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The Double Contingency

A double contingency exists when a buyer makes an offer on a home (“Home A”) contingent upon the sale of the buyer’s own home (“Home B”), and when another buyer makes an offer on Home B contingent on the sale of their home (“Home C”).

Double Contingency

Double Contingency Offer

Would a seller be willing to sign an offer with a double contingency? That depends on the strength of the other two offers. In a recent transaction I handled with a double contingency, Home B had already passed all the due diligence inspections and an appraisal came in satisfactorily. The offer on Home C was also a clean offer with the main contingency being approval of the buyer’s loan, and we had a pre-approval letter on that buyer. So this double contingency still made a strong offer for the seller of Home A.

Double Contingency (Multiple Sales)

Almost every offer on a home has at least one contingency, such as financing, the home inspection, the well inspection, and the septic inspection. An additional contingency, such as the sale of the buyer’s home, complicates a transaction. A double contingency increases the probability of failure when you have two transactions that must successfully close in order for the final home (Home A) to close.

A double contingency must be done precisely, and all three transactions have to line up like dominoes to close one after the other. And the Realtors need exemplary knowledge of the correct addendums, the correct contract language, and how to facilitate every step involved. It’s no small challenge, but a double contingency can be done.

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How to sell my home is a question that many homeowners have been asking. The challenge for a homeowner without hands on experience within the real estate industry is that there are many myths about selling homes, and real estate professionals propagate some of these myths.

How to Sell My Home

How to Sell My Home

If you plan to sell your home, this is a must read. The subtitle is “20 Secrets You Need to Know.” They are secrets only because the vast majority of homeowners don’t know them. This book reveals what the author has learned over three decades in the real estate business as a real estate attorney and a real estate broker. How can you do a mind meld and soak up all this information and experience? Simply buy this book. Just one of the chapters could save you from common traps for the unwary and save you tens of thousands of dollars. This book would be especially valuable for anyone who is planning to sell their home and retire, because at that phase in your life, you cannot afford big mistakes, and you need maximize your net proceeds from the sale of your home. This book will help answer your search on “How to Sell My Home.”

Answers About How to Sell My Home

Here are the chapter titles, which gives you a peek into the contents about “How to Sell My Home.”

Myth 1: Traditional Advertising is All You Need
Myth 2: You Need a Listing Agent to Sell
Myth 3: List With the Highest Bidder
Myth 4: Every Agent Has the Best System
Myth 5: If It Doesn’t Sell, Try Something Different
Myth 6: Just Keep Reducing the Price
Myth 7: It’s Easy to Sell Your Own Home Today 
Chapter 8: 26-Point Interview Checklist 
Chapter 9: Never Let an Offer Die
Chapter 10: How Important Are Photographs?
Chapter 11: Accept Only Unambiguous Offers
Chapter 12: Handling The Home Inspection
Chapter 13: The Biggest Problem for Buyers
Chapter 14: The Closing Date is a Moving Target
Chapter 15: The 353 Day Short Sale
Chapter 16: MLS Marketing & The Twilight Zone
Chapter 17: What is Good Customer Service?
Chapter 18: How to Have a Great Relationship With Your Agent

The concepts and secrets in this book are relevant in any State in America. If you are selling where you live now in order to retire in Sequim or Port Angeles, this book could be very helpful. You will be able to answer the question, “How to Sell My Home” after reading this book, and you’ll learn what you don’t know about marketing your home, listing your home, and much more. To get a preview of Seven Myths or to purchase a copy, go to Seven Myths of Selling Your Home or to How to Sell My Home.

