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Moving to Sequim: Immigration from 38 States

Immigration is a hot topic today, especially in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Immigration is huge in Sequim, too. About 99% of Sequim residents are immigrants from one of 38 states in the U.S. Sequim is an eclectic mix of extraordinary retirees with a variety of life experiences and careers and geographically from all four corners of the country.

Immigration

Immigration in Sequim?

I was in line at Starbucks getting my favorite drink, a double short latte extra hot, when an older person behind me struck up a conversation. He commented on how Sequim has grown since he retired to Sequim in the late 80s. That’s when he joked about closing the gate at the edge of town. I asked him where he immigrated from, and he said southern California. I looked at him, and we laughed. I think most of my new friends and clients are from California. While California is being invaded by illegal aliens, Californians are escaping to Sequim. They tell me the entire culture of California is changing, that traffic is getting worse (if that’s possible), and that taxes, regulations, and crime rates are all soaring. No wonder Californians are moving to Sequim. 

Immigration is Good

Sequim is only 100 years old. That means we all came from somewhere. I’ve sold property in Sequim to buyers from as many as 38 states. We aren’t a melting pot for the whole world, but we are a melting pot for these United States. I find it fascinating that buyers come from all over the U.S., but not from 12 states. For reasons I do not know, we never see buyers from these states: Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, Delaware, Connecticut, and Vermont. I would welcome more immigration from those states.

Immigration is a good thing for Sequim. It’s good for our economy, but it’s also the reason Sequim is such a wonderful place to live. It has attracted some of the most interesting and some of the kindest people you will ever meet.

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Compare the San Juan Islands with Sequim

Let’s compare the San Juan Islands with Sequim.  If you’re planning to retire to the great Northwest from California or Arizona or Texas, you’re undoubtedly looking for a milder climate, but what else are you looking for?  Your online search may lead you to the beautiful islands of the Northwest outside the Seattle metropolis, the San Juan Islands.  So how do we compare the San Juan Islands with Sequim?

Compare the San Juan Islands

Compare the San Juan Islands Weather

Sequim has annual rainfall of 16.2 inches while Friday Harbor on San Juan Island has annual rainfall of 28.2.  That means the San Juan Islands get 12 more inches of rain annually.  Sequim is famous for its Blue Hole or Rain Shadow getting one-third the rainfall of Seattle.  The San Juan Islands are just a little beyond the Blue Hole.  The temperatures in the summer and winter are similar. Sequim recorded the warmest temperature of 94°F in 2007, and Friday Harbor recorded the lowest temperature of -8°F in 1950. In both places most of the time summer temperatures are in the 60s and 70s, and the winter temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

Compare the San Juan Islands Accessibility.

Living on San Juan Island means access to the mainland is by ferry only.  The ferry trip is one hour and five minutes one way. That takes you from Friday Harbor on San Juan Island to Anacortes.  From Anacortes to Seattle is one hour and 30 minutes, if you’re not driving in rush hour traffic.  You may want to plan additional time for potential ferry or driving delays. Sequim is a two hour drive from Sea-Tac or a two and a half hour drive from Seattle, or you can take the Bainbridge ferry, which is one hour from Sequim and a 30 minute ferry ride to downtown Seattle.  Sequim has Highway 101 access in all directions.  Depending on your personal preferences for travel, this is an important consideration when you compare the San Juan Islands and Sequim.

Compare the San Juan Islands Shopping.

The islands are fairly remote when it comes to shopping. Residents who want to shop will need to go to the mainland for most shopping.  Sequim is fortunate to have a number of major stores, including Safeway, QFC, J.C. Penney’s, Home Depot, Petco, Costco, and of course Starbucks.  Both San Juan Island and Sequim have boutique shops.  Sequim is a 50 minute drive from Silverdale, which has a large mall and lots of shopping. When you compare the San Juan Islands and Sequim on shopping, most women will clearly prefer Sequim.

Compare the San Juan Islands Recreation.

Both the San Juan Islands and Sequim boast extraordinary recreational opportunities on the water, and on that level they are probably equal.  Sequim is blessed with the Olympic National Forest to the south and hundreds of miles of hiking trails in old growth forests.  From Sequim around the Olympic Peninsula are plenty of inland fishing and hunting opportunities.

