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Why Are People Leaving California?

Why Are People Leaving California? I think people have been asking this question for several years as the mass exodus of the middle class from California continues. The reasons for leaving California have grown, but the list is getting longer and longer, and this comes not from my little head, but from the mouths of long time California residents moving the Sequim area. They all give the same laundry list of problems that compelled them to be part of the exodus leaving California. John Wayne is one of the original Californians, and who doesn’t love John Wayne? He had some thoughts about California’s issues. I think this short video interview of John Wayne was actually taken on his boat in Sequim Bay at John Wayne Marina.

Leaving California

People Are Leaving California

If you live in California, you know the reasons people are leaving California, although reasons are always weighted based on how they affect us personally. This list of California problems is long, but not necessarily comprehensive, but I just want to emphasize that none of these issues exist in the Sequim area. This is why Sequim, Washington is one of the best places to retire in the U.S. The list is kind of ugly:

apocalyptic forest fires, floods and mudslides, droughts, pollution, infested dying trees by the millions, grossly overpriced real estate, increasing nightmare crime statistics, unending traffic congestion, illegal alien invasions, massive fracking and drilling, never-ending increases in taxes and regulations, unstoppable government spending at all levels, and what has become a form of political insanity

I’ve referred to Sequim as “Paradise” long before I knew there was a Paradise, California, and that goes back at least as far as December 27, 2012 on this blog. It is tragic that Paradise is gone, and there are serious questions about whether it will ever make a comeback. In any event, I hope you will visit Sequim if you are one of the great Californians considering leaving California. My California clients absolutely love Sequim, and never plan to leave.

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Multiple Offers on the Same Day

Multiple offers are unusual in the Sequim area. Of course, in some very hot markets, like Seattle and certain areas in southern California, multiple offers have not been uncommon this past year. But guess what? Multiple offers have become a reality in Sequim. Spending years planning your retirement move, months searching online, and then loosing your ideal home to another bidder can be very disappointing.

Multiple Offers

Multiple Offers in Sequim?

I represented several buyers making offers over the past three months who did experience multiple offers. What is especially interesting about these situations is that the offers were made on homes that had been on the market for a long time. You would think that a house that has been on the market for almost a year (and over two years in one case) would mean you had plenty of time to make an offer. After all, what are the chances that after no offers for a year a home would suddenly get multiple offers on the same day? 

So what is the practical challenge with multiple offers? When you find the ideal home, the first question is how much should you offer? If you thought you had plenty of time to make an offer because competing offers are unlikely, you would make a lower offer and negotiate your best deal. But if you do that and there are multiple offers, the highest offer probably wins, or at least goes to the next level with a counteroffer. 

Multiple Offers a Reality

So lately when my buyers find the ideal home, they are asking themselves if the listing price is fair market value, and if it is, should they make a full price offer immediately without delay? I included “without delay,” because in two cases, my buyers waited one day to make their offer, but someone else did not, and those houses got sold right out from under my buyers. 

When it happens, it almost seems surreal, because you look at the odds of that happening, and you think you have plenty of time to make an offer and negotiate, but lately the challenge of multiple offers on nice homes has changed the rules.

I always advise my buyers to take whatever time they need to make wise decisions. Getting in a hurry and making a rash decision would be dangerous, but this does present a challenge for buyers today. It means you need to know what you want, and when you find it, be ready to make a decision, because multiple offers are a possibility.

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To Las Vegas From Sequim

Las Vegas is an easy trip from Sequim. But the point is not just that Las Vegas to Sequim is an enjoyable and easy trip: the point is that traveling from Sequim to any major city in the United States is easy because of our local transportation network. It’s a pleasant 2 hour drive from Sequim to Sea-Tac, and from Sea-Tac you can fly to Las Vegas in 2 hours. From Sequim you are only a 2 hour flight to nearly half the U.S., all the way down the west coast and to the midwest. This makes taking trips or visiting children almost easy.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas to Sequim and Back

I recently visited some of my own family and traveled from Sequim to Sea-Tac and to Las Vegas. The drive from Sequim to Sea-Tac includes both two and four lane highways that are rarely busy. Unless you’re traveling on a major holiday, you won’t see traffic jams. Sea-Tac is one of the country’s best airports, and while you’re waiting to board your flight, the restaurants and coffee shops are delightful. 

