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Many believe that their retirement account is their life blood, especially when it comes to retiring in Sequim and buying a home, right? There are many excellent registered financial advisers, and I hope you have one, but what do they all say when the stock market starts to crash? They don’t warn you to sell. Instead, they tell you that you must hang in there, not panic, and that this is a buying opportunity. They could be right.

Unless they are wrong, and this is the beginning of a long market crash. If we are in the beginning of a long market decline, then this definitely would not be a time to pour more of your money into the market. In fact, it would be a time to sell what you have in the market already to protect yourself from massive losses and the depletion of your retirement account, your future security. Yesterday the DOW went down over 1,000 points in a single day. Wow!

Retirement Account in This Market?

Retirement Account

Retirement Account

I’m not a registered financial adviser now, although I was years ago, and I’m not giving you financial or retirement advice in this article. You need to make your own decisions and you undoubtedly have your own financial advisers, so I recommend you seek your own financial and retirement advice from your own experts.

I would like to say that the answers you get are only as good as the questions you ask, so make sure you’re asking the right questions. I recommend listening to some contrarians and not just those who keep telling you to keep all your money in the stock market and put more in the stock market when the market goes down. Here’s one smart contrarian, and you might benefit from his video Market Down 1,000 Points. This video below is worth watching as Harry Dent talks about what is coming in our market. 

Why would I write about your retirement account on this real estate blog? Because most of my buyer clients are retirees moving to Sequim, and they are relying on their retirement account to be able to do this. What if, and this is only a what if, the stock market and your retirement account went down 50%? What is your financial adviser telling you now? I hope and pray you are getting good advise.

I’ll tell you one thing. If I were planning to retire in Sequim and buy a home, I wouldn’t dilly dally too long. If I had a million dollars in the stock market, and the market went down 30%, I would be kicking myself, because I could have bought a $300,000 home in Sequim if I had sold at the right time and not rode the market down. I’m just saying. 

The older we get, the more conservative we ought to be with our investments and our retirement account. It’s too hard to start all over when we get older, if not impossible. I hope you are getting solid advice on your retirement account. 

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  • Flip or Flop Vegas with Marunde

    Flip or Flop Vegas is a very popular HDTV show. It’s almost surprising how many people from all walks of life across America are passionate fans of these house flipping shows. Flip or Flop Vegas is the last edition of young couples buying trashed houses, remodeling them, and then flipping them to buyers in the shortest time possible. But here’s why this HDTV show comes home for me. My own son Bristol Marunde and his wife, Aubrey, are the stars of the newest Flip or Flop Vegas.

    Flip or Flop Vegas

    Flip or Flop Vegas From Sequim

    When Bristol was very young, we lived in Las Vegas where I was serving in the USAF at Nellis AFB as a JAG. We moved to Sequim 22 years ago when Bristol was in 6th grade. I never had a car in my garage, because I turned it into a weight room for my boys. Bristol’s older brother, Jesse, became the second strongest man in the world in Chengdu, China, and Bristol became a world class mixed martial arts fighter. 

    He moved back to Vegas, because that is the fight capital of the world, but that’s where he met Aubrey. Of course, they married, had the two cutest boys on the planet, and began to flip houses together. Aubrey was a Realtor, so with Bristol’s brawn, they make a great team for Flip or Flop Vegas. I like to call them “Beauty and the Beast.” My daughter-in-law is one of the prettiest girls in the world, and my son is one of the most dangerous men in the world. 

    Flip or Flop Vegas & Real Estate Investing

    The first two weeks of Flip or Flop Vegas have been great, and if you want to watch the rest of the HDTV series, tune in on Thursday evenings. Check your local listings to see what time it broadcasts in your area. It’s a lot of fun to watch, but especially for me with my son and daughter-in-law starring. Who would have guessed they would one day be on a popular national TV show, Flip or Flop Vegas?

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  • Gold v Real Estate and Investing

    Gold v Real Estate is not really much of a competition since late in 2011. In 2011 Gold was up to $1,889 an ounce, and today gold is $1,089 an ounce. This chart shows that gold has dropped $800 per ounce. Ouch! That’s a 42% loss. And this has all happened in a time when the economy has been slowly recovering. Real estate prices have risen over this same period by 20% to 50%, depending on where you are in the U.S. 

