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How to Choose a Real Estate Broker

Choosing a Sequim real estate broker is harder than most people realize. Choosing a real estate broker requires some research skills, a certain level of discernment, and this is true whether you’re a buyer or a seller. Here’s a fun video that I think you’ll enjoy. I just updated it, because I realized you needed to see more proof or more evidence that we are who we say we are. It highlights a few of the best things iRealty Virtual Brokers does for buyers and sellers, but you might be surprised at how much we do for our clients. We do many things no other Sequim brokers do at all, and we have been setting the pace for a decade now with many firsts in our market.

Real Estate Broker Video

But watch the video for yourself, and if you want a free copy of our latest eBook entitled The Seven Myths of Selling Your Home, just email me (chuckmarunde@gmail.com) and tell me which eBook version you want (iBooks, Kindle, Kobe, Nook), and be sure to use “eBook Request” in the subject of your email. You must be a Sequim resident to qualify for the free ebook. Be sure to include your Sequim address in your email for proof.

To get the most out of this video, you should enlarge it to fill your screen.

Included in this eBook is our 26-point checklist for choosing a real estate broker. This is a full book with the paperback version over 270 pages. This eBook version includes more material than the paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon.

Find Your Real Estate Broker

There are plenty of real estate brokers in the field, but how will you filter them? One real estate broker is not necessarily like another real estate broker. After you’ve done your due diligence, I hope you’ll choose iRealty as your Sequim real estate broker.

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  • Who is Daniel Binswanger?

    Daniel Binswanger is a real estate broker with iRealty Virtual Brokers, but since I work with him nearly every day, I thought I would share my answer to the question, “Who is Daniel Binswanger?”

    Daniel Binswanger

    I’ve known Daniel Binswanger for many years since he and his family moved to Sequim, and one of the very first things he and I had in common was his positive outlook on life, his faith, and his personal honesty and integrity. For me integrity is everything, and we’re living in a world where integrity is not exactly a priority in politics and business 

    Daniel has integrity, and that’s why he is working with my brokerage.

    But there’s more to the story. I have worked with many agents over the years, and I’ve had other agents working for me, and I thought at one point that I would just prefer working alone. I’m not much for babysitting agents who need constant attention, and from a brokerage perspective, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to have an agent taking up real estate space in an office if they can’t generate business and close transactions while building positive long-term relationships with clients.

    Daniel Binswanger a True Professional

    Daniel Binswanger does all of these things exceedingly well. I’ve not seen many agents who could build such a positive and transparent relationship with clients so quickly as Daniel can. He has a gift for connecting with people. But there is much more to Daniel that I appreciate. 

    I am impressed with someone who has been successful in business, and Daniel Binswanger was very successful with his huge California business. He’s accomplished what few men have accomplished in a lifetime, so that kind of business savvy impresses me, especially because he operates with integrity and is very generous with everyone.

    Daniel has an incredible wife and his children are incredible, too. That doesn’t happen by happenstance. He is loved by a lot of people, and he has a lot of people who count Daniel as a “best friend.” That doesn’t happen out of luck either.

    Daniel Binswanger in Real Estate

    I enjoy working with Daniel on real estate listings, because we work so well together. I have some skills I bring to the table (ex-lawyer, Realtor for decades, author and Internet geek), and he has skills he brings to the table (marketing and sales, business development, and people skills), and between us, I honestly believe with great conviction that no team can do a better job selling a home. We have all the professional digital SLR equipment, a 9-lens three dimensional virtual tour camera with online interactive functionality (the only one here), an aerial video drone (and we have the only FAA registered drone pilot among Realtors here), and we have the largest online marketing system with staff pros who know how to reach buyers. Frankly, between us, we also have more real estate knowledge and experience.

    Daniel Binswanger is a critical member of this team, and I’m very glad he is on board. You can email him at Daniel Binswanger. [danieljbinswanger@gmail.com]

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  • If the stock market collapse is imminent, or at least on the near horizon, now is the time to take money off that table and put it into your retirement home sooner rather than later. Why would I suggest this? I’ll tell you exactly why.

    Stock Market Collapse

    Stock Market Collapse v. Real Estate

    If you listen to the talking heads and your financial adviser handling your retirement account, you are undoubtedly being told not to panic in the midst of these huge declines in the stock market and your retirement fund. In fact, many of them are saying this is a buying opportunity. One of their favorites is this one, “remember, you’re investing for the long term, so now is not the time to sell.” What they cannot tell you with any certainty is whether you are about to suffer a stock market collapse.

