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Buy a Home in Sequim Sight Unseen?

The idea of buying a home sight unseen is most likely not your first choice. Normally, I would not recommend buying a home until you’ve walked through it and around it yourself. But the Sequim real estate market is a strong seller’s market with a very low inventory, and demand far exceeds supply. Buyers from around the United States are watching the Sequim real estate market closely, and this means by the time you arrive in Sequim, the home you saw in the MLS and planned to see is probably sold.

Sight Unseen

Buy a Home Sight Unseen

I’ve helped nearly a dozen clients purchase homes sight unseen. As a buyer you will have to rely on your buyer’s agent to do everything you would do and a lot more. I just sold a home sight unseen this week to a couple from New York. Here’s how we did it.

For months my clients searched the local listings using the best Sequim MLS site, which includes every home for sale in Sequim and Port Angeles and the entire county. I recommend this site because it is much more accurate than Zillow, and in this market, you need accurate information on homes. As my clients planned their trip to Sequim, they saved their favorites. Unfortunately the homes on their short list were all selling before they could get here.

They were under a lot of stress, because they had already sold their own home in New York, and the closing date was coming soon. They had to be out of that home, and would be driving to Sequim with a big moving truck full of everything they owned, but they had no place to live, and every home they liked was selling before they could even see it. (more…)

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Sequim Guest House + Shop

It’s hard to find a home plus a Sequim guest house plus a shop only a few miles from downtown Sequim, especially on a beautiful lot in a quiet area with privacy. This is a property I just had to write about, because you will rarely find a property like this in the Sequim area. It’s not perfect, because it needs some work, but if you can either do the work yourself or are willing to hire someone to do it, you will get a one-of-a-kind property at a bargain price.

Sequim Guest House

The Main Home (plus Sequim Guest House)

The main home is 2,500 sq.ft. with 3 bedrooms (on the 2nd floor), 2.5 baths, and an attached 2 car garage. This home is vintage 1979, so the kitchen needs a major upgrade and the hardwood floors need to be refinished. I suspect you would replace carpet, too. In addition the roof has a lot of mildew on it, and the back deck is collapsed and needs to be totally replaced. It’s possible the wood shingles on the roof need to be replaced. How did the maintenance get so far behind on this home? The husband passed away years ago, and his widow lived alone for many years until she passed away recently, so this is an estate sale.

The Sequim Guest House

A nice Sequim guest house is hard to find in this market, and this guest house is very impressive. Unlike the main house that needs upgrading and maintenance, the guest house is move-in ready, and with over 1,000 sq.ft. the huge living room and gorgeous kitchen are more than comfortable for a couple.

Sequim Guest House

The Shop – The Big Bonus (Adjacent to Sequim Guest House)

When you look at the photos, you’ll see how cool this shop is. High ceiling, super bright shop lights, and heating and ventilation equipment. The high shop door also means a motor home would have a warm home. In addition to the shop, there is a large double garage beneath the guest house. And the shop also has a kitchen and a bathroom.

You can look at photos of all of this at Sequim Shop + Sequim Guest House. The listing price is $425,000 for 2 acres plus the main house plus the guest house plus the shop. In my opinion, the guest house and shop alone are worth well over $250,000. If you’re in the market for a spacious home plus a guest house and a shop, maybe you should call me now at 360-775-5424. Our inventory is very low of late, and the right home listed at the right price is selling fairly quickly at full listing price. That doesn’t mean that will happen to this property, but I share that to emphasize that if this is your property, you probably don’t have all the time in the world. Someone is likely to ask me to draft an offer on this property fairly quickly. 

Looking for a Sequim guest house and a shop?

 

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East Sequim Bay Home For Sale

East Sequim Bay is the gorgeous sunny side of Sequim Bay, and this custom home on 5 acres is on a very private property. It’s 4 bedrooms, 3 and a half baths, and 3,377 square feet. In addition to the attached garage, there is a large detached garage/shop.

