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Why Negotiating is Not for Amateurs

I’ve written on this real estate blog about negotiating price and the importance of knowing what you’re doing when you draft an offer and negotiate the price. Not only can it mean the difference between reaching mutual acceptance with a seller or killing the deal, it can also mean tens of thousands of dollars to you. 

Negotiating

Negotiating - Mistakes People Make

Experienced negotiators have seen many patterns of behavior over the years, and they learn all the nuances of negotiating. Amateurs think in simple terms, like take the listing price and offer 5% less. Or amateurs assume if a listing has been on the market for 100 days that the home is overpriced, and its time to make a low ball offer. There are a hundred immature and dumb negotiating approaches I have seen people and their agents take over the last three decades. The crazy thing is they are totally confident they know what they’re doing. That’s the problem with knowing just enough to be dangerous, and it can cost you a lot of money.

Today I’ll share one example of what I’m talking about. Realize that this is one of hundreds of examples, so you will see why I say negotiating is not for amateurs. I represented a buyer who spent a lifetime working as an engineer. The seller who was represented by another agent was a very creative artist. So when we went into the negotiations what did I know, and what could I anticipate? Read the rest of this entry »

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Listing Updates

You can easily get listing updates now for any property you would like to track. If you are watching a property in the Sequim and Port Angeles area, you can get an immediate email update if the price changes or the property gets sold or the listing expires. This short video will show you exactly how to get listing updates. You can view this video better if you hit the full screen option.

Listing Updates

With this service and the amazing technology, you can get listing updates for any property you are watching.

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  • Easy Appointment Online Right Now

    We are constantly improving our customer service for buyers coming to Sequim, and now you can make an easy appointment online right now–this very minute. You can schedule a telephone call at your convenience to ask questions about Sequim and buying a home, and you can also schedule an appointment to tour homes. When you schedule the appointment, you will see the available days and times, and you simply chose the one that works for you. You’ll get a confirmation, and it’s that easy. You might think, making an appointment isn’t hard, I’ll just pick up the phone and call my agent. Yes, you can do that, but how often do you get an annoying lengthy office phone message system, and you have to listen to a dozen options and a long list of names and extension numbers before you can get through to someone. And then you may have to leave a voice message and hope someone gets back to you. Maybe you call their cell phone, but again you get a voice message or you get a message that says, “this voice box is full.” And if it is after hours, you certainly can expect a voice message system.

    But now you can simply make your easy appointment online from your computer, your cell phone, or your tablet. Done. It’s that easy.

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    Easy Appointment Online

    Playing telephone tag with someone is not very efficient, and so in this day of technology why not have a system that let’s you make an easy appointment even if it’s 11:30 at night. We are using technology to improve our customer service to make your life easier. We already have one of the simplest and most convenient communication systems, and Chuck Marunde has one direct phone number with no long message system. Chuck might be showing homes or in his car when you call. Now to schedule an appointment, you can go directly to his calendar and make the appointment yourself. In the right margin of this real estate blog, you’ll find a button, “Book Your Appt Online”.

    Easy Appointment

    You’ll see that each type of appointment has different time slots. You’ll need more time to tour homes than you’ll need for a telephone call. And you can also make an easy appointment to visit with Chuck at Starbucks. Starbucks is Chuck’s 3rd office after his downtown Sequim office and his home office, but many of Chuck’s clients call Starbucks his office. Why not? Starbucks makes better coffee. Now you can schedule your own easy appointment.

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  • Who is Chuck Marunde?

    Who is Chuck Marunde? This question has never been asked before on this blog, so after seven years, perhaps it’s time to ask and answer the question, “Who is Chuck Marunde?” After all, several million people have been reading the articles on this blog from all over the country. Here is the answer is one sentence. 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, an author of half a dozen books, author of thousands of magazine and Internet articles, adviser to Realtors around the country, and national expert on real estate transactions. 

    You can read more about Chuck’s professional credentials and experience at Who is Chuck Marunde?, but that doesn’t tell you who Chuck is personally. We’ll get to that in a minute, but in addition to his credentials, and you might want to look at this Real Estate Agent Interview Checklist

    Who is Chuck Marunde Personally

    Who is Chuck Marunde on a personal level? Why is this relevant? Because when you hire a buyer’s agent, it isn’t just important that he or she be competent, professional, and experienced. Something else is important, too. Honesty, integrity, and character matter.  So let’s take a peek behind the curtain.

