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John Wayne Marina

John Wayne Marina is one of the premier marina’s on the Olympic Peninsula just west of Seattle.  The northwest is popular for it’s retirement getaways, islands, protected bays, and straits, which has made the surface of the water out here one of the most attractive boating and sailing locations.

John Wayne Marina

John Wayne Marina Sailing

The John Wayne Marina is owned by the Port of Port Angeles, and you can learn more about the Marina, fees, and the rules and regulations at Port of Port Angeles.

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This Port Angeles car garage comes with a luxury home and an incredible panoramic water view. Looking across to Victoria, B.C., this is one of the most beautiful luxury homes on the Olympic Peninsula with 10 acres backed up to mountain forests with ultimate privacy. The kitchen is a chef’s dream. Then there are several garages + a 30×40 Port Angeles car garage well equipped. The house is completely wired with fiber optics, and every outlet and every light is programmable. Watch the video for a special viewing of this Port Angeles car garage.

Port Angeles Car Garage Video

Port Angeles Car Garage Description

30′ X 40′ free-standing shop, fully finished, complete shop/garage, 20′ automatic garage door, double man doors with finishing pad, 8000 Ib. post vehicle lift, compressor, entire building plumbed with outlets for compressor, sand/parts blasting station, hot and cold running water, built-in enter-tainment center, wired for cable, satellite and internet, 16′ built-in shop bench, storage shelving throughout, full security system, welding station, multiple pegboard walls for storage, wired for both 120 and 220, plus 36′ x 25′ garage with 3 individual bays and 2 oversized bays, automatic openers, built-in utility shower/dog wash station, 11′ x 9′ utility room, wired for multiple refrigerator/freezers, plus carport for your trailer or extra cars, 30′ x 14′ paved, covered carport, 10′ x 10′ sealed utility storage unit (perfect for mower/atv & attachments], with built-in shelving.

Port Angeles Car Garage Viewing

This is one of a kind and when it’s gone, there isn’t another like it in the entire Northwest.  Call Chuck Marunde for a private viewing of this Port Angeles Car Garage.

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Port Angeles Home With Acreage and Privacy

This Port Angeles home with acreage has privacy at the end of a private road and is surrounded by trees on three sides and a large open field on the other side.  With 3.7 acres several miles outside the city and surrounded by other large parcels and farms, this is a rare Port Angeles home with acreage in this market.  It is very hard to find property like this with a little acreage and privacy.

Port Angeles Home with Acreage

Port Angeles Home With Acreage

This is not a new home.  It was built in 1978, but this is the reason it is only $229,000.  It does need some upgrading, but it is in very good condition just like it is.  It is ready to move into, and it is quite comfortable.  The daylight basement walls and ceiling were recently finished, although the concrete floor has been left bare for you to add your own flooring.  There is a huge wood stove in the basement, and there’s a brick fireplace on the main floor.

Port Angeles Home With Acreage

Many retirees have been asking me for years for an affordable home on 2 to 5 acres with some privacy.  This is it!  Believe me, it is hard to find a Port Angeles home with acreage and privacy.  This property will probably sell fairly quickly simply because it is rare.  The listing price is set at a sellable price in this market.

Port Angeles Home With Acreage

You can learn more about this home, see more information and more photos at Port Angeles Home with Acreage.

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The Right Port Angeles Homes Are Selling

Are Port Angeles homes selling?  The answer will be similar to the question, “Are Sequim homes selling?”  The answer is that the best homes in the best areas at the best prices are in fact selling, and they are selling just like they did before the real estate recession.  Yesterday, I wrote an offer on a Port Angeles home.  When I wrote the offer, the house was available and “active” in the MLS.  My client signed the offer, wrote an earnest money check, and I submitted the offer promptly to the listing agent.  As always, I called the listing agent to tell her I submitted the offer via email.  She called back to tell me an offer had been accepted just hours earlier.  This morning that listing still shows as active in the MLS, although it is pending.

Port Angeles Homes Selling

Port Angeles HomesThis is proof again that the real estate market here is bifurcated, meaning that there are essentially two markets.  One market includes a large inventory of Port Angeles homes that are not selling very well, many of which have been on the market for a long time.  The other market, or the other segment of the market, consists of homes that qualified buyers do want.  These homes probably make up only 2% or 3% of the inventory, but these homes are consistently selling within a reasonable period of time.

