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Will You Die Today?

Will you die today? You’ll discover shortly why I’m asking you this question. 64,000 people will die today around the world, and 35 million people will die this year. What makes you so sure you will not be one of the 35 million this year? You and I have no idea how much time we have left. This year alone over 4.8 million people will die because of cancer. Can you guarantee your spouse that you won’t be one of them?

Will You Die Today

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If you knew the precise moment of your death, how would that change the decisions you make today? How would it change the decisions you make this week, this month, or this year? Obviously, we cannot ask anyone who just died what they would have done differently in their last days or even the last year of their life, but what do you think someone would say? Imagine for one moment what you would say?

Will You Die Today?

Let’s be frank. It is certain I would not say on my deathbed, “Gee, I sure wish I would have worked longer hours and retired a lot later than I did so I could have built a bigger retirement account.” I’m also pretty sure I would not say, “I wish I had been harder on my spouse and children,” or “I think I should have sat around and watched more vampire movies.” And I’m quite sure I would not say, “I should have spent more time on Facebook.”

I think one of the biggest curses of this generation is “procrastination.” We procrastinate so much in life, and why do we do that? Because we think we will live forever. Or maybe a better way to say that is that we just don’t believe that death is around the corner. This year you can bet that 35 million people don’t think they are doing to die, but die they surely will. (more…)

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The Key to Happiness

I’ve reflected on how it is that happiness is so prevalent in Sequim among so many retirees. I’ve written about how Sequim is the happiest place I’ve ever lived, and my own research in communicating with hundreds of Sequim residents who have retired in Sequim from all over the United States has proven that many others feel the same. A national survey by the Huffington Post concluded that Sequim, Washington is the Number One Place in the U.S. to Grow Old and Be Happy. [Read Happiness in Sequim.]


Happiness in Sequim

In an earlier article I wrote, “While the list of things in Sequim that contribute to our happiness are important, I think retirees who move to Sequim have figured something else out from a lifetime of conscientious learning and growing. I think they figured out how to answer the question, “how can I be happy?” [Read How Can I Be Happy?]

Years ago Sequim was named one of the 10 best places to retire in America in a national travel magazine. Here’s what I think. Happiness in a place is not just the result of a wonderful climate and weather, or great recreational opportunities, or one’s career work or retirement activities–it is also and primarily the result of a person’s deepest beliefs about happiness. Happy people have a way of thinking that is different than unhappy people. 

Happiness a Key to a Wonderful Retirement

Life’s journey is different for each of us, but I believe our elder years are meant to be the best years of our lives. Wisdom comes with age, if we are teachable and humble. There’s a peace and contentment that comes with a lifetime of experiencing life in all its dimensions. We gain a control over our emotions, and we have balance and moderation in our lives. There is more stability and predictability, less stress and uncertainty. We know what we want, how to live, and what not to do in order to be happy.

What I find amazing is how so many incredible people are retiring to Sequim. In what is almost mystical, Sequim is attracting extraordinary people, but I don’t think it’s coincidence or happenstance. These are people who know what happiness is, and how to live it, and they know how to find the ideal place suitable for a retirement that is full of happiness. These are people who are mature on every level, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. [I recommend my book Manage Your Energy Not Your Time.]

I’ve lived in Sequim for 22 years, and I am one example of thousands who find living in Sequim to be a big factor in my own happiness. And my work as a real estate broker representing buyers from all over the country brings me a great deal of joy. Working with so many genuinely happy clients is also a big factor in my own happiness.

What would you attribute to your happiness?

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City of Poulsbo

The City of Poulsbo is an amazing little town, although compared to Sequim, it is not so little. Poulsbo is about an hour’s drive from Sequim. It was a Sunday afternoon, and the sun was out, and it was a gorgeous day. So I took a drive to Silverdale, ate lunch at the Olive Garden, and on the way back to Sequim I stopped at the Poulsbo Marina downtown Poulsbo, which is right on the waterfront. I only had my iPhone with me, but I decided to take some photos and video as I walked around. This video is my idea of an enjoyable Sunday afternoon. Leave comments if you enjoy it, and I’ll do some more like this of the area. You can enlarge the video to full screen.

Poulsbo Washington

Poulsbo is Fun to Visit

You’ll notice in the video that I took some shots of my favorite bakery. I’m not a junk food guy, but this bakery in Poulsbo is one of the best bakeries I’ve ever seen, or should I say tasted. Everything they bake is so fresh, it’s irresistible. 

Of course, there’s a lot of unique shops downtown Poulsbo that are really fun to walk through. And my favorite would be coffee shops, and there are plenty. And here’s the great news for those of us living in Sequim. We’re only about an hour’s pleasant drive to Poulsbo.

