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Sequim Map Search

You can do a Sequim map search for your retirement home with this interactive map.  This map will show all listings from $225,000 and up in the Sequim area starting north of Sequim in one of our most beautiful areas near the center of the actual Sequim Blue Hole.  [You can adjust your own price range on a Sequim map search at Real Estate on Maps.]

Sequim Map Search Super Convenient

Sequim Map Search

Sequim Map Search a Sweet Visual Aide

If you want your home in the Sequim Rain Shadow (aka the Sequim Blue Hole), this map is the perfect MLS search tool.  It’s so convenient to be able simply scroll the map north or south or east or west, and the map will automatically refresh so you can see all the listings in that area.  You can click on the little blue listing markers on the map to get a little popup window showing a thumbnail view of the house and the price, and then you can open that up and see a full page of photos and more information.

Sequim Map Search on Listings

There are several ways to search for your retirement home in Sequim, and whether your personal preference is a map search, a basic search, or an advanced search with a detailed list of parameters, this Sequim MLS site is programmed and designed by me to make it easy and fun to search for your next home.  You’ll find more search tools in the right margin of the Sequim Real Estate Blog.  And I’m here to serve you, so email or call with any questions you have about how to use this program efficiently.  Obviously, I love the Sequim map search.

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Are Alaskans Moving to Sequim?

Are Alaskans moving to Sequim?  Oh yes.  I have several clients from Alaska, and a closing in a couple of weeks with Alaskans moving to Sequim.  Sequim and Port Angeles have always had a strong connection with Alaska.  I am from Alaska myself.  I moved my family to Sequim almost 20 years ago.  I took this photo below of the Robertson River not far from where I grew up, and in the distance you can see the mountains where I hunted Dall Sheep as a boy.

Alaskans Moving to Sequim

Alaskans Moving to Sequim

Sequim attracts Alaskans because of Sequim’s beautiful country, and it is rural enough to still have mountains and rivers and lakes like Alaska.  But it isn’t as cold and harsh as Alaska.  The Sequim weather is a welcome change from Alaska’s cold winters.  I can remember many winters in Tok, Alaska with temperatures south of 70 degrees below Fahrenheit.  Sequim winters are typically in the 40’s most of the winter with an occasional dip to freezing and then it jumps back up.  Of course, we have the famous Sequim Blue Hole and so we only get about 16 inches of precipitation per year.  No wonder we have so many Alaskans moving to Sequim(more…)

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Looking at Sequim Homes on Saturday

Today I took a couple out to look at Sequim homes for sale.  We looked at five homes, and here’s what happened.  The first home was in a fairly quiet area, and the lot was heavily treed, so it was very private.  There was a main floor with a daylight basement totaling about 3,000 square feet.  The home was built in 1989.  The floor plan was a little unusual, and the kitchen was very narrow, like 40 inches from counter to counter.  For such a large home, it seemed unusual to find a little galley kitchen on one end.  That home will be on the market for a while.  It’s definitely on the outer side of the bell curve of demand.  

Sequim Homes

Sequim Homes Interesting

The next home was a short sale.  This home had potential.  But a short sale can be a tedious waiting game, and as I shared with my clients, before you make an offer on a short sale, be ready to wait for months and months without any answer from the bank.  And the answer could then come back, “no.”  

Sequim Homes With Ponds

The next home had a pond that was filled with irrigation water, but it goes dry five months of the year during the winter. That’s when it turns into a mud hole that isn’t . . . very pretty.  The home itself had potential, but with only two bedrooms, and one of them being very small, the home has a limited appeal in the $300,000 to $400,000 price range.  There are other Sequim homes for sale without the shortcomings.

Sequim Homes Built Long Ago

The next home was built in 1934.  This means it does not have a concrete foundation, and the roof sagged a little.  The five acre lot was nice, although my clients raised concerns about a nearby mobile home, which was very sad to say the least.

The last home was off Highway 101 by an 8th of a mile, but the traffic noise was horrendous.  My clients crossed that one off the list. You can do your online search and filter your listings so you have a short list of homes to view, but there’s nothing like looking at Sequim homes in person.