Compare the Sailing and Boating

The San Juan Islands have plenty of sailing and boating opportunities, but Sequim and Port Angeles have plenty of surface water and sheltered bays, too.  This may be a wash in terms of comparison, but Port Angeles does have substantially more maintenance facilities and equipment repair facilities along the Port Angeles Marina than the San Juan Islands by an order of magnitude.

John Wayne Marina

Compare the San Juan Islands Real Estate Prices.

San Juan Island real estate prices are much higher than Sequim’s.  A home that is $1.6 million in the Islands may be half that price in Sequim. Here are the search results for a 3 bedroom+, 2 bathroom+, 1,600 minimum square foot home in both locations, listed from the most expensive to the least expensive:

San Juan Island Homes for Sale
Sequim Homes for Sale
Port Angeles Homes for Sale
The Best Sequim MLS Site
Luxury Waterview Homes On the Islands

There is no doubt the northwest is one of the most beautiful destination retirement areas in the entire country.  If you have questions about any of the homes on these lists, email me at ChuckMarunde@gmail.com or simply call me on my cell at 360-775-5424.  Of course, one of the best things anyone could do to compare the San Juan Islands and Sequim is to spend a little time in both locations. 

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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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Sequim and the I-5 Corridor

Sequim is a two hour drive from the I-5 corridor. If you want to know why Sequim is such a peaceful, low crime community, read on, because our distance from the I-5 corridor explains a lot about Sequim. If you are comparing Sequim with areas north of Seattle, or anywhere within the I-5 corridor, you may want to consider the implications of living within the corridor.

I-5 Corridor

I-5 Corridor

The I-5 corridor is carved out by Interstate 5, the major North-South freeway on the west coast running from California through Washington to the Canadian border. This is the primary commercial and non-commercial arterial for millions of trucks and cars 24/7 all year long. Apart from the Seattle and Tacoma waterfront docs, the I-5 corridor feeds the entire Seattle-Tacoma metropolis. Along with these benefits of the I-5 corridor comes something not so beneficial for residential communities.

I-5 Corridor Influence

Sequim is outside the I-5 corridor, and that means Sequim does not get all the drive through traffic of the casual or the curious, including criminals and would-be criminals. No wonder Sequim’s crime rate is so unbelievably low. People who live in Sequim are either retired or they are working. Sequim does not attract street people in large numbers, unemployed beggars, or illegal aliens who wander the streets. This is not a political statement, nor is it a comment about those who are less fortunate. It is a factual statement about the demographics of Sequim. 

The I-5 corridor extends on either side of I-5 by a distance of perhaps a one hour drive, but when you get two or three hours from the I-5 corridor, you are getting beyond the reach of it’s influence. For quiet residential communities, being outside the I-5 corridor is a very good thing.

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  • Sequim Storage Facilities

    Sequim Storage facilities are in short supply right now, and this is creating some difficulties for retirees moving to Sequim and needing temporary storage. It’s a highly unusual situation, because there are quite a few Sequim storage facilities, but clients keep telling me they cannot get any storage. There are some small rooms, like 5×5, but most people are looking for something large.

    Sequim Storage

    Sequim Storage

    If you cannot coordinate your move from the home you are selling to your new home in Sequim directly from house to house, you may need to call the local Sequim storage facilities, so here is a list of those companies and their phone numbers.

    Sequim Storage Facilities

    1. Anchor Self Storage, 258313 US-101 Sequim, WA 98382, (360) 681-7867
    2. ALL SAFE Mini Storage, 101 Grant Rd., Sequim, WA 98382, (360) 683-6646
    3. Sequim Sunnyside Mini Storage, 511 E Washington, Sequim, WA, (360) 683-7660
    4. Sequim Stow Places, 741 N Sequim Ave, Sequim, WA, (360) 683-4628
    5. U-Haul All About Storage, 132 S Hooker Rd, Sequim, WA 98382
    6. Carlsborg Self Storage, 292 Business Park Loop, Carlsborg, WA, 360-681-3536
    7. Affordable Storage, 111 Fat Cat Ln, Sequim, WA 98382, (360) 683-4059
    8. A Cost-less Mini Storage, 258373 Highway 101, Sequim, WA 98382
    9. Sequim Port Angeles Storage Solutions, 258313 Highway 101 , Sequim, WA 98382, (360( 681-7867

    If you’re unable to find a Sequim storage facility, you may have to try to coordinate a direct move of all your household goods from house to house, which most retirees do, but it isn’t easy to coordinate with the seller in Sequim who is also trying to get moved on on closing day.

