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How do I sell my home? Sequim homeowners have been asking this question. I’m about to do something I’ve never done before. I’m going to give this book away to Sequim homeowners who are thinking about selling their homes. This is a 271 page paperback book written specifically to homeowners who want the truth about selling their home today. I share insider secrets you have never heard from a Realtor before.

How do I Sell My Home

If you sold a home 15 or 20 years ago, I have news for you. The world has changed dramatically, especially when it comes to marketing your home on the Internet and connecting with highly qualified buyers who may be on the far side of the country. How do I sell my home is a question homeowners are asking all over the U.S. Things have gotten complicated, and sometimes it’s hard to get straight answers from a Realtor about what works and what doesn’t work. Most of us abhor sales gimmicks and games. So I wrote a book that answers your question, “How do I sell my home?” Read on, because I’ll tell you how to get your free copy.

How Do I Sell My Home – Free Book

There’s a lot of content in this book. The paperback is $29.95 and the Kindle version is $9.95 on Amazon, but if you own a home in Sequim and you want a copy of this book because you are thinking about selling, and you’ve asked yourself, “How do I sell my home?,” I’ll come to your house and hand you a free copy of Seven Myths of Selling Your Home. I wont’ stay and visit, unless you want to visit for a few minutes. I’ve lived in Sequim for 22 years, raised my family here, and retired from a real estate law practice in Sequim. I now have what I call the largest virtual brokerage in Sequim and perhaps on the entire Olympic Peninsula. I share the most important things I’ve learned in real estate in this book, and I’m giving all this knowledge away–free! 

How Do I Sell My Home

To get your free paperback copy of Seven Myths, email me at ChuckMarunde@gmail.com. There is a serious demand for my time, and I’m thankful for that, but that also means I need a little lead time to deliver your book. I also have a limited number of paperbacks in stock as of this writing, about 50 copies. So when these copies run out, this offer expires. 

By the way, you can also get a peek of what I do to help people sell their homes by watching this video at How Do I Sell My Home Video.

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Homeowners Seminar in Sequim

A homeowners seminar is needed in Sequim. Many homeowners are frustrated because they have not been having a good experience with their listing agent. The real estate business has changed dramatically, and the vast majority of today’s brokers are operating out of a 20 or 30 year old business model. Marketing a home is not what it used to be. Now there are some answers for anyone who wants to sell their home in this homeowners seminar. The lessons apply no matter where you are in the United States.

Homeowners Seminar in Sequim

Local Sequim homeowners (and Port Angeles homeowners too) can register for this homeowners seminar by calling the phone number in the video. The seminar is taught by national real estate expert Chuck Marunde who started in real estate four decades ago. He practiced real estate law for 20 years, and he is the author of many real estate books. Chuck started his career as a teacher, and he is passionate about a little thing called the “truth,” and in real estate that means sharing the truth about real estate marketing today. He founded iRealty Virtual Brokers ten years ago, and the thousands of articles he has published on the Internet have been read by millions. Realtors and attorneys from all over the United States call Chuck for guidance. Now you can take advantage of his knowledge and experience by attending this free homeowners seminar.

Homeowners Seminar

If you’re outside the Sequim area or in another state, you may not have the opportunity to attend this homeowners seminar, but you can read Chuck’s book, The Seven Myths of Selling Your Home., in ebook or paperback. Wherever you want to sell a home, anywhere in the country, this book will share insider secrets about the real estate profession, about sales gimmicks, and the kinds of questions you really need to be asking a listing agent when you hire one, including how to interpret the answers they give you. In other words, this book shares what you need to know to be able to discern truth from fiction, honesty from dishonesty, and what kind of marketing works and what does not work. Find out how Chuck became the number selling agent by total dollar amount of homes priced over $200,000 in all of Clallam County, including Sequim and Port Angeles, for the past seven years. Only homeowners may attend. No Realtors.

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December in Sequim

December in Sequim has turned into a busy time for showing and selling homes. It’s actually been a continuation of a busy November and a busy October. Either the word got out or everyone coincidentally is making their move at the same time to retire and buy a home in Sequim. 

December in Sequim

December in Sequim Busy

That’s good for homeowners who are selling, but that also means it has gotten more competitive for buyers. Even today, December 21st, I’ll be out showing homes all day. The weather is typical December weather with some overcast skies, a little rain, and the temperatures dipping down toward freezing on a few nights so far this winter. Apparently, buyers have decided to come anyway. Of course, even though this is the ugly time of year in Sequim, the weather is still milder here than in most areas of the country.

Still, the winter weather has not stopped buyers from arriving, and buyers are not wasting any time. December in Sequim may be miserable weather, but buyers are very busy. So am I. If you want to look at homes in December in Sequim, make an appointment before the calendar is full.

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Is Sequim Reaching the Tipping Point?

