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Sequim Mobile App

This Sequim mobile app is a very powerful smartphone tool whether you use an Android or an iPhone, and you don’t even have to download an app. It’s free, and you simply use the browser on your smartphone to access it at anytime. We’re always trying to make it easier and more convenient for buyers to access our Sequim real estate Internet resources, the largest online presence of any Realtor on the Olympic Peninsula and possibly the entire Northwest.

Sequim Mobile App

Not only can you search over 2,000 articles written specifically for buyers right from your smartphone, you’re going to love the power, the easy intuitive navigation, the convenience, and all this you can do from your cell phone when you want to look at Sequim and Sequim homes.

Sequim Mobile App

Most people are now using smartphones over desktop computers to do their online research, and who doesn’t use their cell phone on a trip in the car or while sitting at the Dentist’s office? You can even listen to over 2,000 articles about Sequim and Sequim real estate with your cell phone speaker or earphones since each article is also a podcast. (more…)

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Negotiating in Sequim

Negotiating Price & Terms


Negotiating the purchase of a home is a skill set of its own. Even having bought and sold half a dozen homes in a lifetime while in a career unrelated to real estate will not automatically equip you for all the possible nuances of negotiating.

In four decades in real estate I have seen more mistakes made in negotiating a real estate transaction than I could possibly count. I’ve seen buyers overpay by $200,000. I’ve seen sellers chase a good buyer away. I’ve seen real estate agents give their clients bad advice about the home inspection response and kill the transaction. I’ve seen a buyer make a seller so mad, he refused to sell to that buyer at any price. I’ve seen far too many amateurs going back and forth on price until one of the parties just walks away. (more…)

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Selling a home as you simultaneously buy a home in Sequim, Washington is what 95% of retirees do when they move to Sequim. Even the Vikings would acknowledge that it is “no small matter” to sell a home in California, get through all the hurdles and contingencies, get your money, and at the same time find the ideal home in Sequim, reach an agreement with the seller before someone else snatches the house out from under you, and then get through all your due diligence and inspections, to coordinate the closing dates of both transactions so you won’t have to live on the street and move twice by putting all your possessions and furniture in storage once and then move it into your new Sequim home. And of course, there is coordinating the moving vans, which again is no small matter. The uncertainties and the stress is enough to exhaust a strong human being. (more…)

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Sequim Real Estate for Buyers eBook

Sequim real estate is a hot topic among many retirees from California to New York and from Florida to Alaska. Sequim, Washington has been a favorite getaway for retirees because of its mild climate without temperature extremes (mostly between 50 and 70 throughout the year), with only 16 inches of rain compared to Seattle’s 45 inches, and Sequim is nestled between the gorgeous Strait of Juan de Fuca and the stunning Olympic Mountains.

Sequim Real Estate Books

This is why 25 year resident, attorney (ret.), and real estate broker Chuck Marunde creates so much content on the Internet for buyers. And among his many books for buyers, you might enjoy his latest entitled Sequim Real Estate For Buyers: Free Ebook Updates Forever.

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Sequim Real Estate Market

There’s a lot to know when you’re shopping for Sequim real estate. Every real estate market has its unique issues of concern. Sequim has incredibly pure water from private wells, but there is a Water Management Area in which the amount of water drawn from the wells has limitations. If you buy land and plan to build a home of your own, you need to know not all lots will be approved for a conventional septic system, which may require one of 24 different kinds of septic systems that can cost upwards of $24,000. If you build a home outside the city limits of Sequim in the County, you can save about $20,000 in fees and taxes. Water drainage and erosion tend to live in certain areas. Home inspectors are not all the same, and escrow companies are not all the same. There’s a lot to know at the local level, and these issues (and many more) are topics you need to research in advance to avoid a nightmare scenario later.

My online resources and books help you with honest answers to your questions, and if you hire me as your Sequim real estate buyer’s agent, you get a lifetime of knowledge and experience at no extra cost. I love that, don’t you? Meanwhile, may I suggest my book, Sequim Real Estate For Buyers: Free Ebook Updates Forever.

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Sequim Real Estate Market

The Sequim real estate market has been undergoing dramatic changes in the last 24 to 36 months after a long recession. Of course, Sequim’s buyers come from all over the United States, and when real estate markets change elsewhere, the Sequim real estate market feels the reverberations. If markets come to a halt in California and other states, homes sales in Sequim come to a screeching halt. In this video report, I’ll put the Sequim real estate market in context to help you understand it better as you search for your Sequim home. Be sure to enlarge the video and choose HD quality in your settings (or 1080 pixels).