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Sequim Seller Confused About Buyers

When you are buying a home, your success will depend in large part on the cooperation and understanding of your Sequim seller.  Not all sellers understand the process.  I recently talked with a Sequim seller about selling his home, and we discussed how to market a home and connect with a qualified buyer in this market. He was familiar with my track record of selling one home within four days, and last week another home in one day, and a third in six days.  He was hoping I would sell his home within four days.   I told him I do not perform miracles, although we could get lucky.  But I don’t believe in luck, so marketing a home is not a matter of luck or shooting from the hip.

Sequim Seller Wants to Sell Home Fast

To sell a home today, a Sequim seller must market the home effectively to qualified buyers from outside the area.  Traditional marketing with print newspaper ads, radio ads, local mass mailings, open houses, and cold calling no longer are effective methods to market a home.  I’m surprised that traditional real estate brokerages still have agents doing floor duty, which means they sit by the front door with a clean desk and one telephone, waiting eagerly for the phone to ring.  Buyers aren’t calling like that much anymore.  Remember the Maytag repairman commercials?  Maybe we need a Realtor-doing-floor-duty commercial.  It’s a lonely business.

As a buyer, you already know all this.  You know exactly how you shop for real estate, and it isn’t using the old advertising approaches. But sellers don’t know what you know. Sellers don’t know how buyers think.  Of course, the Internet has changed everything for buyers, but many sellers don’t understand how.

Sequim Seller Doesn’t Necessarily Know

Many Sequim sellers do not understand how I market homes to buyers.  Some think you have to have a big building, advertise listings in the Sunday newspaper, run ads on the radio, and hold open houses. I don’t waste time or money on ineffective methods.

Buyers do understand how to search for their next home, and they know how to find their next Realtor and do their due diligence.  Buyers also are getting quite adept at figuring out fair market value of listed homes with help from my articles and books.  By the time you are ready to make an offer on a Sequim home, you probably know more about the home and its true FMV than the seller. Isn’t technology and the Internet great?

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Don’t Buy a Sequim Home You Cannot Sell

Is your Sequim home sellable . . . someday?  Would you buy a home if you knew you could never sell it?  Probably not, but people do it all the time.  Of course, they don’t buy their retirement home saying to themselves, “We will never be able to sell this home,” but maybe they should be asking, “Is this Sequim home sellable someday?”

Sequim Home Sellable?

Sequim Home

Suppose you and your spouse buy your ideal Sequim home, your final retirement home.  It’s perfect for you and your personal preferences.  You love it, and you can see living there the rest of your life.  That’s great, but the rest of the story is that someday you will need to sell it, or your surviving spouse will need to sell it, or your children will need to sell it.  What if no one wants it and your Sequim home cannot be sold?

Sequim Home and Time it Takes to Sell

If it’s your children who inherit your home, and it takes them three years to sell it, maybe that’s no big deal to you now, but what if you pass into eternity and leave your wife?  What if she is 84 years old, alone, and needs to go live with one of your daughters, but she cannot sell your home?

In Sequim with such a large retiree population, here’s what I’ve seen.  Couples moving to Sequim when they are retiring in their 50’s or 60’s.  In 15 to 25 years, they are in their mid 80’s, and we all know that men statistically go before women.  This means that at 80+ years old your wife could be stuck with a home that won’t sell because it is weird, has an odd floor plan, is in a poor area, or is old and unappealing to buyers.  

This is worth considering when you buy your Sequim home, because right now we have widows in their 80’s who cannot sell their homes.  The financial stress and burden is too much.  No man would do this to his beloved intentionally, but it will take some careful thinking when you buy your retirement home to be sure that you don’t by a Sequim home that cannot be sold years later.

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Sequim Waterfront Home Owned by a Star

A picture of this Sequim waterfront home may be worth a thousand words (and two pictures worth two thousand words), but a photo rarely gives you the same emotional experience as actually being there. I sold this Sequim waterfront home recently, and I want to share these photos, but I wish you could have stood with me when I took these photos.