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    Life in Sequim

    Life in Sequim is good. For retirees, lifestyle becomes more important than it ever was in the earlier years. In our youth we often think about material success, money, and fast cars. I think as we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we begin to realize that life is all about relationships, not things.

    Life in Sequim

    Life in Sequim

    Retirees in Sequim seem to get it. They have reached a point in their lives when they know what life is about, and they live life richly. They enjoy their beautiful homes in Sequim or Port Angeles or Port Townsend, and they appreciate the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula, the bays, the mountains, the rivers and lakes. But I don’t think that’s the major reason Sequim is such a happy place to live. I think retirees who choose Sequim are mature and wise, and they know how to live life to the fullest, and they know how to be content and happy. No wonder people boast about their friendly neighbors.

    Life in Sequim is Rich

    Enjoying relationships is what I did at my son’s wedding. I’m very proud of my sons and my daughter in this photo. Life in Sequim is rich and fulfilling later in life, primarily because we quit chasing the rainbow and enjoy life. And there’s no better place than Sequim. You can drive to SeaTac in two and a half hours, and you can fly to three quarters of the country to visit children and grandchildren, and when you’re done, you can come back to home to the peaceful life you’ve created for yourself on the Olympic Peninsula. How sweet it is, life in Sequim.

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    Sequim Utility Rates

    Sequim Utility Rates are very reasonable compared to many other areas of the U.S. Here’s a quick breakdown that will give you an idea of the Sequim utility rates.

    Sequim Utility Rates

    Sequim Utility Rates Compared

    Many California clients have shared that their utility rates are very high. For example, clients from the Santa Barbara area and around L.A. have shared that their monthly water bills are from $500 to $700 per month, and these are not expensive luxury homes with lots of landscaping. Some California clients have said their monthly electric bills are also over $500. Then add sewer bills, gas and other heating bills, and the total cost of utilities in many areas of California can easily be $1,000 to $2,000 every month, and that does not include property taxes.

    Sequim Utility Rates

    Now let’s compare Sequim utility rates. If you’re on a private well, you won’t have any water expense other than the minimal electricity used by the water pump. That might amount to $10 a month. If you’re on a public water system, you might pay $30 a month. A 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with 2,000 square feet with all electric appliances and forced air electric with a heat pump will generate a monthly electric bill of about $235.  Garbage collection is about the same as elsewhere in the country. Internet, telephone, and satellite TV are also based on national rats.

    When you get done comparing, Sequim utility rates are substantially less than most of California and many other areas of the country. By an order of magnitude.

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  • The Best Retirement in the World

    Sequim may be the best retirement community in the county. Sequim received a number of retirement awards already (read several articles at Best Places to Retire). I talk to retirees several times a week, and I’ve listed some of the reasons they tell me why their retirement in Sequim is so great.

    Retirement

    Retirement in Sequim

    Ask a retiree in Sequim what their occupation is now, and they are likely to say something like, “Enjoying Life.” Isn’t that one of the primary goals of retirement? So what would it take to classify a town as one of the best retirement communities? If you could put together a checklist of items that you would want, what would be on that checklist?

    Sequim Retirement Checklist

    Community AttractionsLifestyle Attractions
    Ideal Climate/WeatherVery Friendly People
    Many Recreational Opp.Many Clubs/Activities
    Discovery TrailMany Non-Profits
    Lakes, Rivers, Bays, BeachesMany Volunteer Org.
    Key Big Box StoresLow Crime
    Great RestaurantsMany Churches
    Abundant WildlifePlays, Music, Arts
    Lavender Capital of U.S.Master Gardener Club
    Several AirportsT-1 High Speed Internet
    Outstanding Golf CoursesHunting/Fishing

    This short list is just the tip of the iceberg. Want to have some fun conversations about retirement in the Sequim area? Next time you’ve visiting Sequim, take a walk through Carrie Blake Park, or walk along Port Williams Bay on the beach, or walk around town, and strike up a conversation with a retired couple. Tell them you are thinking about retiring in Sequim, and ask them how they like living in Sequim. You’ll find out how friendly people are, and you’ll hear why retirement in Sequim is about enjoying life!