    Every time there is a major market crash, they say you should stay in the market, and they also like to say you should actually put more money in the market. Many retirees have sat on their hands while they lost 30% to 70% of their life’s savings. I’m not making this up. This is what many of my clients from California have told me in past years after a stock market collapse. Imagine your retirement account losing $400,000 in value in a matter of weeks because of a stock market collapse. You could have bought a retirement home with cash in Sequim, Washington.

    I’ve been a lawyer (retired), registered financial adviser (no longer), and own my own virtual real state brokerage now, and it is my opinion that your money is safer in a solid real estate purchase than it is in this stock market. I could be wrong, but there are too many signs we are in a stock market bubble that is about to burst. I’m not giving you financial advise here. Talk to your financial adviser, but we know what he will say. Remember, it is so darn easy for your financial adviser to gamble with . . . your money, but how do you feel about gambling with your life savings?

    Stock Market Collapse Coming

    I could be wrong, but if there is a stock market collapse on the near horizon, how will that impact you? Will you wish you had sold a part of your retirement holdings and put them in a retirement home? I’m 63 years old, and I’ve seen a few market cycles, including real estate and stock market collapse scenarios. I’m just trying to give you another perspective, which you won’t get from your financial advisers. 

    Yes, I’d love to sell you a home in Sequim as your buyer’s agent, but this article is not exactly going to make me rich doing that. You do what is in your best interests, but just remember, no one is going to stay awake at night worrying about your retirement account–certainly not your financial adviser who makes money as long as you keep your funds in the market. Except you. You are the only one who will worry about your retirement account, and you owe it to yourself to do your own research to figure out how to protect your financial future as you get older. You and I are too old to start all over, right? Especially if there is a stock market collapse.

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    Can I Find an Honest Real Estate Agent Please?

    Yes, you can find an honest real estate agent. There are many wonderful and honest real estate agents out there. You just need to find one. It’s your job to discern the difference between agents, and that is not an easy task. But let’s focus on honesty and integrity. You undoubtedly want an honest real estate agent. Seriously, who would want a dishonest agent?

    Find an Honest Real Estate Agent

    Even if you hire an honest real estate agent, does he (or she) conduct himself with absolute integrity placing your best interests at the center of all his motivations? Now that’s a more difficult question to answer, but we tackle many difficult issues on this blog. This blog may be the most consumer oriented real estate blog in the Northwest. Where else have you seen such difficult issues addressed so transparently?

    Honest Real Estate Agent

    Let’s take on just one issue today that I seriously doubt the vast majority of the public has ever thought about. When an agent tells you how many homes she (or he) has sold to gain credibility with you, does it ever occur to you that she may not have personally sold all those homes? For example, if she listed 10 homes and she claims she sold all 10, did she? Here’s how the game is played. If she listed 10 homes, sold two herself and the other eight were sold by other agents, wouldn’t it be more accurate to say that she listed 10 homes, sold two herself, and the other eight were sold by other agents? Of course that would be the precise truth, but the real estate industry and the code of ethics does not prohibit an agent from saying they sold homes they listed and were actually sold by other agents who represented the buyers. Think about this. An agent could list a property, throw it in the MLS and do nothing, and later when another agent finds a qualified buyer and sells that property, the listing agent claims she (or he) sold that property. Of course the buyer’s agent is the one who actually sold the property, but now we have two real estate agents both claiming they sold the same house. And we have the brokerages (listing and selling) also taking credit for the same sale. I can just see my late mother leaning her chin in the palm of her hand with her elbow resting on the table, shaking her hide slightly and saying with a sigh, “Oh my.”

    Honest Real Estate Agent

    Does any of this bother you? Are you a person who conducts your affairs with honesty and integrity? Don’t you expect everyone you deal with to conduct themselves with the same commitment to absolute honesty? I am passionate about the truth, and so anything that leads consumers to believe something that is not true, especially if it is motivated by greed or money, is bothersome. I hope you feel the same way, and if you do, do your due diligence when you are searching for an honest real estate agent. I recommend this Real Estate Agent Checklist.

    One of the most important qualities in your agent is not whether he sells a lot of houses. That may be the least of the important skills in your agent. Since I am one of the top selling agents in my market and number one in volume of single family homes for all of last year, I have some credibility in saying volume in not the most important statistic. You certainly don’t have to hire me, because as I said above, there are many good and honest real estate agents. Your assignment is to discern the difference between agents and hire the honest real estate agent you like.

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    Who is Chuck Marunde?

    Who is Chuck Marunde? This question has never been asked before on this blog, so after seven years, perhaps it’s time to ask and answer the question, “Who is Chuck Marunde?” After all, several million people have been reading the articles on this blog from all over the country. Here is the answer is one sentence. Chuck Marunde is a Virtual Real Estate Broker in Sequim, Washington, with over three decades in real estate, 20 years as a real estate lawyer, an author of half a dozen books, author of thousands of magazine and Internet articles, adviser to Realtors around the country, and national expert on real estate transactions. 

