and speculations. If Chuck doesn’t know the answers, he will get them for you. In several instances, Chuck took the initiative to meet with county officials to get up-to-date facts about zoning and regulations. I was always impressed with his company’s tech savvy communi-cations and internet presence: weekly email updates, blogs, videos, links, Linked-in networking, etc. He is truly pioneering the future of buying & selling real estate. Brian M.
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    From Florida

    We do our homework for the task at hand and we look for and expect to enlist partners that do the same. It was our good fortune to select Chuck Marunde of Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate to represent us as a buyer's broker in our search for a home in the Sequim/Port Angeles area. Chuck's site is all encompassing and super fast compared to many others, he knows the market at every conceivable level and his guidance through the process of selecting and purchasing a home is priceless - above and beyond that of anyone with whom we have ever worked. Add to all this his 20 year background in real estate law and you have discovered a superb asset in the adventure of purchasing a home. Greg and Marilyn

    From Gilroy California

    As an out of state buyer unfamiliar with the area, it was important to me not only to have a real estate agent who knew the area well, but also one who knew the value of the properties. I chose Chuck because he is also a real estate lawyer and it is reassuring to have that extra degree working for you. I selected the houses I was interested in on line before taking a two day trip to Sequim to look at them in person. I sent my list to Chuck, who gave me feedback, then organized our tour so we could see 16 properties in a short time. He was very accommodating, driving me all over Sequim, and rescheduling appointments when we fell behind on our time. On day two, I found my home and we drafted an offer on it that evening. By the time I arrived back home on the plane the next evening, my offer had been accepted. Chuck was honest about what it would take to get me into my new home, while having my back the entire transaction. Since I was unable to relocate immediately after closing, he and his assistant Ade, have been taking care of many additional responsibilities for me. He was a pleasure to work with. Chris D.

    From Corona California

    The best decision I made, once I settled on Sequim as the ideal place to spend the rest of my days, was to hook up with Chuck Marunde as my broker/go-to guy. He happily took on the entire complicated merry-go-round associated with a long distance move that involved selling in Southern California (with a different agent) and buying in Sequim – all in the span of just over a month. The unexpectedly quick sale of my previous home was already a week into a 30 day escrow when I got to Sequim for my house hunt. We had two days to find my slice of heaven. And day one was less than stellar, each home having at least one major issue. The killer was the dream home that turned out to be an unmitigated disaster once we got inside. I was crushed. Chuck had his work cut out for him that night. And he worked his magic. On day two there was one beautiful possibility, but not quite right. Suffice to say, in the early afternoon we pulled into a driveway and the first words out of my mouth were “That’s my house.” 29 days later I took possession of my new home. Every sale has its issues, but throwing in the complications of a short escrow on top of 1200 miles of separation from all documentation, etc. gives new meaning to “challenging”. Thanks to his encyclopedic knowledge coupled with a great sense of humor, Chuck was able to keep me on an even keel when things got dicey. He knows when to step in and when to let it evolve. I cannot imagine making this move without him. Rebecca B.
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    From Bakersfield California

    "During the months of February and March 2012, Chuck showed my wife and I over two dozen homes from Port Angeles to Port Townsend. We found Chuck to be very helpful, friendly and courteous. With Chuck there is no pressure; It is all about finding the best home for the buyer. As a Buyer's Agent, Chuck will give you his honest opinion of a property, including a fair market price. In one instance Chuck wrote up an offer for us which was accepted. Chuck was very helpful arranging for home and well inspections which involved multiple trips to the property. Unfortunately, escrow failed to close when, during the home inspection process, it was determined that a septic system repair was needed which the seller was unwilling/unable to make. We will continue to work with Chuck as there is no better Buyer's Agent on the North Olympic" Bert and Sally
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    From Los Alamos New Mexico

