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Sequim Real Estate Traps for the Unwary

Real Estate Traps for the Unwary
By Real Estate Attorney Chuck E. Marunde, J.D. (Ret.)
Port Angeles, Washington, and Sunny Sequim, Washington

Trap for the Unwary #1: The Trespassing Fence
Trap for the Unwary #2: The Trespassing Driveway
Trap for the Unwary #3: Timber Trespass
Trap for the Unwary #4: The Good Samaritan
Trap for the Unwary #5: Encroaching Branches
Trap the the Unwary #6: Road Maintenance
Trap for the Unwary #7: View Easements
Trap for the Unwary #8: Speed Bumps
Trap for the Unwary #9: Private Well on Vacant Land
Trap for the Unwary #10: Shared Wells
Trap for the Unwary #11: Well Circles
Trap for the Unwary #12: Buying Vacant Land
Trap for the Unwary #13: Buried Fuel Tanks
Trap for the Unwary #14: Contaminated Ground Water
Trap for the Unwary #15: Clandestine Land Fills

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Seattle Housing Prices & U.S. Trends


“The Composite 10-City and Composite 20-City indices once again saw month over month and year over year declines in May. While most cities continue to see year over year numbers decline, some areas continue to show home-price growth. Seattle, Charlotte, Portland, Dallas and Atlanta all showed modest gains in home prices versus a year ago.”

Source: Seeking Alpha Market Overview

The Sequim real estate market and the Port Angeles real estate market have both seen excellent appreciation in recent years, but we now are seeing the slow down. Sequim had incredible appreciation until recently. Stay tuned for an upcoming statistical analysis of the Sequim and Port Angeles markets.

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Olympic National Park Near Port Angeles

The Olympic National Park is incredible, if you love nature, the outdoors, stunning scenary, photo opps, hiking, jogging, biking, steep trails, rivers, lakes, and serenity.

The park is a hop and a skip outside of Port Angeles, Washington. If you are within driving range, you’ve got to get out here. Check out the TRAIL CONDITIONS, or check out the Park Main Website.

This photo is one I took of some old growth trees far up a mountain trail. I love this stuff!

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Sequim Real Estate Sales Slow Down

In a free enterprise system, markets go up and markets go down. This is the cycle. Out here in Washington state, especially in King and Pierce Counties, and even here in Clallam County on the Olympic Peninsula, in 2005 homes and land sold quickly at greatly appreciated prices. In rapid appreciation, builders over build, and the mortgage market gets creative, coming up with new ways to get otherwise unqualified people qualified for loans. The party had to end. Now we wait to see how long the hangover will last. But, and this is the good news, those with money now or who can get the funds, stand to make a lot of money investing in real estate NOW, because the market eventually will return to steady and slow appreciation. Houses are still selling, because there are qualified buyers moving into the area. In the long run, real estate has been a strong and reliable investment in western Washington. For a great resource on investing in real estate in Sequim and Port Angeles, read more at:

http://freerealestatelaw.com/Investors.html

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  • Real Estate Divorced

    Sadly enough, people do get divorced, and as most everyone knows (some from personal experience), this can destroy the family financial security. Most times, the home must be sold, and the net proceeds divided as spelled out in the property settlement agreement as part of the final divorce decree. One should not make major decisions in a time of extremely high stress without good and trusted counsel. For goodness sakes, get some solid advice if you are or will be going through a divorce. Too many men or women get taken to the cleaners, and this means they often do not get half of the net proceeds from the sale of their home and other real estate. May I make a suggestion? Call me, and I’ll listen and give you some free advice. I’m a Realtor, but I did practice law for 20 years, so I understand what happens (or ought to) with real estate in a divorce. (360) 457-4587 wk

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    Sequim Real Estate

    I’m often asked by people, “What’s the average days on market for selling a house in Sequim?” What peaks my interest is what that person will do with that information. It is useful information, but if one assumes it will take that number of days to sell your home, one could assume wrongly. There are Sequim homes and land on the market that have recently sold quickly, and there are others that have been on the market for 200+ days. Assuming a property is listed at the right price (and many are not), when the right buyer comes along, it will be sold, and it does not matter to that buyer if your property has been on the market for one day or 232 days. We get buyers who arrive from California or elsewhere, we learn what they are looking for, and when we find it, if it priced right, it will be sold. I’m not saying it is easy, but the point is that “days on market” is just one indicator of what is happening in a market in general.