    Who is Chuck Marunde

    You can read more about Chuck’s professional credentials and experience at Who is Chuck Marunde?, but that doesn’t tell you who Chuck is personally, which we will share here.

    Who is Chuck Marunde Personally

    Who is Chuck Marunde on a personal level? Why is this relevant? Because when you hire a buyer’s agent or a listing agent, it isn’t just important that he or she be competent, professional, and experienced. Something else is important, too. Honesty, integrity, and character matter.  So let’s take a peek behind the curtain.

    Chuck grew up in Alaska in a 900 square foot cabin with his parents, two sisters and two brothers. Their cabin was heated with a 55-gallon barrel welded into a wood stove. A single kerosene lantern hanging from a 16-penny nail lit the entire cabin. The outhouse was a lonely walk in the middle of a dark cold winter night. Their little cabin burned 10 cords of firewood every winter. (more…)

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    Buyers often ask me how to work with a Realtor, or what is expected of them as they contact a Realtor and gather information. What if you call the listing agent and ask questions about the property? Are you obligated to work with that agent? What if the listing agent shows you a property? Are you then obligated to work only with that agent? Have you unofficially retained that Realtor to the exclusion of all others?

    Realtor

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    Working With a Realtor

    If you have not signed a “Buyer’s Agency Agreement” with a Realtor, you have no contract and you have not hired that agent. I do not recommend signing such a written agreement. They tend to trap buyers into a relationship they later wish they could get out of. The National Association of Exclusive Buyer’s Agents believes that all buyer’s agents should insist that their clients sign such an agreement. If your buyer’s agent is so good, why would he or she demand you sign a written agreement?

    Hiring a Realtor

    I believe that buyers should have the freedom to chose any Realtor they feel is best qualified and trustworthy. But the interview process should not be one phone call or even a short five minute discussion. As a buyer, you need to continue the qualification process until you have your Realtor draft an offer on a home. Then you’ve hired him or her, but until that point, you are still interviewing based on what you learn about your Realtor, the extent to which he or she reveals his or her real estate knowledge and experience, and your confidence level as you learn more about this person. (more…)

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  • Your Real Estate Agent: Quantity or Quality?

    Advertising drives almost everything today, even which real estate agent some buyers and sellers hire. How do you choose your real estate agent? I received a call from a homeowner who wanted to sell her home, and she was clearly impressed with which agent has the most listings or who sells the most homes. Little did she know the danger of her approach. You might be thinking that I must not be a top producer if I’m critical of consumers’ choices based on quantity and not quality. You would be wrong. I am the number one individual selling agent of single family homes for all of 2013 in Clallam County, which includes Sequim and Port Angeles. And are you ready for this? I’m telling you that your choice should not be based on impressive stats that focus on quantity and not quality. Here’s why.

    Real Estate Agent

    The Quantitative Real Estate Agent

    Mass advertising focuses on getting consumers to buy the product or service, and far too often it’s not about the quality of the product or service. It’s all about selling quantity and making money. There’s nothing wrong with hiring a real estate agent who is a top producer and sells a lot of homes. I do, and I would hope you would consider hiring me, but if quantity is the sole basis for your decision, you would be making a grave mistake.

    Do you really think the real estate agent who advertises the most is the most qualified? The most knowledgeable? The most competent and professional? Or do you think he is the most honest? He or she might be, or not, but these qualities have nothing whatsoever to do with mass quantity. In fact, at some point quantity always compromises quality.

    The Qualitative Real Estate Agent

    Have you ever heard the statement, “Things are not always as they seem?” I’m sure you have. Advertising and name recognition alone are not, and should never be, the ultimate determinant of who you select as your real estate agent. They certainly can be the way a name comes to your attention, but that should be the beginning, not the end, of your research. Take it from me, the top selling agent for 2013, quantity alone should not be the basis of your decision to hire a real estate agent. For your consideration here is an interview checklist for your prospective real estate agent.

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    Buyer Beware of False Advertising

    Is false advertising dead? There’s a latin saying, “Caveat Emptor,” which means “Buyer Beware.” For all of human history that rule has applied, and it applies today. If you are shopping for almost anything, you’ve got to be on guard for false advertising. If you are shopping for a home, you also have a lot of discerning to do. I was reminded of false advertising when I received a flyer boasting that 90% plus use their phone books. If they are talking about hard copy paper phone books, that was probably true 30 years ago, maybe 15 years ago, but all you have to do is a brief Google search on the subject of phone books, and you’ll see study after study indicating how few people use phone books today, and many states are allowing people to opt out so they don’t receive thick phone books that go directly into the garbage can.

