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Sequim has been on the list of the 10 Best Places To Retire many times during the last two decades in national retirement magazines, and there’s a reason. Actually, there are many reasons, and that’s what I want to talk about today.

If you could make your own list of the 10 Best Places To Retire, what would you put on your list? Maybe an equally important question would be what you would not want on the list. Let’s start with the things you do not want for sure.

10 Best Places to Retire

Guess how I compiled this list of community problems none of us want? I simply read the daily newspaper in several California cities these past few months. No kidding. All these things are happening in California on a regular basis. No wonder people are escaping California in the tens of thousands every month. [See this Video on Escaping California]

Here’s the good news, and this is almost too good to be true, but it is true. Sequim WA has none of these problems. I’ve called Sequim “Paradise” for many years, until Paradise, California burned up. But in many ways Sequim is a paradise. I just met with some California buyers yesterday, and here’s some of what we discussed.

  1. Sequim has none of the bad weather we see every year from the east coast of the U.S. to the west coast, which means Sequim never has tornadoes, hurricanes, forest fires, floods that damage homes and farm fields, massive wind storms, lightning storms, mudslides, and
  2. Sequim does not have either weather extremes or temperature extremes, meaning it doesn’t get either cold or hot here, and
  3. Sequim rarely even gets snow, and when it does it melts the same day or within days [See this video with rare Snow in Sequim], and
  4. Sequim only gets 16 inches of rain a year, 1/3rd the rainfall of Seattle only 2 hours away [See my Sequim Weather Video and the Sequim Blue Hole], 
  5. Sequim is a magnet for some of the most amazing retirees in their 50s and 60s you will ever meet, because they are successful but humble, and they are mature mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. They are content and well balanced, and wonderful conversationalists. They know what they want, and they know how to live it. No wonder Sequim is such a happy place to live. [See this video Why Retire in Sequim?]

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Sequim WA: Sunny and Warm

Sequim WA is a hotspot for retirees and for many of us who refuse to leave Sequim. Today was a good reason for our loyalty. It was hot and sunny and absolutely beautiful. Hot in Sequim means 77 degrees. That seemed hot to us, but for those of you who are stubborn and still in miserably hot humid places down south, what are you thinking? 

Sequim WA is Heaven on Earth

Sequim WA

This video shows you a typical summer day in Sequim WA. Why do I type “Sequim WA“? Because no one types out or writes out Sequim, Washington anymore. Everyone does their Internet searches with Sequim WA. 

I think you’ll enjoy the audio on this video, because it is high quality audio taken in my yard, and you can hear the birds singing very clearly in what can only be described as nature’s chorus of praise. 

Wherever you are, I hope you’ll come and visit Sequim WA this summer. If you do, let’s have coffee, and I’ll give you a tour of Sequim homes. It’ll be fun. I promise.

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  • Sequim Tree Removal: The Sequim Arborist

    Sequim tree removal is a popular search phrase, and it should be no surprise. There are a lot of trees on the Olympic Peninsula, and we have rich soil, rain, and sometimes wind. So trees fall down, which also means that preventive forestry is a good thing. But we also have such a rich climate, soil, sunshine, and rain that trees grow very rapidly here, so tree trimming and pruning is big, and Sequim tree removal is an important local service.

    Sequim Tree Removal Service

    Here’s a fun video of a Sequim Arborist, Joshua Dallen, at work. In this video he goes right up a tree like you might take your dog for a walk. He goes up 40 feet and makes it look so easy. The drone he is rescuing is mine, but I don’t want to talk about that. LOL

    Sequim Tree Removal Video (Enlarge Video in HD Quality)

    Joshua Dallen is the owner of Arbors Edge Tree Service, and he is a Certified Arborist? Did you know there is a big difference between a Certified Arborist and a Licensed Arborist? (more…)

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  • A private airport for sale is a rare event, and in this case a unique Sequim listing. The Sallee family owned Sequim Valley Airport is for sale after all these years of outstanding service to the North Olympic Peninsula. Here’s an aerial video of the Airport. Be sure to hit HD quality in your settings, and enlarge the video on your monitor to enjoy the views.

    Here’s a little local history on what is now a Private Airport for Sale.

