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Five Star Real Estate Agent Award

We are pleased to announce that Chuck Marunde has been awarded one of the most prestigious real estate awards in the Seattle regional market, The Five Star Real Estate Agent Award for 2014. Less than 7% of 25,000 Seattle area agents received this award. This market includes the Sequim and Port Angeles area. The importance of this award lies not in the award itself, but the basis upon which it was given. The award is based upon ten criteria: customer service, integrity, market knowledge, communication, negotiation, closing preparation, post-sale service, finding the right home, marketing of a home, and overall satisfaction. Additionally, past clients were asked whether they would recommend the agent to a friend. This information is incorporated into a client scoring algorithm as a cross check against their average rating.

Real Estate Agent Award

Real Estate Agent Award Credentials

Chuck Marunde is a virtual real estate broker in Sequim, Washington, with over three decades in real estate, 20 years as a real estate lawyer, and he is the author of half a dozen books and thousands of magazine and Internet articles (and videos). He is an adviser to brokers around the country and national expert on real estate transactions. He created more online real estate content for buyers in the Sequim and Port Angeles area than any other broker in his market. It was partly this experience and contribution that was the basis for the Real Estate Agent Award.

Real Estate Agent Award

Some of the free online resources that Chuck has made available for buyers includes: Sequim MLS (including Port Angeles), Sequim & Port Angeles MLS with both MLS Services, Sequim Real Estate Blog (with over 1,700 articles for buyers), Sequim Real Estate Q&A, Sequim Photos, and Sequim Real Estate Books.

A hearty congratulations to Chuck Marunde for The 2014 Real Estate Agent Award.

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  • Living in Sequim

    Have you wondered what it would be like living in Sequim? It’s wonderful, and trying to prove that in 456 words is nearly impossible, but I’ll try. Sequim has been written about in many retirement and travel magazines over the past three decades as one of the ideal retirement havens in the U.S. It has been chosen one of the 10 best places to retire, and most recently in 2014 a nationwide survey gave Sequim the No. 1 slot to the question, “Where is the best place to retire and grow old and happy?” [The Huffington Post]

    Living in Sequim

    Living in Sequim – Sequim Weather

    Why is living in Sequim said to be so wonderful by so many retirees in Sequim and around the country? First, the climate is one of the best and most pleasant climates. Year round weather patterns are some of the best in the entire country. Second, the Sequim Blue Hole is real, and it only rains 16 inches a year, which is 1/3 the rainfall in Seattle, only 2.5 hours away. The rainfall is the same in Sequim as it is in Los Angeles, but our weather does not get the extremes of hot or cold from Alaska to Texas. Try 60’s and 70’s during the summer and typically the 40’s and 50’s in the winter. We do get some freezing temperatures early in the morning on the coldest winter days, but that doesn’t last long.

    Living in Sequim – The Lifestyle

    Third, the lifestyle in Sequim is truly happy. People are amazed at how friendly Sequimites are when the visit. Everybody waves all the time, and everyone is easy to start a conversation with. Fourth, there are so many enjoyable activities in the area, including hobbies and clubs, volunteer organizations, and non-profits. Many retirees have found very satisfying places to serve others, and that brings a deep sense of satisfaction. Fifth, there are more year round recreational activities than almost anywhere in the country, including hiking in the old growth forests in the mountains, kayaking in rivers and in bays, fishing, hunting, bicycling on the Discovery Trail, jogging on the thousands of miles of trails, walking dogs in many of our parks, boating, sailing, motorcycling, horse back riding, cross country skiing in the mountains nearby, and much more. Sixth, we have a quiet little community with a Costco, Home Depot, Safeway, and numerous family owned organic farm stores. Seventh, living in Sequim means living in one of the lowest crime rates in the country. That brings a lot of peace and security to retirees.

    No wonder so many retirees are finding Sequim and enjoying the best years of their lives living in Sequim. Come and visit Sequim and find out yourself why living in Sequim is so darn good.