Port Angeles Homes Competition

Not only are these homes in this smaller segment of the market selling in a reasonable period of time, many are selling at full price, and there is competition in buying them.  The offer I wrote yesterday was beat by another offer by a matter of hours.  Last month I wrote about another Port Angeles home that I wrote an offer on, and that one also was sold the same day by a second offer that was at full price.  I sold another Port Angeles home a few weeks ago at full price that had another buyer who told the listing agent he wanted to write a backup offer.

Here’s the point.  If you see a home that fits your search parameters, and it is what you would consider the best home for you in the best area at a reasonable price, do not waste any time submitting an offer, because you can bet there is someone else, and maybe several buyers who think like you do, and who are also looking.  I can tell you that my buyers who have missed out because another offer was accepted on the same day were very disappointed.

Port Angeles Homes Market Bifurcated

Let me emphasis that this segment of the market is small.  The vast majority of the Port Angeles homes market is still behaving as though we are in a real estate recession.  It is only the smaller segment consisting of maybe 2% to 3% of the inventory that is behaving like a healthy market and these homes are selling.  It is this small segment, however, that includes the Port Angeles homes that so many buyers want.

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Port Angeles Home for Sale Stolen

How could a Port Angeles home for sale get stolen?  Well, it did, and this is the true story of how a custom built Port Angeles home for sale was stolen.  I know because I personally witnessed the entire episode.  This home was originally listed for over half a million dollars, and it just sold for $227,500.

Port Angeles Home for Sale – Custom Home

Port Angeles Home for Sale

Port Angeles Home for Sale – 10 Gorgeous Acres

We need to start at the beginning.  In April of 2010 this Port Angeles home for sale was put in the MLS at a price of $550,000.  It is beautiful custom built home, 3,440 square feet, hardwood floors, a kitchen with custom built cabinets, a large island, and far too many amenities to mention.  You can see from the photo how beautiful this home is.  There are 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, and a large entertainment area.  It was built in 2007, and it sits in the country in a very private setting (you can’t see any other homes).  But it gets better.  This home is nestled on 10 fenced acres, which is 80% cleared.  There’s a small guest home on the property, and a nice garage and shop.  Believe me, this is a rare property.

I showed this Port Angeles home sale several times over the years as the price slowly came down to $450,000 and after not selling for a year, it was relisted and the price raised to $495,000.  I’m not kidding.  There certainly can be a reason for raising a listing price, but in this case there clearly was not.  After not selling for another full year, the price was reduced to $425,000.  During this time, I wrote an offer on the house for what my clients (and I) felt was a reasonable fair market value in the amount of $345,000.  The seller’s and their Realtor laughed at us. 

At the time we drafted the offer, my intuition told me to take my clients down to the county building department and look at the building permit file.  That’s not something I do regularly, but in this case my gut told me something was missing.  I wasn’t sure what it could be, but off we went to the county.  When my clients and I ask for the county building permit file, which is public information, the county clerk said, “There’s no house on that property.”  I responded, “Yes, there is.”  With a straight face she said, “No there isn’t,” to which I replied, “Yes, there is.” 

Port Angeles Home for Sale- No Permit

Finally, with a smile she brought out the file.  The owner had built this entire house without any building permit.  Is that amazing or what!  My clients as buyers would have to get permits in order for the house to be inhabitable legally.  The county told us there would have to be inspections of the inside of the house walls, the electrical, the plumbing, the foundation, the construction of the home, the roof, and so on.  If it all complied with the building code, the permit fees plus penalties would have to be paid.

Of course I called the listing agent and asked if she knew the house was never permitted, and if she did, why was it not on the MLS data sheets and disclosed.  I never got an answer, and the MLS data sheets in the weeks to follow never did disclose that this house was completely illegal and umpermitted.  Amazing.

This Port Angeles home for sale just sold at a foreclosure sale for $227,500.  Absolutely amazing.  I wonder if the new owner even knows that the house has no building permit.  However the new owner may have paid for it (with or without a loan), she certainly got one of the bargains of the century.  This Port Angeles home for sale was stolen.

