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It makes sense to look at Sequim foreclosures and Port Angeles foreclosures if you are retiring and looking for the best value in your retirement home.  But I don’t want you to waste time on sites that purport to list foreclosures when they do not. There are many, and in Clallam County that includes inaccurate data on Foreclosure.com and RealtyTrac.com.  There is one accurate source of information on foreclosures that are in the actual process of being foreclosed or already have been.  Here I share that resource with you.  This site is the Clallam County Auditor’s website, and you’ll find recorded documents for any foreclosure in the county on this site.  No other service anywhere on the Internet has this original and accurate information on Sequim foreclosures and Port Angeles foreclosures.

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Another Sequim Foreclosure Disaster

Looking at a Sequim foreclosure?  Thinking about making an offer on a Sequim foreclosure?  Think again, unless you have months to fool around and are prepared for a lot of nonsense from the bank and their asset manager.  In some markets, like Las Vegas and Phoenix, the foreclosure market is much more organized, and asset managers have been forced to get a quick education on how to facilitate sales.  Not so in Sequim.

Sequim Foreclosure Disasters

Here we are almost in April.  Last November I wrote an offer for a client on a Sequim foreclosure now owned by Union Bank.  What a nightmare of four months that became for my client.  What could go wrong you ask?  I’ll give you with the short version of a buyer who tried to buy a Sequim foreclosure.

Sequim Foreclosure

Sequim Foreclosure Negotiating Nightmare

The subject property (a Sequim foreclosure) was listed, and my client wanted to make a full price offer ($179,000), but the listing was terminated within a week of being posted.  We were told that the asset manager wanted to get the properties formally appraised before they would be re-listed.  I had a good idea of what the fair market value of this home was, and my guess was about $200,000, plus or minus.  My client asked me to write an offer at $185,000 for this unfinished home, and we submitted that offer.  It was rejected with no counteroffer.  We were told the asset manager wanted to get an independent appraisal.  That should take about 3 days, but it took weeks.  We were then told the bank wanted to hire a contractor and finish the home even though my client was willing to do that.  My clients asked me, “what do we have to do to buy this home?”  I could not get an answer from the listing agent who could not get an answer from the asset manager who probably could not get an answer from Union Bank.  We could get no counteroffer at any price.  This went on for weeks.

After harassing the nice listing agent for weeks about this Sequim foreclosure, we finally got the asset manager to make a counteroffer, which they did at $235,000.  I asked the listing agent how the asset manager came up with that number.  The answer was they picked a number they thought would be much higher than any appraisal.  (If I were texting, I would type, “OMG!”)  At this point I began to wonder if there was any adult supervision at Union Bank.  (more…)

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Sequim Investors Cannot Find Homes to Buy

Sequim investors cannot find great deals on homes in Sequim.  They are literally unable to find good investment properties to buy with cash.  You would think that in this recession that there would be many homes at incredible bargain prices, and that Sequim investors would be swooping in to snap them up, but such deals do not seem to exist in our market.  Why is that?

Sequim Investors Get Skunked

Sequim InvestorsThe headlines around the country for quite a while have been all about the large numbers of foreclosures flooding the market, the crashing housing prices, the home builders going bankrupt, and the mortgage debacle.  Stories are told again and again about the guy who bought a three bedroom home in Vegas for $75,000, or the couple who bought a four bedroom mountain view home on 20 acres in Arizona for $225,000.  Stories abound.

So why can’t Sequim investors find these extraordinary deals?  They don’t exist in Sequim.  Nor do they exist in Port Angeles.  It sure seems like they should, but they don’t.  I have cash buyers waiting for me to find an extraordinary deal.  Try as I might, and I look at a lot of homes in the area, I have not found a home that a Sequim investor could buy, put $20,000 into it with their own labor, and re-sell for a profit.

Sequim Investors Say Where Are The Deals?

Some might think there are many homes for sale, and there are, but not the kind that can be resold within six months for a profit.  Sequim buyers, and this means retirees from outside the area, are not interested in 1970’s style homes with a split level floor plan, or an unusual floor plan, or a home in an unfavorable area.  Investors won’t touch these kinds of homes, because they cannot sell them.

