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Are Sequim septic systems high maintenance, and are they potential problems for buyers who have lived in the city on public utilities their whole lives? And what about Sequim wells? These questions come up regularly from buyers all over the U.S. Even today a buyer called me to ask about Sequim septic systems.

Septic Systems

Here are six articles I wrote that answer many of the questions about private septics and private wells. What you’ll find out is that private wells and septics are very reliable, low maintenance, and not at all the problem most people might think. Private wells are usually low maintenance, and so are septic systems. Private wells in the Sequim area are known for having pure water, and most of us have no reason to have a water purifier.

Sequim Septic Systems Article 1: Septic Inspections

Sequim Septic Systems Article 2: Private Septic Systems

Sequim Septic Systems Article 3: Septic Systems Regulations

Sequim Wells Article 1: Private Well Issues

Sequim Wells Article 2: What is a Well Cistern?

Sequim Wells Article 3: Are Private Wells Safe?

When you are buying a home in Sequim, I always recommend a well inspection and a septic inspection, and of course, a home inspection. You can read at least a dozen article on this blog about home inspections, what is involved, and how to respond to needed repairs. If you have any questions after your read the articles above on wells and septic systems, you can always email me at ChuckMarunde@gmail.com or simply call me at 360-775-5424.

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  • Private Well Issues

    A private well and public water system have different concerns, so if you are going to buy a home on a private well, you will want to know what the issues are and what kind of due diligence you should do to protect yourself. Here are some guidelines that will help you.

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    My Own Private Well

    I’ve written many articles on the subject of handling the issues for a private well. You can always do a search of this real estate blog with almost 2,000 articles of any phrase to pull up all the relevant articles, but here are the links to some private well articles for your convenience.

    Is a Private Well Safe? My clients often ask this question, and it’s a good question, especially if you’ve never had a private well before and you’ve always been on a public water supply. Read more at the link.

    What is a well cistern? What is a well cistern? This is a question asked by buyers when they move to Sequim, Washington. A well cistern is a large storage tank for a private well, usually 1,000 gallons. Read more at the link.

    Well Logs. If you buy a Sequim home or a Port Angeles home with a private well, you’ll want to do your due diligence and review the well log originally filed with the county.  There are two important numbers–the flow rate (gallons per minute) and the well depth (and the depth of the water within the well).  I’ll give you the link to all well logs in the State of Washington, which are online with free access. Read more at the link.

    Private Wells are common outside the city limits, and in Clallam County around Sequim and Port Angeles there are thousands of private wells. Perhaps one in 1,000 private wellswill pump less than 5 gpm (gallons per minute). That’s not a major problem if the well pumps at least the state and county minimum of 1/2 gpm. At 1/2 gpm a well will produce about 800 gallons of water per day. That’s far more than any family will use. Read more at the link.

    Know Your Private Well

    A private well today is not like the well in the photo above. But there is a lot to know and to understand when you buy a property with a private well.

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  • What is a well cistern?

    What is a well cistern? This is a question asked by buyers when they move to Sequim, Washington. A well cistern is a large storage tank for a private well, usually 1,000 gallons. Of course, if the home you are buying is on a public water system or a community well system, you will not have a well cistern. But if you have a private well serving your home in a rural area like Sequim or Port Angeles, you may need a well cistern. A well cistern is simply a water storage tank, and many are concrete.

    Well Cistern

    Well Cistern for Storage

    Why would you need a well cistern? You need a way to store water if your private well does not produce enough water flow. A well that produces 8 or 12 gallons per minute produces more than a family of 5 will use, and some wells in the Sequim area produce 18 to 30 gallons per minute. But if your well only produces 1 to 3 gallons per minute, you will probably need a well cistern. With a 1,000 gallon water tank you will have plenty of water for a family, because before you could use the full 1,000 gallons, it will be filling up while you use it. The pump in your well will pump water into the cistern while you use the water from the cistern.

    Well Cistern

    I would guess that less than 2% of all private wells in the Sequim area have a well cistern, so they are not common, but if you find the ideal home in a great location, it is possible that the well does not produce enough water, and the home will require a well cistern. How do people who have well cisterns feel about them? They seem to have no serious issues with them. But some buyers have said they prefer a well that produces more water than they need without a well cistern. The Sequim water tables are not dropping, and have not for decades, but it is possible that a low producing well could produce less in the future. It hasn’t happened, and it hasn’t been a concern. But now you can answer the question, “What is a well cistern?

