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Microsoft and Yahoo Merger Disaster

Postscript in the preamble dated 8/15/08:   Microsoft and Yahoo did not reach an agreement.   No big surprise.   Everyone thinks the two companies and their executives are geniuses, but I have news for you.   It is very possible that they are actually quite incompetent.   Yes, they have created massively successful companies, but the execs still cannot walk on water.   Microsoft made every mistake that could be made in this fiasco of a takeover, and the Yahoo folks may have walked away from billions of dollars as their own company is loosing Internet space) and could someday be worth a small fraction of what it was worth.
A Microsoft buyout of Yahoo would be a disaster. Such an acquisition would send us back in time, technologically speaking. The outcome has major implications for all of us, including the real estate industry, which depends heavily upon the Internet. Here’s why.

First, large companies (in this case multi-billion dollar companies) do not merge with the same simplicity of making a banana split. You can hardly screw up mixing ice cream, fruit, nuts, and sweet flavors. Whatever you end up with is edible, at least for the creator. Attempting to mix two massive organizations with completely different foundations, management philosophies, marketing structures, business models, affiliate relationships, customer networks, financial and investment practices, and market niches would be the ultimate nightmare for both companies, but ultimately for consumers.

Steven Covey, one of this country’s most knowledgeable and respected experts on business and mergers, said long after the merger of his company and the Franklin company that he would not have done it if he knew how massively complex and impossible it would be. That merger would be a skip in the park compared to a Microsoft buyout of Yahoo, which would be more like a New York marathon.

The second reason a Microsoft Yahoo merger (or acquisition) would be a disaster is because we all know from history (which we won’t naively forget, right?) that Microsoft is the leader of absolute control, and the consumer is always going to pay for submitting to Microsoft. That is true of operating systems, software, subscription services and Internet infrastructure.

If you give Microsoft the keys to the castle, you will pay forever to live in the Kingdom, to own property, for the right to grow and sell crops, to irrigate your fields, to plant red roses (premium fees will apply if you want other colors), and if you want to actually tour the castle, you will pay in gold (secured by the lives of your grandchildren).

Google co-founder Sergey Brin recently called Microsoft’s attempt to buy Yahoo “unnerving” and said the move imperils innovation on the Internet. Sergey Brin is correct.

An acquisition of Yahoo by Microsoft would be a major disaster for all of us. Except Google. The leaders at Google are Internet light years ahead of Steve Balmer and company. While millions of consumers are moving rapidly toward open source software and reasonably priced and beneficial subscription services, and away from Microsoft products and services as fast as they can run, Google is embracing consumers’ needs and preferences. What is Steve Balmer thinking? Where is Bill Gates anyway? Oh, yea, he left the building.

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Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate, LLC

Sequim homes for sale and Port Angeles homes for sale, lots, farms, ranches, and custom homes are all now available through the newest real estate brokerage in Sequim and Port Angeles. The website is easy to find at SequimPortAngeles.com and the broker is local real estate attorney turned broker Chuck Marunde. Here is the tip of the iceberg found on the company’s website:


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I would encourage anyone who is buying or selling real estate to talk to two other agents, and then come see us so you can compare. No one will do more for you than we will. No one brings more experience, knowledge, and loyalty to the table than we do. Come and interview me. Ask me anything about real estate. See if this is the right brokerage for you. Our business model has you, the client, at the center of all that we do, or as I sometimes like to say, “Our clients are the center of mass for all decisions made at Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate, LLC.”

I’m looking forward to meeting you and serving you. Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate is “Where Dreams Become Reality.”


Best regards,

Chuck Marunde, J.D.
Broker/Owner
Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate, LLC
618 South Peabody St., Suite I
Port Angeles, Washington 98362
tel.: 360-775-5424
fax: 866-733-7135
chuckmarunde@gmail.com
http://www.SequimPortAngeles.com

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Port Angeles Real Estate Brokers

Port Angeles homeowners and Sequim homeowners who want to sell their homes, and buyers from California, Texas, Arizona, and on the Seattle side of the pond, are looking for leadership from real estate brokers in Port Angeles and Sequim.