    False Advertising

    Beware of False Advertising

    “Nearly 70% of adults in the U.S. ‘rarely or never’ use the phone book, according to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive. Instead, most of them (60%) use the Internet to find contact information, a number that’s certain to continue to rise, especially as smart phone adoption and location-based services both grow.” [Source:  Study Confirms Death of Phone Book]

    “A new study found the majority of American adults don’t use the phone book, don’t recycle it, don’t want it automatically delivered, and prefer to go online to find contact information.” [Source: Ending a 132 Year Tradition]

    False Advertising Has Not Disappeared

    Buyers of homes today are also not using phones books to find their real estate agent. Buyers are hardly using newspapers to search for homes. Over 90% of home buyers are starting their search on the Internet, and that comes from the National Association of Realtors. Print advertising has suffered terribly as the Internet has become a convenient and free source of information for consumers.  Consumers are using the Internet today to research almost everything. This is also how they are searching for homes and for their next real estate agent.

    The pledge of this real estate broker is absolute honesty with all clients. Period. That honesty includes all communications and information, and all the advice given to clients. It is an absolute promise–honesty in everything. This means clients will never see any false advertising from this firm. By the way, I don’t advertise in the white or yellow pages of the phone book. That’s probably no surprise since it is so ineffective in my business.

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    Real Estate Agents Must Change

    Real estate agents must change the way they do business and the way they work with clients, or they will be left behind. Marketing and consumer preferences have been dramatically changing during this Internet revolution, and like it or not, real estate agents cannot continue to do business as usual. 

    Key for Real Estate Agents

    In 2010 I wrote a book to help real estate agents around the country make the transition from the traditional brokerage model to this new world. The title of the book is The New World of Marketing for Real Estate Agents. Here are some quotes from that book:

    Real Estate Agents“Buyers’ are changing the way they hire real estate agents and search for their homes. The free flow of information facilitated by the Internet, inexpensive computers and mobile devices, and consumers’ desires for information coupled with their intense dislike of cheap sales gimmicks and misrepresentations, has launched consumer awareness further and faster in this decade than in the previous 100 years.”

    “Today consumers can learn in minutes on the Internet more about a product or service than they could in ten years of research before the Internet. More than that, they can learn directly from the merchant’s previous customers, no matter where they are on the planet. Technology has done something never before possible in history.”

    “Technology has made time and distance irrelevant. The distance between two people on the earth and different time zones are no longer barriers to communicating. The Internet has become the most powerful means of communication ever known to man. Nothing trumps a face-to-face in sales, but the Internet as a platform for communicating is unparalleled. With permission marketing and videos, anyone with a sales pitch can reach a target audience with greater efficiency than any previous lead generation and advertising mediums, and by an order of magnitude. This has presented consumers and buyers of homes and land with an unprecedented ability to educate themselves about any real estate market, the community, the job market, recreational opportunities, and lifestyle. They can also do something now they could not do before. They can do their own due diligence on their real estate agent. Egad Batman! Real estate agents will be laid out on a table for all to examine, and all their weaknesses and strengths will be revealed to the whole world. Who benefits? Consumers benefit. And agents who are early adopters benefit.”

    Real Estate Agents Changing?

    While this book was written to help real estate agents more effectively market their homes and connect with buyers today, you may find it useful when it comes to buying and selling your own home. You’ll find it on Amazon.com at The New World of Marketing for Real Estate Agents. The entire approach to marketing a home and reaching qualified buyers has definitely changed.

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  • What is the Biggest Mistake in Real Estate?

    What is the biggest mistake in real estate?  What mistake do buyers and sellers make that is so big and is repeated regularly and has been for decades?  If I just told you without setting the stage, it might not mean much.  You might not even believe me.  You might think it is just hype, or cheap sales talk.  But it’s not.  I stretch myself every single day to help buyers and sellers avoid mistakes in real estate and to make wise decisions for their own futures.  So what one mistake is at the root of many mistakes? 