    You can search properties in Sequim here.

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    Clallam County Fair in Port Angeles

    It’s time for our annual County Fair. Here’s a sample of activities:

    • The Sheriff ´s Honor Guard will officially open the Fair, with the presentation of colors.
    • Steve the Pretty Good strolls and rolls on skates through the grounds as he entertains patrons between his popular stage acts.
    • “Wes & Chips” the talking monkey.
    • Antique tractors and logging equipment display
    • 4H Demonstrations
    • Professor Bamboozle will bring family fun to you, as he tours the grounds.
    • Bands, jugglers, dancers, magic shows, diaper derby, cloggers
    • Horses and cattle, Dogs and cats, Swine, goats, sheep and llamas, Rabbits and poultry
    • Quilts, sewing, canning, baking, woodworking, stained glass, art and photography, Floral and agriculture displays, Over 130 food and commercial vendors
    • and lots, lots more!

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    Sequim Real Estate – Land

    Buying land in Sequim or Port Angeles is something that really begs for local professional help. This is true especially if you have been living in another state or outside our area. There are unique traps for the unwary in different parts of the country when it comes to buying vacant land. I’ve included a link above to my due diligence checklist for your perusal. These are some of the issues to watch for.

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  • Sequim Real Estate

    Sequim, Washington has water views, mountain views, valleys, recreation (biking, hiking, walking, boating, fishing, and all of this in beautiful scenary), and many great sights. The Olympic Game Farm has a variety of wild animals, including lions. If you live in California, check out my link to Sequim. Low crime, reasonably priced real estate, gorgeous scenary. It’s known as a retirement haven, too.

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    FSBO (For Sale By Owner)

    I would say that working with FSBO’s is one of the hardest jobs a Realtor has. I’ve spent 30 years in the real estate business, 20 of them as a real estate attorney (I’m an Associate Broker), and I can say that having seen 10,000 traps for the unwary and so many mistakes and disasters from people trying to do their own thing without a professional, I can’t imagine selling real estate without all the knowledge and experience I’ve acquired. It’s dangerous out there, and litigation catches a lot of sellers and buyers. A person can get lucky, though, and sell their house as a FSBO, and everything seems to go fine. Those are the stories that encourage a FSBO. (The national average is that 84% of FSBO’s end up listing with an agent.) On the other hand, many FSBO’s leave tens of thousands of dollars on the table, and they never know it. Many of my clients over the years ended up getting more in the end than my commission cost them compared to going FSBO. Effective marketing, negotiating price AND terms is something that takes decades to master. Reading a FSBO book will NOT a master make. Using a FSBO service or a discount service, well you don’t really get the experience and knowledge of a professional at all. As they say, you get what you pay for, or don’t in this case. For more on this subject, read my FSBO site.

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  • Foreclosures

    A search on the Internet for the word “foreclosure” in Google gives you 24,100,000 hits. Eghad! Having done many foreclosures as a real estate attorney going back to 1986, I can tell you very few people make money in foreclosures. Most of the money is made in selling services, seminars, and books on how to make money in the foreclosure market. I can count on one hand the clients I’ve had who actually made money in foreclosures. Can you make money with a foreclosure? Absolutely. But they are far and few between. This is a reality check for some. For others, I’m sure this is no surprise at all. If you want to know exactly how the deed of trust foreclosure process works in Washington, go to http://freerealestatelaw.com/Foreclosures.html.

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  • Real Estate Investing in Paper

    Investing in real estate comes in many forms, including paper.  If you are looking for a secure way to invest in real estate and get an above market return on your money, buying a secured interest in real estate is an excellent way to do this.  You can purchase a note (and deed of trust) at a discount, a real estate contract at a discount, and receive a rate of return that is substantially above the rate in the original note.  I used to work for the largest purchaser of notes in the State of Washington, and traveled the State enforcing the notes we purchased.  There’s a lot to doing this, and a full explanation is beyond the scope of this brief blog entry, but you should be aware of this opportunity.  I’ve had clients who have a retirement based completely on their income from the discounted notes they purchased.  It’s very cool, but there are many traps for the unwary, so know what you are doing, or get professional help.

