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Manage Your Energy Not Your Time

Manage Your Energy Not Your Time” is now available in audio as well as the previously published Kindle and paperback versions. Manage Your Energy is Chuck Marunde’s latest book. While Chuck’s last 10 books have been about real estate, and specifically about Sequim real estate, this book is not about real estate at all.

Manage Your Energy

Manage Your Energy is a Fun Read

What is Manage Your Energy all about? “Who doesn’t want to be free to be happy, successful, and have great relationships? This book taps into something every one of us has: physical, mental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual energy. All of these key areas can drain us of energy, or they can work together to increase our energy levels in all areas of life, and the result is so powerful, you’ll wonder how you get so much done in a single day–every day.”

Manage Your Energy

My clients are all real estate clients, and the vast majority are retirees who are already mature and successful and happy, but this book will challenge anyone to think in new ways. Retiring is the next big exciting phase in life, and despite the fact that our bodies are getting older and slowing down, in every other way, we have an opportunity to make the next decade the best years of our lives. Manage Your Energy is a fun read in either paperback or on your Kindle or iPad, and if you prefer, you can download the audio version and listen to it in the author’s own voice.

You can learn more or purchase at Amazon: Manage Your Energy.

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  • Growing Up in Alaska

    Growing up in Alaska has given me many fond memories. While this blog is about real estate, today I want to take a small detour to the far north. I grew up in a 900 square foot cabin in remote Alaska with a wood stove, a Coleman lantern hanging from a nail in the ceiling, and an outhouse. We lived on Salmon, Moose, Caribou, and Dall Sheep. My father homesteaded 30 acres and taught us how to work hard, be independent, and survive in one of the harshest climates in the world. My brand new book, Teachings of the Wilderness, is my story.

    Growing Up in Alaska

    Growing Up in Alaska

    “I loved the majesty and solitude of Alaska. The soft moss under my feet, the fresh scent of pine trees, and the pure crisp air nurtured my body and soul. I loved the daily adventures. Growing up in a cabin in Alaska was the greatest gift my parents could have given me. It was full of exciting times, dangerous times, and along the way there were extraordinary lessons.”

    “I began my own trap line when I was 13 years old. Fortunately, trapping for me was not about catching animals, because I never caught any. I just loved being out in wild country. Trapping was an escape into a wonderland of wild beauty that was both thrilling and dangerous. When I was on the trap line, I had a sense that I was intimately connected with nature, with the wildlife, and with the history of trappers and miners who had gone before me. For me the trapline wasn’t about trapping animals—it was experiencing another incredible adventure.”

    My father and I were hunting along the great Tanana River one time. “We had a small fire going and settled into our sleeping bags for the night. I was tired after a day of hiking and hunting, but the night air was cool and fresh, so I laid there looking at the stars in the sky. Suddenly wolves began howling not very far away. I must have been about 11 years old. I remember the fear I felt in my chest when I heard that eerie sound of howling wolves in the still night. They couldn’t have been more than half a mile away, which is not far in the wilderness. I had heard wolves in movies, but to hear them so clearly in the darkness with nothing between me and them except a surplus Army sleeping bag sent shivers down my back.”

    “My father laughed and said, ‘Wolves don’t bother men.’ And then he turned over and went to sleep, leaving me to stare at the dancing shadows around our dimming campfire. I remember wondering, ‘What about boys? Do wolves eat boys?'”

    Growing Up in Alaska with Fond Memories

    You can see why I have such fond memories of growing up in Alaska. It is my pleasure to share for the first time that my latest book, Teachings of The Wilderness, is now available as a Kindle eBook or a paperback. Click on the image above or go directly to Amazon and simply search with the title. If you get a chance to read it, please let me know what you think by leaving a review on Amazon. 

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  • Newspaper Stories

    When I was a young man, my father helped Congressman Don Young get elected in his early campaigns.   He also was campaign manager for State Representative Wilson in Alaska.   I recall so clearly one of my father’s frustrations.   The Fairbanks Daily Newsminer would often call him for a telephone interview, and almost invariably the newspaper would completely distort what he said.   I’ve never forgotten that, and as an adult I have watched the media practice unbalanced “reporting” for all these years.   (more…)

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  • Local Sequim Writer Thrives on Internet

    Port Angeles and Sequim Real Estate Broker Chuck Marunde is known by many in the area as a real estate attorney (ret.) and now as a Broker/Owner of Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate, LLC. What most people don’t know is that he has been operating below the radar for many years as an accomplished author.