Sequim is approaching a tipping point in the real estate market, and we may be there now. There is actually more than one tipping point, but they are both connected. This has so much relevance for buyers today. Over a year ago I wrote that Sequim real estate prices had stabilized over the previous year, and that we we very likely seeing real estate prices at or near a bottom. The data has proven this to be true. Supply and demand, buyer activity, and the shrinking inventory all point to a real estate market that is stable and which has been steadily improving over the past two years.

Tipping Point

A Tipping Point for New Construction

The first tipping point can be thought of as a seesaw with existing homes on one end and new construction on the other end. Home builders have not been building in the Sequim area for the past seven years. Buyers have not been buying lots and hiring builders to build during this recession. Because home prices dropped so much over the past seven years, buyers have been able to purchase an existing home for 20% to 30% less than the cost of buying a lot and building a new home. But the existing inventory of homes has been slowly and steadily decreasing, and now many buyers are not able to find their ideal home. Home prices are also increasing slowly. All this means people will start building again. In fact, at least one Sequim home builder is anticipating the need for new homes, and he is building spec homes once again. This is one tipping point, and we are there.

A Tipping Point for Prices

We are also at a tipping point for home prices. The Sequim real estate market spent a lot of time stabilizing before prices actually started to increase. It’s been a slow process, but prices reached a bottom and stabilized over the past two years. Now with real estate markets getting hot in California and elsewhere, buyer activity in Sequim increased dramatically, and with a shrinking inventory, prices have reached a tipping point and are about to tip upward significantly. 

I’m seeing this in several ways. Buyers are having trouble finding a home, and many of the homes we line up to view are being sold right out from under us. Another indicator is the time a home is on the market before it sells, and the “days on market” have been shrinking. And one more indicator is how the selling price relates to the original listing price and the last adjusted listing price. Many homes are now selling at full listed price. All of this indicates we are at a tipping point for real estate prices, too.

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Sequim real estate broker Chuck Marunde is expanding his brokerage in a time when brokers all over the country and in Clallam County are going out of business and closing.  What gives?  How can one Sequim real estate broker expand when others are closing?

Sequim Real Estate Broker is Virtual

Sequim Real Estate BrokerThe traditional brick-and-mortar real estate office was a successful business model for decades (for the Sequim real estate broker and brokers around the country), from the 1950s up to about 2006.   For 56 years at least brokers built large buildings with big conference rooms and hired as many agents as possible.  The broker/owners eventually built large rooms with lots of cubicles as they packed as many agents in a room as possible with the least amount of overhead.  Because top producing agents only made up a small percentage of agents, that meant that the majority of agents were average or below average producers.  Brokers had to bring in as many licensees as possible to make it profitable, meaning they would take any Tom, Dick, or Jane who had a license.  Traditional print media, particularly newspapers and magazines, were the primary means of advertising.  Consumers called off the ads or the signs, and sellers listed with the big offices because it seemed like that’s where the action was.

Sequim Real Estate Broker uses Technology

Alas, this Sequim real estate broker realized that things were changing starting in the late 1990s as technology and the Internet gained momentum.  It’s no longer business as usual for the traditional Sequim real estate broker, but this is true all over the country.  Many agents have gone out of business in Sequim and Port Angeles as well as around the country.  Offices have closed, even in Port Townsend, Sequim, and rumors have been circulating that a Port Angeles office will be closing.

Sequim Real Estate Broker Joined eXp Realty

I started Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate as a brokerage almost three years ago.  I originally got in real estate sales about 30 years ago, practiced real estate law for 20 years and then came back to real estate sales and transactions.  After retiring from law practice, I joined a traditional real estate brokerage, but I quickly found out they were not using the latest technologies and tools to help buyers and sellers.  They were seriously stuck in a 20-year old business model, and they had excessive overhead that clients didn’t care about.  Buyers and sellers use the Internet and they don’t care about big conference rooms and big expensive buildings.  That’s when I decided to become a Sequim real estate broker and build a business model that truly put the clients at the center of the Universe.

That was very successful, and then I discovered a brand new brokerage that was doing what I had learned to do with technology and the Internet and that also focused on helping agents and their clients to be successful in entirely new ways, and that’s when I joined this national brokerage, eXp Realty.  There’s nothing even close to eXp Realty and what we are doing to help agents succeed in this market with low overhead, high net commission splits, and residual income.

Brokers are going out of business all over the country, and others are struggling to survive.  This Sequim real estate broker is not just surviving but thriving.

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When homes don’t sell quickly like they did in 2005, many salespeople in the real estate industry resort to gimmicks.   Some homeowners have picked up on these gimmicks thinking that they must work.   Gimmicks don’t sell homes, but real estate agents can testify that gimmicks do get homeowners to sign listing agreements.