    Gold v Real Estate

    Gold v Real Estate and Losing Money

    In December of 2011 I predicted the collapse of gold in an article called Gold or Real Estate? In one of my earlier articles, I suggested that transferring from gold to real estate (a retirement home) could end up paying for your retirement home. I was right. If you had $1 million in gold and sold it then, and purchased a home for $420,000 today, your home would have been paid for by the loss otherwise sustained by holding onto gold. I’m not a seer, and I’m not the seventh son of a seventh son, but fundamental technical chart reading of the gold chart in that 2011 article revealed a huge red flag in gold prices. Gold peddlers are still trying to sell you gold, and they have been watching the decline this entire time. They make their fees on commissions, and they are not concerned about whether you make money or lose it. By the way, don’t pay attention to their slick pitch that “gold is a hedge,” and beware of anyone who says “gold is not an investment.” That’s how they talk when they anticipate you will lose a lot of money. 

    Gold v Real Estate and Investing

    Real estate has never been a perfect investment either. There is no such thing as a perfect investment. There are only levels of risk and levels of security. My argument isn’t that you couldn’t lose money by investing in real estate. Instead, my argument is that real estate is far safer than gold or the stock market in these current markets. Far safer, especially in such uncertain economic times, especially on the International level. I think it is thinking hard about gold v real estate.

    Appreciation in real estate will not be explosive over the next few years, but homes in the Sequim area will appreciate, and with far less risk than gold or the stock market. And when it comes to gold v real estate, I don’t think it’s much of a competition.

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  • Is investing in rental properties a good idea in the Sequim or Port Angeles area? A gentleman was wisely planning for his retirement years, and he knew that rental properties could be a good source of income. My advice to him might surprise you.

    Rental Properties

    Rental Properties – A Good or Bad Idea?

    He asked about older rental properties. Why would someone who is trying to secure a retirement income look at old homes, like early 1900s or pre-1950? Because those are the homes you can get for under $175,000. Since rental properties must pencil out, with low rental rates in the Sequim and Port Angeles area, it is practically impossible to make an investment above $150,000 to $175,000 that will give you a decent rate of return. A nice modern home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths is likely to be $250,000 to $300,000, and with rents ranging from $600 to a maximum of $1,400 for a very nice home, rental properties are hard to justify on paper.

    Rental Properties and Potential Nightmares

    Buying a 1930s home that was remodeled with the idea of renting it out to a good tenant with few problems and a sweet positive cash flow is probably a pipe dream in this area. There are only a hundred potential hidden defects in an old home that could cost you $5,000 to $30,000 to repair. Some of these old homes have foundations that could need to be completely replaced. Imagine how much that could cost? Then there’s old wiring. What if the county building department red flagged the house and told you it had to be completely rewired up to the current code? Try replacing an entire heating system in an old home. What if the tenant decides to sue you for mold you didn’t know about? You might as well just quit claim the house to the tenant at that point. There are far too many problems with old homes to seriously consider them as a safe and secure retirement income. Safe and secure they are not.

    Good rental properties would be fairly modern, post 1980s, and be the kind of homes that “good tenants” would actually want to live in for a while. While it may not guarantee a good ROI (return on investment), if you can pay in cash, in the long run the small rate of return and the appreciation can and will provide a very solid retirement income in the next 10 to 20 years. If you’re planning to get a big mortgage, it just won’t work. That’s my opinion on rental properties in the Sequim area.

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  • Why Real Estate Beats Gold and Stocks

    Real estate beats gold and stocks as a long term investment at this point in history. There have been other times when that was reversed, but I believe gold and stocks are far less secure and far more risky than real estate right now. Here’s an interesting picture. In August of 2011 Gold was $1,889 per ounce, and now in December of 2014 gold is about $1,200 per ounce. That’s a 36% loss. During this entire steady downturn in the price of gold over the last three years, the gold peddlers have not stopped pitching gold every day. “Buy, buy, buy,” they keep saying. Do they have any credibility left? I think not. I shared a version of this chart in 2011 arguing at the time that real estate beats gold and stocks. Wow! If you had shorted gold and bought real estate, you would have made a lot of money. In many areas around the country real estate has increased by 36%.