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    Living in Sequim

    Living in Sequim is the goal of many retirees from around the country. Sequim has been written about in magazines for three decades, and it is on a list called the Top 10 Best Places to Retire in America. The Huffington Post took a nationwide survey and named Sequim the “Number One Place to Grow Old and Be Happy.” So why has living in Sequim received so much notoriety? What makes living in Sequim so great?

    Living in Sequim

    Living in Sequim – The Physical

    There are some obvious reasons retirees come to Sequim, such as the famous Sequim Blue Hole, aka the Sequim Rain Shadow. Sequim really does get 1/3rd the rainfall of Seattle. There is the incredible climate with mild temperatures without the hot and cold extremes of other parts of the country. There are old growth forests and lakes and rivers. There is hiking, biking, sightseeing, fishing, sailing, and wildlife that delights the soul. But Sequim also has the latest and best stores, like Home Depot and Costco, plus family owned organic farms. Sequim is clearly a healthy place to live for all these reasons, but there is a deeper reason we ought to recognize, too.

    Living in Sequim – The Mystical

    When you reach retirement age, whether you are in your 50s or 60s, you’ve come through some of life’s greatest challenges. You’ve seen some of the best of times and the worst of times. Some have experienced the loss of a child or a spouse, an experience that changes you forever. Many people don’t realize it, but in some cases, divorce is as painful as the death of a loved one. Some have also experienced major financial loss. Losing a career can be another devastating life experience. I’ve learned that life does not go according to plan, and that’s not the exception but the rule. In any of these life challenges it takes time for the heart to heal, doesn’t it?

    I believe that one of the reasons living in Sequim is so good is because it is also a time of maturity and living with peace and contentment for so many retirees who have been through both good and bad times, and now they know what it is to live. They are mature emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually, and all the pieces to the puzzle of their lives seem to fit together so nicely in Sequim. They have found balance in their lives, and they know what they want and need, and they no longer are striving to find happiness somewhere on the horizon. They have found it in themselves, and living in Sequim is just the frosting on the cake, a place that is nearly perfect in every other way.

    Among the vast majority of retirees living in Sequim, there is a deep sense of contentment and a feeling that they really have found home. That’s how I feel. That’s how so many others living in Sequim feel, too. It’s probably a cliche, but on many days I still love saying, “Another day in Paradise.”

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  • Sequim Traffic

    Sequim traffic is one of the reasons people move to Sequim, or perhaps I should say the lack of traffic. If you have been driving the I-5 Corridor around the Seattle-Tacoma metro area, or you’ve been driving for years on the Los Angeles freeway system (I-405 or I-15 or I-5), you are probably ready for a change. How about living where a traffic jam is considered 5 cars in a row? Imagine your stress level dropping by 98% because of Sequim traffic. That’s what happens when you get out of the concrete jungle and away from bumper to bumper rush hour traffic.

    Sequim Traffic 

    Sequim Traffic Nonexistent

    This photo was taken at an intersection on our only freeway, Highway 101 on the west side of Sequim. First, notice in the middle of the day there are no cars, either on the side road or the freeway. Second, we have well maintained roads. But there’s another important reason I am sharing this if you are thinking about buying a home in Sequim or Port Angeles or Port Townsend.

    Recent expansion of Highway 101 on the west side of Sequim revealed an entirely new concern for buyers. If you live on Dryke Road, for example, and you want to turn left onto Highway 101 toward Sequim, you must first turn right and west toward Port Angeles. You drive about an eighth of a mile and use a turn-around to head back east to Sequim. This may not sound like a big deal, but if you drive to town once a day, it is annoying. We used to be able to simply stop at the intersection and turn left toward Sequim, but freeways and the new rules of access have changed all that. Sequim traffic is now subject to special highway laws and regulations. These new turn-arounds effect many roads in the area, but at least we don’t have much Sequim traffic.

    Sequim Traffic Due Diligence

    If you’re a buyer, you will want to pay attention to highway access from your prospective home. There are areas where the access is annoying or even unsafe. The intersection of Palo Alto and Highway 101 is dangerous. The intersection of Dryke Road and Highway 101 is annoying. You may not know all the Sequim traffic issues, but it’s worth knowing before you buy. Your friendly Realtor should know Sequim traffic. 

