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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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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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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 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

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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Another Day in Sequim (aka Paradise)

It’s another day in Sequim, and I am loving it. This morning I awoke early and enjoyed a cup of coffee and some fresh air on my Sequim property as I walked around my two and a half acres with my dog, Titus. It was a chilly but invigorating morning, and as I always do, I deeply inhaled the pristine air that gently blows across my property directly from the ocean (or the Strait of Juan de Fuca which becomes the Pacific Ocean).

Another Day in Sequim

The sun was rising and I felt like I was looking at a painting as I looked south to the panoramic view I have of the Olympic Mountains. Bright rays of sun glistened through the trees across my property, and the fields and trees in the distance were beautiful with autumn colors. The sun was still rising, and the bright snow capped mountains really did look like a gorgeous painting. But it’s just another day in Sequim.

Another Day in Sequim

The lower water level in the irrigation pond on the southern end of my land is showing signs that winter is coming. As I sipped on my hot cup of gourmet coffee, leaning on the white fence built by the prior owners to keep horses, a flock of geese flew over my head singing that winter is coming in their own cacophonous way. Another day in Sequim.

By mid-morning it was already 47 degrees. Winters are mostly in the high 40s and 50s, and summers are mostly in the 60s and 70s. I jumped in my car and checked on a brand new condominium unit I recently sold to some clients, and after that I stopped at Starbucks for a double short latte extra hot and a blueberry scone. Savoring my scone and coffee, I couldn’t resist writing this article expressing my delight with living in Sequim. I love it here, and I have for 22 years. But then again, I count my blessings every day. Sequim is a happy place to live.

Another Day in Sequim

I could go on and on about Sequim and what an incredible climate we have, what it’s like to live in one of nature’s most beautiful places on the face of the earth, or I could talk about how safe it is to live here, how there is very little traffic . . . ever . . ., and I could go on an on about the delightful and interesting people who live here. But I won’t. I’ll let you search out articles on these subjects on this real estate blog, and there are over 2,000 such articles. 

For now, I just want to say, “It’s another day in Sequim,” or as I often say to myself, “Another day in Paradise.” Same thing.

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Sequim Demographics Create Stability

Sequim demographics have created a very stable Sequim economy and stable Sequim real estate market. First let’s talk about some of the general Sequim demographics, and then I’ll explain how they create a strong local economy.

Sequim Demographics

Sequim Demographics

The Sequim population in 2013 was 6,669 (97% urban, 3% rural). The population changed since 2000 by a plus 53.9%. This does not include the much larger surrounding population not inside the city limits.

The entire county population in 2012 was 71,863 (65% urban, 35% rural), and it was 64,525 in 2000. The estimated median household income in Sequim in 2013 was $41,432 It was $27,880 in 2000.

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $239,920; Detached houses: $268,314; Townhouses or other attached units: $233,711; In 2-unit structures: $190,471; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $140,337; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $115,321; Mobile homes: $97,467; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $112,594. [Source: City-Data]

Sequim Demographics

Some of these stats are not especially easy to interpolate, so I want to add two important conclusions that add substantially to an understanding of the stability created by the Sequim demographics.

The big box stores have been building aggressively in Sequim for over a decade, but they have not been building in nearby cities as far away as 50 miles. Silverdale is the next growing city, and that’s about an hour’s drive. Costco, Home Depot, Office Depot, Wallmart, Starbucks, Petco, Ross Dress for Less, and restaurant chains have been building in Sequim for over a decade, because their corporate demographic studies, which are extensive and expensive, prove to them that Sequim is the strongest area economy with the best long term growth potential. That conclusion comes from the Sequim demographics that identify retirees with steady retirement checks as strong and stable consumers, no matter what the economy is doing. 

There’s another important less about Sequim demographics. Retirees moving to Sequim buy a home rather than rent. Homeowners are more stable than tenants, earn more money, spend more money, and stay longer with a vested interest in the local economy. 

There’s no question that the Sequim demographics are part of what makes our local economy so stable. And that’s a good thing.

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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 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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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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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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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 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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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, 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 Crabbing

Sequim crabbing is very popular. That’s not exactly a real estate subject, and most of the 1,600 articles on this site are about buying real estate in Sequim. But while you are here visiting and looking at homes, you’ve got to have some fun, too. There are many things to do, but Sequim crabbing is definitely a favorite activity.