    The Sequim Valley Airport is Sequim’s pride and joy and has been a magnet for pilots throughout the region for over 30 years. The location was selected for its ideal flying environment, including its large level valley area between the Olympic Mountains to the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, just above sea level, and because it is within the famous Sequim Blue Hole (16 inches of precipitation annually which is 1/3rd that of Seattle). The Sequim Valley Airport features a 3,500 foot paved and lighted runway. (more…)

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  • Sequim Washington Video

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

    Sequim Washington Video

    Sequim Washington

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

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    Coastal in Sequim and Shopping

    Coastal is a great store in Sequim, and because it is such a cool store, I wanted to share it here and also to highlight the answer to a question that comes up periodically, “What stores or shopping is available in Sequim?” 

    Coastal Farm and Ranch is the official name of the store, but most of us just call it “Costal.”

    Coastal

    Coastal Has Cool Stuff

    Coastal is a farm and ranch business, but they have clothes, wood stoves, shoes and cowboy boots, hay, farm tools and equipment, household products, animal care products, guns and safes, generators, hardware, automotive, and a lot more. Coastal is new to Sequim having just moved in about a year ago, but they stand out because they are so well organized on their inventory, it’s a pleasure to walk through this store and browse. You can learn more about what they sell at their website, which is Coastal. (more…)

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  • Where is Sequim?

    Where is Sequim? is a question asked by people in California, Texas, Florida, and the east coast. Many people have told me over the years that they were sitting in a coffee shop somewhere thousands of miles from Sequim when they heard someone near them asked, “Where is Sequim?” That always ended up in a conversation about Sequim, because one of the couples either lived in Sequim or was planning to move to Sequim.

    Where is Sequim WA?

    I have lived in Sequim going back 25 years, and being an avid photographer and videographer, I have thousands of photos and videos. For all those asking Where is Sequim, here is a fun little video I created to show you briefly where we are.

    Google Earth is a great tool to view Sequim from above, and you can even travel as though you’re in a plane and see much of the Sequim area with Google Earth. The views are surprisingly good, and you’ll see some of that in this video, but I’ve also included drone video I took showing the Sequim valley from about 400 feet in a couple of panoramic views, one toward the north and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the San Juan Islands, and Seattle, and one toward the south and the Olympic Mountains. 

    Where is Sequim?

    Where is Sequim? Sequim is on the beautiful North Olympic Peninsula west of Seattle a couple of hours drive, and located between the stunning Olympic Mountains where it rains as much as 200 inches a year, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca across from British Columbia and the gorgeous city of Victoria, a pleasant ferry ride from Port Angeles.  (more…)

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  • Sequim area hospitals are located throughout the county and adjacent counties. Port Angeles is 15 miles from Sequim, and Port Angeles has a large hospital, plus many outpatient facilities. Sequim has many outpatient facilities and emergency medical facilities, too. Port Townsend has a hospital, and you can see a large expansion in this image below for the Silverdale hospital, the Harrison Medical Center. Silverdale is only one hour from Sequim.

    Hospitals in the Area

    Hospitals

    Hospitals and Primary Care

    I’ve been impressed with the Sequim facilities. I would imagine that 99% of everything you and I will ever need is in Sequim now, and unless you have major surgery or an overnight hospital stay, you probably won’t be a resident of the Port Angeles hospital, or any of these area hospitals.

    It’s just nice to know we have plenty of medical facilities in the area. For military veterans, there is a VA hospital near Tacoma.

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  • Seattle Crime v. Sequim Crime

    When it comes to Seattle crime, there’s no comparing it to Sequim crime. The crime rate in Sequim is so low, and the Seattle crime rate is so high, it’s not a fair comparison. But if you live in California or Florida or New York, you wouldn’t necessarily know this, and you wouldn’t know how low our crime rate is in Sequim, Washington. The rural countryside, the Olympic Mountains, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the peaceful and safe community are all major reasons so many retirees fall in love with Sequim after doing their online research and visiting.

    Seattle Crime is Excessively High

    Seattle Crime

    This is a recent Seattle Times Sunday newspaper, and the title openly admits Seattle neighborhoods, like this neighborhood, are suffering from extraordinarily high crime rates. Seattle is suffering now from four serious problems: 1.) high crime, 2.) out of control homeless who are causing serious crime, safety, and health issues (according to the Seattle newspapers, not me), 3.) ridiculous real estate prices, and 4.) some of the county’s worst traffic congestion. Obviously, the last two items are not crime issues, but the first two have been long stewing in Seattle as serious issues and have grown worse and worse over the past 20 years.