Sequim Real Estate Market Report

Sequim Real Estate Inventory and Prices

As you can see from the charts in this video, supply and  demand brought prices up since this time three years ago, and for the 3 bedroom home above $200,000, the average home price in Sequim has increased by $100,000. That’s the largest increase I believe the Sequim real estate market has ever experienced. 

Sequim is a small market with a small inventory by comparison to other markets, and we have a small number of retirees moving to Sequim steadily. Once retirees buy a home in Sequim, they do not leave for 15 to 20 years. That means there is very little turnover of homes, and it also means there is a limited supply of homes coming on the market throughout the year. As the real estate market improved around the U.S., home sales went up in Sequim, inventory shrunk, and prices have been moving upward. 

I hope you find this video useful, and if I can help you find your home as your Sequim Buyer’s Agent, please feel free to reach out to me by phone or email (

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Sequim podcasts by the thousands! Who in the world would do such a thing? Who would create that much original content? And who would do thousands of Sequim podcasts? Golly gee, that would be me, aka yours truly, aka Chuck Marunde. Over 2,110 of a decade of Sequim real estate articles now live in the world of Sequim podcasts.

Sequim Podcasts

Sequim Podcasts on Your Computer

Now you can listen to Sequim podcasts about buying real estate in Sunny Sequim on your desktop computer or laptop or on your iPad or Android device. You can still read my articles if you prefer, but you might want to give your poor eyes a break once in a while and just listen to an article.

You may know this, or you will realize this as you browse and read some of the 2,110 articles on my Sequim real estate blog, but there is an article that answers almost every question buyers have been asking about buying real estate in Sequim for two decades. I know that because I’ve been answering those questions as a real estate lawyer and broker for over 20 years. These Sequim podcasts are my continuous effort to answer all your questions even before you ask me.

Sequim Podcasts on Your Smartphone and in Your Car

Of course you can listen to Sequim podcasts on your smartphone anywhere, including in your car as you are driving to work on that eight lane Los Angeles freeway. May God have mercy on your soul. Or maybe I should say, may Governor Gavin Newsome have mercy on your soul. Not to get side-tracked, but tell me why you are still in California and not in Sequim Washington.

So how does this work? (more…)

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Sequim Washington Video

Sequim Washington is a hot destination for retirees from around the United States, and if you’re far away, like in Florida or Southern California or New Jersey (God forbid), or on the Aleutian Chain in Alaska, I thought you might appreciate a little video and photo tour of Sequim. Voila! Here it is. Be sure to set Youtube settings at HD quality, and enlarge the video for easier viewing.

Sequim Washington Video

Sequim Washington

Sequim Washington is an extraordinary place, and the longer you live here, the more it grows on you. The area does not have hot or cold extremes, and the rainfall is one-third of Seattle (16 inches v. 45 inches).  (more…)

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Is Sequim the Safest Place to Live?

Could Sequim be the safest place to live? That’s a big question. Let’s break it down so we can intelligently answer it. The phrase “safest place to live” can mean a lot of things. If you lived in Chicago like I once did, and your idea of safe is not living in the murder capital of the U.S., then Sequim is the safest place to live. If you survived the New Orleans or Houston hurricanes and floods, then you would feel like Sequim is the safest place to live. If you lived in Las Vegas as I did when I was with the USAF, and you notice that Lake Mead has dropped about 130 feet since 1994 when I lived there, then when it comes to water supplies and droughts, you would definitely feel like Sequim is safer.

Sequim – The Safest Place to Live

The interior of Alaska is dangerously cold in the winters. I know because I grew up as a young boy in a remote cabin in Alaska, and I recall temperatures of -75 degrees F. In as little as 20 minutes a person could freeze to death in that kind of weather if unprepared. Compared to that, Sequim is the safest place to live. [BTW, I wrote a book about growing up in remote Alaska if you would like to read it. You’ll find it on Amazon, and it’s called Teachings of the Wilderness.]

Safest Place to Live

Today, we hear a lot about dangerous hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, super volcanoes, and there are massive record setting forest fires (are the CA fires really forest fires or DEW?). Even lovely Hawaii saw disaster strike this past year. Then there is the threat of nuclear war, chemical warfare, and the EMP (electro-magnetic pulse), which allegedly can take out our entire power grid for a year.