 

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Port Angeles Home for Sale with Shop

This Port Angeles home for sale comes with a huge shop with plenty of acreage.  And this Port Angeles home for sale is also a woman’s ideal floor plan. The kitchen is incredible, and you’ll see more on this video tour, but there is also an large sewing room that ends the discussion for sewing or hobby rooms altogether.  This home has been dramatically reduced in price, so some lucky buyer is going to take advantage of this buyer’s market.

Port Angeles Home for Sale Video Tour

Port Angeles Home for Sale MLS Sheet

You can see more photos and details on the Port Angeles MLS for this home.   The brief description includes this:

This Port Angeles custom home was built with quality in mind, and the setting is private with a peek-a-boo water view. The kitchen has the largest island you’ll see with a second kitchen area the sellers call the butler’s kitchen. The master bedroom is on the top floor with large windows, and the daylight basement has a mother-in-law living area or recreation area. This property has a big shop building with a parking lot all separate from the house on this 4.88 acre parcel.

Port Angeles Home for Sale Viewing

Call me or email me for a viewing of this one of a kind Port Angeles Home for sale.

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Sequim Investors Cannot Find Homes to Buy

Sequim investors cannot find great deals on homes in Sequim.  They are literally unable to find good investment properties to buy with cash.  You would think that in this recession that there would be many homes at incredible bargain prices, and that Sequim investors would be swooping in to snap them up, but such deals do not seem to exist in our market.  Why is that?

Sequim Investors Get Skunked

Sequim InvestorsThe headlines around the country for quite a while have been all about the large numbers of foreclosures flooding the market, the crashing housing prices, the home builders going bankrupt, and the mortgage debacle.  Stories are told again and again about the guy who bought a three bedroom home in Vegas for $75,000, or the couple who bought a four bedroom mountain view home on 20 acres in Arizona for $225,000.  Stories abound.

So why can’t Sequim investors find these extraordinary deals?  They don’t exist in Sequim.  Nor do they exist in Port Angeles.  It sure seems like they should, but they don’t.  I have cash buyers waiting for me to find an extraordinary deal.  Try as I might, and I look at a lot of homes in the area, I have not found a home that a Sequim investor could buy, put $20,000 into it with their own labor, and re-sell for a profit.

Sequim Investors Say Where Are The Deals?

Some might think there are many homes for sale, and there are, but not the kind that can be resold within six months for a profit.  Sequim buyers, and this means retirees from outside the area, are not interested in 1970’s style homes with a split level floor plan, or an unusual floor plan, or a home in an unfavorable area.  Investors won’t touch these kinds of homes, because they cannot sell them.

If I could find a post-1990 three bedroom, two bath home with a normal floor plan, a roomy kitchen with plenty of cabinet and countertop space and about 2,400 square feet on a nice one acre lot with a mountain view of some kind, one that needed some remodeling and cosmetic work and could be purchased for about $185,000, I could sell that to an investor in a heartbeat.  He would put about $20,000 to $30,000 into it, lots of labor, and resell it for $240,000.  That would work, but believe it or not, this kind of investment does not exist.  There are homes like this, but the owners want $240,000 for them now, and that leaves no room for investors to profit.  Unlike many areas in the country, the bottom of the Sequim real estate market never fell dramatically.

Sequim Investors Disappointed

While this news has been disappointing to Sequim Investors, it is actually a sign of stability and strength in the Sequim housing market, and this bodes well for sellers as well as buyers.  Buyers won’t find the steal of the century here, but they will buy a home in a stable market and that is a good thing.  Sequim investors may have to look to Vegas or Phoenix to investor their money, and even that will be fraught with significant risk.

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Another Port Angeles Home Sold

Chuck Marunde is pleased to announce that he acted as a Buyer’s Agent in the sale of another home in Port Angeles.  This home is a four bedroom, two bath,  two story home with 2,600 square feet on a Port Angeles city lot.  It’s a nice neighborhood.  This home is a Bank of America foreclosure and was listed at $177,000 and sold for $128,000.  Don’t expect to find many deals like this.  This was one of the best prices I’ve seen in this area.