    Seattle Crime Are Policy Results

    As many of my readers probably know, Washington State is very liberal, mostly because Seattle is very liberal and that’s where the population resides. I’m not here to discuss politics. I have little faith in either political party, and discussing politics today with someone is like asking for a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. But the facts are that the Seattle politicians have failed Seattle because crime, the homeless problem, and traffic congestion are among the worst in the nation. Who else is there to blame if not the politicians who have been running Seattle for decades. I’m not advocating for any positions here, but I am saying that one plus one is always two, and what has happened in Seattle was predictable, was in fact predicted, and has actually happened on these three subjects.

    Seattle politicians took the idea of helping the homeless, but they got everything upside down. Instead of helping the homeless get help the way they needed it, such as training for a good job, or help getting off drugs, or getting mental health support, Seattle decided the best way to help the homeless was to give them free communities where they could set up tents and makeshift shelters. The crimes began to increase slowly at first. Assaults, rapes, murder, and illegal drug sales. And guess what? It was happening in these free communities adjacent to nice neighborhoods where half million dollar homes are owned by the very people who voted to offer all these free services to the homeless with zero accountability and no guidance to improving one’s life whatsoever. Now the people are disturbed because homeless people are urinating onto their front yards and dealing drugs in their neighborhoods and it’s not safe to go outside when it gets dark. 

    Homeless from around the country began to hear about Seattle, and many began traveling to Seattle to settle into their new community where they could get a free place to live, free food, and clothes, too. Wait, because it gets better. Now the talk is to follow California and offer safe zones where homeless people can use drugs, shoot up, and even get clean needles from the ne’er-do-wells. I kid you not. They are talking about safe drug zones. Seattle crime has become a nightmare for residents. I talked with a couple who own a condominium downtown Seattle, and they said they are afraid to go outside at night. 

    I realize this article may seem negative about Seattle crime rates, but what I really wanted to contrast was how Sequim crime fares in this world, and we fare very nicely, thank you. Believe it or not, people just don’t talk about getting their house broken into, or having something stolen out of their garage (even when they leave their garage door open), because these crimes are so rare. I’ve lived in Sequim for 24 years, and I have never had anything stolen, nor did my children when they were growing up, nor has anyone I know ever had anything stolen in Sequim, and I know hundreds of families. Cars don’t get broken into or stolen here either, or at least it is rare. We don’t have homeless people roaming the streets, and criminals don’t come to Sequim as a destination like they do in Seattle.

    So now you know about Seattle crime, the Seattle homeless problem, and the extraordinary low crime rates in Sequim. Just another reason so many retirees are moving to Sequim.

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  • We thought you might enjoy the 6 most popular Sequim real estate articles of 2018 on this blog. With over 2,000 real estate articles written specifically for buyers, and with readers for a decade from all over the Unites States and even Europe, this is the largest real estate blog with the largest outreach to buyers in the Sequim, Washington market on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula.. 

    These are real estate articles that have been read and enjoyed by many of our new Sequim retirees, and since these articles were so relevant for them, you might also find them relevant for you in 2019. Here they are for your reading pleasure.

    Real Estate Articles

    Popular Real Estate Articles

    Article #1: The Sequim Bell Curve: Sequim Homes Hard to Find. This article has been popular for several years because it paints a clear picture of what you are up against when you buy a home in Sequim.

    Article #2: Homeowner Associations have always been an emotionally charged topic, and that’s unquestionably why this article was hot in 2018: Homeowner Associations: Nightmare of Nightmares.

    Article #3: Since Sequim is such a popular retirement community for couples in their 50s and 60s from all over the United States, it’s no surprise that real estate articles about retiring in Sequim would be popular. Perhaps the fun video that we created for this article is also part of why it is popular. Why Retire in Sequim?

    Article #4: Who doesn’t want to know what the future holds, especially when it comes to buying your retirement home and your retirement account on Wall Street? Last October I wrote an article entitled, Is There Another Real Estate Crash Coming? Maybe it feels better to only focus on positive news, but wisdom does tell us to look at contrary news so we won’t be blinded by false notions of the future. This article is worth reading, even if you find yourself disagreeing with it’s analysis.

    [Notice that this real estate blog, which has over 2,000 real estate articles for buyers, is not about selling you all the time, or constantly pushing a positive pitch that always tries to persuade you to buy, buy, buy. This blog is about giving you real and accurate information, including negative information that can better help you make wise decisions for your own retirement planning and purchase in Sequim. I share plenty of positive and happy information about Sequim, but I let you filter and discern for yourself.]

