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Sequim Cell Phone Towers

Sequim cell phone towers and cell phone antennas are everywhere, as they are all over the country now. While is it great to have good cell phone reception, which requires cell phone towers, it has also come to our attention that the powerful electric and magnetic emissions from these towers and from our cell phones, our computers, and our wireless networks in our homes are a cause for concern. There are studies indicating that many health dangers are present.

Sequim Cell Phone Towers

It is a good idea to do a search of Sequim cell phone towers based on the address of the prospective home you might buy. Not far from where I live, a couple built a brand new house about two years ago, and about six months ago Verizon installed a new mini-tower or antenna on a large telephone pole directly adjacent to their home. The tower is on Kitchen-Dick Road, and it is literally on the boundary of their property. I measured the distance from the pole to the house on Google satellite, and it is only 109 feet. If the bedroom is on that end of the house, this innocent couple is being radiated the entire time they are trying to sleep at night, not to mention all the electro-magnetic emissions that are penetrating the whole house 24/7.

The Search for Sequim Cell Phone Towers

I have a tester that shows electric and magnetic levels, and based on our own government’s warnings and standards, the levels I have tested in areas near some of these towers and electric power lines are often 100 times above what is safe for humans. Some of these Sequim cell phone towers emit massive amounts of electro-magnetic waves. People wonder why they are having all these unexplainable health issues, like headaches, discomfort in the hips or joints, short term memory losses, shortness of breath, digestive problems, constant diarrhea, sleep apnea, and the list goes on and on. Doctors take test after test, and they prescribe this drug and then another drug, but no one can figure out what’s going on. Sound familiar? 

I was shocked when I measured what my wireless modem was emitting throughout the house, especially when I was sitting right at the computer. I was shocked when I measured what my microwave oven emits, my TV screen, and my laptop. Thank God I am 1,423 feet from that new tower on Kitchen-Dick Road. 

I’m not wanting to put the fear of microwaves into anyone who intends to buy their retirement dream home in Sequim, but isn’t it worth doing a search for the nearest Sequim cell phone towers to make sure you’re planned retirement in Paradise doesn’t turn into unexplainable health issues, one after another?

Do your own research. Don’t take my word for anything. Youtube has many great videos on these subjects, as well as some wacky videos that fall into the category of conspiratorial. If we have excessive levels hitting us now, wait until they launch the new massive network called “5G.” That is going to be many multiples of what we are now bombarded with. In any event, I hope this article is helpful and is part of your important due diligence when you shop for a home in Sequim. 

Sequim cell phone towers. Who knew?

Documentary Support: Someone commented that I provided no supporting evidence that radiation was dangerous to human beings. [I’m not publishing his comment because he was very rude.] My purpose was to bring this issue to light, and I even suggested in my article that people do their own research online. For the doubters, I’m glad to help. Watch these videos below, but do more research, because there are probably 100s of videos on this subject from around the world that can help doubters understand the dangers are real. This first video includes Dr. Devra Davis who is an expert on this subject of radiation. This video is a must watch.

Video 1: University of Melbourne Radiation Dangers

Video 2: Cell Tower Cancer Clusters

Video 3: 5G: Cancer, Cell Phone, Wi-Fi, Cell Towers, Wireless

Video 4: The highly Dangerous and Unpredictable Zones Around Cell Towers

Video 5: Cell Phone Towers Exposed

By the way, I hope you’ll consider hiring me as your Sequim Buyer’s Agent. As you can see, I work very hard to provide you with everything you need to make wise decisions when buying a home in Sequim.

 

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Did you know that email you send to someone can end up in their spam folder if you make a common mistake in email etiquette. We typically assume email that we send is received at the other end, and sometimes we may wonder why we haven’t gotten a response. It may be because your email went directly into a spam folder. The person you sent it to may not have responded because they never saw it.

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Email in the Spam Folder

There are some obvious words and phrases you should not include in your email if you’re going to avoid the spam folder. You can’t use words like “viagra,” or other words I don’t want to type here. But the less obvious spam words include words like, “extra money,””extra cash,” “earnest money,” “order status,” “singles,” “low interest rate,” “giving away,” “you’re a winner,” “free gift,” “bonus,” and dozens of other words commonly found in spam emails.