When the real estate market goes through a phase of uncertainty, as we are now, and especially in the slowest time of the year, clients are asking important questions like:

Should I put my house on the market now?
What is a fair listing price on my house?
How long would my house be on the market before it sells?
Is this a good time to buy a house?
Should I buy a home in Sequim or in Port Angeles?
Should I buy an existing house or have one built?

Clients do not want to look into a crystal ball. They want professional guidance that comes from experience and integrity. If you are buying or selling, this is a time for strong leadership from your real estate broker and agent. Do the due diligence to find an agent you can trust and who can do an outstanding job for you. Knowledge, experience, and trustworthiness are all important. Don’t buy or sell your home without them.

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New Homes in Sequim

You’re looking at new homes in Sequim, and you’re trying to decide whether you should buy an existing home or build a new home. That’s no small decision. This is one of several articles you will see on this blog on this subject, because it is a big subject. The answers you get are only as good as the questions, so what questions are you asking?

Today let’s look at one aspect of having a new home or a custom home built on a lot of your choice. One of the early decisions you will need to make is which home builder do you hire? How do you know among the many builders out there which one will build the home of your dreams and do it within the budget and contract you sign?

Perhaps a true story will help flush out the relevant issues on this question. I talked with a client about an experience they had with a local builder. They saw an ad by this builder, and they met with him to discuss what they wanted to do. In their words, “He seemed like such a nice person.” They trusted him with a large down payment of $30,000, and they signed a contract with him to build their retirement home. They had been planning this for seven years, and they were excited that they had a contractor who was the lowest bidder.

These wonderful people began to recognize that there were some communication issues early on and that there were some disagreements on some seemingly minor but important construction plans. They put these things behind them as quirks or just unusual little things, but during construction there were between a dozen and two dozen “little things” of concern.

The front entrance to the house wasn’t being built the way they thought it would be, and when they asked the carpenter about it, he gruffly told them that he’s just a carpenter and that they should talk to the builder. They did, but he told them that’s the way it is being built. End of discussion. The clients were shocked to be treated that way, but they didn’t do anything to force the issue.

The hallway appeared to have 2×4’s with some bows in them, and they brought that to the contractor’s attention, and he impatiently told them it would be taken care of.

The bathroom fixtures were not what they had expected, and the builder told them those are the fixtures he uses. End of discussion.

The kitchen cabinets were not the kind shown on “Exhibit A” attached to the contract, and the builder agreed to change them after he made is displeasure very clear. This was all emotionally exhausting to the clients. They felt they had to constantly supervise the construction of their home, because if they didn’t it definitely would not be built correctly.

There were a number of other items, which the clients brought to the contractor’s attention, and he agreed to change some entirely, some partially, and refused to change others.

I would point out that my perception of these clients was that they were NOT high maintenance clients who were just a pain in the royal behind. Their concerns were legitimate and reasonable. They were actually very polite and perhaps even timid people, so I sensed that they did not make unreasonable demands on the builder, nor were they the kind of people who would be inconsiderate.

When the house was about 90% complete, the builder demanded the clients sign off on the next bank draw to the builder, although the builder had not completed a number of items he promised to take care of. He also informed the clients that there would be an additional $56,000 tacked onto the contract, because of “extras” they had demanded. The clients were completely shocked, because the builder had not asked them to sign any change orders, nor had he discussed any “extras” with them at any point before or during construction.

The clients refused to release the next draw, the builder walked off the job, and both parties retained real estate attorneys. You don’t want to know how much the clients spent on attorney’s fees, but their home was delayed and they had many more expenses before they were able to move into a completed home. So much for a pleasant experience and a dream home for retirement. They told me it wasn’t so much the money, although they couldn’t afford all the extra costs and attorney’s fees. The real cost was the emotional stress and the strain on their 26 year marriage.

If you are going to have a new home or a custom home built in Sequim or in Port Angeles, may I suggest you do some due diligence to identify and hire the best builder for you. If you need a good referral, you are welcome to call me to chat and ask questions. If I can save you a ton of money and a lot of stress, it would be my pleasure. You can Email ChuckMarunde@gmail.com any time.

Read more on finding a great home builder in Sequim or Port Angeles
Read Elderly Couple Ripped Off by Contractor
Read Hiring a General Contractor in Sequim and in Port Angeles

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Here’s what’s been happening in the Sequim and Port Angeles real estate market (the stats include all of Clallam County for the fourth quarter of 2007 and are provided by the Washington Center for Real Estate Research).