The Single Safest Place to Live

Of all places you could live, where is the safest place to live? I submit that one of the best candidates for the safest place to live is Sequim, Washington. Even with a natural disaster, we are a fairly safe place. In a major event, our Hood Canal Bridge is probably down, and Seattle criminals will probably not be able to get here. Can you imagine living in a metropolitan area when the power is out and grocery stores and gas stations are closed, and the criminal gangs are making the rounds from house to house? That may be the most important reason Sequim is safe, at least when it comes to the safety of your spouse and children.

Many Sequimites have a pantry with 6 months of food storage. Many have organic vegetable gardens and have canned their own fruits. The Olympic Peninsula is full of rich wildlife, fish, deer, and cattle and sheep. We have 200 inches of rain the the mountains, and all that fresh water pours out under Sequim to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We have a mild climate without hot or cold extremes, and we have fresh clean air coming in off the Pacific Ocean. A backup generator is another popular item, and most of us could survive just fine, especially compared to most metropolitan areas of the country. 

I think Sequim is the ideal place to retire, but I also think it is the safest place to live.

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Why Retire in Sequim Washington?

Why retire in Sequim when you could retire in Yuma or Sedona or Minot? Well, not Minot, but there are many choices for retirees as I’m sure you know. If you could choose any place on the planet for your retirement years, where would you go? I suppose we should take the challenge of retirement in order. The first order of business is to get the heck out of California! Did I just say that? Yes, I did. If you are still in California and you are retiring soon, find your Heaven and make plans. You’re not gettin’ any younger. Sorry, I seem to be on a roll today. 

Let me be a little clearer. The first order of business is to move from some place that no longer meets your needs. And the second order of business is to figure out exactly where you want to move to.

Here’s a fun video I think you’ll enjoy that answers the question, “Why Retire in Sequim?”

Retire in Sequim

Why Would I Retire in Sequim?

Why Retire in Sequim Washington? Maybe because Sequim is in the famous Blue Hole and only gets 16 inches of rain a year while Seattle gets 45 inches only 2 hours away. Or maybe because Sequim has no extreme temperatures, hot or cold. Summers are typically in the 60s and 70s, and winters are typically in the 50s and 40s (and 60s). Or maybe it’s because Sequim is one of the most beautiful places on the planet with the Olympic Mountains on the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the North.

Sequim has more mature and happy retirees than any place I’ve lived. By mature, I mean that they are mature mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually, and they are not chasing anything. They are content, they know what they want, and when they retire in Sequim, they’ve found it, and they live a fulfilled life. That’s probably the best answer to the question Why Retire in Sequim?

Why retire in Sequim? Sequim has been named one of the 10 best places to retire in the U.S. Where do you want to retire? Sequim has a lot of competition, of course, but you’ve got to wonder why so many successful retirees have chosen Sequim. Do your own research. Call on me for answers. After a lot of research, even years of research, you may be asking yourself, “Why not retire in Sequim?”

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Cliff erosion is real, and you’ve got to do your research and be smart if you intend to buy a home on a high bluff in the Sequim and Port Angeles area. Here’s an example of cliff erosion on a high Sequim bluff right on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Take a look at this Google satellite image and the distances I measured using Google. There has been tremendous cliff erosion in this area, and you can see it clearly in this image. A huge section of the bluff fell off just recently in the back yard of this home that is only about 30 feet from the cliff now. The distance from the edge of the cliff to the beach below is 175 feet. You can see the image below if you enlarge your browser.

Sequim Cliff Erosion

Cliff Erosion

I showed this home about a month ago, but my buyer and I never went inside the home, because when we drove up the driveway and parked at the top of the cliff, we were shocked at how scary the cliff erosion was as we stood at the top looking down. When I looked at how close the cliff was to the house, which I estimated at 30 feet at the time, I figured the house was unsellable.

My thinking was simply that the rate of cliff erosion indicated that this erosion was not likely to stop exactly 30 feet from the home. It has already taken that section I marked 175 feet from the top to the bottom.

What would it take for the erosion to travel another 30 feet? Almost nothing. A wet winter with lots of water working its way through the soil to the Strait? How about more wave action and cliff erosion at the bottom of the cliff so that it peels off like it has been doing for the past decade? Or maybe a medium earthquake in the range of 5.0 to 6.0?