East Sequim Bay

East Sequim Bay

The kitchen boasts cherry cabinetry, quartz counter tops, a breakfast bar, an eat-in dining area, and formal dining. The master bedroom and bath plus a multi-purpose type room and another bath are in the northwest wing. The living room has a propane fireplace with a large bay window overlooking the park-like setting. On the north side of the house, you get a little view of East Sequim Bay through the trees. [See the MLS data at East Sequim Bay.] But you don’t have to guess what this home looks like, because we have a 3 dimensional interactive tour you can take right now. Load the video below and use your mouse or keyboard arrows to walk through the house and up and down the stairs.

East Sequim Bay Virtual Tour

If you play with this interactive tour, you’ll be able to see the 2D and 3D floor plan, too. Now you’ve seen a home on East Sequim Bay. If you’d like to see this one in person, give us a call.

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Sequim Home on Acreage

This Sequim home is on acreage, enough for a large garden or apple trees with a lot of room left over. It’s just under one acre, but it’s all useable acreage, largely fenced, and has rich soil. This is a very peaceful location far from the noisy traffic of the highways. Click on this image to watch a delightful 3D virtual tour, which allows you to walk through the entire house by using your mouse or your keyboard arrows. You can turn 360 degrees from anywhere to look around, just like you might do if you were in the house right now.

Acreage

Sequim Home on Acreage

This house is move-in ready, and there isn’t anything else to do. The appliances are all new, the washer and dryer is new, the entire inside of this home is new just a few months ago. You won’t find homes like this for $275,000 in the Sequim area. This Sequim home on acreage features an open floor plan with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, hardwood floors. The kitchen features custom Maple cabinets with granite counter tops, apron sink, stainless steel appliances and glass mosaic backsplash. The master bathroom has a walk-in travertine shower, travertine floors and custom vanity. There’s a large laundry room, new appliances, new composition roof. [See the listing detail information at Sequim Home on Acreage.]

Acreage is Hard to Find – Will Sell Fast

This is the kind of home in our shrinking inventory that is likely to sell quickly, so I recommend you call me, Chuck Marunde, at 360-775-5424, and let’s go look at it quick, because it will be gone soon. Homes have been selling quickly at full listed prices lately, so there’s no exaggeration on this topic. And it is especially hard to find a Sequim home with acreage and such an ideal location. This listing is in the MLS now, but for many of the public MLS sites, it won’t show up until tomorrow.

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Sequim Real Estate Inventory

The real estate inventory of active listings in the northwest has reached a crisis point for buyers. Some local brokers in Sequim and Port Angeles are saying that the real estate inventory of nice homes for buyers is at the lowest seen in many years. I talked with a broker from Olympia, Washington yesterday, and he said their real estate inventory is lower than it has been since 2005.

Real Estate Inventory

Real Estate Inventory Shortage

The Northwest MLS reports that, “Buyer anxiety is rising as the pace of home sales is faster than brokers are able to replenish inventory.” In Portland and in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, and Tacoma the real estate inventory is low, and buyers are having to compete in the Seattle area by bidding above the listing prices. Homes are selling in a matter of days. In Sequim I have buyers who are working extra hard to find that needle in a haystack simply because the real estate inventory is so low. 

Real Estate Inventory

Fortunately in Sequim and Port Angeles, we have not seen a big jump in prices, and bidding is rare. But buyers are having to do much more research online before they come to view homes, and when they find the ideal home, they cannot afford to fool around, because several other qualified buyers are undoubtedly also looking at the same home online. The first to get mutual acceptance with the seller wins. That’s how the shortage in the real estate inventory if affecting buyers.

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Homes Are Selling Fast

Sequim homes are selling fast as are Port Angeles homes.  As I pointed out in an earlier article, home sales are up for July, August, and September of this year over last year by 29%, 66%, and 100%, respectively.  But don’t take my word for it.  If you are looking at homes online from California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, or Colorado (or anywhere outside the Sequim and Port Angeles area), you can prove this to yourself.