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  • Port Angeles Real Estate

    Since Sequim and Port Angeles are neighboring cities only 15 miles apart, anyone seriously considering buying a home or land here will want to do some due diligence in deciding where to buy and live. Port Angeles is about 6 times as large, has a large port to International waters, and offers close access to the Olympic National Park and more. Sequim is a well organized city with many new housing developments, and Sequim has a “rain shadow” of sorts. Prices are higher in Sequim for a comparable property. There is a great golf course in between. There’s a lot to consider. You can search properties on my web site to compare properties and prices.

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    Sequim Real Estate

    Some talk about the poor state of the real estate market, but Washington state has been one of the strongest and most stable markets in the nation. An August 7, 2007 article in the Seattle Times newspaper reported, “Prices of King County houses and condominiums last month increased 9 percent compared to a year earlier — even while the number of available properties grew 51 percent.” The Sequim real estate market and the Port Angeles real estate market are not seeing any significant drop in housing prices either. We have a surprisingly strong market, even under slowing demand in the face of more housing construction.

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    Alaska – Near Tok

    I took this picture at 1:30 a.m. two years ago as I re-visted my home, Tok, Alaska. I used to hunt Dall Sheep in those mountains as a boy.

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    Elwha River Pictures

    The Elwha River is one of our treasures on the Olympic Peninsula. Here are some of my Elwha pictures. Enjoy!

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    Mortgage Fraud

    If you do a Google search of “mortgage fraud” you get 938,000 hits. Wow!

    Ricky L. Hamilton
    , 52, Grandview, Missouri, pled guilty to a scheme involving a Kansas City, Missouri, City Councilwoman Saundra McFadden-Weaver. Hamilton was among three co-defendants indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy and wire fraud for their role in a scheme to engage in mortgage fraud.

    Michael James Brooker, 52, Fort Washington, Maryland, was sentenced to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit identity theft and obstruction of justice. The District Court Judge also ordered Brooker to pay restitution of $78,597.10.

    These are the kinds of stories out there, and there are far too many, so be careful. Probably the best site for reading about mortgage fraud is mortgagefraudblog.com Be careful. It’s a jungle out there.

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  • Timber Trespass

    Timber trespass happens far more than most people realize. An unintentional or intentional trespass onto someone’s property and cutting trees is “timber trespass.” People can work up a serious froth over this, and battles ensue. I’ve represented many clients in civil lawsuits on this.  Sometimes friendly people can simply work it out, but every once in a while there is what I have called, “the neighbor from hell.”

    Timber Trespass

    Timber TrespassThe Washington state law can award the stump value of each tree wrongly cut down on a neighbor’s property, which is the fair market value of the timber, and the court can award three times the stump value.  If the cutting was intentional, the court can also award attorney’s fees and costs.

    Timber Trespass

    Perhaps an explanation of timber trespass with be helpful.  This is a short audio I recorded on the subject of timber trespass:

    A Description of Timber Trespass by Chuck Marunde

    Timber Trespass

    It always pays to know precisely where your boundary lines are and exactly which trees are on and off your property.  Timber trespass is a serious civil offense and could costs you dearly.

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    Buy Real Estate Safely

    What do I mean? There are about a thousand ways to get into legal trouble in a real estate transaction, so my recommendation is that you practice preventive law to stay out of trouble before you sign a contract to buy. There are literally volumes written on the problems people get into, and I’m sure you don’t want an expose here on that laundry list, but you can save yourself so much stress, money, and time by doing your due diligence ahead of time, and frankly, if you’re not a real estate expert now, you need to become one unless you like playing Russian Roulette. I realize this is blunt language, but would you rather I not tell you the truth from a real estate lawyer’s perspective? Thank God I’m no longer a lawyer. I’m a Realtor now, but I still see the same old nightmares all the time. My hope for you is that you live long on your real estate and prosper!

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    Jesse Marunde

    While I post almost daily on this Blog, I will be taking a break for several days because of the death of my beloved son, Jesse Marunde. He was a great man, father, and son. Jesse was Internationally famous as a Strongman. A short statement has been posted on IronMind.

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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
    435 W. Bell St. Suite A, 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
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    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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