Sequim Crabbing

Don and his lovely bride having far too much fun in retirement.

Sequim Crabbing Rules

Sportsmen catch more than a million pounds of Dungeness crab, using pots, ring nets, and for those who are wading or diving, with their bare hands. That’s a lot of crab. In the areas of East Juan de Fuca Strait, Port Angeles Harbor, and Discovery Bay the season is open from Thursday, July 3rd 2014, and remains open through September 1st 2014 (Labor Day). Crabbing is only allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week during the summer season (closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). You can learn more from the Washington Department of Fish and Widlife at Sequim Crabbing.

Sequim Crabbing

Here’s what one visitor said about his Sequim crabbing experience, “Went crabbing out to Sequim last Wednesday and the family had a blast. Weather was great, caught lots of crab and did a little camping. Fished my pots a little deeper at about 120′ to 140′ and really nailed the crab. One pot had 16 dungeness and only one was not legal. Usually it is the other way around for us. Had a feast at the camp ground and came home and fed the extended family & friends. Family outings like we had are priceless. As I  (and the kids) get older I am savoring them more.” Come and visit Sequim and try your luck at some Sequim crabbing.

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Why I Love Living in Sequim

Living in Sequim is a dream come true for many of us. I moved here 20 years ago and finished raising my children here. That was the best decision of my life. If you talk to dozens or hundreds of retirees who have lived here for many years or decades, you will hear all of them talk about why they love living in Sequim. There are many reasons, but I thought you might like to know why so many of us love Sequim.

Living in Sequim

Love Living in Sequim

In the early 1990’s I was stationed at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, and my three boys were young. My oldest boy was in middle school, and gangs were moving into Vegas from Los Angeles. Fights, knifings, and even shootings at the schools were not unusual, and I decided I needed to find a safe and healthy place to raise my family. I also wanted to live in a rural area that was beautiful and with a nice climate. After much research, I found Sequim. I practiced real estate law in Sequim, and we had the lifestyle in Sequim most only dream of having, but growing up in Sequim was the best thing that could ever have happened to my children. The school district is one of the best in the country, and Sequim was a safe and conservative community with good family activities for my family. Living in Sequim has been good to me and my family.

Living in Sequim is Paradise

Now that my children are grown up, do I still love Sequim? Absolutely! I love the peaceful community. I love the friendly people, more friendly than any place I have lived in three states. I love the climate and the famous Sequim Blue Hole, and I love the recreation here, including my personal interests–kayaking, hiking in the Olympic National Park, jogging and bicycling on the Discovery Trail, walking my dog and breathing the fresh breeze that comes off the ocean.

I also love writing and technology, and Sequim has very fast Internet speeds, so while we are in the country, we are well connected with the rest of the world. Many have retired after a long successful professional career, and now have a home based consulting business using the Internet. Some retirees have stumbled onto a delightful discovery: when you do what you love, you often make a lot more money than doing what you have to.

Seattle is only a two hour trip from Sequim, and I can either drive all the way or take a ferry across the Sound. There are so many reasons that living in Sequim is wonderful, I have written thousands of articles and several books on the subject, and I even put together a list of 100 reasons. For your amusement, you can read the first 25 reasons at Why Living in Sequim is Wonderful.

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The Myth of Traditional Retirement

Traditional retirement planning is no longer what it once was. Sequim is a major destination for retirees. Many retirees of the past three decades have relied on traditional retirement planning for their dream years in Sequim, but the world has been changing and financial planning is not what it used to be. Traditional retirement advice basically went like this. Work hard for a corporation or the government for 25 to 30 years, and between your employer contributions and your own IRA or 401(k), and with what is left of social security, you should have enough to retire for the rest of your life. This traditional retirement planning is no longer viable.

Traditional Retirement

The future is going to be different than the past, and that is certainly true when it comes to traditional retirement planning. First, having a guaranteed 20 to 30 year career at Boeing or any major corporation today with a retirement plan is virtually impossible. Even Microsoft has gotten away from “employees” and hires “independent contractors” so they don’t have to pay retirement benefits. Working for the Federal government is just about the only guarantee left. But there are even bigger reasons traditional retirement planning is dead.