New building permits are down 18.6% from one year ago. Homes sold are down in Clallam County by 20.4% for the fourth quarter (2007) compared to one year ago. The median price of a home is $225,000, which is down 6.2% from last year.

Statewide, these states look like this: building permits are down 17.3%, homes sold are down 13.7%, and the median price of a home is $293,900, down 2.5%.

While sellers would like home prices to keep going up, up, and up (prices have been doubling in Sequim every 7 to 10 years), buyers are given a reprieve from the slowing rate of increase (even a small decrease) in prices. So buyers are saying, “Thank God.”

There are more homes for sale in Sequim, Washington and Port Angeles, Washington than last year at this time, but again, that is good if you are buying. Of course, since many of our homebuyers come from California, Arizona, and other states, if those buyers are unable to sell their homes at a fair price within a reasonable period of time, they will not be ready, willing, and able to buy here.

But there are still buyers who have planned to retire and move here, who have the money, and the timing of this real estate market only plays in their favor. That also means sellers are still selling, which they are. In this kind of market it is even more critical that sellers have the highest level of competence and experience in their Realtor. Anything less could cost them tens of thousands of dollars and months of delay.

I recently sold a Sequim home for $759,000, and the buyers were from Arizona. The sellers were pleased to sell their home in this market, and the buyers are delighted to have found their dream home. Amidst the news media’s dramatic headlines, we still are making buyers and sellers happy here at Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate.

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Elwha River Dam Removal

The removal of the Elwha River Dam just west of Port Angeles has been talked about for years. The purpose is to restore Salmon habitat, but man’s desire to control the environment never seems to achieve any significant measure of success.

It would be great if it did restore fish and wildlife, or substantially improve it, but I can’t think of any examples of anything man has really accomplished on such a grand scale. I grew up in Alaska, and the Fish & Wildlife were always trying to balance the wolf vs. the moose population. One year the F&W Service would announce there were too many wolves, so they would issue an edict that the wolf bounty would increase. The next year they would issue an edict that there were not enough wolves but too many moose, and killing wolves would be prohibited, and a 3,000 page report would announce that you could shoot bull and cow moose. [I almost typed meese, but the plural of moose is actually moose.]

I took the above photo of the lower Elwha River Dam, but the upper dam is slated for removal, too. Here’s an interesting dilemma when it comes to the removal of major dams or bridges or other projects in the 100’s of millions of dollars: the cost keeps going up dramatically as time marches on.

The Kitsap Sun reported today:

The official cost of the Elwha Dam removal has more than doubled since 2001, reflecting add-on expenses of new water-treatment plants, mitigation projects and inflation not anticipated years ago. . . . The 2001 estimate of $135 million was updated to $308 million as the result of a comprehensive project review completed last year, according to a statement from Olympic National Park. It was the first such review in many years.”

Since government officials seem to have such a tremendous difficulty accurately figuring out how much to tax you and me for all these projects, I thought I might help them out a little. While I’m being sarcastic here and just poking a little fun at government bureaucrats about the removal of the Elwha dams, my mathematical rule could actually be accurate. [Insert laughter here.] So after 30 years of watching projects from Alaska to Washington and beyond, here is Marunde’s Rule of Large Government Save-The-People Project Cost Estimates [With a title like that, you might have thought I am a bureaucrat.]

  1. Take the original estimate and for the first round of “surprise” cost increases, just double it (due to “cost overruns, unexpected inflation,” and so on);
  2. Take the new estimate (now double the original), and with another “surprise” add 30% to the lastest estimate (due to additional complex issues that were not originally addressed);
  3. And for the finale, when the project is finally given the go ahead, tack on another 15% (there will be a lengthy list of items none of us can comprehend justifying this increase).
  4. For those of you who wonder about the time period over which these simple rules apply, the last rule is that time does not matter. These rules apply over any period of time for any government involvement in large projects. There is an exception to this last rule. If 10 years pass since the original estimate, and the project has not yet been started, multiply the original estimate by 10 to arrive at the final figure.
Apply these rules for all original estimates, and you can figure out how much the project will really cost in the end, which might . . . just might have an impact on your decision to vote for or against a project in the beginning. Based on my formula, the final cost of the Elwha River Dam removal will be $408.65 million. Time will tell. It always does.