    Biggest Mistake in Real Estate – Teacups Included

    Biggest Mistake in Real Estate

    Last night my 17 year old daughter had a friend over.  While they watched a movie, texted on their cell phones, and watched a Youtube video on her Macbook Pro all at the same time, they also sipped on tea. Here’s where it got interesting.  They set their tea cups full of hot tea next to the laptop, one cup on either side.  I paid $1,400 for that laptop, and you can imagine my nervous glances at those two tea cups.  My mind created a short Youtube video of its own.  In it the girls were laughing real hard and one of them inadvertently overturned one of the tea cups, and hot tea covered the keyboard, smoke rose instantly from the keyboard and a few sparks crackled and popped before the laptop went dark.  Somehow that mental video was set to replay.  Being a responsible father, I suggested they move their tea cups away from the keyboard. As if on queue, they both moved their cups two inches.  My inner self was not comforted.  (Hold on, this is related to my point about the biggest mistake in real estate.)  (more…)

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    Sequim Realtor Sells Home in One Day

    I couldn’t resist this title, Sequim Realtor Sells Home in One Day.  A client called me and told me she had decided to put her home on the market.  That was about 9:00 in the morning.  I told her that I was headed out the door to show homes to a couple from out of town, but we would make a plan later that day.  Late in the afternoon after showing my buyers several homes, I decided they needed to see this home.  They loved it. This Sequim Realtor listed the home that day, and my buyers made a full price offer the next morning.

    Sequim Realtors Lists This Gorgeous Home

    Sequim Realtor

    Sequim Real Estate Agents

    Sequim Realtor Sells Home The Next Day

    Built in 1995, this home is immaculate inside and out. With 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and 2,422 square feet, this home is what so many retirees want. Beautifully landscaped on 1.38 acres with a mountain view and in a quiet peaceful area, this home is just beautiful.  You can see more photos and learn more about this home while it is pending at Sequim Homes for Sale.

    Sequim Realtor Comments

    The real story here for buyers is that the market has picked up substantially, and the best homes in the best areas listed at the best prices are selling just like a normal real estate market. 

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  • One Sequim Realtor is giving clients an ear full, and clients seem to be having a good time.  The good time is fostered by a delicious latte at Starbucks in Sequim, and the ear full is the kind of information buyers want to hear about the Sequim real estate market, current prices, the unique issues of a bifurcated market and how that effects the inventory, and answers to all their other questions.

    Sequim Realtor Gives Clients an Ear Full

    Sequim Realtor

    Sequim Realtor Loves Starbucks

    As a Sequim Realtor, I love a good cup of gourmet coffee.  But I also love doing what I’ve been doing for years–sharing honest information with buyers about the Sequim real estate market and the Port Angeles real estate market.  I enjoy answering questions like:  (more…)

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  • How to Find a Good Real Estate Agent

    How do you find a good real estate agent? You would not think this is such a difficult question, yet many buyers and sellers continue to tell me they hired the wrong agent. Without asking, I’ve been hearing stories for years.  Since this is obviously such an important issue for so many buyers and sellers, I want to share one key task that all of the buyers and sellers with bad experiences tell me they did not do before they hired their agent.  What do you think that one thing is?  Like these for-sale-by-owner signs which make it obvious why they are selling, the key to finding a good real estate agent is also obvious . . . if you know where to look.

    Find a Good Real Estate Agent

    Finding a Good Real Estate Agent

    One very important key is simply looking at real estate agents’ online profiles.  What do they say about themselves on their own resumes or their own online profiles?  Here are real quotes taken from agents’ own resumes from around the United States.  Tell the truth, would you define these agents as good real estate agents based on these profiles?  If you had read these profiles first, would you hire these agents to handle the most important asset of your life–your home? [All typos were in the original quotes, and these agents had no additional real estate experience of any kind listed.]

    • I was with In-n-Out Burger for about thirteen years. I was a regular associate, then went into management, then worked as a Divisional Trainer for them, and then back into management.
    • I have spent the majority of the last 18 years volunteering as a pianist at church and other family or friend functions related to it. [Many experiences like this are honorable, but have no bearing on real estate knowledge or experience.]
    • I get the pleasure of grabbing my fishing pole, walking a few steps to my dock and catch (and release) 5 lb trout, that is living.
    • My whole career has been in retail or waiting tables so going into real estate was a natural transition for me.
    • Being in the marching band really taught me the importance of being a member of a team.
    • I spent 17 years in the sand and gravel business before deciding to move on to real estate.   (more…)

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  • Realtor Reputations

    Realtor ReputationsRealtor reputations have not fared especially well over the past decade, but neither have the reputations of lawyers, used car salesmen, and politicians.  Yesterday on the news the results of a poll by Public Policy Polling was revealed.  “We’ve seen poll after poll after poll over the last year talking about how unpopular Congress is but really, what’s the difference between an 11% or a 9% or a 7% favorability rating? So we decided to take a different approach and test Congress’ popularity against 26 different things.” What they found is that Congress is less popular than root canals, head lice, cockroaches, colonoscopies, Brussel Sprouts, and France.  [See the full poll results at The Reputation of Congress.]  What an interesting approach to polling!