Cliff Erosion Risks Homes

I thought the home was unsellable at any price. The tax assessor’s site shows this home sold in 1990 for $450,000, and it sold in 2009 for $650,000. Now in 2018 it sold for $437,000. Amazing. I haven’t given the address of this property, because I have no desire to embarrass anyone, but seriously, who would buy this home when it is poised to fall off the cliff? I’ll tell you what, the sellers just won the lottery.

Apparently the recent buyers do not share my concerns about cliff erosion. I must be wrong. What say you? If you’re from California, perhaps you can share some wisdom in the comments below.

Lastly, here’s a video I took with explanations of the concerns that bluff stability engineers have in the Sequim area.

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Sequim Real Estate Podcast

Sequim real estate podcast is now online for buyers, and you’ll find these podcasts full of a lifetime of real estate knowledge and experience that buyers like you can put to use immediately. If you could pay a real estate attorney and a long time real estate broker to record podcasts answering all of your questions, how much would that be worth to you? Well, guess what? We offer it free for you on a smartphone app you can download free, and the podcasts are free. Darn it, I wish we would stop giving away all these great resources for buyers. Books, thousands of blog articles, videos, photos, podcasts. When will it stop? Never, because we love helping buyers like you, and we’re good at it.

Real Estate Podcast

real estate podcast

Chuck Marunde Real Estate Podcast

Here’s how you get this free app for your phone. Just go to the app store, and download it. This app is available for iPhones and Androids. Once you have installed it on your phone, search for my last name, “Marunde” and you’ll find this real estate podcast, which is actually called “Chuck Marunde Podcasts”.

I’ll be adding podcasts to this regularly, but if you want me to address a particular issue or you have any question, just shoot me a text to 360-775-5424 with your question, and I’ll record a podcast for you.

Sequim real estate podcast. What will they come up with next for buyers?

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Sequim Summer Breaks

Sequim summer has broken out all over the place. In this short Sequim video, I’m sitting in one of my favorite places in a chair in my back yard looking at my gorgeous panoramic view of the Olympic Mountain range from Sequim all the way over to Hurricane Ridge above Port Angeles. Listen for the birds singing in this video. 

Sequim Summer

This is a great time to come and visit Sequim if you are still trying to decide where to retire. Schedule your tour to see homes with P.S. If you don’t already know it, we should tell you that Chuck Marunde is the most experienced buyer’s agent on the entire Olympic Peninsula. Not only do you get decades of real estate sales experience, you get the experience of a 20-year real estate attorney. Do your due diligence, but don’t you want to be represented by the most qualified broker who will protect your interests and negotiate the best price and terms?

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Crazy Sequim Winter

It’s been a crazy Sequim winter as far as real estate goes. I’ve had some clients comment that I haven’t been writing articles on my blog as much this Sequim winter, and that is true. I have been busy writing books and working on the next generation Internet tool for real estate, which is still top secret as we have not launched it yet. The reason I say it’s been a crazy Sequim winter is because the inventory of the ideal retirement home is so low, buyers cannot find their home.

Sequim Winter Long

This was an unusually long Sequim winter. Normally by the end of February the sun is out and temperatures are in the high 50s and low 60s, and everything is blooming. But not this year. It snowed in February! What? Are you serious? After living here for 23 years I can tell you it was the longest Sequim winter I can recall, but summer just broke wide open, and the last two days have been sunny and hot. Suddenly the grass is growing like weeds, and everything is blooming quickly.

Many of my buyers who can’t find a home have extended their home search beyond Sequim and Port Angeles to Port Townsend, Port Ludlow, and Port Hadlock. Over the years I’ve sold many homes in these areas. I’ve also shown homes on Marrowstone Island recently. I love showing beautiful homes, and we have so many gorgeous water front and high bluff views on the Olympic Peninsula and our neighboring islands.

If you want to have some fun, check out one of my websites showing all the home listings from the Olympic Peninsula to the Seattle shoreline and every island in between. These are some of the most expensive homes in the Northwest, and you’ll find them at Luxury Water View Homes.

Sequim Winter Over

Thank God the long Sequim winter is over, and with the sun, buyers are eagerly looking for their perfect home. I just sold a home in Port Ludlow on a beautiful lake for $955,000. It’s an incredible home, and the water view is beyond description. I’ll share more photos in the future. 

Sequim Winter

Meanwhile, I’m sure my Sequim readers are all out mowing their lawns this week after a long Sequim winter.