Port Angeles Home

Port Angeles Home

You can search for both Port Angeles homes and Sequim homes for sale with one of the best online MLS search sites, and it requires no personal information or registration from you:  Sequim Homes for Sale (includes Port Angeles).

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Port Angeles Walmart Supercenter Open

The massive Port Angeles Walmart Supercenter is open for business.  The new supercenter was built in the same location of the old K-Mart that went out of business.  The center is surprisingly large.  The size is not so obvious when you drive into the parking lot, but as you walk into this Port Angeles Walmart Supercenter, you realize that it might be a good idea to have a golf cart.  Unless you intend to walk a couple of miles for exercise, you will want to make sure that you don’t need items from opposite ends of the store.  If you thought the Sequim Home Depot or Sequim Costco is big, think again.  Both of those stores might fit inside this Walmart Supercenter.

Port Angeles Walmart

Port Angeles Walmart

Port Angeles Walmart

The Port Angeles Walmart Supercenter is welcomed by some locals and cursed by others.  It is the continuing battle between the big box store and the small local businesses owners.  It is a very real battle, and Walmart has an extraordinary advantage when it comes to buying large volumes at big discounts and passing those discounts on to consumers in ways that local businesses cannot.  While many of us as local business owners want to and do support other local businesses, sometimes the decision regarding our own finances pulls us into Walmart.  This is true especially in this recession, and it is also the reason this Port Angeles Walmart Supercenter is already very busy.

Port Angeles Walmart Prices

Walmart GroceriesA simple example will perhaps make the point.  I do most of my grocery shopping at Sunny Farms in Sequim.  This is an incredible family owned organic grocery store, and just about every single item I purchase there tastes substantially better than the mass produced and processed foods at my local Safeway.  Of course, QFC is a few levels above Safeway in terms of quality food, but so are the prices.  The prices at Sunny Farms are higher than either of those stores, but the quality is substantially better, too.  Sunny Farms has an organic cereal that I really enjoy called Autumn Wheat by Kashi.  It is over $6.00 a box (17.5 ounces) at Sunny Farms, but this exact same cereal is sold at the Port Angeles Walmart for $3.50.  I was surprised they even carried it, but at almost half the price.  I admit I buy several boxes of it at Walmart to save a lot of money.  You can bet that Sunny Farms’ own wholesale purchase price of this cereal is more than Walmart’s retail price.  This is why a small business cannot get into a price war with Walmart.

I’m certain that many will be shopping for Christmas gifts at Walmart.  Local businesses continue to close, and I observed another business closed and empty in Port Angeles yesterday.  Local businesses are going to have to be creative and grab ahold of technology and Internet marketing to survive and thrive.  They cannot and should not try to compete on prices.  Walmart will win that battle every time.  The battle must be won on quality, customer service, and other levels.

If you haven’t seen it already, you’ve got to see this massive Port Angeles Walmart Supercenter just for the shear entertainment.

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  • Port Angeles Restaurants

    Port Angeles has some great restaurants, as does Sequim.  One of my favorites is a classy restaurant named the Chestnut Cottage.  If you like a really great lunch salad with some of the tastiest ingredients and freshest, you’ll love the Cobb Salad.  Look, I’m a bachelor, so I’m no Chef or gourmet of anything, except Lattes (short, double shot, extra hot), but I know an incredible salad when I eat it.  Let your mouth water at the thought of fresh salad greens, tomatoes, onions, still hot bacon pieces, Avocado, slices of hard boiled eggs, chunks of Roquefort, and croutons.  All very fresh, and arranged on a plate like a picture in a magazine.  Well, you get the idea.  For those among you who are visiting and looking at real estate, I highly recommend a mid-day break at the Chestnut Cottage for lunch.  And to help you recognize it when you drive into town, I took this photo from my Android cell phone.  By the way, if you are my clients, I buy my clients lunch here when we are looking at property.

    Port Angeles Restaurants

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  • Port Angeles Traffic

    Friday rush hour traffic in Port Angeles doesn’t last long, but it does bring back memories of bumper to bumper traffic on I-5, I-405, and if you’re from L.A., this will be nothing.

