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Are Private Wells Safe?

Are private wells safe?  My clients often ask this question, and it’s a good question, especially if you’ve never had a private well before and you’ve always been on a public water supply.  Private wells are safer than public water systems in some ways and not as safe in other ways.  I’ll explain what I mean.

Private Wells and Quality

Private wells

We are very fortunate that Sequim private wells generally have very good water, clean and pure.  Wells are typically 50 to 80 feet deep with water at 30 or 40 feet, and water flows of 8 to 20 gallons per minute produce more water than a family can use.  There are a few wells in the valley on the side of a mountain where water was not reached or where there is a lot of iron in the water (in the Blyn area).  Otherwise, private wells produce plenty of pure drinking water.

Private Wells v. Public Water

One of the drawbacks to using a public water system is that it is subject to pollution.  That is rare, but it has happened.  The more likely health hazard using public drinking water is the high levels of Chlorine they use.  I once heard the statement, “You don’t want to drink public water without Chlorine to kill contaminants, but you certainly don’t want to put all that Chlorine into your body.”  If you have a private well, you can keep your well pure without these concerns.

Private Wells and Contamination

Well experts will tell you that a well head is sealed, and there is virtually no way for a private water system to get contaminated from the well itself.  It is a “closed system” as they say.  As long as the aquifer deep below the surface is not polluted from a nearby source of industrial contamination, which we don’t have in the Sequim valley anywhere that I can recall, there is no possibility of contamination.  This is good news, unless you own a well that was installed prior to 1985.  Prior to 1985, believe it or not, well heads were not sealed.  In the photo above you can see an example of a well that is pre-1985, and the well cap did not have a rubber seal of any kind.  While the cap was bolted securely on the well head, it still was not perfectly sealed, and tiny ants got in this well.  This was so rare, even the well drilling company had never heard of this happening.  It was not a major issue, because the owner simply ran the hose and the faucets in the house, and the ants got washed out of the system.  A water sample was taken and no nitrates or bacteria were found, but to be safe the well was “shocked,” meaning that Chlorine crystals were dropped in the well.  Of course, a rubber seal was installed, and the well cap put back in place.

I’ve written two other articles on private wells for your edification, including Sequim Private Wells and Well Logs and Sequim Well Inspections.  If you’re buying a lot or a home with a private well, understanding the issues of private wells is an important part of your due diligence.

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Sequim Home Inspection – What’s Involved?

I recommend all my buyers have a Sequim home inspection completed as one of the contingencies of buying a home in Sequim.  You can do your own Sequim home inspection if you are an expert in construction, heating and circulation systems, wells and septics, electrical, foundations, roofing, siding, appliances, and so on, but most of my buyers are not.  It makes sense, in my opinion, to hire a local expert who has inspected hundreds of homes in the area and who knows the potential red flags that will protect you from buying a home with a serious defect.

Sequim Home Inspection for Buyers

Sequim Home Inspection

Sequim Home Inspection Process

This morning I will attend a home inspection with a client from California.  As a Sequim Buyer’s Agent, I like to attend inspections with my clients when possible, but especially when they cannot be here.  This is a three bedroom single level home in a very nice neighborhood with a peaceful view of farmers’ fields from the back yard and a sweet view of the Olympic Mountains.  This is a beautiful home with great curb appeal, and this is all the more reason to have a detailed Sequim home inspection done by an expert.  If there are issues of any kind that are not visible, but could be expensive problems to repair later, my clients need to know now so they can have the seller take care of the problem or negotiate a reduction in the price they already agreed upon.

Sequim Home Inspector

Sequim Home Inspection Cost

A Sequim home inspection will typically cost from $350 to $450, a price well worth the information and protection in my opinion. As a buyer, you pay this cost, normally directly to your Sequim home inspector.  While a home inspection is not a guarantee, it is a form of insurance so you won’t be surprised with a problem that could or should have been caught before you close your purchase.

In this photo Tyler Conkle explains what he looks for in the electrical system during a Sequim home inspection.

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Sequim septic inspector and designer Eric Hibbard conducted a septic inspection on this home just sold between Sequim and Port Angeles.  This home is a new manufactured home built with high quality and custom options, which makes it a “cut above” many stick built homes that were built by discount home builders in the area.  This home also sits on 1.25 acres in an area of similar sized lots, and has a view of the mountains to the south.  There actually is a small water view looking out the dining room window and kitchen window to the south.