Sequim Waterfront Home is Actually Heaven

Sequim Waterfront Home

Sequim Waterfront Home with Views from Every Window

Sequim Waterfront Property

How’s this for a view from your master bedroom?  This is a rare Sequim waterfront home, and it would be hard to find one like this anywhere on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  From these windows you can see Canada, the San Juan Islands, Mount Baker, and the Dungness Lighthouse.  I represented the buyers on this home, and you might remember the seller, famous Hollywood actress Lindsay Wagner.

Sequim Waterfront Home

There are 36 homes that qualify as a Sequim waterfront home, and you can view them all with photos at Sequim waterfront.  If you’d like to view one of these homes, you can reach me any time on my cell phone, 360-775-5424, or email me.  I’d love to help you find your Sequim waterfront home.

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How to Find the Best Home in Sequim

Finding the best home in Sequim is the goal of every couple who comes to Sequim to retire and buy their ideal retirement home.  Of course, the best home in Sequim will be described differently for buyers, but after working with hundreds of couples, I’ve learned that there are some logical steps buyers can take to find the best home in Sequim for their needs and wants.  There is one step that is unquestionably the first and most important step in this whole process.

The Best Home in Sequim

The first step is identifying where you want to live.  I’ve had clients who came to the Olympic Peninsula not knowing whether they wanted to live in Sequim, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Port Hadlock, Port Ludlow, or further south.  Initially, you may not know where you want to live, but here’s the dilemma.

Best Home in Sequim

If you start looking at homes in each city, you’re going to confuse yourself and ultimately end up going home without making any decision.  Imagine going to Costco with the goal of finding the best volume bargain.  You would end up leaving Costco without having bought anything.  But if you narrowed your goal down to a particular department and a particular product, you could find the best volume bargain.  This is very similar to the process you’ll use to find the best home in Sequim.  (more…)

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The Perfect Sequim Home for Sale

The perfect Sequim home for sale will will vary for buyers, but here’s a description of one notion of the perfect Sequim home as defined by a very large percentage of retirees who move to Sequim.

The Perfect Sequim Home for Sale

Sequim Home for Sale

Sequim Home for Sale Perfect Floor Plan

This home is in a quiet little subdivision on the outskirts of the Sequim City limits.  Built on a small low maintenance lot, this is a very affordable retirement home.  With two bedrooms plus a den, which would be called a third bedroom if it had a closet, a roomy kitchen with lots of countertop space and an open floor plan (kitchen, dining room, living room), for many retirees this is the perfect Sequim home for sale.

Sequim Home for Sale Perfect for Your Dog

With a fenced back yard, you already have a safe haven for your dog.  With an electric awning to cover the back deck, you’ll be shielded from the sun on those hot sunny Sequim days. You’ll also stay dry under the awning sipping your coffee on that one day a year when it rains in Sequim, aka The Blue Hole. Does this sound like the perfect Sequim home for sale?  How long will it be for sale is hard to say, but it definitely won’t be long.  [Read more about the Sequim Blue Hole or the Rain Shadow as it is often called.]

For a viewing call Chuck Marunde at 360-775-5424.  This is precisely the kind of home that sells very quickly, especially because it is listed at $199,500.  See more photos and more details at Sequim home for sale.

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A cash offer does have an advantage in the Sequim real estate market.  The reason is not because the seller gets a higher price. They do not.  And whether the offer is a cash offer or includes financing, the seller still gets paid in full at closing.  But there is an important reason a cash offer is more attractive to a seller.

Cash Offer

Cash Offer Picking Up

In Oakland, California homes are receiving multiple offers above the listed price.  In one story, after nine offers by a buyer in which she was outbid by other buyers, a woman paid $100,000 more than the listed price to get a home.  See the video here. A third of the buyers in Oakland are going with a cash offer.