Homes are Selling Fast

Buyers Find Out Homes Are Selling Fast

Here’s how buyers find out that homes are selling fast even before they arrive to look at homes.  Buyers will use a very powerful online Sequim MLS and Port Angeles MLS search site, and typically they will use this site for several months before they arrive.  During the several months of viewing homes online and saving a short list of homes to look at, clients repeatedly discover that one to three homes on their list are sold before they arrive in Sequim.  And again the day before we go out to look at the shorter list, I typically discover that one or two of the remaining homes are also sold.

Homes Are Selling Fast – A Surprise?

It’s really not a big surprise that homes are selling fast.  Retirees are all thinking very similarly about two things.  First, they are telling me they think home prices are at or near a market bottom, and second, they are also saying they think interest rates are going to be going up fairly soon.  The vast majority of retirees moving to Sequim and Port Angeles are feeling that now rather than later is the time to make their move.  Some are buying their retirement home one to two years before they expect to move to Sequim.

Homes Are Selling Fast and Inventory Shrinking

Sequim and Port Angeles is not the only area in the country where the inventory of the best homes is shrinking.  There is competition now in making offers, even here, and homes that are reasonably priced to begin with are now selling at full price.  Let’s hope we are at the beginning of a real estate recovery with this evidence that homes are selling fast in Sequim and Port Angeles.

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Did I Pay Too Much for My Sequim Home?

“Did I pay too much for my Sequim home in 2007?”  This is a question a client asked me today, and since it is relevant to so many Sequim homeowners right now, I think the answer is worthy of posting here.  This issue is important to sellers right now, but deep in this story is a huge lesson for buyers.  Since I act primarily as a buyer’s agent and never as a dual agent, this article could be the one of the most important articles a buyer will read on this real estate blog.

Sequim Home

To answer the question of whether you over paid for your Sequim home, we need to look at the history and put your purchase in context.  I looked at the recorded Deed and it shows you closed on March X, 2007 at a price of $300,000.  That was the tail end of the boom years in real estate prices.  The year 2005 had the most sales in Sequim at the highest prices, and 2006 sales slowed down but prices did not begin to stall out until the impact of the real estate recession began to be felt in the spring and summer of 2007.  You purchased at the precise end of the bull market in real estate and at the beginning of the decline.

Sequim Home Value

But there’s another important aspect of valuing your Sequim home, even going back to when you purchased it.  Let’s look briefly at this property’s history.

It was built in 1983 at what was probably $55 per square foot or $67,000.  Land like this was selling for about $25,000 at that time.  With a few other costs, I would estimate that the owners had about $92,00 to $110,000 in this property and home.  In November of 1999, they sold it for $142,000.  Considering they held the home from 1983 to 1999, or 16 years, they had a very modest profit of roughly $30,000. 

From 1999 to 2005 Sequim saw the largest price appreciation of homes in our real estate history.  As I’ve said already, those prices did not start dropping significantly until 2007.  Some home prices dropped slightly in late 2006 and early 2007, but it was later when we began to see the cumulative effect of the nationwide real estate recession.

When you purchased your Sequim home in March of 2007, in my opinion, it would have increased in value substantially since 1999.  The price it sold for in 1999 was $116 per square foot.  At the peak of the market this home would have been worth, in my opinion, approximately $170 per square foot, and that is a generous number.  That would have been $207,000.  That would represent a 45% price appreciation from 1999 to 2007, only 8 years.  That’s a gigantic price appreciation.  Again, this is a 1983 home and it is very small, only 1,220 square feet, and only 2 bedrooms.  In 2007 you could buy a brand new 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Sequim on one acre for $250,000.   (more…)

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Housing Market Prediction for Sequim Area

A gloomy outlook of the housing market was forecast on June 10th, 2011 by Robert Shiller, known for his accurate predictions of the housing market crash before the real estate recession.  Schiller is the economist who co-founded the S&P/Case-Shiller index of U.S. home prices.  He said a further decline in property values of 10 percent to 25 percent in the next five years “wouldn’t surprise me at all.”