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Luck is Not a Good Strategy

Believe it or not some homeowners are hoping that luck will sell their homes.  But luck is not a good strategy.  Let me explain why I say that.  There are several elements to guessing, or hoping, or relying on a shot in the dark to sell a home.  Here are some of the common ones I see homeowners using in this real estate recession:

Number 1.  Listing with any real estate agent without due diligence on their experience or success (and may I add “integrity”) is not a good strategy.  Do you think education, experience, and integrity matter?  I’ll let you answer that.  The point is that just picking any agent out of the air and hiring that agent is shooting from the hip.  Not a good method for getting the most effective counsel you can get to sell your home in challenging times.  There are some very experienced agents with integrity.  Find one.

Number 2.  Guessing at what is effective today to market a home is not a good strategy.  For example, some homeowners do not know what advertising methods are effective.  They may not be tuned into what no longer works as well or what no longer works at all, and they may not be tuned into the latest and most powerful Internet marketing strategies.  Simply putting a listing in the Sunday issue classifieds is not an effective strategy anymore.  Or “maybe I should use Craigslist,” or “I think I’ll run an ad in . . .”

Number 3.  Wasting time on open houses is not a good strategy.  Read more about Why Open Houses Don’t Sell Homes.

Number 4.  Spinning your wheels trying to come up with brilliant new ideas is re-creating the wheel.  That’s not a good strategy when experts know precisely what works and doesn’t work and how to effectively market your home.

Number 5.  Dropping the price when you don’t know what else to do is not a good strategy in and of itself.  If your home isn’t being effectively marketed to reach the most qualified buyers, then dropping the price may be a good way to leave money on the table.

These approaches are relying on luck.  Luck is not a good strategy.  Selling your home should involve a great marketing plan based on effective strategies that work.

 

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How to Sell Your Home in This Market

How to Sell Your HomeHow to Sell Your Home in This Market is a one hour seminar for Sequim homeowners who want an eye-opening honest perspective on what it takes to sell a home today.  Real estate broker, attorney, and author Chuck Marunde will share 37 years of experience and the secrets of his online marketing system, including:

  1. How to bridge the gap from the traditional approach to the new world of marketing.
  2. Learn how to connect with “qualified buyers.”
  3. Learn how to interpret this market and what will happen in the coming months.
  4. Learn how to price your home to sell (that doesn’t mean keep reducing the price).
  5. Find out about the huge gap between buyers and sellers (unknown to sellers).
  6. Discover Digital and Virtual Real Estate
  7. Learn about the importance of social media & other technologies.
  8. Find out about search engines, SEO and how buyers search for Sequim homes.

How to Sell Your Home in This Market

Sequim Real Estate AgentThere will be a Q&A session at the end of this short one hour seminar, so bring your questions.  You’re welcome to take notes with a pen and paper, but no recording devices are allowed.  This seminar is specifically for homeowners who are not in the real estate business and who do not have a member of the family in the real estate business.  Chuck offers a separate seminar for Realtors.

The seminar is Wednesday the 8th of August at 6:00 p.m. at the Sequim Library.  If you can’t attend this seminar, you can still register for the next one.  To attend, please register online at SequimForSale.com.

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How to Price a Home for Sale

The question on how to price a home for sale in this market is perhaps the preeminent question of the day for sellers.  Everyone has an opinion, but not everyone gets it right.  I’ve examined thousands of homes that have sold and have not sold.  I’ve analyzed original listing prices, various price reductions, the timing of those price reductions, the days on market (DOM), and the final selling prices for those that actually sold. 

How to Price a Home for Sale

How to Price a Home for Sale

Opinions are often worth what we pay for them.  But this question about how to price a home for sale is critical.  Get it wrong and you may be stuck with your home for a long long time, and worse, you may actually end up selling it for a lot less than you could have had you priced it right from the beginning.  This is not an argument that you should sell your home at a garage sale price.  Anyone could do that if they were foolish.  This is an argument that there is an intelligent and wise approach on how to price a home for sale.  I’ll try to compact this entire article within this one long blog, but for a serious home seller who is grappling with these issues, I strongly urge you to sit down with me so we can have a two hour discussion to unpack these concepts and so I can give you a more detailed proof of these conclusions.