Cash Offer in Sequim

Sequim is not Oakland, but I’m drafting a cash offer for one of my clients on a regular basis this year.  With the real estate market getting hot in many other areas of the country, retirees who sell and move to Sequim are coming with more cash than in past years.

Cash Offer Advantage for Buyers

The main reason a cash offer appeals to sellers is because it eliminates the need for the lengthy loan application process, the entire appraisal process, and the bureaucratic underwriting hurdles.  A transaction can be killed in any one of those processes.  A cash offer can be closed sooner as a result.  In other words, a cash offer reduces uncertainty for sellers, and that is an advantage for a buyer who is in a position to make a cash offer.

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Buying Old Sequim Farmhouses

Have you ever thought about buying one of the old Sequim farmhouses for your retirement home?  Not many do, but Sequim is a century old agricultural area, and there are many 100 year old Sequim farmhouses.  Some are in incredibly good condition, and with 5 or 10 acres, there’s room for a mini-farm.  

Sequim Farmhouses

Sequim Farmhouses

Sequim Farmhouses with History

With the help of a midwife, I delivered my daughter in a 96 year old Sequim farmhouse very similar to the farmhouse in this photo.  That was 17 years ago.  I’ve always wished farmhouses could talk.  What stories they could tell us of life a century ago.

Sequim Farmhouses Built Better?

Many of the old Sequim farmhouses were built with hardwood planks, and if the house was built with a decent foundation, these homes are still standing strong.  Depending on how well the homes were maintained by the many families that have lived in them, they will be either quite livable today or ready to be plowed down.

I recently sold an old home built in the 1930’s, and it is as solid as the day it was built.  Instead of two by fours in the walls, the house was built with thicker hardwood.  Instead of two by sixes in the floor, this home has three by sevens.  The full concrete basement doesn’t have a crack in the walls, nor in the floors.  

They’re hard to find, but there are a few old Sequim farmhouses that are worthy.

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Sequim Homes – Sales Picking Up Dramatically

Sequim homes are selling at a substantially increased pace. I’ve compiled data for the first quarter of every year since 2003 to get an accurate picture of how Sequim homes sold so far in 2013 compares with past years.  Here’s a nice visual aide that makes the point better than words.

Sequim Homes Sold – Visual Aide

Sequim Homes

Sequim Homes Sold – The Interpretation

The peak of the real estate market in Sequim was 2005, and for Port Angeles it was 2007.  Sequim homes sold started a steady decline from 2005 to 2009 with a burst of activity in 2010, and then 2011 and 2012 maintained lower but level sales numbers.  As the tall blue bar shows so clearly, in the first quarter of 2013, Sequim homes sold took a huge leap to 96. That is a 100% increase over last year at this time.

Sequim Homes and The Real Estate Market

While this is generally good news for sellers, it may not be for buyers.  Some buyers are having some difficulty finding their ideal retirement home, and that is precisely because the best homes in the best areas are selling.  That segment of the inventory is shrinking.  Will this momentum in home sales continue throughout 2013?  That remains to be seen, but we certainly are off to a good start for 2013.  Sequim homes are selling in a surprisingly strong market right now. 

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What Sequim home appliances are included when you buy a home?  You may want to ask for some of the appliances in your purchase agreement.  What can you ask for?  What is reasonable?  This article will answer these questions.

Sequim Home Appliances

Sequim Home Appliances

Sequim Home Appliances Are Big and Heavy

If you’re going to submit an offer on a nice Sequim home, and the home is a custom built newer home with a nice kitchen, the sellers probably selected nice appliances that are ideally suited for the home.  An aluminum refrigerator and a matching oven, stove and microwave may all fit very nicely in place in the kitchen.  And a beautiful washer and dryer set are already in place.  If you’re moving to Sequim from the San Diego area, you may not be all that excited about hauling heavy appliances all the way to Sequim, especially when they may not match your new home as well as the existing appliances.  And you know that to replace these Sequim home appliances would be very expensive.

Sequim Home Appliances Included?