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  • The Sequim Water Rule is technically the Dungeness Water Management Rule.  For simplicity, I’ll call it the Sequim Water Rule.  After many hearings and much ado, the State of Washington has passed the Sequim Water Rule, and this is a major concern for anyone using private wells or expecting to irrigate outside their homes.  The rule restricts water usage for homeowners under an extremely complex set of rules that no one can fully explain.  There are two primary concerns citizens have about the Sequim Water Rule.

    What is the Sequim Water Rule?

    First, anyone who buys a lot to build a home within the effected area may have to purchase water rights from senior water rights holders.  This is to mitigate the new water use.  Second, anyone who already has their own well will have to purchase water rights from senior rights holders for new water uses.  New water uses are  interpreted to be outdoor or irrigation uses that exceed permitted volumes, but this does not include indoor drinking water.  Watering your grass or plants or flowers or trees or your vegetable garden can be defined as new uses.  But the rules are quite convoluted, and they raise many unanswered questions.  The new terminology and the application of these new concepts makes this Sequim Water Rule a labyrinthian trap for unwary property owners.  For example, to master the new rule, you’ll have to master the intended meanings of words and phrases such as “determination of non-significance,” “instream flow,” “watershed,” “permitted uses,” “maximum depletion,” “maximum allocation amounts,” “subbasins,” “environmental enhancement,” and so on.  And no matter how many articles you read on the Internet about the Sequim Water Rule, you still won’t be certain you really understand it or how it will effect your water use.

    Sequim Water Rule Effected Area

    Sequim Water Rule

    To see the full detailed map of the effected area for the Sequim Water Rule, click on the image above.   Here are two resources for more information on the Sequim Water Rule.  First, one of the best local resources was put together by Marguerite Glover, who has done a tremendous job helping to educate the public, but that site is under construction right now.  The other site is State Dungeness Water Management.

    Sequim Water Rule and Buying Land in Sequim

    If you are planning to buy a lot in the effected area to build your retirement home, you will want to be sure you address your water use concerns in your due diligence before you close on your lot.  This means using the right addendums to your purchase and sale agreement, and using the right language and timelines.  You don’t have to worry about not having drinking water, but you do need to pay attention to your planned water uses which may be adversely effected by the Sequim Water Rule.

    Read our latest article on the Sequim Water Management Rule.

     

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  • Are Private Wells Safe?

    Are private wells safe?  My clients often ask this question, and it’s a good question, especially if you’ve never had a private well before and you’ve always been on a public water supply.  Private wells are safer than public water systems in some ways and not as safe in other ways.  I’ll explain what I mean.

    Private Wells and Quality

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    We are very fortunate that Sequim private wells generally have very good water, clean and pure.  Wells are typically 50 to 80 feet deep with water at 30 or 40 feet, and water flows of 8 to 20 gallons per minute produce more water than a family can use.  There are a few wells in the valley on the side of a mountain where water was not reached or where there is a lot of iron in the water (in the Blyn area).  Otherwise, private wells produce plenty of pure drinking water.

    Private Wells v. Public Water

    One of the drawbacks to using a public water system is that it is subject to pollution.  That is rare, but it has happened.  The more likely health hazard using public drinking water is the high levels of Chlorine they use.  I once heard the statement, “You don’t want to drink public water without Chlorine to kill contaminants, but you certainly don’t want to put all that Chlorine into your body.”  If you have a private well, you can keep your well pure without these concerns.

    Private Wells and Contamination

    Well experts will tell you that a well head is sealed, and there is virtually no way for a private water system to get contaminated from the well itself.  It is a “closed system” as they say.  As long as the aquifer deep below the surface is not polluted from a nearby source of industrial contamination, which we don’t have in the Sequim valley anywhere that I can recall, there is no possibility of contamination.  This is good news, unless you own a well that was installed prior to 1985.  Prior to 1985, believe it or not, well heads were not sealed.  In the photo above you can see an example of a well that is pre-1985, and the well cap did not have a rubber seal of any kind.  While the cap was bolted securely on the well head, it still was not perfectly sealed, and tiny ants got in this well.  This was so rare, even the well drilling company had never heard of this happening.  It was not a major issue, because the owner simply ran the hose and the faucets in the house, and the ants got washed out of the system.  A water sample was taken and no nitrates or bacteria were found, but to be safe the well was “shocked,” meaning that Chlorine crystals were dropped in the well.  Of course, a rubber seal was installed, and the well cap put back in place.