    "Over a year ago, during a visit to the Olympic Game Farm, we developed what we eventually called the “Sequim Syndrome.” We live in New Mexico and decided Sequim was where we wanted to live in retirement. On our second visit to Sequim, we met with Chuck and asked him to help us. Chuck's web site provides such amazing search capabilities. Chuck's site also contains a 1000 blog postings and a real estate video series detailing buying real estate in Sequim. We bought Chuck's book about Sequim real estate and set out to follow his advice carrying on an ongoing email and phone conversation with Chuck. Doing our due diligence “Marunde style” and using his MLS search site, we came up with about 50 homes that met our needs. We narrowed the list down to 15 properties that best met our needs. We came back to Sequim a third time with our list in hand, and Chuck spent two days with us showing us all the homes on our list. Not only did Chuck help us find that dream home, he spent time to educate us about the quality of construction, fair market values of various properties, home layouts, and the joys of Sequim living. We had a great time as we traveled from house to house. By mid afternoon of the second day, my wife said we had found “the house.” Chuck helped us draft our offer and sent our offer to the seller's agent. It turned out there was a second offer made on the property at the same time. Chuck's help to make a clean offer paid off. At breakfast two days later, we got a call from Chuck saying our offer had been accepted by the sellers. We are now back home in New Mexico. Chuck attends every inspection on our behalf, updating us at every turn by email and phone. Our dream home is becoming a reality because of Chuck and because we were smart enough to follow his advice. We absolutely would NOT have been able to do this without Chuck Marunde's expertise and enthusiasm. We recommend Chuck to everyone planning a move to Sequim, Port Angeles, or anywhere on the Olympic Peninsula. Chuck is a gold mine of information and expertise for home buyers everywhere, not just on the Olympic" Larry and Shirley
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    From Sun Lakes Arizona

    "We are ex-Washington residents who currently live in Arizona. We had been searching the Puget Sound area four years for a waterfront property to build a retirement home when we first contacted Chuck Marunde through his website. We had made multiple trips to various areas but most of the Realtors we contacted simply sent us an email, provided no follow up and did next to nothing to help us locate a property. On our first trip to Port Angeles, after connecting with Chuck, we purchased our dream property. We now own a high bank waterfront lot overlooking the Straight of Jaun de Fuca, and are excited to become part of the Peninsula community." Paul and Linda

    From California

    "Andy Romano is a successful motion picture character actor with over 40 years in 'the Biz.' Mr. Romano has a home in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, but he chooses to live most of the time in Sequim, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula in the great Pacific Northwest. Why? In his own words, 'Because it's even more beautiful and surrounded by more beauty in this incredibly peaceful and quiet place. With respect to real estate agents or brokers, well my friend Chuck Marunde, owner of Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate, is hands down the best there" Andy R.

    From Sequim

    I’ve known Chuck Marunde for several years. My wife and I bought and sold one house through his services, and now have another listed through him for sale. Whether Chuck was representing us as the buyer or seller, I am confident he always had our best interests at heart. He helped us set or negotiate a reasonable price, and made sure there was a clear and open line of communication. He responded rapidly to email and phone calls and always knew the best person to contact for the various services involved in a transaction. I have worked with quite a few real estate agents and Chuck is right at the top of my list of good ones. Actually, Chuck is first and foremost just a good person, and he carries his personal honesty and integrity over into his profession. He has the greatest depth of experience in real estate of any agent or broker I have known. His years of practicing real estate law prior to becoming a broker are evident in the meticulous care he takes with the process and documentation. I am impressed by the way Chuck has integrated internet services into his real estate business. He probably knows more about this process than any other realtor in the country. In this tight market it is important to use every possible means to spread the word about available properties…to reach the few people who might be interested in a particular property. Steve L.

    From The Netherlands

    "We contacted Chuck about six months ago to help find a retirement property in Sequim. We had visited Sequim several weeks before and decided that this was the place for us to retire. We liked the friendly people and the natural beauty of the area. We had been looking for some time in other parts of the country - California, Oregon, North Carolina, and Vermont. In most of these other areas, we found real estate agents that were knowledgeable but did not follow up with us to continue narrowing down real estate possibilities. Once we were out of earshot, communications would stop. That is one of the reasons we were interested in working with Chuck. Besides having great knowledge of both the local real estate market and of law, his testimonials on the internet indicated a willingness to actively communicate with his clients. Chuck demonstrated this immediately. Even before we met, he responded very quickly and helpfully to any email question. After arriving for a second visit to Sequim in September, we finally met Chuck face to face. He was friendly, encouraging, and readily shared good practical information. We worked with him on a number of candidate properties - including an offer on a property while visiting that week. Although we could not come to terms with the owners on the final property price, we look forward to continuing to work closely with Chuck. He is an invaluable resource to help us identify and purchase the retirement property that's right for us." Paul and Virginia