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    Sequim 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Single Level

    This Sequim 3 bedroom 2 bath home on one level and almost 3/4 of an acre was totally remodeled. The entire home was rebuilt and is now like brand new. The kitchen is brand new, and every other room in the house is brand new. The windows are brand new, and the roof is brand new. The .70 acres is fenced with a fenced dog run and a large fenced area. This house is tucked into a quiet area only 3 miles from downtown Sequim. It was listed at $275,000, and just reduced to $235,000 for a quick sale. This Sequim 3 bedroom 2 bath home is one of the best deals on the entire market.

    Sequim 3 Bedroom 2 Bath

    Sequim 3 Bedroom 2 Bath For Sale

    This home is move-in ready. Take a look at the Virtual Tour by clicking on the above video, and you’ll see more photos and information. You can also go to Sequim 3 Bedroom 2 Bath to see the MLS data sheet and photos. It’s been getting harder to find a Sequim 3 bedroom 2 bath home on one level, especially with some acreage, and all of my clients have been watching homes sell out from under them as they build their list of favorites prior to arriving in Sequim.

    Sequim 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Will Sell Fast

    I am predicting that at this price ($235,000) this home will sell quickly. Schedule an easy online appointment to view this home at Schedule My Showing. This is an incredible little home. Roughly 95% of retirees moving to the area are looking for a Sequim 3 bedroom 2 bath home in a quiet area like this.

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    Starbucks in Sequim

    I love Starbucks in Sequim, but then I love any Starbucks. What is better than a Starbucks double short latte extra hot? Not a soda. Not shopping at Home Depot. Not the evening news, and not even ____. [You fill in the blank.] Well, the point is Starbucks in Sequim is a great place to enjoy a delicious cup of gourmet coffee, or tea, or maybe a strawberry-banana smoothie. And it’s a great place to meet a friend and have some stimulating conversation, or read a book on your tablet or even do some writing on your laptop. I meet clients here regularly, although I do have an office a few blocks away on Bell Street.

    Starbucks in Sequim

    Starbucks in Sequim Customers

    The customers who come to Starbucks in Sequim come in all shapes and sizes and colors and ages. Not that I notice those kinds of things. I do admit that I am fascinated with behavior, not so much looks. So today I stood in line at the Starbucks in Sequim behind a gentleman who left a good 10 to 12 feet between him and the person in front of him. That cracks me up. I’ve seen this in other Starbucks, too. I usually feel like I need to ask if they are actually in line, because I’m not sure. I’ve thought of asking humorous sarcastic questions like, “Does the lady ahead of you have cooties?,” or “Excuse me sir, are you waiting for the rapture, or did you just want a cup of coffee?” Or maybe I should say, “Does the line start ahead of you or behind you?” In the end, I never have the courage to say anything, or maybe I just don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

    Starbucks in Sequim on a Rainy Day

    On a rainy day, it is surprising how busy it can get at Starbucks in Sequim. Everyone apparently loves to sip on a good cup of coffee on a dreary day, although we rarely have dreary days in Sequim. Sequim is the home of the Blue Hole, aka The Rain Shadow. It only rains 16 inches a year, and it’s sunny every day it’s not raining. Maybe.

    As long as I’m sharing secrets with you on a blog where the articles are read over three million times a year, I might as well warn you about the free wireless at Starbucks in Sequim. It’s great, except it speeds up and then it slows down to a snail’s pace. I was recently chatting with a gentleman at Starbucks, of course, and he told me that Starbucks sets up the wireless so that it speeds up and slows down intentionally. According to this “inside source,” Starbucks realized long ago that people would just hang out in their stores for hours using the free Internet, but if they programmed the Internet to slow down and almost stop on a regular cycle, those rude customers would not hang out so long taking up precious space.

    I love to meet with clients over coffee and answer all their real estate questions. But I think I’m running out of time. I’ve taken up space in Starbucks long enough. The Baristas are starting to look at me. Gotta go. Next time you’re in Sequim, let’s do coffee at Starbucks in Sequim.

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    Sequim Electricity Rates

    Retirees often ask about Sequim electricity rates. On the minds of many buyers is the cost of living as they get older. It’s not hard to do a budget today based on retirement income and expenses when you know what your mortgage, property taxes, homeowner’s dues, and electric bills will be when you move into your new Sequim home, at least for the first few years. But the reason retirees are asking about Sequim electricity rates is because they are planning their budget in retirement ten or twenty years from now. No one wants to run out of money when they are in their 80’s, and monthly costs like utilities must be considered. Today I want to share a tip to help you plan your budget when you buy a home in Sequim.

