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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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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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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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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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I had a great day showing Port Angeles properties to a couple from the east coast.  If you’re a potential buyer of Sequim real estate or Port Angeles real estate, you might find this interesting.  We started in the morning meeting at a local gourmet coffee shop to discuss my client’s goals, to review their parameters for the ideal home or land and go over the properties we had selected for viewing.  They also wanted my thoughts on where the market was going in the months and years ahead.  Their primary concern was timing, in other words, is this a good time to buy a home here?

The reason we were looking at homes and land was because this couple had not yet made a final decision on whether to buy an existing home or have a Sequim or Port Angeles home builder build their retirement home.  Part of their decision making process is to see what is available right now and what homes and land are selling for in this area.   We had a great time, and one of the reasons I love what I do as a professional Realtor is that I get to meet and work with some of the most incredible people I’ve ever met.  I swear that the people who retire to Sequim or Port Angeles are the kind of good, hard working Americans with old fashioned values and strong character that you love almost immediately when you meet them.  This is true for me as I meet my clients from all over the U.S.

Here are a few highlights.  We looked at a beautiful spec home, a 2-story craftsman style home with a deck that wrapped around three sides of the home.  This home is almost 3,000 square feet and has a garage with 10 foot ceilings with a double door and a single door.  This was a custom home built as a spec home by a builder who got in trouble because he overbuilt.  This home was completed in 2007,  and the bank foreclosed on the builder.  Believe it or not, it’s been for sale since then and no one has ever lived in it.

Having worked with home builders intimately, I’ve learned how to estimate the cost of developing a lot and building a home like this.  The lot is almost two-thirds of an acre.  The cost to buy this lot today, develop it and bring utilities in, and get the house permitted and built would be about $400,000.  It’s a nice custom home with good quality materials, but it’s not a top of the line custom home with the best possible materials, flooring, and cabinets.  The listing price?  Try just under $300,000.  Wow!  There’s no doubt this house is a steal.  It’s in a neighborhood of beautiful custom built homes on large lots, and there’s a golf course visible through the trees across the street.  Nice.

We also looked at lots, and nice lots in this area with paved streets and utilities installed are $73,500 and up from there.  And then we also looked at a lot that is several acres with a gorgeous creek running through it and a lot of privacy.  That lot is $250,000.

So what did my clients do?  They are hardly going to sleep tonight.  They are thinking about how fast they can wrap things up back home and get moved.  Happy dreams tonight!

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Best Value – Port Angeles home for sale near a park $209,000:  Perfect if you like to take walks or walk your dog.  This is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a very energy efficient 1,148 square feet, wood stove fireplace insert, in a great area, 1428 West 7th Avenue.  View this video tour, and for more detailed information and photographs, see Port Angeles Homes For Sale.

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Just new on the market is this West Port Angeles ranch home completely redone in 2004, which means it is like new throughout with a brick fireplace maintained by a pro annually, custom wood shutters, interior vertical blinds, all new doors and windows. There are full roof gutters that were just cleaned and a 30-year roof that is 2 years old. This home is in perfect condition and a few hundred yards from a park, perfect for walking dogs. There’s room in the back for a 40 foot motor home, and this home is handicap accessible. This home is ideal for a retired couple who want a low maintenance home, or a Coast Guard bachelor or couple. This is a really great location.

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Port Angeles real estate is personified in this gorgeous custom home built on a one acre parcel that is available.

Port Angeles Real Estate for Sale:

Extraordinary custom home, living room with three-sided propane fireplace, vaulted ceiling, formal dining room has oak flooring, vaulted ceiling and French doors to back deck. Gourmet kitchen with designer lighting, custom cabinets and appliances. Master suite with bath featuring heated floor and Jacuzzi tub. Separate shower with heated floor and double shower heads. Library has built-in shelves and pocket doors.

Port Angeles Real EstateSee the full listing data sheet with photos:   Port Angeles Real Estate for Sale

There are nice homes for sale in the Port Angeles area, and then there are your ultimate custom homes built not by framers who became general contractors, but homes built by artists who love their work and cannot compromise quality if they wanted to.  It’s simply not in their genetic code.

Port Angeles Real Estate Video

Want a preview of this Port Angeles home for sale?   Here’s a little video for your viewing pleasure.

Port Angeles real estate in the current market is one of the best values for your dollar on the entire Olympic Peninsula.

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Port Angeles Home Sold

Port Angeles homes are selling even with the market down from last year, but something interesting is happening.   Actually, two things.

First, even though the inventory is higher, the buyers here are cherry picking the best homes.   That means the competition is keener than you might think for the top 10% of the homes on the market, the kind that most people really want.   These homes are selling and gone from the inventory.

Second, the price of some homes is very negotiable, and the price of other homes is not very negotiable.   This second point requires an explanation.   In almost 30 years in the real estate business, I’ve never seen such elasticity in the listing prices and selling prices of homes.   An example will probably help explain what I mean.

One house is for sale for $284,500, already down substantially from the original listing price over a year earlier.   A buyer makes an offer of $260,000, which is $24,500 less than the listed price.   While that might not sound like a huge discounted offer at 8.6% below the current listed price, when you take into consideration that the original listed price was much higher, this is a pretty serious hit for a seller to take in this market.