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Fame and fortune are not all they’re cracked up to be, and let’s face it, in our culture fame and fortune are constantly promoted as the keys to happiness and a wonderful life. I’ve spent time with several Hollywood success stories who lived that lifestyle for decades and now live in Sequim, Washington. What they told me, not only about their own experiences, but about many of the biggest names in Hollywood, is extremely revealing. In this article I’ll share what I learned.

Fame and Fortune

The Fame and Fortune Culture

Our culture worships the rich and famous. We honor them with awards and ceremonies. We are bombarded and brainwashed with the idea that we should pursue fame and fortune, and many of us spend our lives in that pursuit. But what do the rich and famous actually say about all this? In their most private moments of honesty, what do they say about living a life of fame and fortune? Is it really all it’s cracked up to be?

Living in a mansion sounds great. Owning a sports car collection would be cool. Flying your own jet would be very cool. But imagine never being able to live a normal life, not being able to go to a store or a mall, or never being able to go to a coffee shop or a restaurant. Imagine if you could never go out in public and walk around freely. I asked one Hollywood “success story” if it was like being imprisoned, and he said, “That’s exactly what it is. It’s a prison, and you cannot escape.”

I’ll share in this article how famous people do find peace and contentment in a place like Sequim, Washington. They are living a rich life, but this time it is a different kind of riches. (more…)

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Sequim Home Business

Operating a Sequim home business has always been popular for retirees in the Sequim area, but it is becoming more and more popular for two huge reasons. In this article I’ll explain why a Sequim home business is such a good idea for almost any retiree.

Sequim Home Business

Sequim Home Business – It Makes Sense

Who retires to the Sequim area? People in their 50s and 60s who have had full professional careers and who have vast knowledge and experience and life wisdom. These incredible people have so much to offer the rest of us, and they are far too energetic to retire and do nothing. They are not the kind of people who plan to sit in a lazy boy chair, eat potato chips, and wait until they die. Far from that, retirees who move to Sequim are full of life and excitement about their futures. Many take a career of amazing experience in science, engineering, writing, teaching, law enforcement, and so on, and become consultants or trainers working out of a Sequim home business. With high speed Internet, you can showcase a small Sequim home business and give it a wonderful professional online image. Running a home business with your unique skill set can be very fulfilling.

Sequim Home Business – Financially Wise

Many retirees are also wanting to run a Sequim home business because they want or need the income. The future is full of uncertainties. You might have a six figure retirement from a California municipality or the State of California, but what does the future hold for the budgets of those governments? Many have been expressing concerns about the future solvency of some state and municipal governments. I know a commercial airline pilot who was worried his retirement would get reduced by 70% because of the airline’s reorganization. I know a retired deputy from Los Angeles who is being told his retirement may get reduced substantially. Even if your retirement check keeps coming forever, you can be certain your living expenses will increase, including health care and prescriptions.

For those who want to retire but have not built a huge nest egg to live on for the rest of their lives, running a Sequim home business may be a necessity. Financial planning for retirement has and is dramatically changing. Large corporations are not necessarily the place to find a steady 20 or 30 year career anymore. Microsoft and many companies prefer to hire independent contractors, not employees, and they can terminate these contractors without any long term commitment or benefits or retirement. [Read The Crisis in Retirement Planning, Harvard Business Review, July-August 2014.]

What does this mean? It means operating a Sequim home business where you build a monthly income to live on is probably going to replace the $3 million dollar mutual fund that provides a $100,000 annual retirement income. In the current generation, most will not have the option of creating that large nest egg. Consider this: creating a $4,000 a month income running a Sequim home business is the equivalent of getting a 3% annual income off a $1,600,000 retirement account. Another way of thinking about this is to say that a home business that provides a $4,000 a month income is worth $1.6 million invested. Don’t underestimate the value or freedom of running a successful home business.

These are two great reasons to think about operating your own Sequim home business and why so many of us do.

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Sequim Electric Rates

Sequim electric rates are a fraction of what they are in southern California. My monthly electric bill averages $125 per month. I have a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Sequim with 1,850 square feet all one one level, and my Sequim electric rates are quite reasonable. June, July, August, and September were all $67 per month. Here’s a 12 month graph of electricity usage. This graph shows what your own monthly useage would look like from month to month, although your monthly bills may be more or less.

Sequim Electric Rates

Sequim Electric Rates in Winter

This has been the coldest winter we’ve had in 3 or 4 years, so even with low Sequim electric rates, our bills were a little higher this winter. Our coldest months are shown on this graph starting in November. My winter bills ranged from $100 to $200, and everything in my home is electric. I do have a fireplace, but I haven’t used it this year.