    Gold and Stocks

    Gold and Stocks v. Real Estate

    Whether real estate beats gold and stocks at any point in time depends on many variables, but in Sequim, Washington real estate prices have not increased significantly like they have in many parts of the country. Rural areas tend to lag behind the economy of larger metropolitan areas, and that is true with Sequim and Port Angeles. I believe real estate prices are poised to begin to increase in Sequim over the next year and will steadily appreciate beyond that at a slow rate. 

    Gold and Stocks Unstable

    Real estate as an investment, whether that is your retirement home or rental homes, is far more secure than gold and stocks. While the “experts” (or gold peddlers) have been telling you that you should buy gold while it continues to fall for the last three years, the stock market has been up and down like a roller coaster. The traditional “buy and hold” strategy for retirement planning has been a disaster for many over the past seven years, and for many periods of time throughout history.

    The volatility of investing in gold and stocks is crazy. If you have money to invest, I recommend a solid and secure long term investment that can never go “poof” on you. I believe single family homes are a very good investment right now in the Sequim and Port Angeles area, far more secure than gold and stocks.

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  • Gold or Real Estate?

    Right now, today, if you were asked how you want to invest your retirement account and you only had two choices–gold or real estate, which would you choose?  Here’s a gold chart for 2011 up to December 20th.  We have been bombarded for months now with “buy gold” commercials.  The “buy gold” mantra has reached a feverish pitch in T.V. and print advertising, not to mention Internet ads.  Gold dealers have been preaching the safety of gold and what a great investment it is.  Even today, after gold has crashed as seen on this chart, many gold dealers want you to invest your money on the gold they are selling.  Obviously, they earn a commission for gold sales, and obviously that is their primary motivation.

    Gold or Real Estate

    Gold or Real Estate

    Gold or Real Estate – That is the Question

    A number of financial advisers and other talking heads boasted today that gold is a great buy now that it has crashed.  Their claim is that you can buy it now at a discount because it is going back up.  Fascinating, because they were saying the same thing before it crashed at about $200 to $400 more per ounce.  If you look at the two trend lines I drew on this gold chart, it is quite clear that the trend since September is downward.  One fundamental rule one learns about investing is not to trade against the trend.  One other thing investors learn is that by the time a stock or commodity is on the front page of all the financial magazines, it is too late to buy.  By then it is at a market top.  On November 9th I wrote an article suggesting that gold was headed downward.  I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the price of gold to go back up anytime soon.  It could, especially if Europe slides into the economic abyss, but why gamble?  If you ask me where I would put my money, in gold or real estate, it would be real estate now.

    Gold or Real Estate – Chose Real Estate

    I’m selling homes to retirees and investors in Sequim at prices that are incredibly low and not speculative.  Many of these homes are selling at far less than the actual cost to replace the home today.  In other words, many homes are selling for less than the cost of cheap property plus the cost of excavation, the installation of utilities, the cost of permits and building the home itself.  The price of homes has no where to go but up.  Unlike gold that has a lot of room to drop . . . and drop . . . and drop.  I hope it doesn’t, but the point is real estate is a much safer investment today in my humble opinion.

    What would you do?  Invest in gold or real estate?


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    Question:   Chuck, I’ve been looking at a few areas to invest in a single family home, not to live in for myself but as a rental.   I might want to use it part of the year as a getaway for myself and my family, too.   Port Angeles has some great prices and water views.   How would you compare Port Angeles to other areas in the state or the country for investing like this in real estate?

    Answer:   Excellent question Adam.   Here’s what I think generally about investing here and owning a home as you describe it.

    You could buy a property that would be a great getaway for you and your family, and that could make a sweet vacation rental the remainder of the year.   It is amazing how much short term rentals get here.   But there are several options here, short term and long term rentals.

    Right now the Sequim and Port Angeles areas are definitely good places to buy for future appreciation.   I could tell you stories of properties I’m helping clients buy at incredible prices right now, and some are as much as $100,000 below 2006 prices.