The issue is how to price a home for sale so it will sell within a reasonable period of time.  There are two keys: 1.) the original listing price must be right, and 2.) the price must be maintained throughout the term of the listing without irrational price reductions.  This doesn’t mean you cannot ever have a price reduction, but you should avoid irrational price reductions.  Selling your home is not just about selling it within a reasonable period of time, but selling it for the highest possible price.

How to Price a Home for Sale – The Principles

  • The original listing price should not be too high or too low.  There is a true FMV (fair market value), and it’s your Realtor’s job to help you identify that range of value and then how to pinpoint the ideal listing price within that range that will also be a sellable price.  Here’s where experience is critical.  An inexperienced Realtor can cost you time and a lot of money if he/she doesn’t know how to price a home for sale, but most sellers don’t figure that out until after it already has.
  • Listen to your Realtor (if he or she is experienced and knows how to do this).  Don’t tell your Realtor the price you “want,” and don’t demand a certain price.  Yes, it’s your home and your money, but far too many homeowners decide what they want or need, and that has nothing to do with FMV or how to price a home for sale.  Many homeowners in this market force their Realtors to walk with them for six months or a year before the homeowners finally get educated in the school of hard knocks and begin to “hear” what their Realtor has been politely saying with a soft voice.
  • Price too high in the beginning (because you wrongly think that leaves room to negotiate) and you will a.) miss out on buyers who never look at your home because it is priced just above what they will buy, and b.) pricing too high will turn off a lot of Realtors (they won’t admit this), and your listing will become stale on the market so it just won’t be on Realtors’ radar any more, and c.) end up with a big number of DOM (days on market), and that can actually be a red flag for some buyers.
  • Price a home for sale too high in the beginning, and you can actually end up losing money, because it will be on the market for a long time, and if you chase the market down as many sellers have in these past three years, you will keep having price reductions but always be a day late, and you could have sold it at a higher price in the beginning.
  • Price a home for sale too high in the beginning, and you may lose negotiating power as buyers will notice that you have had multiple price reductions (and buyers often laugh at how ridiculously high the original listing price was), and they will be looking for a steal–at your expense.
  • Identifying the exact listing price is not rocket science, nor is it governed by mathematical precision.  Everyone knows that, but there is a psychology of how to price a home for sale within a range of reasonable values.  There are price points, also referred to as “break points.”  This has more to do with how buyers search for homes online in the MLS than actual appraised values.  Price points are more significant at prices below $400,000.  As the price moves higher above $400,000, buyers are less inclined to use restrictive search parameters at a maximum price point.  This concept is known in economics as the elasticity of demand.  For example, if a home is reasonably listed at a true fair market value (FMV) of $1,000,000, buyers will still search from a low of $600,000 or $700,000 to a high that is much more than they can afford to a price of around $1,500,000, knowing all along that they are expecting to find the perfect home around $1,000,000.  On the other hand, someone who can afford a home priced around $250,000 will use much more narrow search parameters, such as $175,000 to $275,000.  The psychology of pricing (identifying the exact listing price) is a bigger factor in the lower price ranges than in the higher price ranges.  If you exceed the upper price range of buyers who are searching for homes like yours simply because you priced high to leave negotiating room, you just lost a potential buyer, and they may never come back.  It’s important to know how to price a home for sale so that you do connect with potential buyers from the first day your listing goes on the market.

How to Price a Home for Sale – The Reality

Altos Research, a Mountain View, Calif., company that analyzes data for the real-estate industry, routinely compares initial listing prices around the country with final sales prices.  “Sellers generally start out with prices a bit too high, forcing them to later offer discounts to get a deal done,” said Scott Sambucci, Altos’ Vice President of Sales and Analytics.

“The amount of traffic that a listing gets in its first week is five to seven times what it gets in its ensuing weeks,” says Glenn Kelman, the CEO of Redfin, an online brokerage and listings site. “Let’s say you lower the price (later). No one will notice. You really are broadcasting that discount to a much smaller audience of buyers and will have the perception it is damaged goods.”