    Sequim electricity rates

    Sequim Electricity Rates

    I submitted an offer on a home for clients, and as part of our due diligence, we began collecting information on all the costs associated with owning this home. That included the property taxes, homeowner’s association dues, water and sewer rates, and Sequim electricity rates. When the PUD (public utility district) told me last year’s electric bills for this home were nearly $600 in the coldest winter month, both my clients and I were surprised. Granted this is a large home with almost 4,000 square feet, but that is still way above average in the Sequim area. Most homes in this area have electric bills of $150 to $275 per month. 

    I pointed out to my buyers that Sequim electricity rates are very reasonable, 32% less than the national average and 5% less than the Washington state average, but the monthly cost when it is high must be a serious consideration based on the financial insight that when they are in their 80’s, Sequim electricity rates may be higher than they are now. Such high monthly electric costs are now a buying consideration for retirees.

    Sequim Electricity Rates Reasonable

    We are lucky that Sequim electricity rates are as low as they are. Washington is the leading U.S. producer of hydroelectric power, contributing more than one-fourth of the nation’s total net hydroelectric generation. Eight of the state’s 10 largest power plants are hydroelectric facilities, primarily on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. All of this redounds to our benefit on the Olympic Peninsula. The graphic above with the average Sequim electricity rates is provided courtesy of a website that compares electric rates, electricitylocal.com. When you buy a home in the Sequim area, make sure you do your due diligence (or ask your Realtor for help) on Sequim electricity rates.

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    Sequim MLS Videos

    You might want to watch these Sequim MLS videos. If you’re searching the Sequim MLS for a home, there’s a good way and a chaotic way. First, many people are using Zillow and Trulia to search for homes in Sequim, but both of those sites are full of homes that are not for sale, that were sold long ago but still show up as though they are for sale, and there are many data mistakes on those sites. I understand the sites are pretty and have some nice features, but I’m just saying those sites are objectively and most definitely NOT accurate if you are searching for homes in the Sequim and Port Angeles area. I have the answer, and it is a Sequim MLS site (which includes Port Angeles and all of Clallam County) that was built and programmed precisely for retirees moving to the area. It is 100% accurate, easy to navigate, and has nice features to save your favorite homes. I’ve created six special Sequim MLS videos to help you in your home search.

    Sequim MLS Videos

    Sequim MLS Videos – The Series

    I recommend watching these videos in order from the top to bottom. Just click on the image above, and then hit the “Play All” link, and the videos will play one after the other. The first video walks you through the whole site with an overview of it’s powerful features that make finding your home easy and enjoyable. The second Sequim MLS video shows you how to search and filter the entire inventory to identify the best of the best homes. The third video shows you how to get listing updates on the type of home you want. The fourth video shows you a great little feature to find similar homes once you’ve found one you really like. The fifth video will help you search specifically by local areas around Sequim and Port Angeles, and the sixth video will help you quickly identify whether a home is pending or still available. Almost all MLS sites show pending listings as active, and that can be confusing.

    Sequim MLS Videos Help Filter and Save

    These Sequim MLS videos will help you use your time efficiently when you come to look at homes. You will be able to filter homes in the inventory, save the ones you want to see, and over the weeks and months before you arrive, you can get updates and delete the ones that have sold, and you can add or delete other homes from your list.

    When you come to view homes that are on your short list, you will be organized and not waste any time on homes that are sold or do not fit your personal preferences. This is a wonderful way to find the best home in the best areas at the best price, and these Sequim MLS videos will help you use Sequim-Homes.com very efficiently.

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  • Sequim Real Estate Market Video for October 2014

    Here is the Sequim real estate market video for October of 2014. This report does not reveal anything extraordinary in the cold numbers, but it may be extraordinary because it does show a continuing trend toward an improving Sequim real estate market. That is a story in itself.