The Myth of Traditional Retirement

When I retired from 20 years of real estate law practice in 2005, I was recruited by a national investment brokerage. I was told I could make a large six figure income, and since I had always loved investing, I became a registered financial adviser. I went to work on the “inside” of one of the nation’s foremost investment advisory services. I thought I would learn all about investing wisely in the stock market and mutual funds and bonds, and so on. I thought I would be using my years of estate planning, business succession, and asset protection experience to help clients plan and build a nice retirement with traditional retirement concepts. I was wrong, and here’s why. (more…)

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Florida to Sequim

Who would move from Florida to Sequim? Believe it or now, a lot of retirees are moving from Florida to Sequim, as are people from Alaska, Montana, Texas, Colorado, and California. How about this–a couple who traveled in this motor home for 7 years and then moved to Sequim?

Florida to Sequim

Florida to Sequim

Greg and Marilyn have been traveling for 7 years in their motor home, and after visiting every state in the Union, and after spending time in some of the most beautiful places in the world, they chose Sequim, Washington as their ultimate retirement home. What does that tell you?

Alaska to Florida to Sequim

Sequim has been written up in magazines for decades and called “One of the 10 Best Places to Retire,” and Greg and Marilyn apparently decided it was the number one place to retire. I love their story. I first heard from Greg and Marilyn when they were in Florida and checking out Sequim on the Internet Super Highway. Then I discovered they had spent time in Chicken, Alaska, which I know very well having grown up 60 miles from Chicken in Tok, Alaska. They even have a blog of their travels from Florida to Sequim (and from many other places), which is worth visiting at Moving to Sequim.

Arizona to Alaska to Florida to Sequim

Greg and Marilyn bought their dream home in Sequim, and you can see a photo of it at Sequim Log HomeI love hearing stories about how people discover Sequim and ultimately decide to visit and then buy their home in Sequim. If you have a story, please share it with me so others can read about it, too.

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Best Place to RetireWe continue our 100 Reasons Sequim is the Best Place to Retire with this third edition, reasons 51 through 75.  Sequim retirees have 100 reasons why they moved here and why they love living here.  Actually, they have hundreds of reasons, but we’ve narrowed that down to a readable 100 reasons Sequim is the best place to retire.  Don’t miss reading the other reasons with the links below.

100 Reasons Sequim is the Best Place to Retire

  • Sequim has several private airports with homes and hangars for pilots.
  • Sequim has many homes on golf courses for passionate golfers.
  • Sequim has 3 golf courses.
  • Sequim has one of the driest golf courses on the west coast.
  • Sequim has many 100 year old barns still standing.
  • Sequim has a Casino with Shows and Entertainers.
  • Sequim has an Aquatic Center for indoor year round swimming and exercise.
  • Sequim has Master Gardener club and private gardens.
  • Sequim has Carrie Blake Park with walking lanes, ponds, pines and a band shelter.
  • Sequim has a new dog park, because everyone in Sequim has a dog.
  • Sequim has the famous Roosevelt Elk Herd occasionally in town.
  • Sequim has geese, swallows and yellow finch in spring.
  • Sequim sometimes has snow in the winter.
  • Sequim has downtown hanging flower baskets on light poles in summer.
  • Sequim has an uncrowded, clean Costco, Home Depot, Walmart and a coming soon a Fred Meyer.
  • Sequim has a Saturday Farmers market with fresh produce, arts and crafts.
  • Sequim has high speed Internet, cable and satellite.
  • Sequim is politically balanced evenly.
  • The Sequim economy is stable with so many financially solid retirees.
  • Sequim has a stable real estate market.
  • Sequim has very few foreclosures.
  • Sequim is uniquely positioned off the busy metropolitan superhighways but only an hour from a major mall.
  • Sequim is a pleasant 30 minute drive from one of the Northwest’s deepest lakes, Lake Crescent at 1,000 feet deep.
  • Sequim is a short distance from some of the best hunting and fishing on the Olympic Peninsula.
  • Sequim is well connected with the rest of the world since the Internet has eliminated both time and distance for us.

Sequim is the Best Place to Retire

Read the first 25 reasons Sequim is the Best Place to Retire and read 26 through 50 reasons Sequim is the Best Place to Retire.