    Chuck has a very large Internet presence through many websites and blogs that he created and hosts, starting with his first website in 1995, which won national awards for being “content-rich.” Chuck has published 100’s of articles on the Internet. His articles are nationally syndicated and have been published online with Reuters, the Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. Chuck sits on the panel of real estate experts for the Seattle PI Blog, for eZineArticles.com, and is affiliated with a number of other online organizations.

    He also is a freelancer for Ultimate Grappling Magazine, Pacific Northwest Home Owner Magazine, and he is the editor of the online version of Topix news for the cities of Sequim and Port Angeles, Washington.

    Chuck first started writing in Alaska in the early 1980’s, and when he isn’t showing houses or solving complex real estate issues, he is writing. “I love to write, and real estate is what I know best, so I write about real estate.”

    Chuck practiced real estate law for 20 years, and because of his love for real estate, he says, “I couldn’t stay away from the transactions end of real estate. I love helping people buy and sell. I’ve handled almost every angle of real estate, from buying and selling to investing, foreclosures, short sales, real estate partnerships and joint ventures, to business development and marketing and sales.

    Some of Chuck’s work can be found at:

    http://PortAngelesRealEstateNews.com
    http://SequimPortAngeles.com
    http://FreeRealEstateLaw.com
    http://activerain.com/blogs/chuckmarunde
    http://activerain.com/chuckmarunde
    http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/realestate/
    http://ezinearticles.com/?expert_bio=Chuck_Marunde
    http://www.sequimportangelesrealestate.com/

    Author, technology guru, Internet expert, lawyer, Realtor, marketing expert and salesman Chuck Marunde is no longer operating under the radar. The Internet is a powerful tool, even for the purpose of bringing Chuck into the radar zone, where he can be found by buyers and sellers. “I love helping people solve their real estate problems, and right now the biggest challenge people have is selling their homes or land in a slow market. In my opinion, now is a good time to buy, and it’s a good time to sell if you handle the pricing and negotiating with wisdom.”

    Chuck raised his family in Sequim, including his oldest son, Jesse Marunde, who was Internationally famous as a professional strongman. Jesse came in second at the World’s Strongest Man Contest in Chengdu, China a few years ago. Chuck’s middle son, Bristol Marunde, continues the Marunde tradition in athletics by competing as a professional mixed martial arts fighter. Reflecting on Bristol’s career choice, Chuck said, “Fighting in the cage is just another form of negotiating, although it is much more assertive than the kind of negotiating I do in real estate.”

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    It occurred to me that you might want to know who your host is. Of course, you would see my posts and could figure that out, but here it is in plain English. I am Chuck Marunde, retired real estate attorney and now Real Estate Consultant and Realtor working on properties in the Sequim and Port Angeles areas. You can learn more about me and my professional background, if you are so inclined, by going to FreeRealEstateLaw.com. I hope you find this Blog useful and fun.

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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
    ChuckMarunde@gmail.com

    From Los Angeles

    It's rare, but once in awhile life provides the perfect collaborator for an important endeavor such as buying your new home. For me that person was Chuck Marunde. His two decade background as a Real Estate Attorney, his prolific career as an author of articles and books on Real Estate and his forthright and moral character made choosing Chuck a no-brainer. Chuck is dedicated, thorough, incredible at the negotiating table, knowledgeable about all local laws & regs but, most importantly, Chuck loves what he does. And what he does is find his client the perfect property. Chuck isn't about making the sale, he's about making the sale that is OPTIMUM for his CLIENT and this makes Chuck a rare bird indeed. I love my new home in Sequim and I am indebted to Chuck for making it happen. Kevin E.

    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.

    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.
    Sequim Real Estate

    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
    Sequim Real Estate Bookstore

    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

    Who is Chuck Marunde?

    Chuck Marunde is the #1 Sequim Buyer's Agent, having sold more homes (by volume) to buyers than any other agent or any "team" of agents for the past seven years. He is the author of thousands of articles for buyers on this real estate blog, and he is the author of several real estate books for buyers and one for sellers. He is the creator of many free tools that buyers use and love every day. He is recognized as a national expert on real estate transactions, marketing, and negotiating. Please schedule your appointment to view homes with Chuck well in advance of arriving in Sequim.
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