Tips for Traveling to Las Vegas or Any City From Sequim

If you are driving your own vehicle from Sequim to Sea-Tac for a few days to a week, you will want to park in a secure facility that is fenced and gated with full time employees. Some of the big Sea-Tac parking lots that are advertised are constantly experiencing car thefts and break-ins. They don’t tell you that, and there is a disclaimer of liability on the back of their tickets. I recommend MVP Parking. The cost is only about $10 a night, and it is secure 24/7.

If you rent a car in Las Vegas, beware of false advertising. The promotional rates are rarely the true cost, and when you get to the rental desk to pick up your car, you may find out that with all the add-ons, your rental rate is two to three times the online quote. Plan way ahead on the rental car, and talk to human beings to get confirmations of what you will actually be required to pay. Otherwise, you car rental is likely to be more than your round trip flight tickets.

By the way, Las Vegas is not interesting because of the gambling, the dancing girls, or any of the other nonsense. It is interesting because it’s a great place to visit family or attend a convention, and while there, you can sample some of the best restaurants in the entire country as well as some fascinating shops and art stores. Family, friends, good food. That’s the real fun in Las Vegas.

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Texas Floods Sending Buyers to Sequim

Texas floods wreaked havoc in the spring and now again in the fall of this year. This has become such a recurring nightmare for so many Texans, more Texans are moving to Sequim this year. We’ve always had a strong connection with Texas. The hot weather, the Texas Floods, and the tornadoes are driving people to the Northwest, and when Texans do their online research, they keep finding Sequim. Sequim has everything they want and nothing they don’t want. We have no tornadoes, no floods, and no nightmare weather extremes. Sequim has become a magnet for retirees from Texas.

Texas Floods and Loss of Life and Property

When you have lived a lifetime in an area like Houston or Dallas or the outlying rural areas in Texas, it is nearly impossible to consider moving to another part of the country. It is understandable how people get emotionally attached to what they have always considered “home.” But the painful loss of life and property from these recurring Texas Floods are apparently causing many to make the transition to the Northwest where they are unlikely to ever see those kinds of losses again in their lifetimes.

From Texas Floods to Sequim and the Blue Hole

Imagine living where there are no temperature extremes. Summers in Sequim, WA are typically in the high 60s and low 70s, and winters typically range from the high 40s to the low 60s. Imagine living where it rains a perfect 16 inches per year, one-third the rainfall of Seattle, and yet only two plus hours west of Seattle. Imagine no droughts, no floods, no tornadoes, and no poisonous snakes.

No wonder the Texas floods are chasing Texans to Sequim, and no wonder we have such a strong connection with Texas. Texans are welcome here, although we hope and pray for their sake that there will be no more nightmarish Texas Floods.

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How Shall I Live The Rest of My Life?

How shall I live the rest of my life? This is one of the most important questions anyone can ask themselves at any age, and this is a relevant question for anyone who is in their 50s or 60s and planning to retire. Retiring from a life long career, selling one’s home, moving to a new community, like Sequim, Washington, leaving all things familiar in your community (friends, doctors, stores), buying a new home, getting re-established in a new community, making new friends, and finding a new church is perhaps the largest calculated transition of your life, and one which allows you to seriously consider the question, “How shall I live the rest of my life?”

How shall I live

How Shall I Live?

