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Port Angeles and Sequim Real Estate Prices

Wondering about the trend of Sequim real estate and Port Angeles real estate prices? Here is a vignette of the last three months showing the number of price reductions of listed properties in the Olympic Listing Service in four price categories. Not conclusive by any means, but instructive. Stay tuned for more valuable market stats.

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Port Angeles Real Estate Transactions

Are you buying or selling real estate in Port Angeles or Sequim? If you are, who is your transaction coordinator? A transaction coordinator is extremely important, perhaps one of the most important people in your entire transaction. This is the person who coordinates everything about your transaction from the minute a Purchase and Sale Agreement is signed by buyer and seller. Top producing Realtors have a full time transaction coordinator, and there are some Realtors who do their own, but there is much much more to being a transaction coordinator than just baking a pie (although that would be pretty hard for me).

  1. The Purchase and Sale Agreement must be reviewed for legal sufficiency, with signatures by all parties on the title, and in Washington (because we are a community property state) by all spouses even if not on title.
  2. Initials must be on the bottom of every page of the agreement marked for a signature, and each edit or change must be initialed and dated by all parties.
  3. All attachments must actually be attached, i.e. the legal description, and it must be incorporated by reference (and best if also initialed).
  4. All amendments and addendums must be properly attached and incorporated and signed.
  5. Legal disclosures must be signed and distributed to the proper parties, and certain docs must be acknowledged and returned by key deadlines.
  6. Contingencies and feasibility items must be calendared and handled at the right time.
  7. Third party involvement, such as lenders, inspectors, contractors, escrow and title companies, building departments or other government agencies, must be diplomatically encouraged and monitored to do their job at the right time.
  8. Continuing documentation must be accomplished, which often means waiver docs or extensions or other amendments.
  9. Status of transaction information must be entered into the MLS, and multiple MLS’s for some of us.
  10. Review of all third party documents for compliance with the client’s terms in the agreements, and for timeliness.
  11. A transaction coordinator must be well organized, good with technology, software, database management, composing letters, good with time management, diplomatic with people, good on the telephone, experienced with all legal documents and requirements, and AND MUCH MORE.

Your transaction coordinator does all this. Missing or ignoring one or more of these items could kill your transaction! Seriously. Is your transaction coordinator good? P.S. Don’t assume your real estate agent is good at all these things. Ask. In other words, interview a Realtor before you hire him or her.

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Selling Real Estate in Port Angeles

Legal Documents
Homes and Land

If you are selling a home or land in Port Angeles or in Sequim, getting the right legal documents and disclosures required under the law (and there are many) and drafting clear and unambiguous language is no small challenge.

Legal Requirements Are Complex and There Are Many

You’ll need a good Purchase & Sale Agreement, Contingency Addendums (financing, inspection, etc.), legal descriptions (legally “sufficient”), disclosures required under Federal and State law (lead paint, environmental, Form 17 with brand new requirements effective June 22, 2007 and possibly Form 17C), and you’ll need to handle all the “little” issues that come up between the signed agreement and closing. Any one of these “little” issues can kill the transaction.

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Sequim FSBO: For Sale By Owner

Sequim FSBOAre you a Sequim FSBO or a Port Angeles FSBO?  I think of selling your home or real estate as a six part process:

Sequim FSBO selling process:

1.) knowing the local real estate market, 2.) figuring out the FMV and determining a realistic sales price, 3.) developing an effective advertising plan, 4.) negotiating diplomatically but firmly to arrive at a price that pushes your buyer as far as they are willing to go, 5.) drafting good legal contracts with unambiguous language that gets the property sold without legal problems, and 6.) avoiding the many traps for the unwary.

One of the traps for the unwary I learned as a real estate lawyer is thinking we know something better than we do.   I picked up many clients who ended up in nightmare scenarios by knowing just enough to be dangerous to themselves.  I’m reminded of all the individuals who began to trade their stocks and investment portfolios online themselves by doing some reading on fundamentals and technical chart reading.  Even those individuals who learned a lot lost a lot of money in the 2001 spring market crash.  Selling your own home is not the time to experiment or learn by trial and error.  You have too much invested and too much at stake.  A commission to a Realtor is well worth it, and in many cases is less than the money and time a Sequim FSBO loses by trying to do it themselves.  I think the fact that nationally 85% of all FSBOs end up listing with a real estate agent is a good indication it isn’t as simple or as easy as one might think.

Sequim FSBO and Wise Counsel

I recommend reading the article I wrote discussing each of these steps, but I also suggest that you interview Sequim real estate agents, or Port Angeles real estate agents, and find one that really knows the business and can talk to you with wisdom and help you make fully informed decisions, whatever you decide to do.

I’ve written about each step of this process, and you can download my free eBook on the Sequim FSBO process.

Are you a Sequim FSBO?

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  • Port Angeles Real Estate & Sequim Market

    I compiled this data from the Olympic Multiple Listing Service for the time period July of 1999 through July of 2007. It shows the number of residential properties sold each year in both Sequim and Port Angeles. It’s interesting to see the pattern. Sequim has outsold Port Angeles consistently, and the trend of properties sold in both cities is consistent. Of course, 2005 had the highest number of residential properties sold, and we’ve been seeing a cooling offer period now, which is visible in the 2006 and 2007 bars.

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    Buying Real Estate in Washington

    A buyer has so many options these days to search for and buy real estate.