    As a buyer, you are in a very strong position to negotiate here with sellers.   Sellers just don’t have many buyers, especially, by the way, west of Port Angeles.   There are almost no buyers for properties west of Port Angeles to Salt Creek.   Of course, that also is a factor when investing, because that means it will probably be harder to sell a property out there in a timely fashion.

    This area on the Olympic Peninsula is much more stable in the long run than real estate prices in King County or Pierce County (Seattle and Tacoma) areas.   It is very unpredictable as to what is going to happen in the larger metropolitan areas for single family homes, not only because of the uncertain economic future, but because of the larger number of foreclosures that will continue to be added to the inventory of homes for sale.

    We don’t have that situation in Sequim and Port Angeles.   We are a much more stable long term real estate market for investing in single family homes.   We also have a small but steady stream of retirees with money who come here and pay cash for properties.   For many of these buyers, the state of the economy is almost irrelevant.   I think that will be true many years from now.

    I hope that is helpful Adam.   Ask anything, and if I can help or send more information, I certainly will.

    Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.
    Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate, LLC
    618 South Peabody St., Suite I
    Port Angeles, WA   98362

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  • Should I Invest in Real Estate Notes?

    Question:   Hi Chuck,   I am considering entering the world of real estate commercial note buying, and I want to make sure I have all the information I can find prior to making the move.   I heard of the field from Russ Dalbey, of Colorado.   What is your opinion of the field today?   What in your opinion are the risks of an individual entering the field?     You mention that you used to work for the largest note buyer in WA state, who might that be?     Thank you for your time.

    Answer:   Yes, I worked for Metropolitan Mortgage & Securities in Spokane.   When I worked there many years ago, we had purchased over 7,000 private notes (deeds of trust and real estate contracts).

    At that time, interest rates were high, so based on a required investment return of 18%, we were getting an average discount off the principle balance of about 30%.   Not bad.   Of course, with interest much much lower today, discounts of that kind are not possible.

    It is a great business, or was a great business.   It has gotten to be a very competitive business, so much so that note buyers are offering as much as 97% of the balance.   Wow.   A 3% discount hardly makes it worth considering.   Of course one’s rate of return is based in part on the interest rate on the existing note, so a small discount might still work out to a decent ROI, provided the underlying interest rate is high.   Problem is, most people refied and all those private high interest notes pretty much are history.   Note buying is still a great opportunity, but it is hard to find secured notes on good real estate that is not overvalued right now and that can give you a good ROI.

    There are some serious risks for the inexperienced note buyer.   Of course, you want to be in first place, so you have to be able to analyze title information like an expert, to recognize potential problems, and to know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em.   There are unrecorded dangers, too, like a labor or a mechanic’s lien.   There is the danger of unrecorded encumbrances, like adverse possession or an easement by prescription.   There are other legal risks, like an IRS tax lien, private judgments, and spousal claims.   You could loose money real fast in this business if you are not an expert from the start, or if you don’t get an expert partner from the beginning.

    If I had to compare the best opportunities right now in the real estate market, I would say that single family homes can be purchased at massive discounts, and many of these in the right areas will double in value in 5 years.   There’s a lot more to what I’m saying in this paragraph, and it would take a lot more space to type a full explanation, but I just wanted to share this info for your consideration.   Here’s a bonus for you.   I really think that a small group of 3 to 6 partners with a total of 5 or 6 million could make a fortune in a real estate partnership over the next 5 to 7 years.   Of course, it definitely would take some serious knowledge and experience in the areas of partnerships (avoiding the common pitfalls), real estate buying, investing, selling, and so on.

    If you consider doing this, I would strongly recommend some serious professional help, and not just anyone.   It takes a special expertise to be able to do this without losing your funds.   That’s kind of important.   I would suggest someone with both a real estate law and a real estate brokerage background, like my background.   This is not a solicitation.