There are several other major life transitions or phases in life, including the obvious, graduating from school and going to work, getting married, having children, divorcing, and suffering the loss of a spouse. Some of these are not planned and force a transition, but most of these earlier transitions happen in the hustle and bustle of life, and we are so busy working, raising children, and paying bills, that we hardly have time or energy to think about a question like, “How Shall I Live The Rest of My Life?”

How Shall I Live Now in Retirement?

But when you retire, this question has both relevance and opportunity. It has always been relevant, but for the first time in your life, you now have the opportunity to design your life and answer the question, “How Shall I Live The Rest of My Life?” without the major distractions you’ve had in all the earlier phases of your life. Your children are grown up, your day-to-day challenges just surviving and fighting the common battles of life are all behind you.

Life will still be full of challenges, of course, but growing older presents different kinds of challenges. As you consider moving to Sequim to retire, buy a home, and get settled into a new community of friends and activities, I want to exhort you to re-visit the all important question, “How Shall I Live The Rest of My Life?”

Just reflecting on this question, and discussing it with your beloved, your life will be enriched. A retirement lived chaotically is a formula for failure. A retirement you design in a way that meets your personal needs and passions will bring you satisfaction and a deep sense of joy.

Sequim has become the delight of many retirees, and I hope it is for you, too. If your retirement is to be the next and best phase of your life, you must live your life intentionally. Know what you believe and how you will live the rest of your life. Reflecting on these things could enrich your life immeasurably. I would challenge you to post this question on your refrigerator or on your mirror, “How shall I live the rest of my life?”

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Moving to Sequim

Moving to Sequim is not a walk in the park. Moving is hard work, full of stress, and not something anyone looks forward to doing. I certainly did not look forward to moving to Sequim recently, and I already lived in Sequim. I only moved a few miles. It went as well as can be expected, although I am exhausted. I bought a gorgeous home on some peaceful acreage about 6 miles from downtown Sequim. Unfortunately, I made one bad mistake. This photo probably tells you the story well enough.

Moving to Sequim

Moving to Sequim Full of Challenges

Moving to Sequim from anywhere in the country requires planning and perseverance. Apart from the schedule and trucks or trailers, there is the question of how much will you do yourself and how much help will you hire. When we are in our twenties, we can do anything and we are invincible, or so we think. But there’s a little surprise waiting for us when we reach our 50s or 60s. It translates into aches and pains in the back, or in the hip or the knees. We discover we have limitations we didn’t used to have, and so we can’t do it all any more.

And there are a hundred little details to attend to when moving to Sequim. There is shutting off power, water, and other services. There is connecting utilities at your new home. There’s a public electric company, a water company and sewer connection, and there’s the telephone company and refuse service. Little items, like getting your Internet connected can become time consuming issues. Which Internet service gives you the fastest speeds for the best price? And what about your cell phone service? Will you get cell phone service at the location of your new home?

When the seller moves out, did they take everything, or did they leave a lot of items, like my sellers did. I’m still cleaning out shelves. I’ll have a full trailer load to take to the dump. It’s not a big deal, but the sellers surely should have taken everything and cleaned the house thoroughly. Most Sequim sellers are diligent and do a great job cleaning, but a few do not.

After the sellers moved out, I realized the walls and ceiling needed fresh paint, so that delayed my move as I hired a busy painter, who needed a week to completely paint the interior with two coats of paint. If you’re moving to Sequim from another state, you won’t necessarily have the option of delaying a week to paint when you’re paying the moving company by the day.

What was my big mistake? I secured everything on every trip, except the last trip. It was late, and I was tired after a week of moving and coordinating. I was by myself, and finished loading the trailer using a dolly to put a large dresser into the trailer. I used bungee cords to secure a headboard, but forgot to secure the dresser to the wall of the trailer. Miraculously, no marks were left on the wood anywhere, but I lost the glass in one large photo of my son playing college basketball. The photo was slightly damaged, but it’s okay. Close call.