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  • Interested in Port Angeles land for sale in a great subdivision?  There may be a large inventory of existing homes on the market, but many retirees from California and elsewhere are not finding that perfect home with the kitchen just the way they want it, or with the right floor plan.  Some who find a home with an acceptable kitchen and a reasonably acceptable floor plan often do not like the location.   So do what some retirees are doing.  Buy a lot in the perfect location and have a quality home builder create that perfect home for you.  Here is a subdivision developed by one of the areas premier developers and home builders.  Take a look at this Port Angeles subdivision by clicking on the image below.

    Port Angeles Land for Sale

    For another view see Port Angeles land for sale.

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    This home is no longer available.  West Port Angeles 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch home just a few hundred yards from a park.  This home was completely rehabbed in 2004, so it is like new throughout and ready to move into.  It has a beautiful brick fireplace maintained by a pro annually, custom wood shutters, interior vertical blinds, all new doors and windows, full roof gutters just cleaned,  and the roof is a new 30 year roof.  This home is in perfect condition, and if you have a dog, being a few hundred yards from a park is perfect. The owner had a large motor home parked in the back yard.  And this home is handicap accessible.  OPEN HOUSE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 11TH FROM 1:00 TO 4:00.  COME SEE THIS HOME AT 1428 WEST 7TH STREET, PORT ANGELES, WASHINGTON.

    Port Angeles Home for Sale

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    Salt Creek is a gorgeous recreation area west of Port Angeles with some beautiful beaches.  There are some old WWII bunkers still in the ground overlooking the Strait, and lots of beach to walk.  There’s even overnight camping.  I thought you might enjoy this video of Salt Creek.

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    The La Push and Quileute rivers empty into the Pacific Ocean, and this photo captures a rainbow of hope.  This photo was not touched up or edited.  The photographer is Dan Grove.

    La Push River

    The Olympic Peninsula is full of rich history, and what a great weekend or afternoon drive it is to La Push and around the Peninsula.  You can learn more from the Quileute Tribe‘s own website, but here’s a brief quote:

    The Quileute Tribe is located in La Push, Washington, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean The Quileute Tribes have lived and hunted in this area for thousands of years. Although the village of La Push is only about one-square mile, the tribe’s original territory stretched along the shores of the Pacific from the glaciers of Mount Olympus to the rivers of rain forests. Much has changed since those times, but Quileute Elders remember “back in the days” When the “old people” dared challenge kwalla, the mighty whale, and recounted the story of how the bayak (raven) placed the sun in the sky.  Because of the remote location of La Push, the Quileute have built a tourism industry that serves those seeking a relaxing getaway or a rejuvenating adventure. The tribe’s Oceanside Resort along First Beach offers ocean-view accommodations ranging from luxurious to rustic. Those who visit La Push come for whale watching in the spring; surfing, fishing, and hiking in the summer; and storm watching in the fall and winter.

    My thanks to Dan Grove for the great photo.

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    The Port Angeles Walmart, aka Walmart Super Center, is under construction and beginning to take shape.  Click on this photo to see a full image.

    Port Angeles Walmart Super Center

    Port Angeles is watching its new Wal-Mart Supercenter currently under construction directly across from the old Wal-Mart store on the east end of Port Angeles.  The new location has been a vacant commercial property for years, previously occupied by a K-Mart store.  That K-Mart store went out of business a couple of years after Wal-Mart opened their store in Port Angeles.

    Wal-Mart Supercenters are hypermarkets with an average size of about 197,000 square feet, and they stock everything a Wal-Mart Discount Store does, plus a full-service supermarket, including meat and poultry, baked goods, delicatessen, frozen foods, dairy products, garden produce, and fresh seafood. Many Wal-Mart Supercenters also have a garden center, pet shop, pharmacy, Tire & Lube Express, optical center, one-hour photo processing lab, portrait studio, and numerous alcove shops, such as cellular phone stores, hair and nail salons, video rental stores, local bank branches, and fast food outlets, such as Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s or Blimpie. Some also sell gasoline distributed by Murphy Oil Corporation, Sunoco, or Tesoro.