If I could find a post-1990 three bedroom, two bath home with a normal floor plan, a roomy kitchen with plenty of cabinet and countertop space and about 2,400 square feet on a nice one acre lot with a mountain view of some kind, one that needed some remodeling and cosmetic work and could be purchased for about $185,000, I could sell that to an investor in a heartbeat.  He would put about $20,000 to $30,000 into it, lots of labor, and resell it for $240,000.  That would work, but believe it or not, this kind of investment does not exist.  There are homes like this, but the owners want $240,000 for them now, and that leaves no room for investors to profit.  Unlike many areas in the country, the bottom of the Sequim real estate market never fell dramatically.

Sequim Investors Disappointed

While this news has been disappointing to Sequim Investors, it is actually a sign of stability and strength in the Sequim housing market, and this bodes well for sellers as well as buyers.  Buyers won’t find the steal of the century here, but they will buy a home in a stable market and that is a good thing.  Sequim investors may have to look to Vegas or Phoenix to investor their money, and even that will be fraught with significant risk.

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Clallam County Foreclosures

Clallam County Foreclosures are small in number, among the lowest foreclosure rates in the United States.  RealtyTrac just came out with an interactive map to view the number of foreclosures in every state and every county.  Click on this map below, and when you have the map loaded on your browser, zoom in on Washington state and then drag your mouse over the counties and a small window will show the number of foreclosures.

Clallam County Foreclosures

Clallam County Foreclosures

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Clallam County Foreclosures

In King County 1 in 603 homes are in foreclosure.  In Pierce County 1 in 529 homes are in foreclosure.  Skagit County, Snohomish County, Kitsap County, and Thurston County all have similar foreclosure rates.  Put this in perspective with Las Vegas (Clark County) which has 1 in 77 homes in foreclosure.

Now compare these rates to Clallam County foreclosures with 1 in 1,560 homes in foreclosure, and Jefferson County with 1 in 3,288 homes in foreclosure.

I wrote in an earlier article about Clallam County foreclosures that, “There are only 6  Sequim foreclosures listed for sale in the MLS today.  We have 835 homes listed in the MLS for sale today.  The Sequim foreclosures represent about 1/2 of 1% of the inventory.”  My argument in that article is that if you are a buyer, it is highly unlikely that you will find your retirement dream home in the foreclosure database.  There just are not very many Clallam County foreclosures.

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How to Find Sequim Foreclosures

How can you find Sequim foreclosures?  The Clallam County foreclosure market, including Sequim and Port Angeles is chaotic at best, but I’ve created several resources for you and they are all free.  Having practiced as a real estate attorney for 20 years and having done many foreclosures myself as well as represented many clients in purchasing foreclosures, I know what resources are available and what you as a buyer and investor need.  I also know what fees and costs can be compromised, and I know precisely how to negotiate the best possible price.

If you want to buy a foreclosure, may I suggest you use these resources online, and then do the next logical thing:  ask me to represent you as your Sequim Buyer’s Agent.  I cost you absolutely nothing, because the selling bank pays my fee even though I represent you against their best interests.  I love that, and my clients love that too.  Okay, let’s get to your free online resources for Sequim foreclosures.

Sequim Foreclosures

Sequim Foreclosures

Sequim Foreclosures

I have a site I designed to make it easy for you to search for listed Sequim foreclosures, which are called REO’s.  These are foreclosures that are back in the bank’s ownership and have been listed in put in the Sequim MLS and the Port Angeles MLS.  This site pulls up the foreclosures that are listed in the Northwest MLS and are foreclosures.  The site is Sequim Foreclosures.  You can also just click on the above image.

Sequim Foreclosures

If you search my blog, Sequim Real Estate Blog, with the phrase foreclosures, you will find many articles, videos, and links to Sequim foreclosures.

  1. Are Sequim Foreclosures a Bargain?

    Sequim foreclosures may not be the best values right now and using the online Sequim MLS will be your best bet for finding the ideal home at the best price.
  2. Is Your Sequim Home in Foreclosure or Close To It?

    Foreclosure Process in Sequim Do you own a Sequim or Port Angeles home that is now in foreclosure or just a month or two away from the foreclosure process?
  3. Looking at Sequim Foreclosures

    Jun 20, 2010 I’ve showed several Sequim foreclosures recently to several clients. One of these properties is a nice five acre parcel in a great area,
  4. Foreclosure Process Defective

    The foreclosure process of many homes around the country is being challenged because of allegations of wrongful procedures by financial institutions.
  5. Foreclosures of the Rich and Famous

    Foreclosures are not just hitting “average folk.” Even the rich and famous The foreclosure saga of Ed McMahon, 85, Johnny Carson’s former “Tonight Show”
  6. Foreclosures