Every homeowner should have their listing agent explain how to price a home for sale.

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Home SellersWe know home sellers are frustrated because their homes are not selling, because there are so few buyers right now.     We know many sellers have reduced their listing price once, twice, and sometimes several times.   And yet many homes remain unsold.   It’s as though buyers are just not showing up, which they aren’t.   None of this is front page news anymore.     We read everyday in the newspapers what sellers are going through: the stress, the financial strain, the uncertainty, and for some a foreclosure if the home doesn’t sell fast.

But what is it like for Realtors?   If you read my blog often, you know that I like to tell my readers the truth.   Of course, what I write is colored by my limited knowledge and experiences, just like everyone else.   But my readers constantly express their appreciation for my open writing, honest expressions of the challenges home sellers and home buyers face, and for insights they often do not get from others.   By the way, I do get some heat periodically from other real estate agents in the area and from newspaper publishers, so I must be doing something right.   After all, I’m not writing here to make other professionals like me.   I hope they do.   I’m a sensitive person.     I do write to help my clients and to help others who are buying and selling real estate.   That would be you.

The question today is what is it like from a real estate agent’s perspective to have many listings in this market?

An agent can only manage so many listings at one time, because of all the administrative work associated with each listing, and because of the level of customer service required to keep each client satisfied.   How many listings can an agent manage practically?   You’ll hear different numbers, but an agent can effectively manage a dozen listings, plus or minus.   That number could be increased to two or three dozen, provided the agent has one or two assistants.   But there is much more to the story.   (more…)

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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.
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From Bakersfield California

"During the months of February and March 2012, Chuck showed my wife and I over two dozen homes from Port Angeles to Port Townsend. We found Chuck to be very helpful, friendly and courteous. With Chuck there is no pressure; It is all about finding the best home for the buyer. As a Buyer's Agent, Chuck will give you his honest opinion of a property, including a fair market price. In one instance Chuck wrote up an offer for us which was accepted. Chuck was very helpful arranging for home and well inspections which involved multiple trips to the property. Unfortunately, escrow failed to close when, during the home inspection process, it was determined that a septic system repair was needed which the seller was unwilling/unable to make. We will continue to work with Chuck as there is no better Buyer's Agent on the North Olympic" Bert and Sally
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From Los Alamos New Mexico

"Over a year ago, during a visit to the Olympic Game Farm, we developed what we eventually called the “Sequim Syndrome.” We live in New Mexico and decided Sequim was where we wanted to live in retirement. On our second visit to Sequim, we met with Chuck and asked him to help us. Chuck's web site provides such amazing search capabilities. Chuck's site also contains a 1000 blog postings and a real estate video series detailing buying real estate in Sequim. We bought Chuck's book about Sequim real estate and set out to follow his advice carrying on an ongoing email and phone conversation with Chuck. Doing our due diligence “Marunde style” and using his MLS search site, we came up with about 50 homes that met our needs. We narrowed the list down to 15 properties that best met our needs. We came back to Sequim a third time with our list in hand, and Chuck spent two days with us showing us all the homes on our list. Not only did Chuck help us find that dream home, he spent time to educate us about the quality of construction, fair market values of various properties, home layouts, and the joys of Sequim living. We had a great time as we traveled from house to house. By mid afternoon of the second day, my wife said we had found “the house.” Chuck helped us draft our offer and sent our offer to the seller's agent. It turned out there was a second offer made on the property at the same time. Chuck's help to make a clean offer paid off. At breakfast two days later, we got a call from Chuck saying our offer had been accepted by the sellers. We are now back home in New Mexico. Chuck attends every inspection on our behalf, updating us at every turn by email and phone. Our dream home is becoming a reality because of Chuck and because we were smart enough to follow his advice. We absolutely would NOT have been able to do this without Chuck Marunde's expertise and enthusiasm. We recommend Chuck to everyone planning a move to Sequim, Port Angeles, or anywhere on the Olympic Peninsula. Chuck is a gold mine of information and expertise for home buyers everywhere, not just on the Olympic" Larry and Shirley
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From Sun Lakes Arizona