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  • Compare Sequim with Port Angeles

    How would I compare Sequim with Port Angeles? People from around the country asked all the time how I would compare Sequim with Port Angeles or with Port Townsend. In a previous article, I compared Sequim with the San Juan Islands. Sequim and Port Angeles are dramatically different towns even though they are only 15 miles apart. 

    Compare Sequim

    Compare Sequim and Port Angeles

    First, the weather is slightly different. Sequim is famous for its Blue Hole or Rain Shadow. Sequim only gets 16 inches of rain in a year, and the average temperature is 48.7 degrees F.  Port Angeles gets 25 inches of rain per year, and the average temperature is 49.75 degrees F. But that’s probably where the two are most similar. 

    Compare Sequim and Port Angeles Populations and Culture

    When I compare Sequim and Port Angeles demographics, there is a huge difference. Sequim is largely a retired population. The median age in Sequim is 56 compared to 42 in Port Angeles. This means there is a much larger working population and more families and children in Port Angeles. There is still a large family population in Sequim, and I raised my own children in Sequim. Both Sequim and Port Angeles have great school systems.

    If you’re looking at homes, you will find great homes in both places, although homes are priced somewhat less in Port Angeles. If you want to live in the city, you can, but if you want to live out in the country, there are some incredible opportunities and low prices, especially outside of Port Angeles and west of Port Angeles. 

    There are great medical facilities in both Sequim and Port Angeles. Both have nice Marinas if you want to park a boat. Sequim is closer to Silverdale for shopping and SeaTac for traveling, but Port Angeles is closer to Victoria via a short ferry ride.

    I recommend driving around both Sequim and Port Angeles. That is the best way to get familiar with both. I’ve lived in Port Angeles, and I live in Sequim now. I cannot imagine living anywhere else. Come and visit us and compare Sequim and Port Angeles yourself.

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  • The Cost of Living in Sequim

    What is the cost of living in Sequim? Can you live like a King on a retirement income in Sequim, Washington? The answer is yes, but it does take some planning and diligence. There are three major components to the cost of living in the Sequim and Port Angeles area–the cost of housing, the cost of transportation, and the cost of food. Let me share why you can live like a King in Sequim and Port Angeles area.

    Cost of Living

    Live Like a King with Low Cost of Living

    The cost of living in Sequim includes the cost of homes plus property taxes, maintenance, and electricity. Compared to many areas of the country, the price of a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,800 to 2,200 square foot home on a single level in a nice area is very reasonable. You can buy a very nice home in Sequim for $225,000 to $325,000. Many of my clients compare prices and tell me homes are 50% to 100% more where they are coming from (largely California).

    Home maintenance costs in this area are also low compared to most areas of the country. Our climate is relatively mild, and that means less wear and tear on roofing, siding, and driveways. Sun and rain do wear wooden decks, but many people have been going with Trex decking, which needs very little maintenance. Property taxes are also reasonable and do not keep going up as they have in many parts of the country. For example, a $250,000 home may have annual property taxes of $2,100. All this helps keep the cost of living down by comparison.

    The Cost of Living with Low Electric Bills

    Electricity is our major utility bill, and most people are using electric heat, such as electric forced air with a heat pump, or electric baseboard or electric wall heaters. Because we don’t have extreme temperatures, either cold or hot, our heating bills are very reasonable, and we don’t even need air conditioning in the summers. Most people use electric appliances, including cooktops, ovens, dryers and hot water heaters. A typical total electric bill in the coldest part of winter might be $225. Compared to California, this is a big help in keeping down the cost of living.

    The cost of transportation is what you make it. For 20 years in the Sequim area I have been buying used cars from retirees who buy their vehicles brand new and keep the in perfect condition. Buying a car that is five or so years old with low mileage in show room condition is incredibly affordable. There are a lot of retirees in the Sequim area who sell cars that are like brand new for a fraction of the cost of a new one. Sequim and Port Angeles also has public transportation.

    The cost of food is not high in Sequim, and we do have a Safeway, a QFC, a Costco, a Walmart Super Store, and family owned organic grocery stores. You can buy inexpensive organic products from farmers, and you can do what many people do. They either have a green house for their vegetable garden or they just build raised garden beds. With plenty of sunshine and rich soils, Sequim is the perfect place to have a garden or an orchard. This helps reduce the cost of living. Many retirees also enjoy fishing, and we have plenty of fishing on the Olympic Peninsula and out on the Strait. And there is deer hunting, too. Some with acreage like to raise a few cows for beef. There are many ways to live off the land here.