    As a real estate attorney who handled many foreclosures and short sales, and now who represents buyers in short sales as a real estate agent,
  7. Short Sales and Foreclosures

    Sequim Foreclosures, Port Angeles Foreclosures, and Short Sale Opportunities for Buyers …. in utah and your post on Sales and Foreclosures looks right on!
  8. Port Angeles Foreclosures

    The following foreclosure database is a subscription service I pay for, but I offer it to you here at no cost with the permission of the largest foreclosure
  9. The Truth About Buying Foreclosures

    When we speak of a foreclosure, we are referring to a note and need of trust which is in default. The note is the evidence of the debt, and the deed of
  10. Foreclosures, Short Sales, and Credit Scores

    Apr 25, 2010 What effect does a foreclosure or a short sale have on your credit score? Negatives on a credit report are scored by three factors: recency

Search for your Sequim foreclosures and then email me at chuckmarunde@gmail.com or call me anytime at 360-775-5424.

Sequim foreclosures courtesy of Chuck Marunde.

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Are Sequim Foreclosures a Bargain?

People ask me if there are some great deals in Sequim foreclosures or Port Angeles foreclosures.  The real estate market in the Sequim area is different than many other areas of the country, and that is true with foreclosures, too.  The foreclosure market here has been chaotic at best, and a disaster at worst.  I talk about Sequim foreclosures in this short video.

Sequim Foreclosures

Sequim Foreclosures and Good Deals

Properties that have been foreclosed on are listed and put in the Sequim MLS, so there is no need for a special database to search for Sequim foreclosures.  The question some people are asking is whether there are any good deals (i.e. steals) on foreclosures between the time the loan goes into default and the time it is sold at the courthouse and gets listed in put in the MLS?

Sequim ForeclosuresThe answer is a clear and unqualified, “No.”  No one I know has purchased a steal or any kind of incredible home at an extraordinarily low price.  Not during the time I practiced law as a foreclosure attorney, nor as a real estate agent or broker in the entire Sequim and Port Angeles areas.  Surely, someone somewhere will know someone who knows someone who got a $125,000 home for $85,000 and only had to put another $12,000 into it to make it inhabitable.  Those kinds of deals are very rare, so rare that I don’t even know anyone who knows anyone who has bought any cheap Sequim foreclosures.  I know people in Vegas who have, but not here.

Sequim Foreclosures and the MLS

I believe some of the best opportunities right now in this market are found by motivated sellers who want to sell their home to move closer to their children and grand kids.  Want to buy a $775,000 home for a $90,000 discount?  That home is probably owned by a retired couple who want to move closer to family in California or Texas or the east coast.  But that home is not a foreclosure.

Sequim foreclosures may not be the best values right now and using the online Sequim MLS will be your best bet for finding the ideal home at the best price.

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Sequim Foreclosures

Clients often ask me about Sequim foreclosures and whether they should be looking for a good deal among the Sequim foreclosures or the Port Angeles foreclosures.  I looked up all the foreclosures this calendar year (from Jan 1 to Oct 22, 2010).  We’ve had a total of 404 foreclosures as evidenced by the “Notice of Trustee’s Sale” documents that have been recorded.  This includes foreclosures in all of Clallam County.

Sequim Foreclosures

Sequim Foreclosures
Sequim Foreclosures Not So Many

The number of Sequim foreclosures is a much small number.  A Notice of Trustee’s Sale must be recorded part way through the foreclosure process.  The beginning of the foreclosure process is the issuance of a Notice of Default, but in Washington that document isn’t recorded, so there will be more foreclosures than represented by the number Notice of Trustee’s Sales recorded.  But that is offset by the fact that some Notice of Trustee’s Sales are recorded more than once, and there are also Discontinuances (termination of the foreclosure).

Sequim Foreclosures Not for Retirees

This means that the actual number of Sequim foreclosures is a small number, perhaps 50 homes.  Can retirees find great deals in this inventory of foreclosures?  Not really.  The many clients I have been working with over the past several years have not found a nice home in a good area at a great price among the Sequim foreclosures.  Trying to find a foreclosure you would want to live in and trying to negotiate with a bank REO on the east coast is a bit like entering a Twilight Zone movie.

There are also many problems looming in buying a foreclosure because of the legal problems with the bank foreclosure process.  See my earlier article at Sequim Foreclosures and Problems.