Advice for Moving to Sequim

Moving to Sequim is challenging, but once the move is over, like me, you will be so darn happy to be settled. One of the big benefits of moving for me was getting rid of a lot of clothes and junk I did not use or need anymore. And I only lost one item. I can’t find the charger to my laptop, and I’ve searched every box. Hmm.

I love Sequim and have for over 20 years. I think you will too. My only advice is to double check all your bungee cords or tie downs before moving to Sequim.

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What are the six best American cities for growing old and happy? I have some exciting news! Sequim has been named number one of the six best American cities for growing old and happy. The Huffington Post surveyed people and analyzed the results, and the six cities from one through six are: 1.) Sequim, Washington, 2.) Edinburg, Texas, 3.) Denver, Colorado, 4.) Sarasota, Florida, 5.) Napa Valley, California, and 6.) San Diego, California.

Best American Cities

6 Best American Cities for Growing Old and Happy

This is no surprise to those of us who have lived in Sequim for many years. I’ve said before that if you could make a checklist of 100 of the most important things you would want in the perfect retirement location, Sequim would have more of those items checked than any other place in the U.S. Well, when it comes to growing old and being happy, many other people involved in the survey and the Huffington Post agree that Sequim is one of the Best American cities for Growing Old and Happy.

6 Best American Cities: Sequim is No. 1

Years ago Sequim was also named one of the 10 best places to retire in America. It’s surprising how many people around the country know about Sequim and our incredible Blue Hole, the water and the mountains, the Olympic National Forest, the recreation, and the quality of life on the Olympic Peninsula. Of all the cities that people talk about in coffee shops in Santa Barbara, Miami, Boulder, Anchorage, Boise, Dallas, Santa Rosa, or Charlottesville, Sequim keeps entering the conversation.

I would concur with the Huffington Post that Sequim, Washington is one of the Best American cities for growing old and Happy. I’m not old yet, but I am happy.

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How Far Out of Town Should I Live?

Many who plan to buy a home in Sequim reflect on how far out of town they should consider buying. Unless you want to be right in the city of Sequim, you are most likely looking at areas within a radius of 7 to 10 miles of Sequim. But how far out is too far? For example, Diamond Point is a 15 to 20 minute drive from Sequim, and Agnew is a 10 minute drive, and Mains Farm (and out by the beach and Three Crabs area) is about 10 minutes from downtown Sequim. The hills above Sequim up Palo Alto or up Lost Mountain Road can also put you 10 to 15 minutes from downtown Sequim. Is that too far out of town? I’d like to add some perspective on this issue.

Out of Town

Too Far Out of Town or Not

If you grew up in rural Alaska or Montana, or if you’ve spent a career driving an hour to work every day (Los Angeles, Washington D.C., or Seattle), a 15 minute drive into Sequim will be nothing for you. But for many retirees, the humorous question becomes, “When we run out of milk, who is going to run to Safeway?” Of course, that’s one way of expressing the feeling that a home may be too far out of town. But if you live 15 minutes out of town, what is it really like going to town and how long does it take compared to living only 5 minutes from Safeway? Since Sequim doesn’t have traffic congestion or rush hour slow downs, you don’t have the same concerns you would if you lived in a metropolitan area.

Out of Town Opportunities

One of my clients lives five minutes from Safeway. When they go to town and make two stops, one at Safeway and one at Home Depot (or Petco), it takes them about one hour from the time they leave their home to the time they return, if they don’t dillydally too much. I also have some clients who purchased a home in Diamond Point, and when they go to town for the same two visits, or similar two stops, it takes them about one hour and twenty minutes from the time they leave their home to the time they return. My point here is that the greatest amount of time spent by both homeowners is not the time on the road getting to Sequim–it’s the time they spend driving through traffic downtown Sequim and walking around the stores. For the couple living 10 minutes further out of town, they say they love living further out. For them the drive is the easy part. But everyone has to drive through downtown traffic, stopping at lights and inching one’s way through the parking lots. That’s what takes more time.