    Real Estate Articles for Sequim Buyers

    Article #5: I Need a Buyer’s Agent to Draft an Offer. Do you need to draft an offer now on a home that just came on the market? You know there is a sense of urgency in this market with such a low inventory and high demand, but you want to make sure you do everything right, and you need a Realtor who can help draft an offer today.

    Article #6: Winning With Competing OffersCompeting offers on a listing do occasionally come in on the same day, and I’ve written about multiple offers, but one of my clients reminded me that sometimes it is about more than just the price.

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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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    Sequim Primary Care

    Finding your Sequim primary care provider may not be the easiest thing you do. I certainly don’t have to tell my readers, who are in their 50s and 60s and entering the next big phase of their lives–retirement, how challenging it is to navigate health care decisions. You must have a Sequim primary care provider to get general care, and you must have a Sequim primary care provider to get the required referral to a specialist.

    Most Sequim primary care providers are not accepting new patients now, and of those who are, some are requiring a monthly payment (like $80) just to be on their list of patients. And then there are high medical insurance premiums and the cost of prescriptions. Who made this gigantic mess of our healthcare system? The answer to that question is well above my pay grade, but what I can do in this article is give you a list of primary care providers.

    Sequim Primary Care List

    Here’s a list of all the Sequim primary care and Port Angeles primary care providers with their phone numbers and whether they are accepting new patients and what they require. You can click on this image and see the enlarged list. I suggest you either bookmark this article for future reference, or you may prefer to print this list as a hardcopy.

    Sequim Primary Care

    Sequim Primary Care

    Some doctors do not accept some insurance companies, so that will necessitate more due diligence on your part when you’re planning for your long term health care. Port Angeles is only 15 miles from Sequim, so I have included the list of all Port Angeles primary care providers on this list, too. If your insurer requires that you see a doctor outside Sequim, you may have to expand your search to Poulsbo, Silverdale, Tacoma, or Seattle. These options are not so bad, since they are anywhere from a half an hour to two hours from Sequim. Unless you see a doctor every week, a short drive for an hour or so is not so bad. If you have lived in a place like Phoenix, every place you need to go is a 45 minute drive.

    I hope this list of Sequim primary care providers is helpful as you plan your retirement to Sequim. And if I can help you find a home as your buyer’s agent, that would be great.

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  • Sequim Healthcare

    What is the state of Sequim healthcare? This should not be a hard question to answer, but it is. It’s a hard question to answer anywhere in the country now. Are doctors accepting new patients? Will your insurance be accepted? What if you’re a veteran? What is the quality of Sequim healthcare? There are many questions. Since I enjoy writing to help buy Sequim home buyers (I have over 2,000 articles online and over a dozen books), I thought I would write a short eBook about the state of Sequim healthcare, but I could not find the information to write the book. The chaos in the industry overwhelmed me. I called various doctor’s office, and have done a lot of online research, and I’ve been a patient myself a few times over the 24 years here, but as experienced as I am at pulling together data and making sense out of it, I could not on the subject of Sequim healthcare.

    This does not mean we don’t have good Sequim healthcare, good clinics, and good doctors. It just means between the medical profession, the pharmaceutical industry, and the Federal regulators, the answer to all your questions is likely to be “caveat emptor,” or “buyer beware.” In other words, you have to do your own research. You may think me cynical, but may I suggest you don’t take for granted everything you’re told by the pharmaceutical industry? “The average elderly patient is taking more than five prescription medications; the average nursing home patient is taking seven medications.” [Source: MD Mag] Unbelievable!

    Sequim Healthcare Help Online

    I appreciate the many independent medical professionals who do helpful educational videos that we can watch free on Youtube, and this one is very interesting and revealing. Do your own research, but one thing I think we all need to realize is that we are each responsible for our own health and whatever Sequim healthcare we seek out and get. 

    Sequim Healthcare

    Sequim Healthcare is About Personal Research

    Retirees have their own checklists for what they want in a community. Having practiced law in Sequim for many years and having working with hundreds of retirees moving to Sequim as a real estate broker, I know what that checklist looks like. Retirees want a mild climate, a peaceful place to live, low crime rates, affordable housing, and good Sequim healthcare. Sequim has all this and more, but with respect to Sequim healthcare, you’ve got to do your own research based on your personal healthcare needs and your insurance coverage. You will need to check with your insurance carrier, and you’ll need to call some medical offices to see who is accepting new patience and under what conditions. One doctor in Sequim charges $80 per month just to be on his list of patients. I understand he is using excessive fees to filter out clients and manage the number of patients he takes, but I do not appreciate the fact that he uses money against many who cannot afford good healthcare while getting very wealthy himself. What happened to the three learned professions (medical, law, and the priesthood) where they actually felt a calling to serve and help others more than their greed for money? Oops, that wiped out at least two of those professions, and I don’t think I’ll touch the third one.