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  • This home no longer available, but if you are looking for a home in Port Angeles, you may search the entire Port Angeles MLS at:

    Port Angeles MLS Listings

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    Does anyone else love to drive around and look at property, fields, mountains, and beautiful water views?  I’ve always loved to do that, and I could not resist stopping to take this photo of an idyllic view of this field of cows with a stunning backdrop of mountains west of Port Angeles.  I get so tired of living in one of the most beautiful places in the world.  Don’t tell anyone about Sequim and Port Angeles.  They just might move here and buy this field and build a gas station.

    Port Angeles Mountains

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  • Many Port Angeles businesses are struggling to survive, and many have already closed their doors or moved.  I interviewed one business owner who had a business in the central downtown district of Port Angeles.  Business was so slow she moved her business to Sequim.  It’s hard to know how many businesses have called it quits in this recession, but the number is big, even for a small town.  Driving around  town one can see For Rent signs in many store fronts.  One local business owner told me there were 70 to 80 empty retail spaces in Port Angeles.

    Port Angeles Businesses

    Some commercial buildings, like this one on Lincoln Street in Port Angeles, which boasted “Espresso Soup & Sandwiches” has been closed for a long time.  The building is now owned by the City of Port Angeles and remains almost entirely empty.  Of course, buildings like this are likely to remain empty for a while, because most entrepreneurs are not likely to start a risky business in a recession.  Restaurants of all businesses are in the category near the highest risk, because they are most likely to fail within the first year.   The most recent restaurant to fail in the area was the Sauer Kraut in Sequim.

    Retirees who want to continue working for themselves would be well advised to start a business that is not capital intensive and which has a higher probability of success.  An old rule, which I think has great merit, is to stick with what you know and what you are passionate about.  But I think another wise approach for any retiree who wants to be in business here is to limit risk by the business you choose, and make sure the downside is not going to financially wipe you out.  This is not the time to take great risk.

    As with every economic cycle, there are opportunities, and I believe that even in this recession there are grand opportunities for creative and intelligent entrepreneurs to make money and have a great time doing it.  So, what is your passion?  How are you going to find your niche?

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  • Port Angeles is watching its new Wal-Mart Supercenter currently under construction directly across from the old Wal-Mart store on the east end of Port Angeles.  The new location has been a vacant commercial property for years, previously occupied by a K-Mart store.  That K-Mart store went out of business a couple of years after Wal-Mart opened their store in Port Angeles.

    Port Angeles Wal-Mart Supercenter

    Wal-Mart Supercenters are hypermarkets with an average size of about 197,000 square feet, and they stock everything a Wal-Mart Discount Store does, plus a full-service supermarket, including meat and poultry, baked goods, delicatessen, frozen foods, dairy products, garden produce, and fresh seafood. Many Wal-Mart Supercenters also have a garden center, pet shop, pharmacy, Tire & Lube Express, optical center, one-hour photo processing lab, portrait studio, and numerous alcove shops, such as cellular phone stores, hair and nail salons, video rental stores, local bank branches, and fast food outlets, such as Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s or Blimpie. Some also sell gasoline distributed by Murphy Oil Corporation, Sunoco, or Tesoro.

    Why would Wal-Mart build an entirely new Wal-Mart directly across the street from a perfectly good Wal-Mart building and parking facility?  Good question, and there is a logical answer.  (I love it when I get to ask myself a question and then answer it.)

    The new Wal-Mart will be a Supercenter, so it will offer much more to the community in products and services, and that will give Wal-Mart a much greater gross profit.  It is likely that their grocery store will take business away from Costco in Sequim, at least for the Port Angeles residents that currently drive to Sequim to shop at Costco.  It is also likely that Wal-Mart’s grocery store will hurt the Safeway store nearby.  For anyone who has been in a Wal-Mart Supercenter, you know that their grocery store is pretty impressive, has fresh produce, and the prices are unbelievably low.

    The other logical reason Wal-Mart builds a new store and leaves the old is a defensive strategy.  The old property will eventually go up for sale no doubt, but you can be sure that Wal-Mart will have a restrictive covenant that prohibits the property from ever being used by a competitor.  Pretty smart strategy, isn’t it?