I don’t list foreclosures, but I do represent clients as a Sequim Buyer’s Agent or a Foreclosure Buyer’s Agent.  If you do find a foreclosure you want to buy, why not use a retired real estate attorney who understands foreclosures intimately and who is a Sequim real estate broker?  Email me or call me on my cell phone.  Sequim foreclosures are not necessarily the best buy for retirees but if you find one I would love to represent you.

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Foreclosure Process in SequimDo you own a Sequim or Port Angeles home that is now in foreclosure or just a month or two away from the foreclosure process?  It is a sign of the times that many good people find themselves on the verge of foreclosure or in the middle of one.  Some have suffered the loss of their full-time job.  Others have a limited pension, but with large losses in retirement funds managed by so-called professional money managers during the past two years, increasing health care costs, and financial uncertainty, continuing to make large monthly payments on a mortgage is no longer manageable.

In earlier years you might have simply sold your home and down scaled, but with the real estate recession, many homes are now upside down:  they are worth less than the balance of the mortgage.  Some have put their homes up for sale, but have not had any buyers make an offer.

What can you do if you are close to foreclosure or in foreclosure?

As a real estate attorney I did many foreclosures in Sequim and Port Angeles.  I know the process, the costs and fees associated with a foreclosure, the timelines involved, and I know what it takes to keep your house out of foreclosure.  Some of the costs and fees can be compromised, and there are statutory deadlines that cannot be compromised.

As a real estate broker I know what it takes to sell a home in this market.  I also have worked with banks on loan modifications and short sales.  To help my clients and prospective clients, I have many online articles about the foreclosure process, short sales, and marketing a home in this market.

If you are in or approaching a foreclosure on your home in Sequim or Port Angeles, and you would like to sit down with me for a free consultation on what the process involves, how much time you have, what you can do, and whether trying to sell your home makes sense, call me at 360-775-5424 for an appointment.  Do not procrastinate, because time is your enemy in this situation, and I can help only if we have enough time before the statutory Trustee’s Sale at the courthouse.

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Sequim foreclosure home for sale – One acre country home just outside of Sequim, Washington now in default and foreclosure and must be sold fast.  This is a fine two-story Colonial custom home with over 3,400 square feet, a 3-car attached garage with a very high ceiling, a glass sun room, a large kitchen with lots of custom built cabinets, and an unusually large laundry room just off the kitchen, which doubles as a mud room from the garage.  This home has  3 bedrooms, one den, and one extra room.

As the photos show here, this really is a beautiful home.  The yard and the house are looking a bit run down right now precisely because the mortgage is in default and will be sold at a foreclosure sale unless someone snatches it up at cost.  The sellers will net zero on this sale at $510,000.  Update:  Price just reduced by seller to $460,000.  Must be sold fast. This house was originally listed for sale at $699,000, but this real estate market has taken a toll on many sellers, and buyers now have the opportunity to walk in and pick this stunning property and home up for bargain price.

The location is great if you’re looking for a country home.  There’s something majestic about the look of this home when you first see it and every single time you drive by it.  I’ve been driving past this home since I first moved to Sequim in 1994.  I lived just down the hill on Ward Road adjacent to the Olympic Game Farm.  I believe every time I ever passed this home on Lotzgezell, whether I was jogging, bicycling, or driving my car, I always had to look at this home, which sits down Three Firs Lane and off Lotzgezell several hundred yards.  It has a majestic appearance that makes it stunning.  Maybe I just love a traditional colonial, or maybe this home is beautiful to everyone.  What do you think?

This home needs some tender loving care, but remember it is a foreclosure.  Now I’ve seen a lot of foreclosures for sale, and I can tell you this one is head and shoulders above the rest.  Most foreclosures are terribly run down and many in this market have been looted of fixtures and appliances by the prior owners.

To see more photographs and details on this home, go to Sequim Foreclosure Home for Sale.

If you have an interest in looking at this home, call me right away at 360-775-5424.

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Sequim Foreclosures

This is a list of houses in Sequim that are in various stages of foreclosure, according to Foreclosure.com.   I pay for a monthly subscription fee to be able to access specific information on these sites.   I wish their system would simply allow me to include a link you could use for more detailed information, but Foreclosure.com’s system will not allow that.   But if you see one you have driven past   and you like what you see, you can email me, and I’ll get you the information in the database and email it to you.   Courtesy of Chuck Marunde.