A seller’s MLS listing will show what appliances the seller has automatically included in the purchase.  Any Sequim home appliances not included will not be yours at closing.  But you can ask that specific appliances be included in your offer.  As we used to say in my contracts class at law school, “The offeror is the master of the offer.”

A seller would be wise to let an appliance or any of their Sequim home appliances go with the purchase at no additional cost, or they could risk losing the buyer and killing their chance of selling their Sequim home.  Most sellers in the Sequim area are moving a long distance across country, and taking heavy appliances would cost a lot of money, not to mention hard labor in the moving.  Most sellers say it’s not worth it.  So when you make an offer on your home, ask for the Sequim home appliances.  There’s no guarantee the seller will agree, but there is a high probability they will, and considering the moving expense and cost of appliances, wouldn’t it be nice to have all your Sequim home appliances included in your purchase?

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Buying the Right Sequim Home

Everyone wants to buy the right Sequim home, but what is the right home?  For most it means buying a home that meets their needs and that they can enjoy in their retirement.  The location must be right and the floor plan must work.  Of course, the price must be within budget.  There are many other factors, but after showing thousands of homes over many years, I can tell you that most of my clients know in the first minute after they walk into a home if it is the right Sequim home.

The Right Location for Your Sequim Home

Sequim Home

The Wrong Sequim Home

As with a successful military career, the key to buying the right Sequim home includes not making any major mistakes.  The last thing you want to do when you buy a Sequim home is buy the wrong home.  Let me explain.

The Sequim Home That Won’t Sell

Many homes have been for sale for two or three years and still have not sold.  Why?  Because no one wants these homes.  Why? Here are some of the reasons a home may not be the right Sequim home:  a home in a less attractive area, a home with an unconventional floor plan, an old home, and a home that does not include features for both the man and the woman (i.e. a beautiful kitchen and a nice garage and/or shop). Any one of these negatives can make a Sequim home the wrong home that you may have trouble selling someday, but a home with many of these negatives almost guarantees you won’t be able to sell your home years from now.

When you are filtering homes online and when you come to view your short list, wouldn’t it help to have a local Sequim buyer’s agent who knows the market and who can help you avoid buying the wrong Sequim home?  After all, moving and retiring and living happily ever after definitely involves buying the right Sequim home.

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Finding the Perfect Sequim Home

Finding the perfect Sequim home is a vital part of any plan to move and retire in Sequim.  That plan begins by searching the Sequim MLS online for months before arriving, and then viewing a short list of homes upon arrival.  But how hard is it to find the perfect Sequim home?

Sequim Home Search

Sequim Home

The Perfect Sequim Home

The answer depends largely on what you require and what your expectations are.  There are 630 homes for sale in Clallam County, 402 in the Sequim area, and 248 in the Port Angeles area.  If you want a Sequim home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and priced between $200,000 and $400,000, there are 133 homes currently for sale.  If you want a Sequim home built in the last 10 years, that narrows the list to 47 homes.  If you want a home on one or more acres, that narrows this list down to only 10 homes.

Sequim Home Found

The Sequim real estate market is a small market.  Finding the perfect Sequim home is not always easy.  Sometimes my clients search for months before the ideal home is discovered.  But other times we find it the first day out.  Today was one of those days, and at the end of the day I drafted the offer for my buyers and submitted it.  Now we start the negotiating process on the perfect Sequim home.

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Sequim Homes Continue to Sell Well

Are Sequim homes selling?  That’s a big yes, and Port Angeles homes are selling, too.  I’ve compiled statistical data on all Sequim homes sold (and Port Angeles) for the past three months.  This includes sales in the Olympic Listing Service, the Northwest MLS, and even those that are FSBOs (for sale by owners) and not in the MLSs.  So this is a comprehensive database of homes sold in three zip codes covering Sequim and Port Angeles areas.  For your viewing pleasure I’ve put all this data into three maps by price range.

Sequim Homes – A Map of Sales

Sequim Homes

Sequim Homes Sold Geographically

I recommend that you open the three maps by clicking on the above image, and if you can open a new window and move it to the right while you read this, you can follow how I interpret these Sequim homes sold as represented on these maps.