Housing Market

Housing Market Prediction for Sequim

How will this forecast or negative outlook on the national housing market play out in the Sequim real estate market on the Olympic Peninsula?  What is the real estate market going to do in the Sequim area in the next 12 months to 36 months?

First, the Sequim housing market must be differentiated from the national housing market.  I think we could all agree that the real estate market is dramatically different in major cities around the U.S.  The Las Vegas market is completely different than the Anchorage market, as the Houston market is different than the Denver market, as the Miami market is different than the San Bernadino market.  And Sequim is different than any of those markets.  National statistics are useful for some purposes, but not in accurately predicting what will happen in some specific markets like the Sequim housing market.

Second, we have a small inventory of homes for sale (800+), and retirees continue to buy homes here every single month of the year and have every month during this entire recession. There is much more stability in this small market with the attraction that Sequim has become for retirees around the country.  Even in this recession, people are retiring and moving to Sequim as they have been planning for many years.  (more…)

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New listing at 1573 Doe Run on Bell Hill in Sequim with a valley view, a mountain view, and a partial water view.  Priced to sell quick way below the original listing price.

Sequim real estate brought to you by eXp Realty and Chuck Marunde.

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Sequim is having a spring sale, and Sequim homes are selling.  So are Port Angeles homes (represented in these photos).  We have clearly had a significant boost in homes sales these past couple of months, and many homes were sold these past two weeks by me and other Realtors.  Retirees are making their move now that spring is here and because many feel interest rates are about to start going up gradually and are unlikely to come back down to these historical 30 year lows.

Sequim Homes for Sale

This three bedroom, two bath home was built in 1995, and is in nearly perfect condition inside and out.  It’s 1,700 square feet is amazingly efficient with an architectural plan that uniquely creates a kitchen and adjoining sitting area with a cozy setting.  It has vaulted ceilings, a master bathroom with a shower and a deep bathtub, and a garage with a 12 or 13 foot ceiling.

Sequim Landscapping

The landscaping is gorgeous around this home even though the home has been vacant.  It’s great when a home is well maintained during the listing period.

Sequim Homes and Gardens
I represented the buyers, and they are very very pleased.  Oh, the price?  Try $232,000.  This is unusual, so don’t get your hopes up that you’ll find a Sequim home just like this.  Photos by yours truly.

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Sequim Homes for Sale

Sequim HomesSequim homes are getting a lot of showings lately.  Buyers are arriving from around the country and looking for their retirement home.  I wrote about this some months ago, and it happens every spring in Sequim.  Of course, all of us were watching carefully to see how this recession would effect the buying market here, and the good news for sellers is that people are still retiring in Sequim from all over the country.

I’m very busy working with buyers, all of them from outside the area.  One of my listings sold last month, another one of my listings sold last week, and I sold a lot last month and another house this week.  All of these buyers are retiring to this area.   I also received an offer today (for an amount I cannot disclose at this time) on a listing I have on a custom built home on five acres fenced for horses with a  private trail to the beach.

What are the price ranges with these sales?  $229,000, $395,000, $100,000, and $232,000.  The undisclosed sale is just under $399,000.

It is apparent that buyers are making their move now in these spring months and not waiting for the  economy and  the real estate market to prove that the recovery is already here.  Of course, the self-fulfilling prophesy with the belief that we are in a recovery may itself spur the recovery.

Many of my buyer clients are telling me they are simply not going to put their lives on hold anymore and wait for certainty before they make their move.  They have been planning to move to Sequim for a long time, and they understand that interest rates are going to go up at some point, and they are telling me, “We aren’t getting any younger.”

Whatever reasons buyers have for moving to Sequim to buy their retirement homes, I am pleased that so many are choosing to work with me as their Sequim buyer’s agent.  I am grateful for the privilege of helping clients with such an important decision.