    Chuck grew up in Alaska in a 900 square foot cabin with his parents, two sisters and two brothers. Their cabin was heated with a 55-gallon barrel welded into a wood stove. A single kerosene lantern hanging from a 16-penny nail lit the entire cabin. The outhouse was a lonely walk in the middle of a dark cold winter night. Their little cabin burned 10 cords of firewood every winter. Chuck learned how to work hard, be creative, and he learned the value of being independent. Life in remote Alaska was harsh in the ‘60s, but it was also rich with experiences and valuable lessons for life. Chuck got through college by working as a firefighter for the BLM (Bureau of Land Management). After graduating from the University of Alaska with a B.A. in Economics, Chuck got his teaching credentials and taught high school for two years. He then married and worked his way through Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane while raising a family. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Buyer’s Checklist for Buying a Sequim Home

    Would you like a Buyer’s Checklist for buying your Sequim home?  You may already know that this Sequim real estate blog answers the questions that buyers have been asking for 20 years, and with all the questions that buyers ask, it finally hit me that some of the questions buyers ask could be compiled into one sweet concise Buyer’s Checklist.  You can download this 12-Point Buyer’s Checklist and print it out for your own use. This Buyer’s Checklist will definitely help you organize your home search and the entire process of buying a home. Another way of saying this is that it will help eliminate chaos and confusion in the process for you and for everyone assisting you.

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    Sample of Buyer’s Checklist

    1. The very first step is deciding where you want to live. For most people this is a matter of starting with the region or state, then drilling down to the county or city. Before you spend a lot of time looking at homes, first determine if Sequim is for you. Maybe you prefer Port Angeles or Port Townsend, or some other state, but if you don’t know where you want to live, this creates chaos for you and everyone trying to help you.

    2. What kind of view would you prefer from your living room or dining room windows? Water, mountains, fields, valleys, trees?

    This 12-Point Buyer’s Checklist includes important items that every buyer will want to consider.  Just being better organized in how you search for your home will save stress and time. Ultimately, this list could also end up saving money when you purchase your home.

    Download Buyer’s Checklist

    If you have any questions about any of the items on this checklist, don’t hesitate to email or call.  I’m here to help you gather information, refine your home search, save your favorites (your short list for viewing when you come), and to make your time in Sequim and Port Angeles enjoyable and fruitful. Download your Sequim Buyer’s Checklist now.

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    6 Best American Cities for Growing Old and Happy

    What are the six best American cities for growing old and happy? I have some exciting news! Sequim has been named number one of the six best American cities for growing old and happy. The Huffington Post surveyed people and analyzed the results, and the six cities from one through six are: 1.) Sequim, Washington, 2.) Edinburg, Texas, 3.) Denver, Colorado, 4.) Sarasota, Florida, 5.) Napa Valley, California, and 6.) San Diego, California.

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    6 Best American Cities for Growing Old and Happy

    This is no surprise to those of us who have lived in Sequim for many years. I’ve said before that if you could make a checklist of 100 of the most important things you would want in the perfect retirement location, Sequim would have more of those items checked than any other place in the U.S. Well, when it comes to growing old and being happy, many other people involved in the survey and the Huffington Post agree that Sequim is one of the Best American cities for Growing Old and Happy.


    6 Best American Cities: Sequim is No. 1

    Years ago Sequim was also named one of the 10 best places to retire in America. It’s surprising how many people around the country know about Sequim and our incredible Blue Hole, the water and the mountains, the Olympic National Forest, the recreation, and the quality of life on the Olympic Peninsula. Of all the cities that people talk about in coffee shops in Santa Barbara, Miami, Boulder, Anchorage, Boise, Dallas, Santa Rosa, or Charlottesville, Sequim keeps entering the conversation.

    I would concur with the Huffington Post that Sequim, Washington is one of the Best American cities for growing old and Happy. I’m not old yet, but I am happy.