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Sequim is the best place to liveSequim residents and many retirees have 100 reasons Sequim is the best place to live and the best place to retire, so sharing these with people thinking about making Sequim their home seemed like a good idea.  Because the list is lengthy, I have broken it down into four articles with 25 reasons in each article.  Here are reasons 25 through 50.

100 Reasons Sequim is The Best Place to Live

  1. Sequim has Hurricane Ridge. Oh yea.
  2. Sequim has medical facilities way above average.
  3. Sequim has more Churches than taverns.
  4. Sequim (and area) has local award winning wineries.
  5. Sequim has many organic farms.
  6. The Sequim valley has some of the richest organic soils in the U.S.
  7. Sequim has eagles everywhere.
  8. Sequim is the birdwatching capital of the Olympic Peninsula.
  9. Sequim has one of the best school districts in the country.
  10. Sequim has lots of horses.
  11. Sequim has music concerts at Carrie Blake Park.
  12. Sequim has a thousand serious quilters.
  13. Sequim has the Olympic Theater.
  14. Sequim has an Open Aire Market.
  15. Sequim has Alpaca farms.
  16. Sequim has Washington’s best B&Bs away from all the noise.
  17. Sequim has a deer behind every tree.
  18. Sequim has two family run dairy farms.
  19. Sequim has the Juan de Fuca Festival Street Fair.
  20. Sequim has a Balloon Festival.
  21. Sequim has the Dungeness Center Audobon Center.
  22. Sequim has MAC Users Group (PCs are on their way out).
  23. Sequim is the place for sail boating.
  24. Sequim is a short drive to Sol Duc Hot Springs and Sol Duc Falls.
  25. Sequim offers retirees water views or mountain views, or both.

People who move to Sequim find that the longer you live here, the more you love it.  Read 100 Reasons Sequim is The Best Place to Live (1-25), and stay tuned for the next edition.  If you have reasons you love Sequim, let us know with your comments.  Read reasons 51 through 75 of why Sequim is the Best Place to Retire.

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Sequim is the BestSequim is the best place to live if you ask thousands of retirees who did their research before moving here and who now have lived here for many years.  In an effort to understand why so many retirees feel so strongly about that, I’ve compiled the reasons I’ve been hearing for 18 years.  To make the list manageable and readable, it is in four parts, each with 25 reasons why Sequim is the Best Place to Live.  Here is the first installment.  The linked text will take you to articles and photos of the subject.

  1. Sequim has an unique climate with a rain shadow or blue hole.
  2. Sequim is only 2.5 hours from Seattle.
  3. Sequim gets 1/3rd the rainfall of Seattle.
  4. Sequim air is ocean fresh and unpolluted.
  5. Sequim has the Olympic National Park.
  6. Sequim is ideally located between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains.
  7. Sequim is still an agricultural rural area.
  8. Life is far from fast paced and stressful. It is peaceful and enjoyable.
  9. Sequim has the Discovery Trail.
  10. Sequim has incredible bays and rivers for kayaking.
  11. Sequim has hiking trails into old growth forests.
  12. Sequim has an annual marathon and half marathon.
  13. Sequim is the Lavender capital of the U.S.
  14. Sequim has an annual Irrigation Festival over 100 years old.
  15. Sequim does not have hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, forest fires, or droughts.
  16. Sequim has a lot of property with water views (being on a peninsula).
  17. Sequim rivers are great fishing.
  18. Sequim has miles of beaches for hiking.
  19. Sequim is populated by extraordinarily gifted and interesting retirees.
  20. Sequim has the Dungeness Lighthouse.
  21. Sequim is a short ferry ride from beautiful Victoria, B.C.
  22. Sequim is a pleasant drive from pristine beaches like La Push.
  23. Sequim has winding rural mountain roads ideal for motorcycling.
  24. Sequim has extremely low crime rates, some of the lowest in the entire country.
  25. Sequim has children who are all above average.

Those of us who have lived in Sequim for many years have come to believe that Sequim is the best place to live.   Read the next installment of 100 Reasons Sequim is the Best Place to Live.

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Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

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

From Los Angeles

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

From Seattle

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

From Florida

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

From Gilroy California

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

From Corona California

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

From Bakersfield California

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

From Los Alamos New Mexico

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