    And if you want to keep your heating bill down, you can supplement your electric heat with a wood stove, if you are inclined to cut and split wood. Some do this for a while and then convert their fireplace or wood stove to propane. Overall, the cost of living in Sequim is very reasonable, and with some planning you can live like a King in Sequim.

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  • So Much to Be Thankful For on Thanksgiving

    Today is Thanksgiving Day, and there is much to be thankful for. For most of us Thanksgiving is a day spent with those we love most, our own family.  The day before Thanksgiving is the single most traveled day of the entire year in the U.S. as families head to one family home to celebrate and enjoy some good food and laughter together. That’s all good and thoroughly enjoyable, but I would submit that Thanksgiving is much more.

    Thanksgiving

    Thanks on Thanksgiving

    Giving thanks and being grateful for what we have is something many of us do every day, and I can testify this has made my life rich and full of joy. I just took this photo above of Bristol Marunde and Aubrey Buck, my son and soon to be daughter-in-law. I love this photo, because I see them looking at each other with love and a deep sense of joy just being together. I think they forgot I was even there. I know my son, and he counts his blessings every day, and his life, while not easy and perfect, is a wonderful life. He is living it to the fullest and he is happy. He gives thanks for what he has every day.

    Of course, while we are being adults, the kids are having fun, too. Here my two grandsons are posing for me while I take another photo. Kale the older knows about posing, but Kane the younger has not yet figured this out. And so the circle of life goes on, and in the midst of it we are thankful. These two boys crack me up. 

    Thanksgiving in Sequim

    Thanksgiving for Everything

    I think Thanksgiving is one day of 365 days that can be incredible. It doesn’t mean every day is hunky dory or full of giddiness. I’ve been though tough times, lost someone I love, had financial setbacks, been sick. I have dear friends who have suffered great personal losses. Less than two weeks ago my dear sister lost her oldest son. But today I know while her heart aches and this holiday season will loose it’s luster, she is still thankful for the life she has and for her husband and two daughters who are with her. There is always something and someone for whom we can give thanks. Every day of the year.

    I don’t know what you are experiencing this Thanksgiving. I don’t know if you are experiencing times of plenty or times of loss and sorrow. I do wish you a heart felt greeting and a sweet Thanksgiving day and holiday. My God richly bless you and grant you peace and joy.

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  • Living in Sequim

    Have you wondered what it would be like living in Sequim? It’s wonderful, and trying to prove that in 456 words is nearly impossible, but I’ll try. Sequim has been written about in many retirement and travel magazines over the past three decades as one of the ideal retirement havens in the U.S. It has been chosen one of the 10 best places to retire, and most recently in 2014 a nationwide survey gave Sequim the No. 1 slot to the question, “Where is the best place to retire and grow old and happy?” [The Huffington Post]

    Living in Sequim

    Living in Sequim – Sequim Weather

    Why is living in Sequim said to be so wonderful by so many retirees in Sequim and around the country? First, the climate is one of the best and most pleasant climates. Year round weather patterns are some of the best in the entire country. Second, the Sequim Blue Hole is real, and it only rains 16 inches a year, which is 1/3 the rainfall in Seattle, only 2.5 hours away. The rainfall is the same in Sequim as it is in Los Angeles, but our weather does not get the extremes of hot or cold from Alaska to Texas. Try 60’s and 70’s during the summer and typically the 40’s and 50’s in the winter. We do get some freezing temperatures early in the morning on the coldest winter days, but that doesn’t last long.

    Living in Sequim – The Lifestyle

    Third, the lifestyle in Sequim is truly happy. People are amazed at how friendly Sequimites are when the visit. Everybody waves all the time, and everyone is easy to start a conversation with. Fourth, there are so many enjoyable activities in the area, including hobbies and clubs, volunteer organizations, and non-profits. Many retirees have found very satisfying places to serve others, and that brings a deep sense of satisfaction. Fifth, there are more year round recreational activities than almost anywhere in the country, including hiking in the old growth forests in the mountains, kayaking in rivers and in bays, fishing, hunting, bicycling on the Discovery Trail, jogging on the thousands of miles of trails, walking dogs in many of our parks, boating, sailing, motorcycling, horse back riding, cross country skiing in the mountains nearby, and much more. Sixth, we have a quiet little community with a Costco, Home Depot, Safeway, and numerous family owned organic farm stores. Seventh, living in Sequim means living in one of the lowest crime rates in the country. That brings a lot of peace and security to retirees.