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    How to Hire a Realtor Survey

    Are you interested in knowing how other people decide how to hire a Realtor? There are many ways to hire a Realtor, but not all are wise and good. The challenge for consumers buying any service is that consumers do not typically know the inner workings of that profession, and they do not typically know about the traps for the unwary, or how to discern how to hire the best in any profession. I’ve been asking clients for decades to address how to hire a Realtor, but to make this real for my clients and readers, I decided to take a survey on how to hire a Realtor.

    How to Hire a Realtor

    How to Hire a Realtor Survey

    If you’ll take 3 to 5 minutes to answer these 10 simple questions, I’ll share the results of the survey with you, so you can see how other buyers (and maybe some sellers) answer the issue on how to hire a Realtor.

    How to Hire a Realtor

    Just go to this survey at How to Hire a Realtor, and you can walk through these 10 fun and easy questions. I will be doing a follow up survey, which will be a function of the answers to this survey. If you read this real estate blog regularly, you know that I am determined to give you valuable information so you can make wise decisions in buying and selling real estate. Sometimes that means telling you how things work behind the Wizard’s curtain. Not only will this survey help you see what others do, but I will write about the results and make suggestions on how to make safe and wise decisions as you go through the process of buying your home, and that includes how to hire a Realtor.

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    What is Your Ideal Kitchen?

    What is your idea of the ideal kitchen? There was a time back in the 50′s and 60′s when the ideal kitchen was a small functional kitchen that was separated from the dining room and living room, and the kitchen had one purpose–the preparation of food. There was nothing fancy about kitchens back then. They were built to prepare food and nothing more. Fast forward to today and the ideal kitchen is the center of the home for many people. The kitchen is part of an open floor plan with a small open dining room and an open living room, and the kitchen is beautifully designed as well as functional and modern.

    Ideal Kitchen

    The Ideal Kitchen

    In the Sequim and Port Angeles area, most cooktops are electric, but more retirees in this generation want a propane cooktop, because they are serious about their cooking, and many are either professional or amatuer Chefs. High quality appliances, gorgeous hardy countertops, custom built cabinetry, and real hard wood floors are all part of what many today define as the ideal kitchen. [See more photos of this home at Port Angeles Water View Home.]

    Your Ideal Kitchen

    The ideal kitchen today for most is beautiful, functional, and a central focus and gathering place in the home. But the ultimate kitchen is also expensive. The technology of appliances has taken leaps into the stratosphere compared to the appliances our mothers used their whole lives. For many buyers today who are searching an online Sequim and Port Angeles MLS site, drilling down quickly to the kitchen photos is part of their home search recipe.

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    Sequim Real Estate Market Video July 2014

    This is the July 2014 Sequim real estate market report with more continuing evidence that the Sequim real estate market is improving. These statistics are encouraging.

    Sequim Real Estate Market on the Upswing

    Active listings were down from one year earlier. The time it took to sell a listing was dramatically less, and the average listing price was up substantially. The number of days it took in July to sell a listing was down 50% from one year ago. Sales increased by 10% year over year. These are pretty darn positive housing statistics.

    Sequim Real Estate Market Slow But Sure

    The Sequim real estate market is not burning hot, we do not see real estate prices leaping tall buildings here, and multiple competing offers above the listed price are quite rare. But we are a slow and steady market, stable, and with promise for consistent appreciation in the months and years ahead.

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    Zillow is buying Trulia, so what does this mean for buyers like you? First, if you don’t know already, in the real estate industry the two elephants in the room have been Zillow and Trulia. Millions of buyers search these two sites for their homes and land. But when one elephant acquires the other, what does that leave, apart from one very large elephant? The implications for buyers are significant, and they are even bigger than this one acquisition.

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                     Zillow Eats Trulia, Photo by Africa and FreeDigitalPhotos

    Zillow Acquires Trulia

    Some are calling the new conglomerate “GodZillow.” Zillow and Trulia combined will be a massive multi-billion dollar machine, but do not think for a moment that you–the buyer of real estate–are at the center of their business model. You are not. These massive companies make their money by selling advertisements, mostly to real estate agents. Real estate agents spend $12 billion a year marketing their services to consumers. Zillow and Trulia combined collect $4 billion selling space to agents in order to hook buyers like you. But buyers like you are not their customers. Realtors are, and they help Realtors hook buyers. What does this mean for you? Read the rest of this entry »

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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
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    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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