Sequim Homes Are Selling Well

Notice the geographic distribution of Sequim homes sold.  (And Port Angeles homes sold, but for simplicity’s sake, I’ll just refer to Sequim homes sold.)  There are more Sequim homes sold than Port Angeles homes sold on all three maps, and that is especially true for the upper price range.  The preference is homes that have gorgeous water views, either at or near a bluff or beach, or higher in the mountains where the panoramic water view is also incredible.  I recently sold a home on a high bluff with a stunning water view on East Sequim Bay, another home high in elevation but with a gorgeous panoramic water view above Sequim Bay, and a third home right on the beach on Three Crabs Road.  These homes and water views are in high demand, but are also at the upper price range of all Sequim homes sold.

If you have any questions about this data or the homes sold, email chuckmarunde@gmail.com, your reliable source of information for all Sequim homes sold and listed for sale.

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Looking for the Perfect Sequim Property

Yesterday I looked for the perfect Sequim property for clients from Seattle.  We may have found it.  Here are the search parameters of the perfect Sequim property as these clients defined it.  Would this property describe your idea of Heaven in Sequim, Washington?

The Perfect Sequim Property:

The land should be in a beautiful area with a little privacy.  A nice view from the home on all  sides is essential.  The view could be a mountain view, a valley view, or trees and a pond or creek.  Of course, a water view would be wonderful, but not if it’s too expensive.  A little acreage is important, because these clients want to raise some chickens and perhaps sheep or even a couple of cows or horses.  This means at least five acres and preferably more like six to ten acres.

Sequim Property

Sequim Property Search

Here’s where the search parameters get tough.  The price must be no higher than $375,000.  This price actually is the upper boundary for many buyers lately.  Anytime you add acreage in your search for the perfect Sequim property, you increase the price substantially.  It’s hard to find a nice home on five to ten acres, and almost impossible to find a nice home on 20 acres. They are out there, but now you’re getting into the $600,000 to $1 million price range.  

Sequim Property with Acreage

Perhaps the best way for you as a buyer to see what is available with five acres plus, is to do an actual search in our MLS.  This link will show you all homes on five plus acres in the Sequim and Port Angeles area from $300,000 to $700,000.  

Sequim Property on 5+ Acres

If you don’t find your idea of the perfect Sequim property, don’t get discouraged.  Email me and let me know exactly what you are looking for.  Some properties are not listed right now and will either be coming on the market soon, or the sellers got discouraged and just let their listing expire.  With some patience and hard work, we will find your idea of the perfect Sequim property.

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Sequim Homes and Land: What’s Happening?

It’s an exciting time for Sequim homes and land, because the market has broken through some threshold barriers, and recently has picked up substantially over these recessionary years since 2006 when the market started its long decline.  I took this photo below standing a few feet from a Three Crabs beachfront home I had the privilege of selling.  With private beach ownership, walking the dog is a joy.

Sequim Homes and Land

Sequim

Sequim Real Estate

Sequim has many great water view homes and beachfront homes.  It is a special delight to be able to walk out your back door and onto the beach.  This photo below is of another gorgeous beachfront Sequim home that is still available.

Sequim Beachfront Homes

More in Sequim

You can learn more about these homes by looking at my featured Sequim listings.

 

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Help Buying a Sequim Home

I help clients who are buying a Sequim home every day, and it’s a great assignment.  I show homes, draft offers, negotiate assertively for my clients, work through the due diligence issues, and handle transaction details to assure a smooth closing.  But even before clients arrive in Sequim, I still enjoy answering questions about buying a Sequim home.

Question About Buying a Sequim Home

I received an email from a client who is considering buying a Sequim home.  He expressed his emotions well in this email, and I thought other buyers might like to know they are not alone in their concerns about buying a Sequim home.  Here for your encouragement is his question or comment, and my response. This email was written the morning after this client submitted his offer on a home.