"We are ex-Washington residents who currently live in Arizona. We had been searching the Puget Sound area four years for a waterfront property to build a retirement home when we first contacted Chuck Marunde through his website. We had made multiple trips to various areas but most of the Realtors we contacted simply sent us an email, provided no follow up and did next to nothing to help us locate a property. On our first trip to Port Angeles, after connecting with Chuck, we purchased our dream property. We now own a high bank waterfront lot overlooking the Straight of Jaun de Fuca, and are excited to become part of the Peninsula community." Paul and Linda

From California

"Andy Romano is a successful motion picture character actor with over 40 years in 'the Biz.' Mr. Romano has a home in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, but he chooses to live most of the time in Sequim, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula in the great Pacific Northwest. Why? In his own words, 'Because it's even more beautiful and surrounded by more beauty in this incredibly peaceful and quiet place. With respect to real estate agents or brokers, well my friend Chuck Marunde, owner of Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate, is hands down the best there" Andy R.

From Sequim

I’ve known Chuck Marunde for several years. My wife and I bought and sold one house through his services, and now have another listed through him for sale. Whether Chuck was representing us as the buyer or seller, I am confident he always had our best interests at heart. He helped us set or negotiate a reasonable price, and made sure there was a clear and open line of communication. He responded rapidly to email and phone calls and always knew the best person to contact for the various services involved in a transaction. I have worked with quite a few real estate agents and Chuck is right at the top of my list of good ones. Actually, Chuck is first and foremost just a good person, and he carries his personal honesty and integrity over into his profession. He has the greatest depth of experience in real estate of any agent or broker I have known. His years of practicing real estate law prior to becoming a broker are evident in the meticulous care he takes with the process and documentation. I am impressed by the way Chuck has integrated internet services into his real estate business. He probably knows more about this process than any other realtor in the country. In this tight market it is important to use every possible means to spread the word about available properties…to reach the few people who might be interested in a particular property. Steve L.

From The Netherlands

"We contacted Chuck about six months ago to help find a retirement property in Sequim. We had visited Sequim several weeks before and decided that this was the place for us to retire. We liked the friendly people and the natural beauty of the area. We had been looking for some time in other parts of the country - California, Oregon, North Carolina, and Vermont. In most of these other areas, we found real estate agents that were knowledgeable but did not follow up with us to continue narrowing down real estate possibilities. Once we were out of earshot, communications would stop. That is one of the reasons we were interested in working with Chuck. Besides having great knowledge of both the local real estate market and of law, his testimonials on the internet indicated a willingness to actively communicate with his clients. Chuck demonstrated this immediately. Even before we met, he responded very quickly and helpfully to any email question. After arriving for a second visit to Sequim in September, we finally met Chuck face to face. He was friendly, encouraging, and readily shared good practical information. We worked with him on a number of candidate properties - including an offer on a property while visiting that week. Although we could not come to terms with the owners on the final property price, we look forward to continuing to work closely with Chuck. He is an invaluable resource to help us identify and purchase the retirement property that's right for us." Paul and Virginia