    While my clients are buying homes in Sequim, nearly all of them ask about the state of Sequim healthcare, so for the first time in all these years I thought I would address it, at least on a minimal level. I wish I could write a complete book that summaries it all, but I think you’ll need to do your own research on the subject of Sequim healthcare.

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  • Sequim Crime Rates

    Sequim crime rates are extremely low, and those of us who have lived in Sequim for decades know this. It’s not easy to prove, because the Internet websites that purport to compare Sequim crime rates with other cities do not have accurate data. I went to the Sequim police department and asked if our Sequim crime stats are posted anywhere on the Internet, and the answer was that they are not. Where are the Sequim crime rates? They are on paper files in the police department, and not compiled and posted anywhere on the Internet. Don’t believe the Internet on Sequim crime rates. But there is a place where you can see current crimes committed.

    Sequim Crime Stats

    Sequim Crime

    What we do have in real time on Sequim crime stats and Port Angeles crime stats is a map that you can view online showing crime locations and specifics about the crimes. When you open up this map, and you can do that by clicking on the image above, you can then put your mouse over a circle and see exactly what happened. This is a great map for this purpose.

    Sequim Crime is Low

    Low Sequim crime rates is one of the reason so many of us love Sequim. We do have crime, but not nearly as much or as serious as the metropolitan areas or even the bedroom communities outside of Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia. I think you’ll appreciate this Sequim crime map, and you might want to bookmark it. 

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  • I Love Sequim

    I love Sequim, and I’ll tell you exactly why. I was a JAG in the USAF based at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, and my children were young. My oldest boy was graduating from 7th grade, and it was a tough school year. Some of my son’s classmates were beat up, stabbed, and shot. One died. The gangs were moving into Vegas from Los Angeles, and illegal aliens were everywhere. Car and house thefts were high, and personal safety became a serious issue for me and my family. 

    In 1994 I found Sequim after doing a lot of research to find a safe place to raise my children. I wanted a rural area with low crime, traditional values, outdoor activities, and a mild climate. Sequim was the winner by a long shot. That was 24 years ago, and I’m still here. I love Sequim.

    I Love Sequim and My Dog Loves Sequim

    I Love Sequim

    I live on 2.58 acres, but it is owned by my dog. Apparently, he thinks it is his Kingdom, and he watches over his Kingdom like a hawk. He actually catches mice once in a while. I’ve never had a dog that can catch mice, so he’s smart and fast. He’s half doberman and half black lab, so he is intelligent and happy. He also likes to eat an apple a day from my apple trees. I asked him to pose for a blog photo, and he enthusiastically agreed.

    I Love Sequim and I’m Never Leaving

    Living in Sequim grows on you. Everyone I know who lives here for a long time, says “I love Sequim,” and they also say, “I’m never leaving Sequim.” Why do people talk that way? The thing about living in Sequim is that there aren’t just half a dozen things that make it so great. There’s more like a hundred little things, and the longer you live in Sequim, the more you love Sequim. 

    By the way, my three boys and my daughter are all grown up now, and they all went through the Sequim school system. The best decision of my life was to move to Sequim for the sake of my children. They were safe, and the school system is one of the best in the nation. They were not exposed to all kinds of evil as they would have been in most metropolitan areas of the country, and they have grown up with traditional values. I love Sequim.

    You might enjoy some of the reasons I love Sequim. Years ago I wrote several articles listing the reasons, and here is the first article with 25 Reasons Why I Love Sequim.

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  • John Wayne Marina in Sequim

    Here’s John Wayne Marina in Sequim coming into the marina from a very pleasant tour of Sequim Bay on a McGregor owned by Kevin Elders. What an incredible day. The temperature was about 70 degrees, and believe it or not the water temperature in the middle of the Bay was actually 60 degrees. Unbelievable! Don’t tell anyone, but there was hardly anyone else at John Wayne Marina on this day. Here we are in Paradise in one of most temperate even climates in the world where Sequim is known to have the famous Blue Hole or the Rain Shadow because we only get 16 inches of rain each year compared to Seattle’s 45 inches, and hardly any human beings are taking advantage of this. This is incredible. If southern Californians knew about Sequim and about John Wayne Marina, they would get the heck out of crazy land and get to Sequim as soon as possible. But wait, maybe we don’t want the world to know how incredible it is here. Hmm. Well, I’ll share this with you, but don’t tell anyone else.