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Sequim Resources for Buyers

Sequim Resources for Buyers is a better way of organizing a tremendous number of valuable tools for buyers. Because this site and the tools created here are always being improved for buyers, it became obvious that there had to be a better way to help buyers find these resources easier. You will now find a tab at the top of the Blog called “Resources for Buyers.” This includes some of the primary resources available with links directly to each of them. And . . .

Sequim Resources

Sequim Resources Online

You’ll find a new list of “Sequim Buyer Resources” that will always be up-to-date in the right margin of this Blog. These great links have been online for a while, some of them for years, but great tools are only great if you can find them.

Sequim Resources – Maps and Books

You’ll also find a newly created page with all of Chuck Marunde’s Sequim real estate books in this list of Sequim resources. And we have a new tool for buyers added to the list: a new Sequim map designed exclusively for Chuck and only available though Sequim & Port Angeles, LLC.  I strongly urge you to go though each tool in the Sequim Buyers Resources list so you can find the tools that you feel will help you most in your home search. Enjoy these tools, and if they are helpful, please let us know. Chuck Marunde never stops creating valuable Sequim resources for buyers.

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Is The Real Estate Market Seasonal in Sequim?

Nearly every real estate market has a seasonal effect. Who hasn’t asked the rhetorical question, “Doesn’t the market slow down in the winter months,” or “Isn’t the real estate market seasonal, so that it picks up in the spring and summer?” That is true almost everywhere in the U.S., but it is not true in Sequim, Washington. I’ll explain why in this article, and how this effects a buyer like you.


Seasonal Real Estate Market

Almost all buyers in the Sequim area are retirees, so Sequim buyers do not need to coordinate the selling of their current home and the buying of their next home in Sequim based on children getting out of school in the spring or planning for the start of school in the fall. Most retirees moving to Sequim are in total control of their time, and they have no seasonal restrictions.

This means we have a steady number of buyers coming from all over the U.S., and they are coming every day of the week and every week of the year. Even in our small market during the recession of the last decade, buyers were closing on an average of 20 houses every month, even the winter months of December and January.

Seasonal Effects

This does not mean more people don’t show up in the summer months. They do, but beautiful sunny weather brings out everyone in greater numbers. But we don’t have the substantial seasonal market you might be used to in your part of the country. I sell homes all year long in the Sequim area without the seasonal impact I’ve seen in metropolitan areas.

This is why it is a big mistake for sellers in this market to say, “Well, nothing sells in the winter, so we’re going to take our house off the market until the spring.” Buyers are showing up every day of the year. Sales do pick up a little in the spring and summer, but homes are selling all year in Sequim and the seasonal effect is not as great as metropolitan areas.

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A Home With Privacy

Do you want a home with privacy? Many couples who move to the Sequim area do want a home with privacy, although how that is defined may vary slightly. When buyers tell me they would like “some privacy,” I asked more questions. This article will share some insights on what a buyer’s options are when it comes to getting a home with privacy, and how to find a home with privacy in the Sequim, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Port Ludlow, and Port Hadlock areas.

Home With Privacy

Home With Privacy Defined

I ask buyers who want privacy how much acreage that means to them. Almost 100% have told me that “it’s not a matter of acreage as much as it is how the lot is situated, the trees, and the vegetation that separates them from neighbors.” So that could be a half an acre in some areas, but many times it means one to 3 acres, or more. It’s rare that someone finds a 10 or 20 acre parcel out here that defines a home with privacy for them. It’s also nearly impossible to find a parcel of land that large these days. Five acres is the largest common size a buyer will find in the Sequim area, but even a five acre parcel in the right area is very hard to find.

How to Find a Home With Privacy

Here are a couple of suggestions if your ideal property is a home with privacy. First, use to search for homes with at least one acre and no more than five acres. If five acres would be a lot more than you want to maintain, than search one to 3 acres. On this Sequim MLS site, there is a map on the detail page, and you can look a property with the satellite view so you can see what is all around the property. The photo above is a home with privacy on 2.5 acres. What a gorgeous property, and with the trees on either side, total privacy.

What about maintenance? Who wants a lot of acreage if you have to work outside all the time? You’re supposed to be retired, right? You can do what a lot of Sequimites do. You can mow a small fenced area around the house, plant some flowers, and leave the fields to grow naturally on the rest of your property. That’s what I do, although I do mow the fields a few times in the spring when the grass takes off after being dormant all winter. The cute home with privacy in the photo is my home. I absolutely love my little place. It’s my idea of Heaven on this earth. A home with privacy.