Did you know your email can also get sent to the spam folder if you include three or more links to other websites in your email? And some email systems will stop your email if it has a large attachment. 

Avoid the Spam Folder

Most of the spam words we might use in an email are accidental. When you are typing an email to someone, you’re hardly thinking about the list of 200 spam words. But there is a way to be sure that an important email gets through.

At the top of your email in bold letters type, “Please Acknowledge Receipt.” Asking for the recipient to acknowledge receipt accomplishes two things. First you know it didn’t go into their spam folder, and second you know they read it, so you can expect a response or answer to your question. If they don’t acknowledge receipt, you can follow up with another email or a telephone call. At least that way you aren’t just wondering why you don’t get an answer.

This is important if you are emailing about your real estate transaction. In fact, it could be critical if you are emailing important documents. It could mean missing a deadline or losing out on a home you really wanted. You can check your spam folder regularly, but that can be tedious. If you ever email me, and you don’t get a quick response, don’t hesitate to email again or call. But the best way may simply be to ask for acknowledgment so you don’t end up in a spam folder.

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High Speed Internet is Important When You Buy

High speed Internet used to be a minor consideration when buying a home, but today access to high speed Internet is absolutely critical for some buyers. Even for those who do not use the Internet to run a business from home or day trade stocks, streaming Netflix movies or Amazon movies is becoming an important part of our lives. All of these services require high speed Internet, not slow DSL.

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High Speed Internet Access

Sometimes it is very hard to find out if a property you are thinking about buying is serviced by high speed Internet. Servicer providers typically have specific boundaries and sometimes overlapping service areas. Here is one way to simplify your search and reduce your frustration. Just go to Clallam County High Speed Internet, insert the address and Voila!, you will see all the companies that service that area. I’ve checked many properties on this site, and for all the properties I have searched, this site has been accurate, but it may not include a local Internet service provider like Nikola. Nikola is a satellite Internet service provider. In researching particular properties, you may have to go beyond information available on the Internet and make several phone local phone calls.

High Speed Internet Important

I keep a checklist of important items that buyers need to check before they purchase a home, and I’ve added high speed Internet access to that list. This site above is one that Internet service providers (salesmen) often use themselves, so apparently this is an authoritative site on high speed Internet.

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Real estate advertising is dramatically changing, because consumers have changed the way they shop for real estate.  Traditional print media is struggling to remain relevant, because consumers have been empowered to take control of their own destiny and they are doing it.  I absolutely love this reality:  New York Advertising Agencies no longer dictate what products and services will be crammed down consumers’ throats; Consumers now have the power to research and shop on the Internet with total control of their decision making process (and their wallets).

But this means traditional media is struggling just to survive.  Another big one bit the dust yesterday.

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The Huffington Post reported today, December 15, 2009, “After 125 years as the ‘bible’ of the newspaper business, Editor & Publisher magazine announced yesterday that it would shut its doors at the end of the year.”

This continues the hemorrhaging of newspapers and magazines trying to survive this new economy.  The challenge is not just that we are in an economic recession, although that certainly is a major factor.  The bigger reality is that there is a massive shift in consumer control from the old to the new, and  Internet technology has created the fertile soil in which this new marketing and advertising medium is so rapidly growing.

Real estate is unquestionably one of the major industries that is so dramatically effected by these extraordinary changes.  How real estate is marketed and advertised is in the midst of changes  I’ve not seen in my 30 years in the real estate business, and consumers are clearly the winners.  They now have more tools and more freedom to find their next home than ever before, and they can do it more efficiently, faster, with no annoying sales pressure, and have fun in the process.  This is the age of the new real estate broker–the virtual real estate broker.

I give you Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate, LLC with hundreds of articles, videos, MLS search tools, and many other great tools and guides for buyers, all absolutely free.  Read, watch, and find your next  Sequim or Port Angeles home here, and enjoy yourself along the way.  If I can be of help, email or call.  I’m chuckmarunde@gmail.com and my phone is 360-775-5424.