I did hardly sleep last night, kept thinking about all the things that I did not like and things I wanted that are not there. Woke up feeling I’m settling cause I’m tired of looking. I should be excited right? Suppose it is buyers remorse. Think the biggest thing is the thought of being in that neighborhood with a funky house across the street and no view.

My Answer About Buying a Sequim Home

Moving to Sequim and buying a Sequim home consists of two consecutive stressful events.  It gets the emotions going for sure.  I can identify with you, especially when you wrote, “I should be excited, right?”  My assistant asked me recently, “Aren’t you excited about how things are going, about the success we’re having with our clients and our Internet marketing system?”  My answer surprised her.   (more…)

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Showing Sequim Homes

It’s been an exciting year so far showing more Sequim homes than in previous years and definitely since the peak of the market in 2005.  I’m not jumping to conclusions about a real estate recovery, but I am showing a lot of homes–interesting homes, beautiful Sequim homes (like this home below), Sequim water view homes, mountain view homes, Sequim horse properties, and private estates in the mountains.  And then there are also the weird Sequim homes.  Yes, we do have some strange floor plans, some odd ideas, and some not-so-good locations (like 50 feet off Highway 101).  [See more photos of the Port Angeles water view home below.]

Sequim Homes to View

Sequim Homes

Sequim Homes Suddenly Pending

I will be showing a home later today that has been on the market for 8 days, and it is likely my client will write an offer on it.  We have looked at many homes, and he knows exactly what he wants and how much he can pay.  This home seems to fit that bill.  I showed a home last week, and subsequently submitted an offer on it below the listing price, which was too high.  The sellers came back saying they could not counteroffer because they would be upside down.  They are going to pull their listing off the market as they have now realized they cannot sell it and pay the bank off.  They will look at their options.  Sometimes sellers are unable to negotiate because they are in financial straits.  Sequim homes are sometimes overprice and sometimes priced very reasonably.

Sequim Homes Prices

I received a call this morning asking about a home that had been on the market for two days.  It is pending already.  As I’ve written elsewhere, “The best homes in the best areas at the best prices are selling like a normal real estate market.”  When you find the home you like, don’t dilly dally.  Sequim homes are selling.

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Sequim Home Prices Bottom in 2011

Have Sequim home prices bottomed out?  There’s good news from around the country.  One of the most widely followed measures of home price changes is the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index.  It tracks price changes monthly in 20 major U.S. cities. In December, the value of homes in the 20 cities Case-Shiller measures rose by 6.8% year-over-year.

Sequim Home Prices Compared to Nationwide

In Lost Angeles, there was a 10.2% rise in home prices last year. In 2012 housing prices rose 10.6% in Miami, 12.2% in Minneapolis, 12.9% in Las Vegas, 13.6% in Detroit, 14.4% in San Francisco, and 23% in Phoenix.  But what about Sequim home prices?  What about the Sequim and Port Angeles area?

Sequim Home Prices

Sequim Home Prices Bottom

I compiled the sales records going back to 2006, and this graph shows the average sales price of all Sequim homes sold from $150,000 to $500,000.  Actually, I included all Clallam County, which of course is primarily Sequim and Port Angeles.  Clearly the data shows us that the average price of Sequim home prices bottomed out in 2011.  The trend is unmistakable.  From 2006 prices decline every year through 2011, and then there is a leap from $236,000 to $248,000 in 2012, and again another increase in 2013 thus far.

Sequim Home Prices on the Rise

I’m cautious about proclaiming a market recovery, and I’m not doing that here.  What I would suggest is that the sales data indicate we are in the second year of increasing prices.  That’s pretty solid data demonstrating that Sequim home prices are on the increase.

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Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

Sequim Buyer's Agent (Atty Ret.)
Founder and Broker of
Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate dba iRealty Virtual Brokers
125 Olympic Ranch Ln, Sequim, WA
(360) 775-5424
ChuckMarunde@gmail.com

From Los Angeles

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

From Seattle

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

From Florida

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

From Gilroy California

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

From Corona California

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

From Bakersfield California

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

From Los Alamos New Mexico

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