Sequim Electric Rates

The average residential electricity rate in Sequim is 8.09¢/kWh. This average in Sequim is 31.9% less than the national average rate of 11.88¢/kWh. Residential rates in the U.S. range from 8.37¢/kWh to 37.34¢/kWh. [Source: Electric Rates]

The cost of living in Sequim is very reasonable compared with many other areas of the country. Sequim electric rates are one reason, but we don’t have temperature extremes either. We don’t need air conditioning in the summer, because temperatures rarely get above 80, and most days in the winter are in the 50s and 40s. 

The PUD (public utility) in the Sequim area has a great online billing and analysis tool for homeowners, so you can know exactly what your useage with a variety of charts. We are very fortunate that Sequim electric rates are low.

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Another Day in Sequim (aka Paradise)

It’s another day in Sequim, and I am loving it. This morning I awoke early and enjoyed a cup of coffee and some fresh air on my Sequim property as I walked around my two and a half acres with my dog, Titus. It was a chilly but invigorating morning, and as I always do, I deeply inhaled the pristine air that gently blows across my property directly from the ocean (or the Strait of Juan de Fuca which becomes the Pacific Ocean).

Another Day in Sequim

The sun was rising and I felt like I was looking at a painting as I looked south to the panoramic view I have of the Olympic Mountains. Bright rays of sun glistened through the trees across my property, and the fields and trees in the distance were beautiful with autumn colors. The sun was still rising, and the bright snow capped mountains really did look like a gorgeous painting. But it’s just another day in Sequim.

Another Day in Sequim

The lower water level in the irrigation pond on the southern end of my land is showing signs that winter is coming. As I sipped on my hot cup of gourmet coffee, leaning on the white fence built by the prior owners to keep horses, a flock of geese flew over my head singing that winter is coming in their own cacophonous way. Another day in Sequim.

By mid-morning it was already 47 degrees. Winters are mostly in the high 40s and 50s, and summers are mostly in the 60s and 70s. I jumped in my car and checked on a brand new condominium unit I recently sold to some clients, and after that I stopped at Starbucks for a double short latte extra hot and a blueberry scone. Savoring my scone and coffee, I couldn’t resist writing this article expressing my delight with living in Sequim. I love it here, and I have for 22 years. But then again, I count my blessings every day. Sequim is a happy place to live.

Another Day in Sequim

I could go on and on about Sequim and what an incredible climate we have, what it’s like to live in one of nature’s most beautiful places on the face of the earth, or I could talk about how safe it is to live here, how there is very little traffic . . . ever . . ., and I could go on an on about the delightful and interesting people who live here. But I won’t. I’ll let you search out articles on these subjects on this real estate blog, and there are over 2,000 such articles. 

For now, I just want to say, “It’s another day in Sequim,” or as I often say to myself, “Another day in Paradise.” Same thing.

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Where Do I Want to Retire?

Where do I want to retire is a question that must be asked and answered definitively before you start shopping for houses. That doesn’t mean you can’t take a look at what is available in an area, but you can actually do that online from anywhere you have an Internet connection. Of course, you can and should visit any town under consideration. But some buyers start looking at homes before they even have answered the question, “Where do I want to retire?”

Where Do I Want to Retire

Where Do I Want to Retire?

The reason this is important is because you will confuse the heck out yourself looking at houses in Sequim, then Duvall, then Bellingham, then Ocean Shores, then Spokane, then Eugene, then South Bend, and so on. Too much chaos ends up with confusion and no decision at all. I only know this, because many buyers have taught me this over the past 20 years. Those who come to look at houses, but also tell me they are looking at half a dozen other places, never end up buying anything for many years. They end up going back home frustrated. But there is a practical answer.

Where Do I Want to Retire? The Answer.

Retires who answered the question, “Where do I want to retire?,” long before arriving to look at homes for two days, spent months (years for some) researching to find the exact climate and community and activities and social life they wanted long before they jumped in a car. First they define how they want to live. Then they find that kind of place, and if there is more than one such place, they refine and filter even further until they locate the town or area that seems nearly perfect. Then they visit, and they also contact a buyer’s agent in advance to view some prospective homes. Buyers who go through this orderly process are the ones who seem to find their perfect home, and many years later, these are also the happiest people I’ve ever met. 