Some gimmicks are just plain silly (not to mention expensive), and other gimmicks seem to have some potential, but closer insight by experienced professionals will tell you otherwise.

One of the more ludicrous gimmicks that has spread to a couple of places across the country is the offer of a luxury car to the buyer of an expensive home.   A Phoenix developer mistakenly took the counsel of his real estate advisor and offered a brand new $200,000 Bentley to anyone who purchased one of his multi-million dollar homes.

One of the homes, described as the “Old World European Villa,” is priced just under $5 million and is about 7,800 square feet.   The other, which is called “Tuscan Estate,” is under $4 million and is about 7,500 square feet.   [Read Real Estate Gimmicks to Sell Homes.]

This same idea was picked up again recently by a homeowner in Orlando, Florida.   Jim Benson is offering the buyer of his $699,000 home a vintage 1967 Rolls Royce.   Such gimmicks have never worked, and professional salesmen with experience under their belts will all share that.   Of course, someone will pipe up, “Well, it does get the guy some exposure and that’s promoting the home, right?”   Wrong.   Exposure without a sale is just wasted energy, right?

The goal is to sell the home, not to have gimmicks that the public finds entertaining for a few minutes in the news.   There are some gimmicks, however, that seem to have some promise.   Real estate brokers and agents around the country are coming up with new gimmicks to get listings.

It’s been a tough year for real estate brokers around the country as they struggle to explain (repeatedly) to their listing clients why their homes have not sold.   What many agents are thinking now is that they just need more and more listings.   It used to be that “listings was the name of the game,” and you could list homes and let other agents sell them.   Well, we got away from that, but many agents are thinking that if they have a lot of listings, just maybe some of them will get sold, and the agent can survive in this market to live and sell another day.

One of the gimmicks some agents use around the country is to “bid for listings.”   Homeowners who want to sell and get the highest possible price will most often list with the agent who promises them the highest listing price.   Not very smart of the homeowner (ignorance of the truth is no excuse), but it is especially not very ethical or professional on the part of the agent.   For some agents, the rule is:   Anything to get a listing.

Another gimmick large brokerage companies are toying with (remember, toys are for children), is to call expired listings or FSBO’s, and give them the latest hot sales pitch.   It goes something like this:

Hi, my name is [agent’s name] and I’m a real estate consultant (a nice catchy new phrase) and Realtor.   I notice your home listing recently expired, and I’d like to tell you about an exciting new program we at [brokerage name] are offering absolutely free of charge to homeowners like you.   May I tell you about it?   [What homeowner won’t say yes at that point.   Nothing to lose, right?]

Great.   We have a very powerful new program to help homeowners like you figure out what you can do to sell your home in this market in a very short time.   It works like this.   We bring six to twelve of our agents to your neighborhood and to your home.   We spend time looking it over and then we discuss it among ourselves–with you present, of course–right there at your home.   We discuss the value of your home, what you have been doing to sell it and at what price.   We discuss the state of the market, what is selling and where and for how much.   We talk about marketing and the latest and most effective techniques to sell a lovely home like yours.   We answer any questions that you have, and then we leave.   No obligation at all.   Of course, I would love to list your home and sell it for you in the next 30 to 90 days, but that would be entirely your decision, and there’s no obligation at all. Does this sound like something you might find helpful?

Wow!   I just drafted that script off the top of my head, but it sounds so good, I might just use it myself.   No, just kidding.   It’s nothing but a gimmick, and you have to think it through to realize that.

Imagine this.   Imagine a nice brokerage company with lots of agents.   The agents are individually struggling, because their listings are not selling in this slow market, the phones are not ringing like they were in 2005, and buyers are not exactly stampeding into the office lately.   To make matters worse, print advertising in newspapers and magazines is not selling real estate either, but it sure is expensive.

As a homeowner you wouldn’t really jump up and down with excitement to hire one of these traditional agents with no ideas and a 20-year old business model that is not all that exciting anymore. So here’s the big question.

Why would you think that putting six to twelve of these same agents in the same room is somehow going to be the catalyst of extraordinarily new and exciting techniques to sell you home?   A group think tank only works if the individuals in the group have something to offer.

Watch this.   Many homeowners who are desperate to sell and have not read this article will list with agents who read this script.   They don’t know it’s just a gimmick, and they’re desperate to try something.

Are homes selling with these gimmicks? The answer is no.   Gimmicks don’t sell homes.   Good marketing and connecting with the right buyer is what sells homes.   That’s why I’ve built the largest Internet brokerage in Sequim and Port Angeles.   The Internet is the single most effective way to sell homes.   Period.   But there is much more to the story about how to effectively price and market a home.

The answer is not group think.   If you have a home in Sequim or Port Angeles you want to sell, call me on my cell at 360-775-5424.   My name is Chuck Marunde.