    No wonder so many retirees are finding Sequim and enjoying the best years of their lives living in Sequim. Come and visit Sequim and find out yourself why living in Sequim is so darn good.

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    Sequim Electricity Rates

    Retirees often ask about Sequim electricity rates. On the minds of many buyers is the cost of living as they get older. It’s not hard to do a budget today based on retirement income and expenses when you know what your mortgage, property taxes, homeowner’s dues, and electric bills will be when you move into your new Sequim home, at least for the first few years. But the reason retirees are asking about Sequim electricity rates is because they are planning their budget in retirement ten or twenty years from now. No one wants to run out of money when they are in their 80’s, and monthly costs like utilities must be considered. Today I want to share a tip to help you plan your budget when you buy a home in Sequim.

    Sequim electricity rates

    Sequim Electricity Rates

    I submitted an offer on a home for clients, and as part of our due diligence, we began collecting information on all the costs associated with owning this home. That included the property taxes, homeowner’s association dues, water and sewer rates, and Sequim electricity rates. When the PUD (public utility district) told me last year’s electric bills for this home were nearly $600 in the coldest winter month, both my clients and I were surprised. Granted this is a large home with almost 4,000 square feet, but that is still way above average in the Sequim area. Most homes in this area have electric bills of $150 to $275 per month. 

    I pointed out to my buyers that Sequim electricity rates are very reasonable, 32% less than the national average and 5% less than the Washington state average, but the monthly cost when it is high must be a serious consideration based on the financial insight that when they are in their 80’s, Sequim electricity rates may be higher than they are now. Such high monthly electric costs are now a buying consideration for retirees.

    Sequim Electricity Rates Reasonable

    We are lucky that Sequim electricity rates are as low as they are. Washington is the leading U.S. producer of hydroelectric power, contributing more than one-fourth of the nation’s total net hydroelectric generation. Eight of the state’s 10 largest power plants are hydroelectric facilities, primarily on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. All of this redounds to our benefit on the Olympic Peninsula. The graphic above with the average Sequim electricity rates is provided courtesy of a website that compares electric rates, electricitylocal.com. When you buy a home in the Sequim area, make sure you do your due diligence (or ask your Realtor for help) on Sequim electricity rates.

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    Sequim Crime Rates

    How do you compare Sequim crime rates with other areas? If you are thinking about retiring in the Sequim, Washington area, you might like to know how Sequim crime rates compare to where you live now or other areas where you might retire. There are many websites with crime statistics, and even Trulia has a crime map, which is interesting and worth looking at. It shows you where crimes occur, although their map includes events you and I would not consider crimes, such as traffic stops and policeman just checking out an area with a driveby. So the map is exagerated, because most of us want to know about crimes against a person or property crimes. There are literally dozens of Internet sites purportedly showing Sequim crime rates and comparing Sequim with other cities, but none of these websites interpret their stats or put them in a proper context for interpretation.

    Sequim Crime Rates

    Sequim Crime Rates Low

    Sequim crime rates are very low, but you would not know that from looking at various Internet sites with crime statistics. I discussed this with the Sequim police department, and received a strong affirmation on this. There are three reasons for that. First, even minor and insignificant events are added to the database as crimes, and you have to spend hours analyzing Sequim crimes over the past decade to begin to get the bigger picture. I promised myself I would not delve into a massive analysis of statistics. How interesting would that not be? Instead, I’ll share my general conclusions, which is much more readable. This crime map above shows a lot of events that are not crimes against a person or property. Remember, all of these Internet sites are using automated software that creates these graphs and charts and spreadsheets. No humans are involved, so the data is scraped from the Internet and dropped into a program that creates something all by itself. So we have to be careful about drawing conclusions. (more…)

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  • Sequim Traffic v. Los Angeles Traffic

    How does Sequim traffic compare to Los Angeles traffic? If you’ve driven on Highway 101 from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara you know the answer. Traffic around L.A. is something else, with stoppages during rush hour, and then spurts up to 80 miles per hour and then back down to 5 mph. It gets interesting, or even entertaining because you also have people who will fly by while weaving in and out. And then there are those who really live on the edge by driving a motorcycle at high speed passing cars while driving in between lanes with the handle bars barely squeezing between vehicles, all while doing 80 or 90 mph. Driving to or from work every day must be stressful to every organ of the body. If you are from the L.A. area, you may recognize this location with an exit to Ventura, Santa Monica, and Sacramento. I was driving. This was nothing like the Sequim traffic I’m used to.