    Sequim Real Estate Market Numbers

    In an improving market we will see consistent improvements in some of the stats, including a decreasing number of days on market (DOM) over the previous month and over the previous year, and there are several other stats of significance. Supply and demand factors include the increasing or decreasing number of homes in the listing inventory, and how many buyers are buying homes. If inventory is shrinking because sales are increasing or the inventory is not being replaced fast enough, then prices will inch upward. Prices react slowly and sometimes erratically over the short term to supply and demand factors, so prices may increase one month over the prior month and decrease the next. The more important time period involves many months or year over year analysis.

    Sequim Real Estate Market

    What is encouraging from this Sequim real estate market video is that when you put together all the information, we see the market is improving. For example, the number of listings is down 3% from one year earlier and down 6% from the previous month. This is not so great for buyers, but it is for sellers. The median listing price increased a little, the average days on market is down 13% compared to last year, and sales increased 12% year over year and 12% month over month. This is all good news for the Sequim real estate market which continues to improve slowly but steadily.

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    Real Estate Prices

    Are real estate prices in the Sequim area at or near a bottom, and if so when will real estate prices start to increase? What kind of appreciation can we expect in Sequim? These are questions that buyers have been asking me as they plan to buy their retirement homes in or around Sequim. Most buyers are not concerned about whether they are buying precisely at the bottom of the market, because either this is the last home they will buy or they will live in it for 15 years or longer, so the bigger concern is appreciation.

    Real Estate Prices

    Real Estate Prices at the Bottom?

    We have a combination of unique circumstances affecting Sequim real estate prices right now, and for buyers it is the perfect scenario that we are not likely to see again. Let me explain. The Sequim real estate market is a small market, and prices move slowly and react slowly to economic forces like supply and demand. While prices have gone up substantially in many hot real estate markets around the country, especially in southern California, prices have not gone up commensurately in Sequim, and they should have simply based on the economic fundamentals of supply and demand.

    One of my buyers sold their home the first weekend they put it on the market in California, and they said real estate prices had increased 25% in the past six months in their market. They paid cash for a home in Sequim. Another buyer told me they had 34 bids on their California home, all above the listed price. I sold them a home in Sequim too, all cash. Sales in Sequim this calendar year have eclipsed sales in any year over the past seven years of the recession, yet prices in Sequim have not moved up the price curve. At least not yet, but that will change soon.

    Real Estate Prices and Appreciation

    Retirees moving to Sequim tend to have the same preferences, and they have been competing to buy homes in that small segment of this market. That means the supply of homes in that small segment has been shrinking. [Read The Sequim Real Estate Market is Bifurcated.] Since prices elsewhere have been increasing, more buyers have been arriving in Sequim to buy homes. It is a very simple supply and demand equation that insists that prices increase. But they have not gone up yet. When they do start to go up, it will be a very noticeable increase at first, and then beyond that a steady 3% per year appreciation in real estate prices. Just like the stock market jumps 5% when everyone finally realizes we are in recovery, real estate prices in Sequim will jump a little when prices finally respond to supply and demand.

    What does all this mean? It means that Sequim real estate prices are still dragging the bottom, but they are about to start increasing for the first time in seven years of depression. Exactly when will prices start to increase? I cannot say, but my guess is that it will happen in the next 12 months, perhaps after the turn of the new year or in the spring. Mark you calendar and watch the Sequim inventory for homes you like, and watch Sequim real estate prices. But if you intend to buy your retirement home here in the next few years, I think I would do what I could to buy earlier rather than later. Later will cost much more, at least in my humble opinion. That’s my take on Sequim real estate prices.

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    Reverse Mortgages: Blessing or Curse?

    Reverse mortgages are advertised every day on many cable and satellite channels, and the companies promoting reverse mortgages are using some of the most credible actors to help them sell these loans. Who doesn’t love T.V. personalities like Fred Thompson, Pat Boone, Robert Wagner, Alex Trebek, and Henry Winkler? Reverse mortgages are packaged as the salvation of the elderly, and selling these mortgages has been a cash cow for the mortgage companies. Are reverse mortgages a blessing or curse for homeowners? Are they the panacea like the commercials would like us to believe, or is there a downside or danger for retirees?