Sequim Septic Inspector Examines Home

Sequim Septic Inspector

Sequim Septic Inspector Eric Hibbard

Sequim Septic Inspector

Buying  a home in a rural area outside the Public Utility District means having your own well and your own private septic system inspected prior to closing.  A septic inspection is not complicated or expensive, but you really need a Sequim septic inspector who is licensed and certified to do that job.  There are stringent requirements for septic systems, and it is fairly well known that the laws now require systems that are designed to far exceed the standards needed.  All the more reason to hire a Sequim septic inspector to be sure the home you’re buying is up to the legal standards and that there are no problems lurking in dark places.

One assumption home buyers sometimes make is that all septic systems should be pumped by the seller before closing.  According to Eric Hibbard, that is not true.  If a septic tank is pumped too early, the bacterial action necessary to break down contents will be interrupted, and the septic system will not operate at peak efficiency.  After measuring the level of solids and liquids in this system, Eric recommended the system not be pumped.  It was operating perfectly.

Our Sequim septic inspector also examines the drain field to make sure it is working properly.  A system permitted for two bedrooms will have a drainfield that is 100 feet long, and you add 50 feet to the drainfield for each additional bedroom.

Sequim Septic Inspector and Designer

There’s a good reason to keep Eric Hibbard’s contact information in your rolodex (does anyone still use a rolodex?), because the law now requires an annual septic certification by a certified inspector.  It’s a pain, but it needs to be done to comply with the law, although there is no code enforcer on this requirement.  Should you need an annual inspection, I do recommend Eric, because he is not only licensed and certified, he is also very knowledgeable and professional.

Eric Hibbard, can be reached at Soils Application in Carlsbord (between Sequim and Port Angeles) at 360-683-6300, your friendly Sequim septic inspector.

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As a Home Inspector I am involved in continuing education.  Keeping up-to-date with current building practices, changes in standards and unfortunately, sometimes product defects and re-calls that affect the inspection industry is a full time occupation.  I am often asked questions concerning the reputation of not only the builders, but of the quality and types of the building materials being used in the construction of newer homes and attached decks and balconies.  Although the majority of our local contractors are in the business of quality workmanship when building or renovating homes, they are still subject to the possibility of having used less than superior or even acceptable materials.

Some manufacturers are responding to distributor’s, wholesaler’s, retailer’s and customer’s complaints by issuing alerts and warnings of product deterioration and failure.  Installing the decking to meet each particular manufacturer’s specifications is paramount in complying with warranty guidelines and restrictions.  Taking a moment to look over the following information could help your clients better understand that even using the most currently advertised materials is no guarantee that problems will not develop in the future.  It is my job as an inspector to carefully relay any applicable information, based on the visible conditions observed at the time of inspection that may impact the life expectancy of the decking materials that were used in both new construction and renovated decks and balconies.


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Septic System Inspections

Sequim Septic SystemsWhen you buy a home, it is wise to have a septic system inspection unless you are on a public sewer system.  A septic system consists of a tank and a drainfield.  The tank holds the solids and the liquids overflow into the drainfield and are dissipated.  In our Washington real estate forms and “Septic Addendum,” it is the seller’s responsibility to have the septic system inspected.  The temptation of some buyers is to require a seller to pump the septic system, but that could actually cause damage to the system.

According to Jerry Jacobs shown in this photo inspecting a Sequim septic system, a tank should not be pumped unless it has 30% or more of solids in the tank.  In a standard sized tank of 1,000 gallons, that would be 18 inches or more of solids.  Why wouldn’t you automatically pump a tank clean even though it has less than 30% of solids?  A septic system needs bacteria to work.  The waste water separates into layers in the septic tank. This is where the process of decomposition begins. Bacteria, which are naturally present in all septic systems, begin to digest the solids that have settled to the bottom of the tank, transforming up to 50 percent of these solids into liquids and gases.  If you pump a tank too early or too often, you inhibit the bacteria building and decomposition process.