    From Fremont California

    We can't say enough about working with Chuck Marunde. Luck would have it that we discovered his web site, spoke with him on the phone and had an instant feeling that we had found our realtor. And we were right. With Chucks help and expertise, our longtime dream to retire to the Pacific Northwest came to fruition with Chuck assisting us in finding the perfect home for us. Buying a home is always a big decision and these days can be complex with unexpected delays etc. In fact, our whole experience from offer day to closing, was very smooth. Chuck took all the time we needed to explain processes and made us feel at ease, even though we lived 800 miles away, tying up loose ends and getting ready for the big move to our new home in Sequim. We were impressed with Chuck's ability to listen to our needs and understand our concerns in buying from a distance. Chuck kept us informed all along the way, during the process and was so good at getting right back to us if we had another question. All went so well and Chuck really went above and beyond for us, taking time out from his busy schedule to assist us with some details regarding our beautiful property, even after the closing, because we were not yet arrived there. Without hesitation, our son and his wife will be contacting Chuck this summer, as they plan to follow us to paradise in this lovely town. Thanks again Chuck, for everything! Mary and Jerry

    From Fontana California

    My husband and I went to Sequim intending to interview several realtors to find one to help us locate and buy a home in Sequim. We knew we wanted someone we could trust and who would have our best interests in mind. Since we would be handling the transaction from S. California this was very important to us. We met Chuck and looked no further. We felt a connection right away and spent some time looking at homes together so Chuck could get a feel for what we wanted. Well, we left Sequim having made an offer on a home which the owner accepted. Chuck has helped us through the purchase process. We are positive it would not have gone so smoothly without his help. We give him 4 thumbs up. Wally & Cathy

    From Tacoma

    Chuck Marunde’s level of expertise in real estate investment is amazing. His knowledge, experience and legal training have given me a dramatic advantage in real estate investing. He works hard to stay on the cutting edge of real estate marketing, sound advice and value-added service for his clients. Kirk Wald, Financial Planner

    From Wendell Idaho

    My wife and I moved to Sequim six weeks ago, and prior to our move here I contacted Chuck Marunde and enlisted his help as our buyer's agent. Once we got here, it took us about two weeks looking at houses, and Chuck did a superb job of showing us places and letting us make our own decisions and guide us through the purchase of our home. We now completed our transaction and are very happy. We would recommend Chuck to anybody. Don & Marilyn

    From Sequim

    "Buying property either commercial or residential can sometimes be a tricky proposition. That’s why I would recommend Chuck to help you with purchasing or selling property. His background as a real-estate lawyer and his no nonsense to the point advice will help you make the right decisions. Experience and Integrity, what you need when you can’t afford to make a mistake. Dail Hurdlow, CEO, Hurdlow Enterprises

    From Seattle

    I am an experienced real estate buyer, but I am not from the Sequim area. I am somewhat flexible, realistic, but also particular. So the question was, “how do you choose the RIGHT real estate agent?”

    I made my appointment with Chuck on a Sunday morning in March, 2013. He showed me 5 houses. Every house he showed me was within my parameters! I was amazed: a real estate who listened, did his research, and didn't waste my time showing me houses I would never buy! I made an offer a few days later. That was the easy part…

    Buying a house is always a stressful time in life. Advice to Buyers: choose an agent who is competent, communicates well, and has exceptional follow-up and follow-through! You will spend a lot of time with your agent during the process. Choose someone likable. Go with your gut. I got to know Chuck during the process, and he's a great guy!

    You need an agent who is competent to handle and help you negotiate the issues that come up during disclosure, home inspection, appraisal, etc. Chuck's competence is superb! I got truly professional, sound, straightforward advice.

    Chuck's communication skills are exceptional: phone, email, fax. He has a wonderful ability to stay "on-point" with what is actually important and doesn't lead you astray on issues that aren't so important.

    Chuck's turn-around time on questions, issue resolution, etc. was virtually always within 24 hours. He follows-up, follows-through. He does what he says he will do timely. This relieves a lot of Buyer stress!

    Having a difficult time finding the right agent? Simplify your life! Choose Chuck Marunde. I did. [Name withheld by request]

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    From Sequim to California

    "In our Sequim real estate broker Chuck Marunde we found a Realtor who knew not only how to list a property, but most importantly, he knew how to sell a property. Chuck is very skilled in current technology and uses that skill to advertise your property nationally. We were very pleased with Chuck, his honesty and integrity." Jerry Levitan and Donna "Teva" Tetiva
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