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Search MLS in Sequim WABuyers of real estate today are taking their searches and their methods to entirely new levels, thanks to the Internet.   Buyers want access to instant information that is free, and they do not want the kind of uncomfortable confrontation that occurs when they have to pick up the phone and call a salesman.

I believe there are two powerful reasons for this change.   First, the Internet has given consumers the ability to search the multiple listing service in their target markets at no cost anytime of the day or night.   When I first started in real estate before the Internet, I had an MLS book that was published every Friday with all the listings in it.   People had to actually come into the office and sit down with me while we thumbed through this two-inch thick book.   Now, buyers can jump on the Internet from the comfort of their homes and search the MLS without even talking to a real estate agent.   They like that.

Second, there is a cultural shift occurring that is fueled by consumers.   Technology has facilitated consumers’ desires to move away from traditional high pressure sales and from traditional advertising.   Buyers do not like being force fed news and advertising without choice.   They don’t like being told what to do.   Consumers want to have the power to decide what they look for, who they talk to (or don’t talk to), and who they do business with.   And they want to be able to come and go as they gather information without being hindered.   The advent of the Internet and the explosive growth of technology on the Internet to facilitate consumers is a Godsend for the majority of Americans.

Even the news that consumers are reading is part of this cultural change.   They are shifting from print newspapers to the Internet at the speed of light, and they are loving the fact that they get to choose what news to read.   A fascinating study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism examined what news consumers are reading when they have a choice:

The question of whether citizens define the news differently than professionals is becoming increasingly relevant. It started with offering visitors a sense of what others found interesting: what news stories were most emailed and most viewed?

Soon, establishment news sites like CBSNews.com allowed users to make their own newscasts. Then, names like Digg, Reddit and Del.icio.us emerged as virtual town squares that became a way to measure the pulse of what the web community finds most newsworthy, most captivating, or just amusing. The trend continues, as even Myspace, the social networking site popular among 20-somethings, has launched a news page (http://news.myspace.com).

Some key findings include:

  • The news agenda of the three user-sites that week was markedly different from that of the mainstream press. Many of the stories users selected did not appear anywhere among the top stories in the mainstream media coverage studied. And there was often little in the way of follow-up. Most stories on the user-news sites appeared only once, never to be repeated again in the week we studied.
  • The sources user news sites draw on are strikingly different from the mainstream media. Seven in ten stories on the user sites come either from blogs or Web sites such as YouTube and WebMd that do not focus mostly on news.
  • The three user news sites differed from one another in subtle ways. Reddit was the most likely to focus on political events from Washington, such as coverage of Vice President Cheney; Digg was particularly focused on the release of Apple’s new iPhone; Del.icio.us had the most fragmented mix of stories and the least overlap with the News Index.
  • On Yahoo News—even when picking from a limited list of stories Yahoo editors had already pared down—users’ top stories only rarely matched those of the news professionals.

Consumers are taking control of what and how they gather information.   That is true with the news and the advertising they choose to read, or ignore, and it is true today about how they search for and buy real estate.

Home buyers can search a beautiful map based multiple listing service (see example of an MLS search that is easy to navigate and graphically pleasing), they can search the locale of interest with a Google search to find for-sale-by-owners, to find an exclusive buyer’s agent, to read local real estate blogs, and view photos of the area.   They can do all of this from the comfort of their home without talking to a single salesman.

The vast majority of buyers are not using real estate portals either.   Buyers are no longer pulled by the big names of real estate companies branded on billboards or on TV commercials.   The dominant branding of big names that was such a major factor in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s has faded just as the Internet has grown.   Consumer loyalty is no longer to the “branded companies.”   Consumers are loyal to themselves, and that is the way it should be.   Technology has finally given the consumer what they have always wanted–the power to choose.   They choose the information they view, how and when they view it, and they choose what to do with that information without interference from anyone.

Buyers are taking control, and they love it.

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Print NewspapersPrint newspapers are losing readers to the Internet, and there is a ongoing debate about how many years newspapers can last.   The Internet is taking over their business in news and advertising.