    Realtor Reputations

    Realtor reputations have taken a beating too.  If you poison a pond, it will typically be a long time before anyone wants to swim in it again, and if a consumer has a bad experience with a Realtor, they will be hesitant to engage a Realtor again.  I know this because I’ve talked to many clients over the years who have had very bad experiences, and I have to spend quite a bit of time trying to overcome the damage that was done.

    Trust is so important in a relationship between a home seller and their Realtor or a buyer and their Realtor.  Honesty and integrity are often assumed, but we can acknowledge that these values are not universal in the human race.  If they were, we would have world peace, and there would be no need of harsh laws to protect victims from bad behavior. (more…)

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  • Chuck Marunde Realtor Reviews

    Realtor Reviews are important, and these three are the tip of the iceberg for one Sequim Realtor.  “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.”  Cathie and Wally [See Realtor Reviews on Sequim Real Estate]

    Realtor Reviews from California

    Realtor Reviews come from some interesting people.  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 here 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 is.” Andy Romano [See Realtor Reviews on West Coast Real Estate]

    Realtor Reviews from Sequim

    Realtor Reviews“Chuck helped us 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.  [See Realtor Reviews on Sequim Real Estate Website]

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    What If I Have a Dysfunctional Realtor?

    What if I have a dysfunctional Realtor?  This may sound like a silly question, and it does have a certain ring of humor to it, but there’s much more to this question than meets the mind at first thought.  Much has been written about dysfunctional families, and in a moment I’ll show you the relevance to the subject of real estate.

    “A dysfunctional family does function; it just does not function very well. Many comedies have been written about such families like the Chevy Chase vacation movies. For example, to take a trip a functional family will get in the car and simply drive from point A to point B. With a dysfunctional family, the people get into arguments, get distracted, the car breaks down because it wasn’t repaired, they take a wrong turn, and so on.”  Rick Doble

    Dysfunctional Realtor

    A Dysfunctional Realtor in My Transaction?

    A real estate transaction involves many parties.  Most people think of the obvious parties–the buyer and seller.  In addition to the buyer and seller, there’s a buyer’s agent (and his broker), a listing agent (and her broker), a loan officer, an underwriter, a title officer, an escrow officer, an appraiser (and an appraisal management company who appoints the appraiser), a home inspector, and sometimes a contractor or other professionals brought into the transaction.  We all understand that professional incompetence on the part of any of these parties could hinder or kill a transaction.

    Something very few buyers or sellers consider, however, is how a dysfunctional party to their transaction can hinder or kill a transaction because personal issues get in the way.  I cannot tell you how many times I have seen dysfunctional Realtor behavior hinder a negotiation on the price or the terms of a transaction.  (more…)

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  • Sequim Real Estate Brokers

    Sequim real estate brokers come in all shapes and sizes, and a buyer  can find a buyer’s agent and a seller can find a listing agent among the Sequim real estate brokers to suit one’s fancy.  But is finding an agent as simple as just calling off a sign or picking up the phone and calling any “Tom, Dick, or Jane?”  Does it really matter who you hire among the Sequim real estate brokers?

    Sequim Real Estate Brokers

    Sequim Real Estate Brokers
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    Sequim Real Estate Brokers

    It does make a difference who you hire.  What if you hired an agent to represent you as your Sequim Buyer’s Agent, and he or she didn’t know how to negotiate against a more experienced agent, and you found out after closing that you paid $100,000 too much for your home?  What if your agent didn’t draft clear language in an addendum, and you lost your opportunity to buy your dream home?  What if you are a seller, and your listing agent doesn’t have a large Internet marketing system to reach 95% of the buyers who start their home search on the Internet?  You’re home might not sell for 2 or 3 years, and then at a much lower price.

    Granted, I’m really into the real estate business 24/7, and I live and breath marketing real estate, connecting with buyers, and analyzing what works and what no longer works as well.  So I get all these issues, but buyers and sellers are not necessarily living and breathing the business like me.  So what can a buyer or seller do to know what to look for in their buyer’s agent or listing agent?

    It’s not nearly as difficult as one might think.  The time it takes and the effort is not easy, but the process isn’t difficult once you know it.  Here are my tips to finding the right agent and knowing whether you have found the right agent to truly help you achieve your goal and do it professionally and in your best interests.  You want an agent who is experienced, knowledgeable, professional, and who is honest and has integrity.  You also want someone who is absolutely loyal to you and to you alone without any conflict of interest.

    Sequim Real Estate Brokers – How to Find a Good One

    Today buyers are primarily using the Internet to search for and find their Sequim homes, and this is how you should search for your agent among Sequim real estate brokers.  If buyers are searching the Internet, this is where sellers’ homes need to show up, and not just in the MLS.  Listing a home in the MLS is important, but don’t believe for a second that if a home is in the MLS it is all over the Internet.  That’s far from true.  There is much more to marketing on the Internet to connect with buyers.

    Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate is a premier brokerage among Sequim real estate brokers because of the extensive information we have put on the Internet for buyers.  The questions I recommend you research in Google with various search phrases would include these:

    1. Among Sequim real estate brokers, which ones have a large Internet presence?
    2. Which agents have reached out to buyers on the Internet?
    3. What tools have they made available at no cost to buyers?
    4. Do they have high search engine ranking, and how many sites do they have on the Internet?
    5. Do their sites include honest and useful content for buyers?
    6. Do they use powerful permission advertising techniques?
    7. Do they understand and use SEO (search engine optimization) effectively?
    8. If I search hundreds of Sequim real estate terms and phrases, do they have sites that keep coming up on the first page of the search results?
    9. Do they use organic SEO techniques rather than paid advertising on the Internet?
    10. Are their sites easy to navigate intuitively?
    11. How many times do their sites come up if I search their names in Google?
    12. What are their credentials and experience?  Do they come off as professional and trustworthy on their sites?

    If you don’t know how to search Google for the answers to these questions, you can email me or call me for help.  You can view my resume on this blog with a tab at the top or you can view Chuck Marunde’s Linkedin Profile. (Linkedin requires that you register with them free to view full profiles.)

    Who you hire to represent you to buy your home or sell your home is a major decision.   This is your money, and it is a lot of money.  Spend some time doing your research.  After two or three hours of online research, you will know which agents are qualified, and which ones are not.  This is how I would search for an agent among the Sequim real estate brokers.

     

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  • They Come in All Shapes and Sizes

    You might think I’m referring to houses when I title this article They Come in All Shapes and Sizes.  Of course, houses do come in all shapes and sizes, and I have always loved looking at homes.  You never know what you’ll find until you get inside.  Sequim certainly has an incredible variety of architectural plans.  Some retirees arrive in Sequim with a home design already in hand after years of planning.  Others hire a local architect, and still others hire a builder who has home designs they can choose from and customize.

    Wolf SpiderBut in this article when I write, “They Come in All Shapes and Sizes,” I’m thinking about unusual homeowners who have listed their homes and who are often present when I show their homes to my buyer clients.  Recently I showed a home to a couple from out-of-state. The owners required an appointment and they preferred to be present during the showing.  I didn’t mind at all, and neither did my clients.  It turned out to be pretty entertaining.

    The owner invited us in the side door and through a messy laundry and utility room into an odd shaped room with weird things in it.  From there we entered the kitchen.  The man gave us the grand tour.  They had remodeled the home in many places, and I felt like we were walking through a labyrinthian maze.  But here’s what really struck me and my clients as funny.  During the tour, the woman told us, “When we first saw this home, it was a disaster.  It was dirty and full of spider webs and spiders, but we just fell in love with it.”

    It just so happens I hate spiders.  So do my clients.  We later laughed in disbelief when we reflected on what she had said.  Our rhetorical question was, “How could anyone immediately fall in love with a house that was full of spiders?”  I guess she had no idea what a turn off that was for my clients.

    I showed a builder’s spec home a while back, and it was listed as vacant.  I had a lockbox key, so when I arrived with my clients, I opened the lockbox and started to open the door.  I had looked inside the home earlier, and I knew there was no furniture in it.  It was just built and put on the market.  As I swung the door open with my clients close behind me, I suddenly stood facing a young woman wrapped in nothing but a towel.  Surprise!  Surprise!  Apparently, she was the builder’s niece and temporarily sleeping in one of the bedrooms.

    This week I’m showing more houses.  Can’t wait.  You never know what will happen.  By the way, I do ring the door bells incessantly now, even for vacant listings.

     

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    This Sequim Realtor is showing houses from Port Angeles to Sequim to Port Townsend to Port Ludlow.  That doesn’t mean I’m writing up offers every day, but it does mean that buyers are looking at homes and are ready, able, and willing to buy now . . .  if they can find the ideal home and property.

    Here’s an interesting development for Sequim Realtors and Realtors around the country now that gas prices have skyrocketed.  It’s a lot more expensive to drive clients around to view homes than it used to be.  I could not resist taking this photo of this gas hog when I was filling my own gas tank with liquid money. 