But if you love to run to Safeway or somewhere else in Sequim every day, then travel would be more of an issue. Most retirees don’t do that. Most plan their shopping at Costco and Safeway ahead of time, and if they go shopping twice a week in Sequim, that’s enough. In that case, living 15 minutes out of town has it’s advantages if you like privacy and some of the other benefits of living further out of town.

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Where is the Most Peaceful Place to Live?

Have you ever asked, “Where is the most peaceful place to live?” When you retire and move from the busy life you’ve been living, from the hustle and bustle of business, financial, and social activities that have governed your life for decades, to the next big phase of your life–retirement–wouldn’t it make sense to ask where the most peaceful place to live is? Absolutely. After all, what is the next 10 to 20 years of your life worth to you, and what quality of life would you ultimately want? Surely peace is a priority.

Most Peaceful Place to Live

Most Peaceful Place to Live

For some, their idea of the most peaceful place to live is spending time in the Olympic National Park near Sequim, or boating or kayaking on a river (the photo above is the Dungeness River today in the Olympic National Forest). There is a peace found in the extraordinary beauty of nature, whether on land or sea, in the mountains or the valleys. Some love to walk the Discovery Trail every day with their dog. Others bicycle. Walking the beaches that surround us is therapeutic in itself.

But Sequim is full of some of the most wonderful people you will ever meet, and friendship is important. There is a calm social life in Sequim that is measured by people who have lived life to the fullest in Los Angeles or Houston or Denver or New York, and after a lifetime of learning and succeeding (and failing), they come to Sequim emotionally and psychologically mature with wisdom and a sense of confidence balanced by humility. They are wonderful conversationalists, and they are great neighbors. They are resourceful, and they are generous.

What Makes the Most Peaceful Place to Live?

You can come to Sequim and live quietly alone in your own world, if that is how you find peace. You can meditate, you can socialize, you can run a half marathon, or you can join one of the dozens of clubs and associations that are so active in almost any area of interest (writing, quilting, remote control airplanes, technology, mission work, gardening, fishing, boating, hiking, music, volunteer activities, life coaching, consulting, etc.).

It’s no wonder Sequim has such a happy lifestyle. We live in one of the most beautiful natural settings on the face of the earth, and some of the most gifted and kindest and wisest people retire to live the rest of their productive lives in Sequim. But we’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg. Do your own online research, and come visit yourself. There are so many more reasons Sequim is the most peaceful place to live.

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Sequim WA is a Lot of Things

Sequim WA is a lot of things, but one of the great attractions for so many retirees to the Sequim WA area is the beauty of the country.  I love the history of the Sequim valley and the surrounding mountains.  Sequim has a rich agricultural and farming history.  In this first photo, an old farmhouse approaching 100 years old still stands proud in the mountains between Sequim and Port Angeles.

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Sequim Washington

Sequim WA Barns

Sequim WA

Sequim WA and the surrounding area has several hundred old barns, many of which are falling apart as age catches up with them.  In this photo above, I marveled at the barn in this field as well as the incredible mountains that were the backdrop for this farm.  As I like to say, “If this old barn could talk what stories it would tell.”  I love history, and when you stand in a field looking at one of these old barns, you can’t help but meditate on the family and work history these barns must have seen.  For most farms like this, there have been not just one generation that was raised on the farm and worked it, but two or three generations.

Sequim WA Country Homes

Sequim WA Homes

Many newer Sequim WA homes are country style homes or craftsman style homes.  This home is what you might think of as country style architecture that is sturdy looking with large beams and primarily a wooden look.  There are not many contemporary style homes in the area as most people are looking for homes that are considered more consistent with farm country.  Of course, you can buy a small subdivision lot in the city of Sequim and build any home you want if you prefer a low maintenance yard.  Sequim WA is a lot of things, but it surely is a country setting way outside the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan areas.