    Best Regards,
    Chuck Marunde, J.D.
    Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate, LLC
    618 South Peabody St., Suite I
    Port Angeles, WA  98362
    (360) 775-5424
    (866) 733-7135 fax

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    Real Estate InvestingReal estate investors are scooping up the deals and making millions.   Right?   Wrong!   I met with an investor the day before the Thanksgiving holiday, and he   was ready, willing, and able.   Like the vast majority of real estate investors     around the country right now, he is having trouble pulling the trigger on a buying decision.   Why?

    People think the general state of the real estate market creates grand opportunities for investors, and it does, but only in a general sense.   The fact that the real estate market is in a major slump undoubtedly creates an environment of opportunity.   But an investor must find that diamond in the rough, and that is not easy.

    We’ve all been talking about how many foreclosures there are, and it seems every day there is another news headline about the large numbers of homes in foreclosure.   But try to find a single home in a good area that has the parameters of a good investment, such as three bedrooms, two baths, a double car garage, including one that will crunch the numbers you need, well . . . that’s a horse of a different color.

    Intelligent investors are not interested in junk, and there is a lot of junk out there.   There are homes in unattractive areas that are not going to rent or sell well.   Forget those.   There’s a home in a nice area, but the retired couple that owned it built only two bedrooms and an odd kitchen.   Forget that.   There is a nice three bedroom, but it only has one bath, and the home is built on a potential mud slide.   There’s a cute cottage on a busy street.   No.   There’s a perfect home in foreclosure, but the current owners are obstinate, and so that one won’t be available until the Trustee’s sale when there are 227 other people competing to buy it.   Don’t want to go there.

    When you do find one (have you got 40 hours a week to do research and drive around?), the numbers have to crunch for you.   If it’s going to be a good investment, you have to be able to pick up some equity, and it’s hardly worth investing if you can’t pick up $20,000 to $80,000.   After all, you’re going to have to put some money into it to fix it up or make it sellable, and you’ll have carrying costs and selling costs.   If you want to flip houses, you’ll have to sell well below current fair market value, which means you definitely need a good chunk of equity built in to your investment from the beginning.

    One has to be very careful buying homes in distress.   A successful investor I know purchased a foreclosure home at a Trustee’s Sale at a seemingly good price, but later discovered the timbers in the crawl space have to be replaced because of dry rot.   All his profit just went poof!

    This is why it is not so easy to be a real estate investor, even in times of plenty.   There are plenty of houses for sale, but finding the perfect investment project is definitely a struggle.   They’re out there, but good luck finding them.

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  • Paper Transactions in Real Estate

    You can invest in real estate without owning any real estate.  For example,

    1. You can buy notes (secured by a deed of trust) at a discount, or
    2. You can buy a Real Estate Contract, aka Land Contract, at a discount.
    3. You can buy an Option to Purchase property and either exercise it or assign it for a profit.
    4. You can assign for profit a Purchase & Sale Agreement.
    5. You can assign a lease for a profit.
    6. You can buy out a party being foreclosed on and deal with the secured party, and sell the property before it ever gets in your name.
    7. You can buy out a troubled party and obtain a Quit Claim Deed, and then sell that paper.
    8. You can wait until property has been foreclosed, and go to the secured party and buy the rights to own or re-sell the property.
    9. And there are many more combinations.

    Red Flag:  These transactions are not for the faint of heart.  These are advanced techniques, because there are so many traps for the unwary.   A thorough understanding is critical to avoiding disaster.   I’ve handled all of these, either as a real estate attorney or Realtor.

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  • Sequim Real Estate Sales Slow Down

    In a free enterprise system, markets go up and markets go down. This is the cycle. Out here in Washington state, especially in King and Pierce Counties, and even here in Clallam County on the Olympic Peninsula, in 2005 homes and land sold quickly at greatly appreciated prices. In rapid appreciation, builders over build, and the mortgage market gets creative, coming up with new ways to get otherwise unqualified people qualified for loans. The party had to end. Now we wait to see how long the hangover will last. But, and this is the good news, those with money now or who can get the funds, stand to make a lot of money investing in real estate NOW, because the market eventually will return to steady and slow appreciation. Houses are still selling, because there are qualified buyers moving into the area. In the long run, real estate has been a strong and reliable investment in western Washington. For a great resource on investing in real estate in Sequim and Port Angeles, read more at:

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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
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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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