    John Wayne Marina

    John Wayne Marina

    John Wayne Marina is not only ideally located in protected Sequim Bay, but the facilities are top notch and there are hardly any lines to launch your boat, if you don’t have a slip in the marina already. The restaurant has some amazing sea food, steak, and the coffee is very good, too. I’ve lived in Sequim for 23 years, and John Wayne Marina is one of my favorite hangouts.

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  • There is a mass exodus of middle class and wealthy people from California, and they have been moving in large numbers to the Northwest after doing their due diligence on where the best places to live in America are. I know this because I am a Realtor in Sequim, Washington, and more people move to Sequim from California than any other state. I’ve been asking Californians for a couple of decades why they are leaving California and why they choose Sequim.

    From California to Sequim

    I stumbled upon a video that explains in plain language what hundreds of Californians have been telling me for over 20 years. By the way, I don’t consider myself a Republican or a Democrat, so don’t be put off by the title of this video. This video does not express my views, because I don’t live in California, and I have no idea what it would be like since I’m not tuned into the politics of the State. But this video expresses what about 97% of all California buyers in the Sequim area have been telling me. Also, I’m not interested in the politics that are represented by the person who produced this video, but I am interested in the financial statistics he provides, which are the reason people seem to be leaving California.

    It’s fascinating, but sad. California seems to be chasing the most extraordinary people away in droves. Having said that, I am very pleased to welcome you to Sequim and to help you find your retirement home. Housing prices here are not low, unless you compare them to California housing prices.

    Sequim, Washington: The Best Place to Retire

    You can look at homes in the Sequim and Port Angeles area by going to the best Sequim MLS site in the area, and you can always email me or text or call for more information about any homes you see. I hope I’ll see you in Sequim.

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    Thanksgiving in Sequim

    Thanksgiving in Sequim is a wonderful time. All the way through the Christmas holiday is wonderful in Sequim, although it can get cold, even below freezing. Believe it or not, I’m showing houses and land throughout the holidays. I’ve been busy coordinating transactions that are closing before and after Thanksgiving day, and I’m showing land on Saturday after Thanksgiving.

    Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving Every Day

    Thanksgiving in Sequim is more than a once-a-year celebration. Many of us in Sequim give thanks every single day we live here, and there are many reasons to do so. Here are 75 reasons Sequim is so wonderful: Why Sequim is So Wonderful. You’ll notice the article says “100 Reasons,” but there are only 75. That’s because I’m still  working on the other 25. You can submit your suggestions to me for the other 25 by email at chuckmarunde@gmail.com.

    Thanksgiving in Sequim

    I’m not kidding when I suggest we have reasons to give thanks every day. I do, and I’m a very happy person. There’s no question that having a positive mental attitude and focusing on the good things in life brings psychological, emotional, and spiritual health to a person’s life, business, and relationships.

    I hope your Thanksgiving is full of joy, whether you spend the holiday with a huge family and a table full of food, or spend it entirely alone eating a simple but healthy meal. May you be blessed this Thanksgiving holiday and every day.

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    Sequim Resources for Buyers

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

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

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

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    The Ugliest House

    This 3-story home is the brightest yellow and a bright blue two tone wonder. As a real estate professional, I’ll tell you what came to my mind when I first saw this home. First, I wondered who in the world would paint a house such gaudy colors, and second a 3-story home will be almost impossible to sell since retirees want single level homes. Now every time I drive past this home, I try to look the other way, but a bright video plays itself out in my mind and I see it anyway.

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    The Ugliest House

    There’s a purple house in the Sequim area, and I like to tell my buyers when we’re driving past that house that every town has a purple house, and we all laugh. I also have said, “Imagine being a neighbor and see that purple house every day!” But I just learned that one of the neighbor’s mowed his field with the words “A Hole” and an arrow pointing toward the purple house. Here is a photo from Google maps. While this isn’t funny for the players involved, you have to find some humor in all of this.

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    Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

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

    From Los Angeles

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

    From Seattle

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

    From Florida

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

    From Gilroy California

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

    From Corona California

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