    Port Angeles can be thankful that at least one big corporate store is building in town.  For the past decade Sequim seems to have been getting all the large anchor businesses.

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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
    ChuckMarunde@gmail.com

    From Los Angeles

    It's rare, but once in awhile life provides the perfect collaborator for an important endeavor such as buying your new home. For me that person was Chuck Marunde. His two decade background as a Real Estate Attorney, his prolific career as an author of articles and books on Real Estate and his forthright and moral character made choosing Chuck a no-brainer. Chuck is dedicated, thorough, incredible at the negotiating table, knowledgeable about all local laws & regs but, most importantly, Chuck loves what he does. And what he does is find his client the perfect property. Chuck isn't about making the sale, he's about making the sale that is OPTIMUM for his CLIENT and this makes Chuck a rare bird indeed. I love my new home in Sequim and I am indebted to Chuck for making it happen. Kevin E.

    From Seattle

    I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chuck over the past three years in selling my parent's estate. It was a tough time to sell during the housing recession, but Chuck always kept things on the positive side. With his real estate law background, he offers sound, practical advice. He helps you along with the process using discussions and reason, rather than opinions and speculations. If Chuck doesn’t know the answers, he will get them for you. In several instances, Chuck took the initiative to meet with county officials to get up-to-date facts about zoning and regulations. I was always impressed with his company’s tech savvy communi-cations and internet presence: weekly email updates, blogs, videos, links, Linked-in networking, etc. He is truly pioneering the future of buying & selling real estate. Brian M.

    From Florida

    We do our homework for the task at hand and we look for and expect to enlist partners that do the same. It was our good fortune to select Chuck Marunde of Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate to represent us as a buyer's broker in our search for a home in the Sequim/Port Angeles area. Chuck's site is all encompassing and super fast compared to many others, he knows the market at every conceivable level and his guidance through the process of selecting and purchasing a home is priceless - above and beyond that of anyone with whom we have ever worked. Add to all this his 20 year background in real estate law and you have discovered a superb asset in the adventure of purchasing a home. Greg and Marilyn

    From Gilroy California

    As an out of state buyer unfamiliar with the area, it was important to me not only to have a real estate agent who knew the area well, but also one who knew the value of the properties. I chose Chuck because he is also a real estate lawyer and it is reassuring to have that extra degree working for you. I selected the houses I was interested in on line before taking a two day trip to Sequim to look at them in person. I sent my list to Chuck, who gave me feedback, then organized our tour so we could see 16 properties in a short time. He was very accommodating, driving me all over Sequim, and rescheduling appointments when we fell behind on our time. On day two, I found my home and we drafted an offer on it that evening. By the time I arrived back home on the plane the next evening, my offer had been accepted. Chuck was honest about what it would take to get me into my new home, while having my back the entire transaction. Since I was unable to relocate immediately after closing, he and his assistant Ade, have been taking care of many additional responsibilities for me. He was a pleasure to work with. Chris D.

    From Corona California

    The best decision I made, once I settled on Sequim as the ideal place to spend the rest of my days, was to hook up with Chuck Marunde as my broker/go-to guy. He happily took on the entire complicated merry-go-round associated with a long distance move that involved selling in Southern California (with a different agent) and buying in Sequim – all in the span of just over a month. The unexpectedly quick sale of my previous home was already a week into a 30 day escrow when I got to Sequim for my house hunt. We had two days to find my slice of heaven. And day one was less than stellar, each home having at least one major issue. The killer was the dream home that turned out to be an unmitigated disaster once we got inside. I was crushed. Chuck had his work cut out for him that night. And he worked his magic. On day two there was one beautiful possibility, but not quite right. Suffice to say, in the early afternoon we pulled into a driveway and the first words out of my mouth were “That’s my house.” 29 days later I took possession of my new home. Every sale has its issues, but throwing in the complications of a short escrow on top of 1200 miles of separation from all documentation, etc. gives new meaning to “challenging”. Thanks to his encyclopedic knowledge coupled with a great sense of humor, Chuck was able to keep me on an even keel when things got dicey. He knows when to step in and when to let it evolve. I cannot imagine making this move without him. Rebecca B.
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    From Bakersfield California

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

    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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