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How to Sell Your Home

Knowing how to sell your home is the key to getting the biggest check at the closing table, and it is also the key to selling your home as quickly as possible with the least amount of stress. Trust me, that first sentence has all the components to a successful sale, but you really need to know how to sell your home before you even begin that entire process.

How to Sell Your Home Video

If you are living in the Sequim, Port Angeles, or Port Townsend areas, this video will help you get the answers you need on every important issue revolving around the issue of how to sell your home. But even if you are in southern California, and you intend to sell your home so you can move to Sequim and buy a home, this video will have value, and if you want to learn much more specifically about how to sell your home anywhere in the U.S., you may want to read my book, “The Seven Myths of Selling Your Home,” which is available on Amazon in paperback or a Kindle edition.

How to Sell Your Home

I hope you found this video helpful. If you have any questions, you’re welcome to email me anytime, and if I know the answer to your question, I’ll be glad to share what I have learned about how to sell your home.

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Buying a House That Needs a New Roof

What if you want to buy a house that needs a new roof? This might be a simple question, but the solution can get complicated. Here are your options if you find the ideal property in the right location but the house needs a new roof.

My House Needs a New Roof

First, you could negotiate your best price and after closing have a roofing contractor put on a new roof, assuming you have the cash to do that. Depending on the total square feet, that will cost $12,000 to $18,000. Second, if your lender requires a new roof before they will fund your loan and close (because the roof has less than two years left), you could have a dilemma. But there is an approach that often works, and it’s an approach I used for the sale of the home in this photo.

New Roof

This home has two roofs that are full of moss, and the roofs are 38 years old. The buyer’s lender required a new roof for both houses prior to closing. So then the question is, “Who will pay for the roofs?” A buyer isn’t going to put money up prior to closing to repair the roofs, and a seller isn’t going to advance money to put on a new roof before closing. There’s always a possibility the buyer won’t close, so a seller doesn’t want to risk it, and the seller may not have the funds anyway.

A New Roof Solution

In this case we simply raised the price by the amount of the roofing contractor’s bid to a new roof on both houses (one roof is the main house, and the other roof is the guest house above the shop). The total roofing bid was $28,000, so we raised the agreed selling price by that amount, and we hired a roofing contractor to do the work prior to closing. Since the roofing contractor has a 10 day grace period to pay his roofing supplier, the roofing contractor could do the work and get paid out of escrow at closing. That way neither buyer nor seller had to come up with the funds to put on a new roof.

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Who is Your Local Real Estate Expert?

Who needs a real estate expert? Two people come to mind–buyers and sellers. Your home, the one you buy, will be one of the most important and largest purchases of your life, and it’s the home where you will spend the majority of your time, maybe for the rest of your life. With that in mind, would you want a Realtor or an attorney who is not a real estate expert? Would you trust someone who dabbles in real estate, or someone who is a part-time Realtor? Believe it or not, 85% of all buyers hire the first Realtor they talk to with no interview, no due diligence, and they do not know what qualifications a real estate expert should have.

Real Estate Expert

Real Estate Expert

What could happen if you try to buy a home without a real estate expert? Since I was a real estate attorney for 20 years, I can actually tell you what happens when buyers are not well represented. There’s a reason there are so many attorneys in this country, and there’s a reason they make so much money. I recall a couple telling me their buyer’s agent didn’t advise them to get a home inspection, and they ended up with a nightmare after closing. Their agent didn’t know the importance of a home inspection. The truth is, most agents are not real estate experts. Most consider themselves sales persons with basic real estate knowledge.

Another agent missed the deadline for a well inspection response, and the well turned out to be contaminated. That meant the buyers lost their earnest money. A couple decided to buy a 100 year old farm house, but their agent lacked expertise on the need to have the electrical panel and wiring checked out by an electrician. It was too late when they discovered they had to do a complete rewire of the whole house at a huge expense. Unfortunately, their agent was not a real estate expert.

A buyer relied on her agent to give her advice about the seller’s disclosure statement, but the agent missed the red flag, and the buyer had to replace the heat pump at a cost of several thousand dollars. There are so many things that can and often do go wrong in a real estate transaction, but until it happens to you, you may not realize the need for a real estate expert. You might think you can just hire any Tom, Dick, or Jane to help you buy a home. You might get lucky and everything might go smoothly, but do you really want to rely on luck with so much of your hard earned money?