Septic systems can last for years, but if not maintained properly, you could end up with a hefty expense some day.  Here are a few important tips to make your septic system last forever.  By the way, if you are a retired couple and don’t have a lot of company staying with you, you probably won’t have to have your septic tank pumped for many years.

  1. Do not use a garbage disposal. These items usually double the amount of solids added to the tank, and according to Jerry Jacobs is a major reason for septic system failure.
  2. Do not use your wash machine excessively.  Also prevent clothing lint from getting into the system, because it clogs drainfields.
  3. Do not flush non biodegradable products into your system (read the content descriptions on packages).
  4. Do not dump solvents, oils, paints, thinners, disinfectants, pesticides or poisons down the drain which can disrupt the treatment process and contaminate the groundwater.
  5. Do not dig in your drainfield or build anything over it.
  6. Do not drive over your drainfield or compact the soil in any way.
  7. Do not plant trees or shrubbery in the absorption field area, because the roots can get into the lines and plug them.  Grass is the only thing that should be planted on or near a drainfield.

A special thanks to Jerry Jacobs for sharing his wisdom with this author.

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Are Sequim home inspectors or Port Angeles home inspectors good, all the same, and are they all reliable or biased?  There is some nonsense going around on the Internet about the “dangers of getting a referral for a home inspector from your Realtor.”  If you are buying a home in Sequim or Port Angeles, I’ll tell you the honest-to-God truth in this brief article about home inspectors.

Here is a comment by someone who knows just enough to be dangerous themselves.

“Asking your Realtor is NOT a great way to find an inspector. Your Realtor gets paid only if the home sale goes through. Many good inspectors are called, ‘Deal Killers’ by R.E. agents and will not appear on a list of inspectors that are referred to home buying clients.”

This sentiment is echoed by self-appointed real estate expert Barry Stone, who himself is a home inspector:

“The trunk of the problem is this: Agents do not get paid until the sale is completed, and defect disclosure can make buyers change their minds about the sale. Since the best home inspectors disclose more defects, a large number of real estate agents regard the best home inspectors as “deal killers” — not because those inspectors actually kill deals, but because their thoroughness engenders the fear that they might kill a deal. As a result, some agents do not refer the best inspectors to their clients. Meanwhile, unwary clients assume that they are getting top-notch home inspection referrals from their agents.”

What is the truth about Realtor referrals and home inspectors in our small communities?  I think I know all the home inspectors here, and they are all good, honest, hard working, and ethical men.  There is absolutely no question about this.  They all work off very detailed checklists, and the boilerplate checklists are almost exactly the same.  Why?  Because the issues of concern that have been developed over the past decade are common concerns that intelligent home inspectors all address in their inspections.

As for Realtors trying to hire home inspectors that won’t do a good job so the buyer can be fooled and the Realtor can get a quick commission, that is pure nonsense.  At least it is here on the Olympic Peninsula.  I’ve seen a lot of home inspections, and a seller is simply not going to be able to hide anything that is discoverable by a home inspector, and it is very very hard to hide a defect from a home inspector.  There is no inspector in Sequim or Port Angeles that will intentionally not disclose a defect!

Home inspectors are also under the microscope to do an extremely thorough inspection, because the liabilities of getting sued and dragged through expensive litigation are simply too great to risk just to help a Realtor cheat a buyer.  Maybe in some corner of Los Angeles or in New York city these kinds of conspiracies can happen, but not here.

Sequim home inspectors and Port Angeles home inspectors are some of the best in the country, and you would be justified in relying upon your Realtor’s recommendation for a good home inspector.

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What is a Home Inspection?


While a home inspection is not required by law in Washington, it certainly is wise for a buyer to hire a home inspector to examine the home and discover any possible major problems that may effect their desire to complete the purchase.

While most people get that, there are some major misunderstandings about what a home inspection is and is not. In this article, we interview Tyler Conkle of Vanguard Inspection Services Inc. in Sequim to learn what a home inspection is and what is and is not included in a home inspection.

I ask Tyler to tell us what is included in a home inspection.

A home inspection involves the inspection of key systems in a home, including:

1. The grounds. This includes service walks, driveways and parking, porches, steps, patios, decks and balconies, fences, landscaping that effects the foundation, retaining walls, hose bibs, and any other conditions that may effect the house itself.