“After a century of continuous publication, The Christian Science Monitor will abandon its weekday print edition and appear online only, its publisher announced Tuesday. The cost-cutting measure makes The Monitor the first national newspaper to largely give up on print. . . . John Yemma, The Monitor’s editor, said that moving to a Web focus will mean it can keep its eight foreign bureaus open. We have the luxury, the opportunity, of making a leap that most newspapers will have to make in the next five years, Mr. Yemma said. [Source: Paper to End Daily Edition]

Web 2.0 is a popular term used to describe the new ways people interact on the Internet.   New technology is finding new applications as the costs and methods of selling intersects with consumer demands. This sea change is accelerating a decade old trend.   Consumers are losing interest in paying for newspapers, and they’re moving to the Internet.

Newspapers exist to make a profit, the goal of all profit corporations.   Subscription fees and advertising are their primary sources of income.   The overwhelming problem newspaper publishers face is that subscriptions are dropping as people can easily get their news free on the Internet 24/7, and businesses are cutting expensive advertising from their budgets because they cannot afford it, and because it is no longer producing results.

Many newspapers have created an Internet version of their papers, but for most that has been a disaster.   For traditional print media there has been a huge disconnect between the printing presses that operate with gears and ink and the Internet that cannot be mapped on Google.   Many publishers and editors have attempted to use blunt tools to traverse the chasm between printing presses and the virtual world of the Internet.   Many are failing, and the current recession is the catalyst of their doom.

Even Microsoft, which moves very slowly, and only takes on new markets when others have already mapped the way, has been forced to reconsider its strategies involving the Internet.   Remember it was Microsoft that refused to admit that Internet browsers were the way of the future, and after Netscape mapped out a large virtual presence, Internet Explorer was born of necessity and became a major MS priority.   And after years of refusing to admit that the world will move away from expensive PC software, Microsoft finally capitulated and with some fanfare recently announced their grand plans to pursue cloud computing with Azure.   Can there be any doubt the Internet is capturing vast territories?

“. . . with the rapid movement of dollars to the online space, [Paul] Martino [CEO of Aggregate Knowledge] believes it’s just a matter of time before online advertising dollars will overtake traditional media.”   View article about online advertising.

The latest Pew survey reinforces some of the key media chattering-class talking points for the past couple of years: Newspaper readership is declining, young people prefer their news from the Internet, . . . It’s definitely cutting into the time of print newspapers, which continue to hemorrhage readers to the advantage of online news”   View article from Technews World.   Another Pew study during the presidential election concluded:

Many more Americans are turning to the internet for campaign news this year as the web becomes a key source of election news. Television remains the dominant source, but the percent who say they get most of their campaign news from the internet has tripled since October 2004 (from 10% then to 33% now).

While use of the web has seen considerable growth, the percentage of Americans relying on TV and newspapers for campaign news has remained relatively flat since 2004. The internet now rivals newspapers as a main source for campaign news. And with so much interest in the election next week, the public’s use of the internet as a campaign news source is up even since the primaries earlier this year. In March, 26% cited the internet as a main source for election news, while the percentages citing television and newspapers remain largely unchanged. [Read Article]

I’m reminded of how Kodak had to shift its decades-long focus on film about five years ago.   They actually closed their Rochester manufacturing plant to focus on a whole new line of digital products.   Corporations and big shots don’t determine what products are produced–consumers do.

“Time Inc., publisher of Fortune, plans to slash 600 jobs, according to a report in The New York Times. Gannett Co., publisher of USA Today, plans 3,000 job cuts, according to Reuters, and the Tribune Co.’s Los Angeles Times plans to cut 10% of its workforce.”   View article entitled Print Media Companies Slash Jobs as Economy Sputters.   The Washington Post reported print advertising dropped 14 percent for the quarter, and was down 16 percent for the first nine months of 2008.   View article Washington Post Co. Profit Plummets in Third Quarter.

Why do so many people love their Internet news?     Is it because it’s free?   Or is it because it is easily accessible 24/7, has unlimited search and result possibilities, includes opportunities to interact and participate, or is it because Internet news has both audio and videos?   Maybe it’s all of the above.

Watch in the months and years ahead as traditional media moguls are humbled by the ending of an era.   Who doesn’t read most of their news and information on the Internet?   After all, you are rePrint Newspapersading this article.