From Fremont California

We can't say enough about working with Chuck Marunde. Luck would have it that we discovered his web site, spoke with him on the phone and had an instant feeling that we had found our realtor. And we were right. With Chucks help and expertise, our longtime dream to retire to the Pacific Northwest came to fruition with Chuck assisting us in finding the perfect home for us. Buying a home is always a big decision and these days can be complex with unexpected delays etc. In fact, our whole experience from offer day to closing, was very smooth. Chuck took all the time we needed to explain processes and made us feel at ease, even though we lived 800 miles away, tying up loose ends and getting ready for the big move to our new home in Sequim. We were impressed with Chuck's ability to listen to our needs and understand our concerns in buying from a distance. Chuck kept us informed all along the way, during the process and was so good at getting right back to us if we had another question. All went so well and Chuck really went above and beyond for us, taking time out from his busy schedule to assist us with some details regarding our beautiful property, even after the closing, because we were not yet arrived there. Without hesitation, our son and his wife will be contacting Chuck this summer, as they plan to follow us to paradise in this lovely town. Thanks again Chuck, for everything! Mary and Jerry

From Fontana California

My husband and I went to Sequim intending to interview several realtors to find one to help us locate and buy a home in Sequim. We knew we wanted someone we could trust and who would have our best interests in mind. Since we would be handling the transaction from S. California this was very important to us. We met Chuck and looked no further. We felt a connection right away and spent some time looking at homes together so Chuck could get a feel for what we wanted. Well, we left Sequim having made an offer on a home which the owner accepted. Chuck has helped us through the purchase process. We are positive it would not have gone so smoothly without his help. We give him 4 thumbs up. Wally & Cathy

From Tacoma

Chuck Marunde’s level of expertise in real estate investment is amazing. His knowledge, experience and legal training have given me a dramatic advantage in real estate investing. He works hard to stay on the cutting edge of real estate marketing, sound advice and value-added service for his clients. Kirk Wald, Financial Planner

From Wendell Idaho

My wife and I moved to Sequim six weeks ago, and prior to our move here I contacted Chuck Marunde and enlisted his help as our buyer's agent. Once we got here, it took us about two weeks looking at houses, and Chuck did a superb job of showing us places and letting us make our own decisions and guide us through the purchase of our home. We now completed our transaction and are very happy. We would recommend Chuck to anybody. Don & Marilyn

From Sequim

"Buying property either commercial or residential can sometimes be a tricky proposition. That’s why I would recommend Chuck to help you with purchasing or selling property. His background as a real-estate lawyer and his no nonsense to the point advice will help you make the right decisions. Experience and Integrity, what you need when you can’t afford to make a mistake. Dail Hurdlow, CEO, Hurdlow Enterprises

From Seattle

I am an experienced real estate buyer, but I am not from the Sequim area. I am somewhat flexible, realistic, but also particular. So the question was, “how do you choose the RIGHT real estate agent?”

I made my appointment with Chuck on a Sunday morning in March, 2013. He showed me 5 houses. Every house he showed me was within my parameters! I was amazed: a real estate who listened, did his research, and didn't waste my time showing me houses I would never buy! I made an offer a few days later. That was the easy part…

Buying a house is always a stressful time in life. Advice to Buyers: choose an agent who is competent, communicates well, and has exceptional follow-up and follow-through! You will spend a lot of time with your agent during the process. Choose someone likable. Go with your gut. I got to know Chuck during the process, and he's a great guy!

You need an agent who is competent to handle and help you negotiate the issues that come up during disclosure, home inspection, appraisal, etc. Chuck's competence is superb! I got truly professional, sound, straightforward advice.

Chuck's communication skills are exceptional: phone, email, fax. He has a wonderful ability to stay "on-point" with what is actually important and doesn't lead you astray on issues that aren't so important.

Chuck's turn-around time on questions, issue resolution, etc. was virtually always within 24 hours. He follows-up, follows-through. He does what he says he will do timely. This relieves a lot of Buyer stress!

Having a difficult time finding the right agent? Simplify your life! Choose Chuck Marunde. I did. [Name withheld by request]

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From Sequim to California

"In our Sequim real estate broker Chuck Marunde we found a Realtor who knew not only how to list a property, but most importantly, he knew how to sell a property. Chuck is very skilled in current technology and uses that skill to advertise your property nationally. We were very pleased with Chuck, his honesty and integrity." Jerry Levitan and Donna "Teva" Tetiva

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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