    Sequim Traffic

    Sequim Traffic Compared to What?

    When I flew back from LAX to SeaTac, suddenly the I-5 traffic I thought was so bad wasn’t bad at all. But it still was heavy freeway traffic. By the time I got halfway to Sequim, the traffic had thinned so much there were only a couple of cars in my rear view mirror, and they were about a half a mile behind me. Coming from Highway 101 in L.A. to Highway 101 in Sequim is a dramatic contrast. I was so delighted to see the worst of Sequim traffic, like Heaven compared to Seattle traffic and certainly Los Angeles traffic.

    Sequim Traffic a Wonderful Reminder

    I stood on five acres this afternoon where no traffic could be heard, and there was no other noise whatsoever. It was stunningly quiet. My clients from California who just bought this little home on 5 acres in the country just stood there for the longest time enjoying the peace and quiet. There’s a saying, “You don’t realize what you have until you lose it.” I’m thinking there should be another saying, “You realize what you have when you do lose it.” Of course, I’m talking about loosing L.A. traffic for Sequim traffic.

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  • Thinking About Moving to Sequim?

    Are you thinking about moving to Sequim? I received a call early this morning from someone in Wisconsin who is planning to move to Sequim. They are in the early stages of researching what it is like to live in Sequim and what homes and properties are available. I answered questions about the lifestyle, the school system, the business opportunities, and the kinds of properties available in the Sequim area. I helped them compare Sequim with Port Angeles and Port Townsend. Since I’ve lived here for 20 years, I was able to answer questions about the growth and the real estate market. We talked about building a home compared to buying an existing home, and several other key areas of concern for a person thinking about moving to Sequim.

    Moving to Sequim

    Moving to Sequim and Gathering Information

    I love helping buyers and prospective buyers gather and filter through information so they can make a decision on moving to Sequim. I am a broker, but I think of myself as a consultant or a facilitator. That is probably most evident from all the free information that I give away every day on this site and the numerous resources on all the links. This is a buyer’s haven of information that they will find no where else. That’s not sales hype. I know that for a fact. Thousands of articles for buyers, videos, photos, ebooks, our Sequim map, and paperback books about Sequim real estate are only found at this brokerage. Our passion for this business and our appreciation for our clients shows in our labor of love that never ends.

    Moving to Sequim from California

    I received a second call today from a couple in Cambria, California, and they are excited about coming to Sequim to look at homes. They are retiring and Sequim has caught their attention. After doing research online and looking at my Sequim MLS site, they cannot wait to get here, and I will have a blast showing them around. If you’re thinking about moving to Sequim, take advantage of all the free resources here and take advantage of my offer to help you gather information throughout the process.

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  • Sequim Master Gardeners

    Sequim master gardeners are feeling like they are in Heaven lately as the sun acts as the catalyst for sprouting and blooming of flowers and all things green. I love flowers that are shades of dark blue and purple, and this bee was kind enough to sit for me and my camera.

    Master Gardeners

    Master Gardeners Have Fun

    There is a very large population of Master Gardeners in the Sequim area, and there is a non-profit set up for Master Gardeners. Their mission is explained like this, “The mission of the Foundation is to educate individuals in applying horticultural science to manage their landscapes and gardens in a science-based, sustainable manner, and to utilize Demonstration Gardens as resources in this pursuit.” Hmm. I get it, but whoever wrote that must have a Ph.D.  I’m joking , because I have a doctorate myself, but as a general rule the more education one has, the less one is able to communicate in plain language. LOL. 

    Master Gardeners Classes

    Washington State University has a Clallam County extension office with a class for Master Gardeners. We’re lucky in Sequim, because our soil is rich, the rainfall is sufficient but not too much, and we get plenty of sunshine. What a perfect climate for gardening! And for those who are not master gardeners, well . . . we still get plenty of photo opportunities of the most beautiful flowers and gardens on earth.

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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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