    Sequim Realtor Parked

    Sequim Realtor

    Sequim Realtor Hangs Out at Gas Stations

    Of course, sitting behind the wheel of this 7-gallon-per-mile rig was a petite blond woman.  How does that happen?  I see little blonds driving these monster trucks all the time.  Amazing.  How do they even get in and out of these trucks?  I noticed she was parked about 40 feet from the gas pumps at the Sequim Safeway gas station, and she was texting on her cell phone.  I’m speculating, but perhaps she was texting with her bank about getting a short term loan to fill up her truck’s gas tank.  Or maybe she was texting her boyfriend, asking him to bring cash or gold bullion to fill the tank again.  As I drove past her, I paused to chat through the window (as I cocked my head to look upward), and I asked her if she needed directions to the next gas station.  I told her I had a map with all the local gas stations highlighted.  She gave me a funny look.  Either she didn’t comprehend my dry wit, or she didn’t think it was funny.  As I pulled away, I did see in my rear view mirror the big “For Sale” on the back window.  (Yea, if she paid me to take it, I might agree.)

    Sequim Realtor a Chauffeur

    Sequim RealtorsDriving clients around to view homes for a Sequim Realtor now requires a line of credit from a bank or a Chevron gas card.  Look, you have to find some humor in these challenging times, or you’ll go crazy.  I suppose there is more than one Sequim Realtor wishing he or she didn’t drive a Humvee or Ford Expedition.  I drive a 4-door Crown Vic, and not only is it comfortable for my clients, I don’t have to have a line of credit to keep the gas tank full.  But this Sequim Realtor does consider it a pleasure to drive clients around to view homes even if a gallon of gas is the equivalent of a hamburger and fries.

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  • Real estate agents are leaving the business, and while that’s not front page news anymore considering the last five years, it is relevant to both buyers and sellers.  In 2008 Sequim had 258 real estate agents, and now (April of 2012) we have only 107 real estate agents.  Let’s do the math.  That means we only have 41% of the agents we had, which is nearly a 60% loss of agents.  Here’s a coincidence for you.  While I was finishing typing that last sentence I got a call from a homeowner whose home I showed a month ago.  He called to tell me that his listing agent left just the brokerage.  Amazing.  He also told me that his listing has been terminated, and he wants to relist his home with another company at a $50,000 price reduction.  He’s not my client, so I did not feel comfortable telling him over the phone that his home was overpriced by $100,000, not $50,000.  I did share that with his listing agent when I showed the home, but either his listing agent did not communicate that to him, or he simply did not believe it.  This is a perfect example of why a homeowner’s home has not sold and why his own agent is starving.  She can’t earn a commission trying to sell an overpriced home in a recession.  No wonder so many real estate agents are leaving the business!

    Real Estate Agents Closing Doors

    Real Estate Agents

    These real estate agents did close their doors.  This was one of the largest real estate offices in Clallam County, and the owners were evicted from the building.  They didn’t have enough business, and their traditional bricks-and-mortar business model could not survive this recession.  That’s certainly unfortunate for them.  For consumers, buyers and sellers, there is a bigger picture of change occurring.  It is slowly transforming into something much more consumer friendly, efficient, and much more oriented to addressing the best interests of the consumer in an honest way.  Consider how incredibly easy it is for you as a buyer to search all the homes in the MLS online 24/7 from the comfort of your own home without talking to any high pressure salesmen, or how easy it is to do your due diligence online to find a competent and professional and trustworthy buyer’s agent.  You can now do tremendous research online at absolutely no cost about a home, it’s history, the previous prices paid for the home, the tax assessment, and much more.  All of this substantially reduces the need to consumers of a large bricks-and-mortar building full of sales people.

    Real Estate Agents Go Virtual

    If you consider this real estate blog alone has over 1,100 articles about Sequim real estate, an MLS search buyers can use 24/7, and dozens of powerful online tools for them to research and do their due diligence on Sequim homes before they ever arrive in Sequim, and that they can do all of these things without being forced to register, you can see why I could say just based on this that I have the largest virtual real estate office in the county and maybe the state.  During the calendar year of 2011 over 315,000 prospective buyers used this real estate blog to search for and find their retirement home in Sequim.  My articles were read over 1.6 million times.  In light of how buyers love to use the Internet and free powerful tools to help them, it’s not hard to understand why so many of the big offices are closing their doors.  Not only is their overhead ridiculously high, but their business model and sales approach no longer caters to buyers’ real needs.

    Real Estate Agents Not So Physical

    I do have a physical office, but clients don’t care about a physical office any more.  Why should they?  Sellers want me to come to their homes, and buyers are interested in driving around and looking at homes, not sitting in an office.  In fact, my clients seem to prefer meeting at Starbucks and enjoying a cup of coffee as we prepare to look at homes on their filtered list.  This is why I’ve spent so much time and money building so many powerful tools on the Internet for buyers.  Not all real estate agents get it, but buyers get it and they love it.

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    From Los Angeles

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

    From Seattle

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

    From Florida

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

    From Gilroy California

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

    From Corona California

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

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

    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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