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We are in the midst of a buyer’s market.  That’s not front page news.  What is news is that every single transaction is unique and presents a whole set of challenges that every buyer does not anticipate.  I kid you not.  After hundreds of transactions, I can testify on behalf of hundreds of buyers that there is almost always some surprise or some twist of events that presents its own challenges.  In fact, one can almost guarantee that when you purchase a home in Sequim (or anywhere) that there will be some hurdles that either terminate a transaction or come close to terminating the entire transaction.  These challenges are not the exception but the rule.

What challenges am I talking about?  How about some real life examples from Sequim real estate transactions?

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There are many Sequim homes for sale and nearly all of them are listed with a Realtor in the MLS.  There are a few homes on the market that are FSBOs (for sale by owners), but these are not in the Olympic Listing Service (our local MLS), so they don’t get the broad promotion on the Internet.  Most buyers are not even finding the FSBOs, and probably 98% of buyers are looking on real estate agent sites to search the MLS (or affiliate sites where the listings show up).  So my question is focused on listed properties.  Are Sequim homes for sale that are listed in the MLS too high or too low?

My answer won’t surprise anyone who has been looking in our MLS and comparing homes and prices.  Some listings are over priced, and some listings are listed at a very reasonable price.  I’ll explain.

I’ve shown some houses to out-of-state buyers that both my client and I thought were over priced, and some were perhaps $90,000 to as much as $200,000 over priced.  Now this isn’t a mathematical science, so no onc prove that a home is over or under priced by a precise dollar amount.  But what we can do is compare a home to dozens of other similar homes, and the average buyer gets a pretty darn good feel as to whether a home is priced fairly in this market.

On the other hand, there are many homes listed that are currently listed at very reasonable prices, even in this real estate recession.  I have a home listed on Bell Hill right now that is getting a tremendous amount of attention, and it is because it is priced so reasonable.  [See Sequim Bell Hill Home for Sale]  Of course, Bell Hill in Sequim is a popular area, and many of the homes have gorgeous water or mountain or valley views, and so if a nice home is priced right on Bell Hill, it is going to get some attention.

The Sequim real estate market is not perfectly balanced when it comes to pricing.  Some homes are listed at low prices and some are listed at high prices.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find your ideal home and negotiate to get it at a price you know is a great price.

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Buying Sequim homes for retirees can be a challenge.  Real estate from east of Sequim to west of Port Angeles offers quite a variety of homes and land.  The challenge that many buyers have is in deciding what they want.  Not knowing can create confusion and frustration in the process.  Knowing generally what the ideal property would look like will simply life immensely.  For example, knowing what specific parameters to put into an online search for an online Sequim MLS search will give you a list of potential properties to look at.  If your parameters are too broad, you will be overwhelmed with possibilities.

Even after knowing and doing this kind of search, you still can’t tell from simply viewing the online photos and data on Sequim homes whether this is something that you would really like until you see it.  But when you arrive in Sequim you can’t be looking at a hundred homes.  There isn’t enough time.  This is where a professional buyer’s agent can email with you to answer questions and talk to you on the phone so you can narrow down your prospective list of homes or land.

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Another Sequim custom home sold by yours truly.  Perhaps the emphasis is better placed with this phrase, “Buyers cherry pick another Sequim custom home.”  I’ve written elsewhere about how buyers are coming to Sequim to find the perfect retirement home in a great location and at a really good listing price (leaving room for negotiating), and they are Cherry Picking the Best Sequim Homes for Sale.  I see the reality of this cherry picking again and again.  In another article I explained it this way.

Buyers are cherry picking the best houses in the best neighborhoods at the best prices. This makes 90% of the existing inventory irrelevant or not part of most Buyers’ universe of potential homes. Since the cherry picked homes are not part of the 90% of remaining homes for sale in the MLS, the available inventory that is suitable for a particular buyer is really quite small, perhaps only 10% of the actual inventory.

In Clallam County, we have about 800 single family residences in the MLS for sale. If I am right about this cherry picking process that is going on right now, that would mean there are probably only 80 homes that might actually be suitable for you. But then we both know that you would narrow that list of 80 homes down very quickly, because that includes all homes at all prices in all neighborhoods. So by the time we filter that list of 80 homes based on your parameters, that will leave something like 20 homes on the market that might be suitable for you.