Update 12/29/08:   A major real estate brokerage published this nice little ad in their local paper:

Update 1/6/2009:   “Many Media experts predict that 2009 will be the year that newspapers of all sizes will falter and die, a threat long predicted but rarely taken seriously until the credit crunch blossomed into a full-fledged financial meltdown.   Some papers no longer print daily, and some not at all.”   And this, “How long can the smaller Sun-Times survive as its parent, Sun-Times Media Group Inc., loses money every quarter? And what of the dominant Tribune, whose parent Tribune Co. sought bankruptcy protection this month because of its crushing $13 billion debt?”   And this, “The Internet has surpassed newspapers as the main source for national and international news for Americans, according to a new survey.”

Update:   “The Hearst Corp. is unlikely to find a buyer for its money-losing Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the venerable newspaper — at least in its printed form — almost certainly will fold, industry observers say.”   Seattle PI Going Out of Business

What’s next?   The Port Angeles Daily News?

Update 1/14/09:   “The Gannet Company, the nation’s largest newspaper publisher, said on Wednesday that it would force thousands of its employees to take a week off without pay in an effort to avoid layoffs. Gannett, which owns 85 daily newspapers across the United States including its flagship USA Today, said it could not say exactly how many people would be required to take time off, or how much money the company would save. But it said it would require unpaid leave for most of its 31,000 employees in this country.” [Newspapers Going Down]

Update 1/14/09:   “The Minneapolis Star Tribune, the 15th-largest daily U.S. paper based on circulation, filed for bankruptcy on Thursday, one of the biggest U.S. newspapers yet to financially flame out under a heavy debt load and a punishing decline in advertising revenue. . . The news came on the same day that The Boston Globe, owned by the New York Times (NYT.N: Quote, Profile, Research), said it would cut 12 percent of its newsroom staff, and a day after USA Today publisher Gannett Co Inc (GCI.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said it would force staff to take a 1-week furlough.”   Read Minneapolis Star Tribune Files for Bankruptcy.

Update 1/20/2009:   “Google Inc will kill a program to sell newspaper advertising because it is not making enough money, a blow to its efforts to expand its ad expertise beyond the Internet.   Google will shut the Print Ads program on Feb. 28, the company said on its blog on Tuesday afternoon. The two-year-old service was designed to help newspapers make money by enticing Google advertisers to expand into print newspaper sales.”

Update 1/31/2009:   “Not that it’s anything we think the New York Times Company should do, but we thought it was worth pointing out that it costs the Times about twice as much money to print and deliver the newspaper over a year as it would cost to send each of its subscribers a brand new Amazon Kindle instead. . . .   What we’re trying to say is that as a technology for delivering the news, newsprint isn’t just expensive and inefficient; it’s laughably so.”   Read Printing the New York Times.

Ladies and gentlemen, you are witnesses to the slow death of the American newspaper.

Update 02/17/09:   “After 146 years in operation, an icon, the Seattle PI is going out of business.   The Seattle PI announced on January 9th that they would seek a buyer for the newspaper for a period of 60 days, and if no contract is inked with a buyer, the newspaper will have to take dramatic measures, which could include closing their doors permanently and/or going to a web version only.”   [Read The Seattle PI Closing:   Who Wins and Who Loses?]

Update 02/23/09:   “The American newspaper industry has become the subject of more bad news, with the announcement that two local groups, including one that owns the country’s third-oldest daily newspaper, have filed for bankruptcy protection. The Philadelphia Inquirer has been placed into a Chapter 11 filing to allow its owners to restructure debts. The paper will be joined in bankruptcy protection by the Philadelphia Daily News and the website philly.com.   The strife faced by such a hallowed title – the paper was founded as the Pennsylvania Inquirer in 1829 and rose to prominence during the civil war -comes after the Journal Register company sought bankruptcy protection at the weekend. It owns 20 daily newspapers in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Connecticut and New York.”   [Read US Papers File for Bankruptcy]

Update 2/24/09:   “The Hearst Corp. said Tuesday that unless the San Francisco Chronicle can undertake “critical” cost-cutting measures including job cuts within weeks, the media giant will be forced to sell or close the 144-year-old newspaper.   The storied San Francisco publication is only the latest newspaper to see its already sagging fortunes tumble further amid the economic downturn. Over the weekend, Philadelphia Newspapers LLC, publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as Journal Register Co. each filed for bankruptcy protection. See related story on the health of the newspaper industry.   Hearst said the Chronicle lost more than $50 million last year, and added that “this year’s losses to date are worse.” The Chronicle has had major losses each year since 2001, according to the company.”   [Read Hearst Says Cuts Needed.]