    I’ve written two other articles on private wells for your edification, including Sequim Private Wells and Well Logs and Sequim Well Inspections.  If you’re buying a lot or a home with a private well, understanding the issues of private wells is an important part of your due diligence.

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    Sequim Well LogsIf you buy a Sequim home or a Port Angeles home with a private well, you’ll want to do your due diligence and review the well log originally filed with the county.  There are two important numbers–the flow rate (gallons per minute) and the well depth (and the depth of the water within the well).  I’ll give you the link to all well logs in the State of Washington, which are online with free access.  Here is how I briefly interpreted one well log for a client:

    You’ll notice a couple of key numbers on the report.  The depth of 110 feet, and 35 gallons per minute!  Most wells around here are 8 to 12 gallons per minute, some are 15 or even 17 (I’ve seen many in the 20s), but you only need two or three gallons  (I’ve also heard 4 or 5 gallons) per minute to have plenty of water for household use.  35 gallons per minute is very rare and enough for a community well for a dozen houses.  So, congratulations!  It appears you have one of the highest flowing wells in the entire county.

    You can see view wells logs in the area and around Sequim by going to a well log map search at:

    http://apps.ecy.wa.gov/welllog/

    I always thought it was strange that on well logs, which are completed by the well driller, they rarely include a street address.  The true identification of the well is by a tag number on the well itself, which is also written in the upper right corner of the well log.  As a practical matter, most wells are drilled before a house is built and so there is no official street address.   Sometimes it’s hard to figure out which well log is your well log when searching on the above link.  Search by street address, and if that doesn’t work, search by well owner, and if you don’t know the original well owner’s name or no results appear, you might have to try the tax ID number, which you can get from another county website at Clallam County Tax ID Numbers.  If you still can’t fine it, do what I do.  I just pull up the map and zoom in on the area and then I click on the wells that seem closest to the property.  Usually when you click on one of these well locations, many well logs pop up, and then you can browse through these to find yours.

    This is a great tool on the Internet, and like everyone else, I love the fact that access is free.

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    Sequim Well Logs, Port Angeles Well Logs

    Sequim well logs are online now.  Did you know you could purchase a lot or vacant land that cannot produce drinking water? Did you know that you could purchase a home with a private well that dries up part of the year, or has a low water flow? Imagine having to haul drinking water and having to install a storage tank for all your residential water use! It’s a nightmare, but it happens!
    If you live in California or the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area, or anywhere outside Sequim and Port Angeles, and you are planning to purchase property in the Sequim or Port Angeles areas, one of the Traps for the Unwary that could cost you a small fortune involves private wells and drinking water.The vast majority of private wells produce excellent water flow and excellent quality on the Northern Olympic Peninsula. We are very fortunate that way. But you only have to be one in 1,000 who end up with a well problem to make it your personal nightmare. How can you protect yourself?As with all things real estate, due diligence is important. Jennifer Henderson of Canal Pumps in Sequim, Washington, said the red flags are things like a well log that indicates low water flow, or a well log indicating a dry well, or well logs in the same area that indicate such problems or multiple wells drilled on the same property.

    How in the world do you get the well logs for the general area that you are interested in? Good news! There is a beautiful website with just that information maintained by the Washington Department of Ecology, and it has Sequim Well Logs and Port Angeles Well Logs. You can use an online map to identify where you want to look, and you can zoom in on your specific area. All the wells that have been drilled will show up on the map, and you simply click on the red dot representing a well, and the entire well log is instantly available.

    Of course you can also call local well drillers, who typically will know the troublesome areas and can advise you appropriately. Due diligence is always good. Working with professionals who can help you avoid Traps for the Unwary is always good. Saving money and stress are definitely good.

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    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
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    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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