Real Estate Expert Credentials

If you wanted to hire a real estate expert to represent you as your buyer’s agent in the state of Washington, what would you look for? Here you have to be a bit cautious, because in the sales business, many agents will give you the answers you want to hear, so you need discernment, but you also need to know what kind of credentials your buyer’s agent should have, and you need to know how to do your due diligence. Have you heard the phrase, “Buyer beware?” Well, when it comes to buying something as expensive as a home, the warning is still good advice after 2,000 years.

By the way, be very careful about hiring a Realtor simply based on a referral by a neighbor, a friend, or someone in your Church or your favorite club. People are quick to give their brother’s name to someone else (or their best friend’s name), but that can be as bad as it could be good. Read “Real Estate Referrals: Blessing or Curse?”

I would encourage you to do your research before you decide on a buyer’s agent. Do your due diligence on me. I welcome it. Read more of my real estate blog articles (there are over 2,000), read some of my real estate books, watch my Sequim real estate videos for buyers, take a look at the real estate training site linked to the image above, use one of my three Sequim MLS sites, and interview me yourself. Whomever you hire as your buyer’s agent, make sure for your own sake that you hire a genuine real estate expert.

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This Sequim Real Estate Blog is by far the largest local real estate blog in Sequim and possibly the largest on the Olympic Peninsula with over 2,000 articles written for buyers. At the end of each year, I like to share some of our most popular articles for the calendar year.

Sequim Real Estate

Sequim Real Estate Articles

It’s no surprise that our most popular article is itself packed full of powerful resources for buyers and has been read over 1,300 times during 2016 by almost 300,000 visitors to this Sequim Real Estate Blog. [Total hits on our blog were over 3.8 million.]

#1 Sequim Real Estate: 10 Powerful Buyer Resources

#2 Your Closing Date May Be a Moving Target (a surprisingly popular article)

#3 Sequim Real Estate and Private Well Issues

#4 The Double Contingency

#5 Blizzards, Tornadoes, and Floods (But Not in Sequim)

#6 How Long Does It Take To Sell A Home in Sequim?

I certainly hope you enjoys these articles, but don’t stop with these six. You can search any subject on Sequim real estate, and you’re likely to find an article that answers your specific question. You see, I’ve been answering the questions that people moving to Sequim have been asking for two decades.

BONUS: There are two other articles that have been unusually popular, even though they are older articles. The first has 15 comments, and some of them are quite angry. Their comments only affirm the gist of the article. The article is entitled Who Should I Hire First–Architect or Builder? The other article is also garnering a lot of interest around the State of Washington (16 comments), and it is about how loans are being turned down because of a ridiculous government regulation. The article is entitled Private Road Maintenance Agreements.

architects and private road maintenance

3 Ways to Search Sequim Real Estate

You can search in 3 ways. First, you can simply type in a word or phrase in our powerful search box, and all articles on that subject with appear. You’ll find our search box on the home page in the right margin, and it looks like this. You can click on this image, and it will take you to the search page.

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Second, you can use our incredible drop down menu on the home page, and you’ll see all the major categories people like to search. When you pull up a category, it gives you all the articles on that subject. In some cases, that will mean over a dozen articles on a single question you want to get answered. Just hover your mouse over the links at the top of the home page, like “Buyers”, “Sellers”, “Sequim”, “Real Estate Books”, “Buyer’s Guide”, and “Seller’s Guide”.

Third, you can find many of these articles and many of our other online resources for buyers with a simple Google search. We have optimized more articles, photos, and videos for the search engines than any other single brokerage in our market. But the most direct path to getting your answers is to use our search box above. 

Of course, we also have the most accurate, most powerful, and easiest Sequim MLS site to navigate at Sequim Real Estate MLS.

Wishing all our readers and future clients a very Happy New Year and a prosperous 2017. Now you know the most effect way to search for your Sequim real estate.

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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

From Los Angeles

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

From Seattle

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

From Florida

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

From Gilroy California

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

From Corona California

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

From Bakersfield California

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

From Los Alamos New Mexico

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

From Sun Lakes Arizona

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

From California

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

From Sequim

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

From The Netherlands

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

From Fremont California

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

From Fontana California

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

From Tacoma

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

From Wendell Idaho

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

From Sequim

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

From Seattle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From Sequim to California

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

Who is Chuck Marunde?

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