When a company talks about “weeks” and drastic measures, you know there is serious trouble ahead.

Update 2/26/09:   “The Rocky Mountain News, a Denver institution for 150 years, will publish its last issue tomorrow.   A three-month long effort to sell the property yielded only one nibble, and the prospective buyer backed away quickly after learning that it would cost about $100 million just to stay in the game,” said Rich Boehne, chief executive officer of E.W. Scripps Co. “The industry is in serious, serious trouble, he told staffers assembled in the Rocky‘snewsroom (above, Rocky Mountain News photo).”   Read Rocky Mountain News.

Update 2/28/09:   “Why a once-profitable industry suddenly seems as outmoded as America’s automakers is a tale that involves arrogance, mistakes, eroding trust and the rise of a digital world in which newspapers feel compelled to give away their content.”   And “Years ago,” says Jeff Jarvis, a blogger who has worked for the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Examiner and the New York Daily News, “why didn’t we take more aggressive action and use the power of our megaphone to promote the product and change the organization?” The answer is that newspapers were “a cash cow,” he says. “We thought too much about trying to preserve what we had.”   And “With the old business model crumbling, some analysts say newspapers must find a way to charge for online content — perhaps through “micropayments” of the kind popularized by iTunes, which offers songs for downloading at 99 cents apiece. Others say papers must go the nonprofit route, relying on donors to raise endowments, much like universities.”   And “Newspapers are killing sections and closing bureaus, particularly in Washington. The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press have cut back home delivery to three days a week. The Washington Times has dropped its Saturday print edition. The Christian Science Monitor is switching to Web-only publication in April. Gannett Co., publisher of USA Today, is forcing staffers to take a week-long furlough. Hearst plans to close the Seattle Post-Intelligencer unless it gets a buyer.”   [Read Under Weight of Its Mistakes, Newspaper Industry Staggers.]

Update 3/9/09:   You’ve got to catch the irony of it, an online newspaper reporting the fall of the print newspapers.   The Charlotte Business Journal reported this:   “Struggling newspaper publisher McClatchy, parent company of Charlotte’s Observer, said Monday that it would cut 1,600 jobs and lower salaries across the company. . . But the steps announced Monday were even more severe than McClatchy was envisioning in February. The chain has been poisoned by a toxic mix of factors – immense debt from McClatchy’s purchase of Knight-Riddder a couple of years ago, the flight of readers and advertisers from daily newspapers to the Internet and a severe recession.”   Read full story at McClatchy to Cut 1,600 Jobs.

Update 3/26/09:   Some have thought that the newspaper business was not entirely at risk, since some of the biggest industry players were still operating safely.   That’s no longer true.   “On Thursday, the New York Times announced it was cutting salaries for editors and managers by 5% through the end of the year and would be asking for the same concessions from unionized newsroom employees. The Washington Post, meanwhile, will extend buyouts mostly to newsroom, production and circulation staffs. Layoffs could come next.   Now that two of the nation’s best-regarded newspapers are taking dire actions, all bets are off. From now on, bad news across the newspaper spectrum will have to be accepted as more than simply a risk of doing business. It will be treated as routine”   Read Newspapers Need a New Business Model.

Update 3/31/09:   “Sun-Times Media Group Inc. has become the second newspaper publisher in the Chicago area, and the latest among several around the U.S., to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at a time of unprecedented advertising revenue declines in the newspaper industry. Rival Tribune Co., publisher of the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and the Baltimore Sun, filed for bankruptcy last December.’   Read Chicago’s Sun-Times Media Files For Chapter 11.