    1. Internet, this is the number one search source, 84% of buyers start here.
    2. Magazines (mostly paid advertising in real estate magazines)
    3. Cable TV (and satellite)
    4. Newspapers (and the all classified papers)
    5. Infomercials
    6. Bank & Mortgage Company ads, refinance for zero closing costs
    7. Direct Mail
    8. Free trips to spend a few days at the new resort that is part of the new “ultra complex” offering golf, boating, green space, hunting, hiking, club house, shopping…spend three days viewing your new lifestyle. Watch out here. You could end up paying a hefty premium.
    9. Flat rate realty services
    10. Menu Real estate services, pick how much or how little service you want and advertising after the initial ad that is optional too, and pay first
    11. MLS, searches for FSBO’s, Realtors, Brokers, Auctions
    12. IDX search sites
    13. Vacant land, these are listed
    14. Investment properties, listed in multiple formats
    15. Residential, private sights and multiple formats too.
    16. Commercial, more selective and less public because the audience is not as big.
    17. Buyer’s Agents and then the certified Buyer’s Broker
    18. No money down…the old land contract with a new name, but pay a lot of interest
    19. Rent to own (somebody makes a huge profit here, and it’s not you)
    20. Money back at close to buy furniture or that new car to put in the garage.
    21. The traditional Realtor and brokerage

    This is just a few options. I could fill the page with hybrids. With all of this, clearly the rule is caveat emptor, or buyer beware. Just as these many sources give a buyer many more options, a buyer has that many more ways to end up getting conned or paying to much for a property, or even worse, getting in big legal trouble.

    Another case for retaining the services of a professional Realtor?

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    Port Angeles Real Estate Photos

    Some more photos of downtown Port Angeles and the Port of Port Angeles by yours truly. I’ve posted these pics on my Port Angeles Photos.

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    Connect Sequim or Port Angeles Utilities Online

    Did you know you can connect or transfer your utilities online? Here’s a link you can use to do that right here in River City, well in Sequim or in Port Angeles. Your welcome. My pleasure entirely.

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    Sequim Real Estate – Selling Your Home

    Sequim Real EstateSelling Sequim real estate requires more knowledge and experience than it used to, especially in the current market conditions.  One of the keys is staging a home, or at least making it look for showings.  Good staging helps sell homes.  It not only helps when a potential buyer is actually touring your home, but also when they are looking online to find their dream home.  Just about everyone has a computer with an Internet connection, so it is easy to search for Sequim real estate or Port Angeles real estate with your specific parameters. 

    Sequim Real Estate for Sale

    On the Internet, buyers are able to type in the exact criteria they want in their new home.  Searching Sequim real estate has never been easier or more interesting.   Searching for your next home on the Internet can be a lot of fun.  In a matter of seconds you can see a list of potential homes, compare them with photos and virtual tours to decide which home is worthy of your time.   Staging a home prior to the photos and virtual tours will ensure a positive first impression, even before anyone pulls up to your door.  Without good photos, your home may never make it through a buyer’s Internet filters.

    Sequim Real Estate Photos

    One of my associates collected photos of excellent examples of homes for sale.  Well, as they say, a photo is worth a thousand words.

    View the photos.

    Sequim Real Estate Staging

    Want your home to look its absolute best for showings?  If you’re not good with arranging furniture, selecting or hanging the right photos or paintings, and giving your home a look of comfort, get professional help with a Stager.  If you’re Sequim real estate agent is exceptionally talented, get his help.

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    Port Angeles Ferry

    You can take a Ferry from Port Angeles to beautiful Victoria, Canada, and you have a choice. You can take your car across on the big Ferry, or you can walk on the little Ferry. If you haven’t been to Victoria, you really are missing out. It’s a great place to spend the day sight seeing and shopping.

    Photo by Chuck Marunde, Aug 2007.

    Black Ball Transport Ferry “Coho”
    The Coho provides year round vehicle and passenger service between Port Angeles and Victoria, B.C. Sailing time is approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes. The ferry arrives and departs from downtown Port Angeles to the inner harbor in Victoria. Reservations are accepted.

    For more information on sailing times and fares, call (360) 457-4491 (Port Angeles), (250) 386-2202 (Victoria) or (206) 622-2222 (Bellevue).

    Coho Ferry websites: www.ferrytovictoria.com or www.cohoferry.com

    Victoria Express Passenger Ferry
    The Victoria Express is a passenger only ferry with service between Port Angeles and Victoria, B.C. Sailing time is approximately 1 hour. Like the Coho, the Victoria Express arrives and departs from downtown Port Angeles to the inner harbor in Victoria.

    Reservations are accepted and recommended in the summer. For more information on sailing times and fares, call (360) 452-8088 (Port Angeles), (250) 361-9144 (Victoria) or (800) 633-1589 (WA State only).

    Victoria Express – http://www.victoriaexpress.com/

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  • Beware the MLS (DOM) Days on Market

    If you’re shopping for Sequim real estate or Port Angeles real estate, beware of a potential misrepresentation when searching the MLS data, or even getting the assistance of a real estate agent who might be unaware of this trap for the unwary. What is the danger? When agents put a listing into an MLS, the system records the number of days the listing is on the market until it sells. This is called DOM, or days on market. If you see a property on the market for a long time, like 236 days or 344 days, you may logically make an offer than is lower than you would if the house showed a DOM of 7. Big difference from a buyer’s perspective. The danger is that some agents around this great US of A will take the listing out and re-input it, so that the DOM starts all over again. This misrepresents the days on market. Make sense? Be careful out there. It’s a dangerous world. May I say it? Hire a professional who knows what’s going on.

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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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    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.
    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
    Sequim Real Estate Bookstore

    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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