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Buying and Selling Real Estate Has Changed

Port Angeles Real Estate for SalePort Angeles Homes For Sale and Sequim Homes For Sale:   The whole business is changing.   How people buy and sell real estate has been dramatically evolving, and recently the momentum of this evolution has been accelerating.   There are three ways this change is obvious.

1.   When you want to sell your home, it’s no longer simply a matter of listing it with a Realtor and having your Realtor post your listing in the MLS.   That’s still important, but the MLS is no longer the powerful monopoly it once was.   Realtors no longer have a monopoly on the real estate databases, and the flow of information has been blown wide open on the Internet.   And those newspaper advertisement to sell your home?   They don’t work like they used to.

2.   When you want to buy a home you are no longer forced into calling a salesman or going to their office.   Now you can search the Internet and even search the MLS entirely on your own without any annoying sales people pressuring you to work with them.   In fact, the Internet is the only good way to find your next home, because the newspapers only have a handful of listings advertised.   Your ideal home is almost certainly not advertised in the newspaper when you happen to read it that Sunday.   Remember, the goal of advertising homes for sale in the newspaper is not to sell those homes, because any experienced Realtor will tell you they don’t, but to get you to call that Realtor so they can sell you another house (which you could have simply found on the Internet).   I’m sorry if these truths seem a bit harsh, but wouldn’t you as a buyer or seller like to know how things really work?

3.   Marketing and advertising real estate has really changed of late.   Advertising listings in newspapers has become so ineffective that Realtors all around the country have either substantially reduced their advertising, or in the case of many I know, they no longer waste money advertising listings in the newspapers.   Why?   They aren’t getting calls from those ads.   It doesn’t work like it used to, and it’s expensive.   Over 80% of all home buyers start their search on the Internet now.   For areas like Sequim and Port Angeles where a majority of our buyers come from out of the area, especially California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas, these buyers are not even reading the local newspaper or the local real estate magazines.   They use the Internet.   But using the Internet to sell homes is not for the uninitiated.   It has gotten extremely competitive, technologically very complicated, and requires a multitude of skills.   (Sure, anyone can post a listing on a FSBO service or on Craigslits, but that is not even close to effective Internet marketing and search engine optimization.   There is much much more to effective Internet marketing.   Much more.)

As a professional in real estate for 30 years (real estate lawyer and Realtor), I can say without any doubt that the evolution of the technology (with all the economic changes, too) of buying and selling real estate today has not reduced the need for a professional Realtor–it has increased the need.   But most buyers and sellers don’t know this.   The game hasn’t gotten simpler: it has changed.

What the Internet and the all changes in how real estate is bought and sold has done is provide new tools and efficient ways to buy and sell, but this has not eliminated the need for the knowledge and experience to use these tools to help buyers negotiate the best price and terms and to help sellers efficiently market and sell their homes in the least amount of time for the best price.   As I have said elsewhere, there are many traps for the unwary.   (Like the dangerous trap shown above in the photo which I took at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort.)

Read more of my articles on this blog on marketing, sales, prices, negotiating like an expert, for sale by owners, listing, legal issues, and more.   Go to:   SequimRealEstateNews.com.   You can use the search feature to find what you are looking for, and that will help you filter through the hundreds of articles.

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Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate Selling

Are homes and land selling in Sequim and Port Angeles? Absolutely. Here is a vignette of this last weekend in my small world.

I sold four properties this past weekend, three of my listings in Port Angeles, and a house in Carlsborg, adjacent to Sequim.

The Port Angeles home is west of Port Angeles a few miles (see photo). The sales price was the full listing price at $425,000. This is a 4 bedroom home on over 2 acres with a 36 x 60 foot shop and covered RV Parking, fruit trees and adjacent to DNR property. [View more photos]

The two lots, consisting of over 5 acres total, sold to one buyer for $329,000. These lots are on treed property that has roads and all utilities installed. This property is also west of Port Angeles, which is becoming more and more attractive to buyers.

The Carlsborg home sold for $210,000 to a young couple intending to live in the home and use it for a permitted business use.

Real estate is selling, and buyers are alive and well in Sequim and Port Angeles. Here’s an insider tip for sellers: your homes and lots are not selling through traditional advertising methods. Buyers are not primarily reading the papers and calling off large public display advertising. They’re not attracted to 30 year old advertising techniques. In fact, they’re turned off by such advertising, which they find a bit offensive. Ah, but that is all I can say here, because my competitors do not need a lesson from me, or should I say, I don’t think I want to give them free training on this blog.

Are you selling a home or land in Sequim or Port Angeles? Call me at (360) 775-5424. I’m very easy to talk to, and there’s no obligation at all. Just answers. Just a friendly and experienced voice of reason at this end of the phone.

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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
435 W. Bell St. Suite A, 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
Sequim Real Estate Q&A

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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