So there is a process that helps answer the question, “Where do I want to retire?” And it is orderly and has worked for thousands of retirees around the country. Thank God for the Internet and all the wonderful information available at your fingertips 24/7. Including, if I may say so, this real estate blog packed full of answers to thousands of buyer questions. It is our pleasure to serve you by helping you gather information so ultimately you can answer that single most important question, “Where do I want to retire?”

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Starbucks in Sequim

I love Starbucks in Sequim, but then I love any Starbucks. What is better than a Starbucks double short latte extra hot? Not a soda. Not shopping at Home Depot. Not the evening news, and not even ____. [You fill in the blank.] Well, the point is Starbucks in Sequim is a great place to enjoy a delicious cup of gourmet coffee, or tea, or maybe a strawberry-banana smoothie. And it’s a great place to meet a friend and have some stimulating conversation, or read a book on your tablet or even do some writing on your laptop. I meet clients here regularly, although I do have an office a few blocks away on Bell Street.

Starbucks in Sequim

Starbucks in Sequim Customers

The customers who come to Starbucks in Sequim come in all shapes and sizes and colors and ages. Not that I notice those kinds of things. I do admit that I am fascinated with behavior, not so much looks. So today I stood in line at the Starbucks in Sequim behind a gentleman who left a good 10 to 12 feet between him and the person in front of him. That cracks me up. I’ve seen this in other Starbucks, too. I usually feel like I need to ask if they are actually in line, because I’m not sure. I’ve thought of asking humorous sarcastic questions like, “Does the lady ahead of you have cooties?,” or “Excuse me sir, are you waiting for the rapture, or did you just want a cup of coffee?” Or maybe I should say, “Does the line start ahead of you or behind you?” In the end, I never have the courage to say anything, or maybe I just don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

Starbucks in Sequim on a Rainy Day

On a rainy day, it is surprising how busy it can get at Starbucks in Sequim. Everyone apparently loves to sip on a good cup of coffee on a dreary day, although we rarely have dreary days in Sequim. Sequim is the home of the Blue Hole, aka The Rain Shadow. It only rains 16 inches a year, and it’s sunny every day it’s not raining. Maybe.

As long as I’m sharing secrets with you on a blog where the articles are read over three million times a year, I might as well warn you about the free wireless at Starbucks in Sequim. It’s great, except it speeds up and then it slows down to a snail’s pace. I was recently chatting with a gentleman at Starbucks, of course, and he told me that Starbucks sets up the wireless so that it speeds up and slows down intentionally. According to this “inside source,” Starbucks realized long ago that people would just hang out in their stores for hours using the free Internet, but if they programmed the Internet to slow down and almost stop on a regular cycle, those rude customers would not hang out so long taking up precious space.

I love to meet with clients over coffee and answer all their real estate questions. But I think I’m running out of time. I’ve taken up space in Starbucks long enough. The Baristas are starting to look at me. Gotta go. Next time you’re in Sequim, let’s do coffee at Starbucks in Sequim.

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How Can I Be Happy?

Isn’t the question, “How can I be happy?” arguably the ultimate question in life? When we were young, most of us had all kinds of ideas about how we are going to be happy our whole lives. Do you remember thinking that your parents had no clue, but you would live differently? Then reality hits when we have to work to make money to survive. And before you know it 20 years have passed, and your older. A lot older. The kids are grown up, and your body doesn’t look the same. There are wrinkles and weight where there didn’t used to be. Like time travel, 30 years and 40 years are gone in a flash, and now you’re at retirement age. Where did the time go? 

How can I be happy

How Can I Be Happy?

I’m no psychologist or an expert on life. I’m not a seer, and I’m not the seventh son of a seventh son, so my thoughts are merely the random thoughts of an average guy on a pilgrimage, maybe like you. On my journey I discovered that life doesn’t go according to plan. In fact, that’s not the exception, that’s the rule. I learned that making a lot of money and being rich is not only nearly impossible, but neither wealth nor poverty bring ultimate happiness. Pleasure from “things” like houses, cars, toys, and fat bank accounts is great, but they don’t answer the question how can I be happy. And perhaps the greatest and most important challenge in all of life–relationships with those we love the most–rarely goes according to plan. That’s life, isn’t it?

Of course, there are many good times to remember, with laughter and good times with loved ones. These become precious memories worth more than gold as we grow older. Time is a great mystery. It moves too slow when we are young, but then accelerates as we get older. I marvel at how the body grows older but the mind still feels young.

Life’s journey is different for each of us, but I believe our elder years are meant to be the best years of our lives. Wisdom comes with age, if we are teachable and humble. There’s a peace and contentment that comes with a lifetime of experiencing life in all its dimensions. We gain a control over our emotions, and we have balance and moderation in our lives. There is more stability and predictability, less stress and uncertainty. We know what we want, how to live, and what not to do in order to be happy.