Street Street Address City
Foreclosure 341 Pike Pl Sequim
Foreclosure 350 W Turnh… Sequim
Foreclosure 140 Osprey … Sequim
Foreclosure Lot 3 Pries… Sequim
Foreclosure 312 Dungene… Sequim
Foreclosure Parcel B Sv… Sequim
Foreclosure 131 Alpine … Sequim
Foreclosure 61 Gupster Rd Sequim
Foreclosure 109 Southwe… Sequim
Foreclosure 1090 N Mari… Sequim
Foreclosure 2096 Hooker Rd Sequim
Foreclosure 124 White D… Sequim
Preforeclosure 440 W Spruc… Sequim
Preforeclosure 180 Coral Dr Sequim
Preforeclosure 343 Gupster Rd Sequim
Preforeclosure 234 W Hammo… Sequim
Preforeclosure 102 Madera Pl Sequim
Preforeclosure 242 Mcdonal… Sequim
Preforeclosure 1780 Hooker Rd Sequim
Preforeclosure 191 S Olymp… Sequim
Bankruptcy 1740 Gardin… Sequim
Bankruptcy 281 Bon Jon… Sequim
Bankruptcy 260 Indepen… Sequim
Bankruptcy 175 W Prair… Sequim
Bankruptcy 174 Camelot Rd Sequim
Bankruptcy 664 Marshal… Sequim
Bankruptcy 1033 River Rd Sequim
Bankruptcy 4212 Woodco… Sequim
Bankruptcy 122 Applega… Sequim
Bankruptcy 160 S Solma… Sequim
Bankruptcy 160 Shelly Ln Sequim
Bankruptcy 131 Stone Rd Sequim
Bankruptcy 10 Kane Ln Sequim

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Sequim Real Estate Foreclosures – Caution

Recently, Inman News published an article on the misleading prices that are often attached to Trulia.com and Yahoo! Real Estate pre-foreclosure listings. It’s a good read, which features commentary and possible solutions from Foreclosure.com Founder, President and CEO, Brad Geisen, about how to correct the problem.

Unfortunately (and unsurprisingly), RealtyTrac.com Vice President of Marketing, Rick Sharga, took exception to Brad’s input. That’s because the company that he represents supplies Trulia.com and Yahoo! Real Estate with their foreclosure data.

Let’s go through a few of Mr. Sharga’s comments line-by-line to clear the air once and for all. Here he is talking about their misleading listings:

Neither Yahoo Real Estate or Trulia or RealtyTrac is setting out to mislead anybody. Anybody looking to purchase a foreclosure property is going to have to educate themselves a little on the process. Its not as straightforward as just buying a resale property from an agent.

Whether it is done intentionally or not, RealtyTrac and by association Trulia.com and Yahoo! Real Estate doesn’t appear to have either the desire or the ability to make it clear that the prices associated with some distressed listings are often not sale prices. Therefore, while Mr. Sharga claims, in theory, that he and his partners are not setting out to mislead anybody the reality is that they are.

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Foreclosure properties for sale in Sequim and Port Angeles are now available through a retired real estate attorney who himself did many foreclosures in Sequim and Port Angeles. Chuck Marunde now offers his clients a service at no cost, which gives them the ability to search the entire foreclosure database here, including pre-foreclosure properties, trustee sale properties, and REO properties (already foreclosed and listed for sale). This service is offered through Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate, LLC.

The following is taken from the search page:

The following foreclosure database is a subscription service I pay for, but I offer it to you here at no cost with the permission of the largest foreclosure database in the country, Foreclosure.com. If I can answer a question for you about the foreclosure process or how to bid for a foreclosure, either before the Trustee’s Sale, at the the Sale, or when the property is an REO (bank owned listing), don’t hesitate to email me or call me at 360-775-5424. By the way, if you’re looking for foreclosures in any county in Washington or in any state, make your offer through me. I just might be able to save you a lot of money because of my experience. Why not use me to make money?

One thing I want to share with you up front, although this is self promoting, is that I’ve done more foreclosure work in Sequim and Port Angeles than most, since I was a real estate attorney here, and I did many foreclosures and forfeitures from beginning to end. I know the process intimately, the costs involved, what can be waived or negotiated away, and how to deal with second mortgages, third liens, judgments, tax liens, bankruptcies, and L&I liens. Real estate agents have been calling me for 15 years to understand how to handle these issues. My point? I know this subject. Can I earn your business?

Search the Entire Foreclosure Database for Sequim and Port Angeles here.

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Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

Sequim Buyer's Agent (Atty Ret.)
Founder and Broker of
Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate dba iRealty Virtual Brokers
125 Olympic Ranch Ln, 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

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

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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