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Sequim WA is Peaceful Retirement Community

Sequim WA is one of the most peaceful retirement communities on the west coast.  [I love typing “Sequim WA” because so many people write “Sequim WA” when they are emailing or searching the Internet, so I cannot resist typing Sequim WA in this article.]  There’s something special about living in western Washington, and especially on the Olympic Peninsula.  Sequim and Port Angeles are on the Olympic Peninsula in a peaceful setting on the shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north and the natural beauty of the Olympic Mountains to the south.

Sequim WA is Farm Country

Sequim WA

Sequim WA is Between Sea and Mountains

Sequim WA has a long agricultural and farming history.  I lived on a small farm in Sequim when my children were young.  In fact, my youngest daughter who is now 14, was born in a 100 year old farmhouse with the help of a midwife.  This farm was a cattle grazing farm for over 100 years.  In the beginning Sequim WA was a big source of milk and other dairy products for the Seattle area when Seattle was a thriving new community on the west coast.

Sequim WA Became a Retirement Destination

As retirees discovered the Sequim valley, the demand for homes and land grew slowly over the past several decades, and more rapidly in the 1990s.  In 2006 the real estate market around the country slowed down, but retirees have not stopped moving to Sequim and Port Angeles.  Even as the rest of the country suffers from the devastating high foreclosure rate, which we do not have in Sequim WA, retirees who have been planning to move to Sequim for years are no longer putting their lives on hold while the economy stumbles around.

As in many agricultural rural areas of the country, farms were slowly subdivided and sold to developers and builders who met the demand from California, Arizona, and from retirees all over the country who heard about or read about Sequim WA as one of the 10 best places to retire in America.  Development has slowed as the market has cooled off.  Of course, they don’t make water front and mountain view land any more, and government restrictions have increased to make it much harder and much more expensive to develop land.

Sequim WA is a peaceful country setting with an amazingly low crime rate (almost none), with a famous rain shadow or blue hole in the sky (we get 1/3 the rain of Seattle), with more recreation than you can name from mountain hiking to fishing to kayaking to sailing to surfing to bicycle riding (the Discovery Trail runs for many miles) to golfing, and more volunteer clubs and associations than any town I’ve ever lived in.

Sequim WA is a beautiful and peaceful place to live.

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Sequim Relocation

Relocating to Sequim, Washington is not a hard decision if you’ve been to Sequim many times, or if you have family here.  This is one of the best kept secrets for retirees, and if this is where you’ve been planning to move for years, it’s an easy decision. 

If you haven’t lived here or spent a lot of time here, you might need to do some research to find out for sure if this is to be your next home.  To make your research a little easier, here are some great links about Sequim, the climate, the real estate market, the John Wayne Marina, recreation, and articles on Sequim. 

Just go through these pages, and you’ll find the equivalent of an entire relocation package, actually much more than you would get if someone where to simply mail you a package.


      #1 – Sequim Facts

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      #3 – Sequim Real Estate News

      #4 – Search the Sequim MLS for Over 1,500 Listings For Sale 

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Best regards,

Chuck Marunde, J.D.
Broker/Owner
Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate
618 South Peabody St. Suite I, Port Angeles, WA  98362
tel.:  360-775-5424
chuckmarunde@gmail.com
http://www.SequimPortAngeles.com

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Sequim Buyer's Agent (Atty Ret.)
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125 Olympic Ranch Ln, Sequim, WA
(360) 775-5424
ChuckMarunde@gmail.com

From Los Angeles

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

From Seattle

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

From Florida

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

From Gilroy California

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

From Corona California

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

From Bakersfield California

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

From Los Alamos New Mexico

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

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

From California

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

From Sequim

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

From The Netherlands

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

From Fremont California

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

From Fontana California

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

From Tacoma

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

From Wendell Idaho

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

From Sequim

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

From Seattle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From Sequim to California

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

Who is Chuck Marunde?

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