2. The electrical. This includes the heating system, air conditioning or heat pump, outlets, and lighting.

3. The roof. We inspect the eaves, the gable, the roof covering (shingles), flashing, skylights, and plumbing vents.

4. The exterior. This includes the chimney, gutters and scuppers or eavestrough, siding, trim, soffets, fascia, flashing, windows, and crawlspace.

5. The garage. We inspect the garage door and the opener, the floor condition (concrete or otherwise), exterior service door, electrical issues, fire separation from the house, and the ceiling.

6. The kitchen. This includes countertops, cabinets, plumbing components, walls and ceiling, heating and cooling source, and appliances.

7. The laundry room. This includes the laundry sink, plumbing, venting for the dryer, electrical, G.F.C.I., appliances, and gas shut off.

8. The bathrooms. This includes a detailed inspection of the tubs and sinks and the plumbing, the shower, toilet, walls and ceilings, heating, circulation, and for each of the bathrooms.

9. The bedrooms. Each bedroom is inspected for all the necessary components, electrical outlets working, vents, heating and cooling, fans, ingress and egress, fire alarms, and doors.

10. The interior. This includes everything already listed but also interior windows, window seals, fireplace, stairs, steps, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

11. The attic. The attic is inspected for sound structure, the type of insulation and whether it is sufficient, venting, where fans are exhausted to, HVAC duct, chimney case, evidence of condensation or moisture, and vapor barriers.

12. The crawl space. This involves inspecting for access, foundation walls, siesmic bolts, drainage, ventilation, girders/beams/columns, joists, sub flooring, moisture stains, insulation, vapor barrier, and any signs of problems.

13. The plumbing. All plumbing systems are checked throughout the house, including water service and pressure, main shut offs, well pump, water heater (capacity and combusion air venting), and water softener.

14. The heating system. The system is examined and operated to test it for correct operations and heating, including electrical controls and systems. Cooling systems are also tested extensively.

There is much more to an inspection, because these are just the categories and each category involves a detailed inspection. While some inspectors rush in and out in 20 minutes, Tyler Conkle is known for often taking two or three hours to complete a home inspection, but that only points out how through his inspections are.

I ask Tyler what is one of the challenges for him in working with buyers. “Buyers think that peripherals are part of the inspection. But things outside the home, like sprinkler systems, hot tubs, septic systems, and so on are not part a home inspection. These are what we call peripherals. A home inspection inspects the home, not peripherals.”

“Sometimes buyers don’t understand when they hire a home inspector that there must be a signed contract and that the contract explains what is not included in an inspection. We do a tremendous amount of work for $350 and we put all that in writing in a detailed written report, but some people are wanting a guarantee or an insurance policy. Realtors often will tell buyers that a home inspection is cheap insurance, but is definitely not insurance. What is sometimes hard for buyers to understand is that when my inspection is done, while I have done the inspection to the best of my ability, my liability ends when my inspection is done. Home inspectors are not home insurers. If a buyer wants insurance, they need to pay for an insurance policy through a company that offers warranties on home appliances and other items.” Tyler explained that without the contract, the home inspector is not covered by his liability insurance. It is his insurance company that requires he have a signed contract.

Can a person do their own inspection or just have their contractor do it? Sure. Is it a good idea? No. There’s a big difference between an experienced and professional home inspector and someone who has just enough knowledge to be dangerous.

Tyler has taught home inspectors in seminars. He would ask the students what time is was, and they would all look at their watch. Then he would ask, “what color is the face of your watch?” Immediately they would all look at their watches, because they don’t know. Nine times out of ten a person doesn’t know what color their watch is even though they look at it 80 times a day. This is the diference between a home inspector and someone who does not have a trained eye.

Even a contractor can be looking at a window in a house and see it diferently than a home inspector. A contractor is looking to see if it was installed correctly and that it was caulked correctly. Tyler asked a contractor once, “Did you notice the thermal seal is blown?” “Oh, no I wasn’t looking for that.” A home inspector is trained to inspect things most people don’t even notice.

Thanks to Tyler Conkle at Vanguard Inspection Services Inc. for spending time with us and sharing some of his knowledge.

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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

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
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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