How long do you think those 20 homes will last when all other buyers like you are doing the same thing you are doing–cherry picking the best homes in the best neighborhoods at the best prices?

Imagine a private setting just outside the Sequim city limits on three gorgeous acres.  Then add a 2,100 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2 bath custom built home with genuine hardwood floors, high ceilings, tiled kitchen and bathrooms, away from traffic and noise, and listed about $100,000 below its replacement value at today’s low prices.  This home was just cherry picked off the market by a wonderful retired couple from Salem, Oregon.  Above is a photo of this incredible find, and my clients are very fortunate to have found it before it crosses the radar of other buyers arriving here in the busy spring months starting in March.  There simply are not very many homes like this in this small market.  That’s why I refer to “cherry picking” homes in Sequim.

By the way, there is much more to this home than this photo or my brief description.  There is also another house on the property, a 650 square foot guest home that matches the quality and appearance of the main home, and it also has a garage.  The driveway is all asphalt, too.  All I can say is my clients have stolen one of the finest homes at an incredible price.  How much did it sell for?  Well, let me just say this.  The listing price was $397,500.  My clients bought it for less, and it would have been a bargain at the listing price.  Today’s replacement cost (land, excavation, electric, well, septic, driveway, main house plus guest house) would be approximately $519,000.

You can search the most powerful MLS online website for your retirement home right now at Sequim Homes For Sale.

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Sequim Sunland Golf Course Home for Sale

The Sequim Sunland Golf Course is very popular, and Sunland as a subdivision of nice homes in a beautiful residential community is a strong pull for southern California or Arizona residents considering retirement here.   Here’s a great example of a custom home for sale right on the golf course, and I’ve included photos so you can get a vignette of this Sequim community.

This is a stunning custom built home on the golf course. It’s a corner lot on the 17th green. The kitchen has granite, Corian and butcher block counters, a propane cook stove for the chef of the house, a custom bar you’ve got to see, 3 fireplaces, very high ceilings, a huge master suite with a walk-in double custom shower. There’s a guest room with an outside entrance off the back deck near the hot tub.   There are two bedrooms plus the guest room.   This is one of the highest quality custom homes in Sunland, but it’s priced to sell in the current market at a price that would be hard to replace if you had to build it, $439,000.   The seller will consider helping to buy down the interest rate for you by paying some loan points, but don’t wait too long if you are buying, because interest rates are going to continue a steady upward trend.

You can see the full listing detail on this custom home at Sunland Custom Home on Golf Course, and you view more photos, including the custom interior on the next page . . . (more…)

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Sequim Real Estate Broker Published Nationwide

Chuck Marunde who is a Sequim and Port Angeles real estate broker and Realtor (and retired real estate attorney) has been a writer for many years, but many local residents don’t know that Chuck’s real estate expertise is sought on a national level by many other Realtors, brokers, investors, and buyers and sellers.   Chuck is regularly published in the Chicago Sun Times, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Nielson, and his articles are syndicated in many places on the Internet.

Read the latest Chicago Sun Times Article here on How to Research Your Real Estate Agent.

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Sequim Country Home for Sale

Sequim Home For Sale, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1.76 acres, Sequim, WA – $369,900 [This home currently off the market. Contact me for information on this home or similar homes.]

Looking for a beautiful country home in Sequim, Washington, a well built and extremely well maintained home with an incredibly gorgeous landscaped yard? You may have found it.

This home sits in a private country setting just a few miles outside sunny Sequim. Talk about a perfect setting! Honestly, you will NOT find another home just like this at this price, $369,900.

You might wonder about water for the yard and trees and flowers, and the answer is this property has a buried irrigation ditch near one of the boundaries, which means you have irrigation water for all your watering needs.

To see more homes for sale in Sequim, go to Sequim homes for sale.

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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
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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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