    Reverse Mortgages

    Reverse Mortgages Dangers

    Reverse mortgages are sold purely on a simplistic financial benefit to older homeowners (62 and older). The benefit of getting a big check that you don’t have to pay back while you are alive is simply too tempting for many retirees, especially those who are on a very tight financial budget or have such a limited retirement that they can’t meet all their needs. For those who don’t have enough to live, a reverse mortgage may be their salvation. But there are some very serious downsides to reverse mortgages. Many retirees have lost their homes as a result, and there are numerous Internet articles which you can find by searching Google. What I want to touch on here is the less obvious and what is not being talked about, which are the long term financial implications and philosophical issues involved.

    Reverse Mortgages Implications

    In the past seven years the vast wealth of the middle class in America took a huge hit by the economic recession and by the devastating real estate crisis, which itself has taken away most of middle class Americans’ home equity. The losses for the middle class are not in the billions, but trillions of dollars. People have had to rob their retirement IRAs and 401(k) plans just to survive. Not only has vast sums of equity in real estate disappeared, retirement accounts have been depleted. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute more than half of American workers say they and their spouses have less than $25,000 in savings and investments. As a result, here has been a slow but dramatic change in Americans’ approach to financial planning and retirement, and the idea of passing wealth on to children has almost disappeared. We even have bumper stickers that express this philosophy:

    children's inheritance

    Previous generations had a philosophy of life that included concepts like hard work and independence, long term planning on building equity in real estate, delayed gratification, living debt free, and passing on wealth to the next generation. Today America has largely thrown all of those philosophies over the bridge and traded them for the popular entitlement mentality, immediate gratification, living on debt, and spending it all before death. This is a dangerous trend, and unfortunately reverse mortgages fit nicely into this dangerous philosophy. Granted, for the couple who absolutely have no way to live and need to pull their money out of their home, then maybe nothing else matters except the money. But for those who want to do everything they can to live with traditional values, like financial freedom and living debt free and passing on something to their children, reverse mortgages are not consistent with that way of life.

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    Use the Sequim MLS on iPhone App Anywhere

    Search the Sequim MLS on your iPhone app from anywhere. Ever wonder what the price of Sequim homes are while you’re driving around in your car?  You can sit in your car at the curb and look up the price, interior photos, and all the important information about that home.  Simply use your iPhone to download the free iTunes app for the Sequim MLS.  Chuck Marunde created the first iTunes app for real estate in the entire Sequim and Port Angeles real estate market back in 2010, and he wrote about it last in July of 2012. It’s such a powerful mobile tool to search the Sequim MLS from anywhere, you’ll want to know about it. All you have to do is search for “Sequim” in the iTunes app store, and Voila!  Look for the Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate app. Download it and start to use it anywhere anytime.  Buyers have been using this app for about four years now, and they love it!

    Sequim MLS From Your iPhone

    Sequim Homes from Your iPhone

    Sequim MLS – iPhone or iPad

    Of course, this same app works on your iPad.  I had this app programmed for your mobile device so it would be super convenient for you, as a buyer, to drive around and search the Sequim MLS from your iPhone anytime you arrive in Sequim.  Of course, this works in Port Angeles, too, and it works in Port Townsend, Port Ludlow, Port Hadlock and most of the state of Washington.  I’ve tapped intoFind Sequim Home Prices From Your iPhone two MLS’s so you could look up the price and photos and full MLS information for any home from anywhere. It even includes foreclosures.

    Sequim MLS from Your iPhone 24/7

    It’s great to be driving around and see a home for sale and be able to instantly look up the price and see the inside photos, right from your car at the curb in front of the house.  Viewing the Sequim MLS from your iPhone is the answer. While this powerful app is convenient, most of my clients like to plan ahead and filter through the online Sequim MLS and narrow down their list of Sequim homes to view 8 or 10 homes.  I recommend doing that, and then email me ahead of time so we can plan to view your list of Sequim homes.  But many of my clients will be driving around and want access to the Sequim MLS from their car, and that makes this app a perfect companion to find out everything using the Sequim MLS from your iPhone anytime anywhere.

     

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    Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

    Founder and Broker of
    Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate dba iRealty Virtual Brokers
    143 Higgins Lane, Sequim, WA
    (360) 775-5424
    ChuckMarunde@gmail.com
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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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