The offer was accepted at $260,000, and the buyer proceeded with his due diligence, which included the home inspection, the community septic inspection, and the well inspection.   During the home inspection it was discovered that the back concrete patio was settling, most likely because the subsurface had not been properly compacted.   The concrete was cracking in several places, and the settling was resulting in water draining toward the crawl space under the house at one corner.   The pest inspection showed some indication of moisture ants under the house at that location.

After further volleys, the seller agreed to further reduce the price by $9,000 because of the concrete patio problems, so the final price at closing was $251,000.   (There is so much more to negotiating than most people realize, and a lot of effective tricks in the trade for the experienced professional.)

This 2005 home is a custom built, 1900 square foot home with a large double car garage.   It is a very nice custom home and definitely above the average stick-built home.   The home was a steal at $251,000.   This buyer won the lottery, even considering the present state of the market.   I know all this because I represented the buyer as the buyer’s agent.   The photo above is the home.     It was owned by a relocation company, which bought it from their employee who was transferred across the country.   The price of this home was negotiable.

The price of other homes may not be so negotiable.   Not all sellers are either desperate to sell or need to.   Many sellers would like to sell, but they can hang onto their home for a year or more if they don’t sell it.   These homes, and there are many, are not so negotiable on price or terms.

So we have a real estate market that is essentially bifurcated.   There is a segment of the market that is normal with supply and demand playing out, but with normal buyers and with sellers that are not desperate or under financial pressure to sell.   Then there is another segment of the market that is full of foreclosures, distressed properties, and sellers who must sell sooner rather than later.   The chaos that results in the market creates a segmented market where one house is dramatically effected by the economic forces to drive the price lower, but the house across the street may not be effected at all by the same variables.

If you are qualified to buy, and that is your intention, don’t ignore the first factor I mentioned.   Buyers are cherry picking the best homes right now, so the home you would consider ideal may be sold before you make a decision.

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Port Angeles Homes Sold – Jan to Oct 2008

Port Angeles Homes Sold, Sequim Homes Sold.   As I analyzed what homes are selling in Sequim and Port Angeles, I charted the sales in $50,000 increments. This helped me see what percentage of homes are selling in each price category. It’s very revealing.   It does help explain why homes in the upper price ranges are not selling. They represent a very small percentage of the market.

Sequim Homes For Sale

Here’s an example of how to use this graphic.   If you’re selling a home above $400,000 and less than $450,000, this chart tells us that only 7% of all homes sold are in that price range in Sequim and 6% in Port Angeles.   If you have a home for sale in Port Angeles priced above $450,000 and less than $500,000, you are only reaching 1% of the entire buyer’s market.   Don’t be surprised if it is hard to find that 1 in 100 buyer.   If you’re selling a Sequim home or a Port Angeles home, this certainly broadcasts the need for effective marketing, doesn’t it?

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This is a beautiful large home in a park like setting and a water view in a peaceful area. See this to believe it in Port Angeles.

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Port Angeles Water View 3 Story

This home is no longer available, but contact me to find out if the home you’re looking for is.

Chuck Marunde, J.D.
Broker/Owner/Realtor
Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate, LLC
360-775-5424

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Freshwater Bay – Port Angeles Homes for Sale

Freshwater Bay, just west of Port Angeles, Washington is about a 12 minute drive from the city, and is one of the Olympic Peninsula’s most beautiful water front havens on the entire west coast.   Gorgeous five acre parcels are common, and extraordinary views of International waters from the first and second decks are also common. Here’s a photo of the public boat launch on Freshwater Bay that gives all the homeowners free access to the Bay and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

When I took this photo, I sighed and said, “Another day in Paradise.”

If you’re looking for a home or land in this gorgeous paradise, email me.   I have had a gorgeous home listed just a skip and a hop away from this location in the photo, but it is temporarily off the market getting appraised and  a loan modification.  It will come back on the market when all that is completed.  The owner is still interested in selling, so if you would like to know about it, let me know.

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Beautiful 5 acre Port Angeles Freshwater Bay Cedar home for sale, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,167 square feet, and priced at $298,000.

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Freshwater Bay 5 Acres Cedar Home

92 Lawrence Pointe Road, Port Angeles, Washington.   Every once in a while a really great property comes up for sale.   Here’s one I would love to own myself.   It sits on a 5 acre parcel in one of our best areas, Freshwater Bay.   This isn’t a water view lot, but it is a fairly private and selectively cleared piece of Heaven.

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Port Angeles WA Water View Home for Sale at Freshwater Bay

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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.
Sequim Real Estate

From Bakersfield California

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

From Los Alamos New Mexico

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

From Sun Lakes Arizona

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

From California

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

From Sequim

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

From The Netherlands

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

From Fremont California

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

From Fontana California

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

From Tacoma

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

From Wendell Idaho

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

From Sequim

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

From Seattle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From Sequim to California

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

Who is Chuck Marunde?

Chuck Marunde is the #1 Sequim Buyer's Agent, having sold more homes (by volume) to buyers than any other agent or any "team" of agents for the past seven years. He is the author of thousands of articles for buyers on this real estate blog, and he is the author of several real estate books for buyers and one for sellers. He is the creator of many free tools that buyers use and love every day. He is recognized as a national expert on real estate transactions, marketing, and negotiating. Please schedule your appointment to view homes with Chuck well in advance of arriving in Sequim.
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