How Can I Be Happy in Sequim?

I have said many times that living in Sequim is one of the reasons so many retirees have successfully answered the question, how can I be happy? It’s not just location, it’s not just the ideal climate and weather, it’s much more than that. Ask anyone who has lived here for decades, and you’ll hear the same general expressions of happiness. People who live in Sequim, myself included, don’t want to live anywhere else. There are so many reasons, far too many to list here, but I will testify here that the super majority of my retired clients who buy a home in Sequim say over and over again that they absolutely love living in Sequim. The people, the weather, the culture, the recreation, and the list is long. All of my clients who retire in Sequim tell me that they are very happy. 

But you know what I think? While the list of things in Sequim that contribute to our happiness are important, I think retirees who move to Sequim have figured something else out from a lifetime of conscientious learning and growing. I think they figured out how to answer the question, “how can I be happy?”

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The Best Years of Your Life in Sequim

What would you call the best years of your life? Was it an idyllic childhood in peaceful times? Or was it when you were young and in college and life was full of promise? Perhaps you would say it was when you were in your twenties when you were an outstanding athlete? Or would you say it was when your own children were young and life was in full swing? Or was your career the centerpiece of your life?

Best Years of Your Life

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Define The Best Years of Your Life

Why not make the next 15 to 20 years of your life the best years of your life? If you’re seriously thinking about retiring in Sequim, Washington, you are probably in your 50’s or in your ’60’s, and you are certainly thinking about the quality of your life for the next couple of decades and beyond. I don’t doubt you have some great memories of times past, but my question to you is, “Why not make the next 15 to 20 years the best years of your life?” You can do that in Sequim, and I have a strong conviction that if you plan and intend to do that, you can.

Physically, we can’t compete with the health and energy of our youth, but at some time in our personal growth most of us realize that life is not about things or power or money or even our own glory. Life is about relationships, and it is positive relationships with those we love that makes life so rich. For many of my clients moving to Sequim, once they have their financial retirement in order, once they find the ideal home in the ideal location, and once they settle into the social and recreational activities they love and begin making new friends in Sequim, life is rich.

Living in Sequim – The Best Years of Your Life

I regularly say to myself, “Another day in Paradise,” because living in Sequim when you have a healthy perspective on what is important in life really is like living in Paradise. Sequim is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and the people are some of the friendliest. Children and grandchildren are never further than a short flight from SeaTac. I’m a firm believer in making a plan and then making that plan come to life. I hope you make your plan, and make the next 15 to 20 years the best years of your life in Sequim.

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The Older I Get The Better I Become

The older I get . . .”  How would you finish that sentence? Maybe you’ve heard the humorous answer, “The older I get, the better I was.” I laugh when I hear that, but I was thinking about that statement today during my jog through Robin Hill Park in Sequim (I’m 59), and I found an answer to a bigger question, “How does Sequim end up with so many incredible people moving here?”

The Older I Get

The cliche “The older I get the better I was,” reflects only one aspect of this life–the physical aspect. Of course, it’s true that as we get older, our physical bodies will age and slowly deteriorate.  But life is more than just the physical body. The mental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of life are far more important, are they not?

The Older I Get – How Does This Happen?

I’ve been saying for years that the most incredible people I’ve ever met keep moving to Sequim. Why and how does that happen? I think some of the most interesting and intelligent and mature retirees are doing their due diligence on the Internet, and they are discovering Sequim. Of course, people talk and share the good news about Sequim, too.

The Older I Get . . .

I think all these amazing people who have moved to Sequim are, in fact, becoming better and better intellectually, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually, and with age comes wisdom. All of us in Sequim are very fortunate to live here for many reasons, but the best reason is the people who live here. If you had met the hundreds of extraordinary people moving to Sequim as I have over the past two decades, you would know what I mean. I think for retirees moving to Sequim, they really can say, “The older I get, the better I become.”

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Winter in Sequim and Skiing or Snowboarding

Why is Sequim so great?   There are a lot of reasons, but here’s something I experienced this weekend.   I took my daughter and my grandson for their first snowboarding lessons at Snoqualmie, which is a little more than a two hour drive from Sequim.   For a great recreational activity like skiing and snowboarding, this little drive is a walk in the park.   So here we are in Sequim within striking distance of some incredible ski slopes, Snoqualmie, Stevens, Crystal (my personal favorite), and a little further north, Baker.   We also have a little hill here called Hurricane Ridge, but it’s not always open.

C’mon, does it get any better than this?

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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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