Update 4/24/2014:  For the latest on Print Newspapers dying, see Newspaper Death Watch, which tells the story of many newspapers that have gone out of business since the last update to this article. And check out the latest article on this blog as of this date at The Death of Newspapers.

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Newspaper Real Estate AdsThe trend has been here for many years, but newspapers haven’t wanted to face it, and now many newspapers find themselves in serious trouble because revenue is dramatically down.   Why?   Because sellers are not willing to pay high advertising rates for zero results.   Why are sellers unwilling to pay for newspaper advertising?   Because the old style newspaper advertising doesn’t hook buyers anymore.   Sorry newspapers, but times are changing.

One newspaper company, which I think is fairly representative of the newspaper industry, reported:

As the industry remains mired in a protracted decline in print advertising that has persisted for more than two years, Chief Executive Gary Pruitt said ad sales continue to look bleak in October.   . . . Classified ad revenue has been a black hole for the industry since 2006, with particular weakness in the real estate, help-wanted and automotive categories.   McClatchy said Tuesday that real estate ad revenue fell 37%, help-wanted by 43%, and automotive by 21%.   ((MarketWatch, Oct. 21, 2008, read full article here.))

Circulation is substantially down, too.   “Newspaper circulations are declining largely because of the ongoing migration of readers to the Internet.   Despite the drops, newspapers are currently more worried about even steeper, double-digit reductions in advertising revenue caused largely by the weak economy.”   ((Read Forbes Article))

The National Association of Realtors’ national survey indicated that over 80% of all homebuyers start their search on the Internet.   Why not?   It’s conventient, free, and can be done any time of day or night.

As I have written elsewhere, we are in a major transition in how real estate is bought and sold, and this transition of tidal wave proportions is dramatically effecting newspaper and magazine advertising.   Unfortunately, newspapers have not been able to manage the paradigm shift.   In fact, they have been reticent to admit it is even happening.   Let me say this in a very simple way, no offense intended, but perhaps this will clearly make the point.   “You cannot teach a cat to bark.”   Traditional media really can’t figure this stuff out, try as they might.   Many are trying all kinds of “things,” but you have to first understand the problem before you start unleashing wild solutions.   There is now a huge “disconnect” between traditional print media and consumers.

The consumer figured this out, and the average consumer knows exactly how to search for what they want.   You’ve got to love free enterprise and the power of the consumer.   Consumers are changing an entire industry, and they are doing it without thinking about it.   They’re just being rational and reasonable consumers in a free enterprise system that gives them freedom of choice.

For Buyers of real estate in Sequim and Port Angeles, I welcome you to what you found right here, articles about real estate, marketing, prices, foreclosures, negotiating the best price, and the ability to search the entire multiple listing service right from this site.   Come to think of it, the fact that you are reading this article is proof of the power of the Internet.

Very truly yours,
Chuck Marunde, J.D., Broker/Realtor (retired real estate attorney)
Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate, LLC
618 South Peabody Street, Suite I
Port Angeles, WA   98362
360-775-5424

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Internet Listings

Kijiji is a site you may not have heard about before – it’s online marketplace eBay’s community based classifieds service. The site has been operating in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, China, Japan, and Taiwan since February 2005, and has now just launched in the US.

Much like craigslist, it aims to help people post and find advertisements in a number of categories including automobiles, jobs, personals, and, of course, housing.

For Realtors looking to market their listings online, Kijiji (whose name means “village” in Swahili) is just another option in a growing number of Web 2.0 sites looking to aggregate real estate listings; Google Base, Yahoo! Classifieds, Microsoft’s Live Expo, Edgeio (see Edgeio on InmanTV) to name just a few.

Jay Thompson, a Realtor who blogs at the The Phoenix Real Estate Guy, has given it a try and calls it “a snap”.

Keeping track of all these options can be overwhelming however. Web services like vFlyer and Postlets help agents by syndicating their listings to all of the sites in one shot and if you need some help sorting through all the options, read this post Craigslist Alternatives Compared from the site Mashable.com.

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Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

Sequim Buyer's Agent (Atty Ret.)
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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
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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