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New Real Estate Broker in Sequim and Port Angeles

News Release! New Real Estate Brokerage Hits Town!
There’s a new Sequim Real Estate Broker and Port Angeles Real Estate Broker coming to town. In both towns! It is an established name in Sequim and Port Angeles. The owner and broker will be Chuck Marunde. Many know Chuck as a Real Estate Attorney, some know him as a Realtor, and others know him as the father of famous athletes.

Blog Manager: Chuck, in this interview I want to take a more personal approach to an interview such as this. I’ll ask about the new brokerage and your experience, because that will be important to people, but I think people also want to know who you are. Chuck, give us a brief vignette of who Chuck Marunde is, your business and real estate background generally, your connection here and your family.

Chuck: I’d be glad to. I started in real estate sales in Alaska in the 1970’s, and went to law school at Gonzaga University in Spokane. I practiced real estate law for 20 years with a 4-year stint in the Air Force as a JAG. In 1994 I moved my family back to Washington and to Sequim where I continued my real estate law practice and raised my four children. If I may plug my children, I have the cutest little girl in the world, and my boys are amazing, too. Brady is 6’4″ and a great basketball player. Bristol is a professional mixed martial artist, and while he is a humble and gentle person outside the ring, he is very dangerous in the ring or the cage. My oldest son, Jesse Marunde, became one of the strongest men in the world as a professional strongman. He placed 2nd in the World Strongman Contest in Chengdu, China three years ago. Jesse died in Sequim at his gym last August from a heart attack. It was a terrible shock, but I can say I am very proud of him.

Blog Manager: Many people in Sequim and Port Angeles knew Jesse. He had an incredible impact on a lot of people. For being only 27 years old, he left a huge legacy.

Chuck: He did.

Blog Manager: With all those athletes in the family, what do you do for exercise?

Chuck: I love to run, workout in the gym, watch my sons compete, and ski with my daughter. Of course, I’m always taking photos of my kids.

Blog Manager: Many people know you, but not everyone knows the extent of your experience in real estate. If you were forced to describe your real estate experience in one sentence, what would you say?

Chuck: I’m not big on talking about myself, because my new brokerage, Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate, will be all about the client, not me. I really mean that. But people are entitled to know who I am if I am going to represent them in selling their real estate or representing them as a buyer’s agent. I only get once sentence?

Blog Manager: Right. But you’ve already used four. Do you want to try again?

Chuck: [Affirmative nod] My sales experience in real estate goes back 30 years, but my 20 years in real estate law gave me a great foundation in dealing with critical details and problem solving and for building a client oriented business, and along the way I have headed up an escrow company, closed 100’s of real estate transactions myself, put together loan packages before they had software that typed everything, negotiated 100’s of transactions, drafted 1,000’s of real estate documents, litigated 100’s of real estate issues, resolved many real estate conflicts successfully, have been an adviser to many real estate brokers around the state, including many agents right here in Sequim and Port Angeles, have handled many commercial transactions, have been an adviser to real estate investors and millionaires, have done many foreclosures and forfeitures, short sales, and creatively structured transactions, am licensed with the State as a real estate educator, and I’m a published author on real estate topics, for example, I write for the Pacific Northwest Home Owner Magazine, I sit on the Seattle PI panel of real estate experts, I’m on several other national real estate panels as an expert author, and I’m an Internet marketing consultant for people in the real estate industry.

Blog Manager: That’s a long sentence Chuck, but full of good information for our readers. Tell us something about your new company.

Chuck: Sure. I wanted to build a company where the true center of focus is the client, where the level of professional knowledge and attention to detail is unsurpassed, where customer relationship management is actually practiced. In other words, I wanted clients to get the highest and best counsel in their real estate transactions, and that means getting the best price within a reasonable period of time, and with so much attention paid to the clients that when the transaction has closed, the clients will not only be clients but friends who are delighted with our service. I could describe in detail how this all works, but I think the best way for people to find out is to work with us. That’s the ultimate test and the ultimate proof that our business model is truly different than any other Broker’s. That’s what Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate is all about, and this is what clients expect and deserve.

Blog Manager: Chuck, you told me earlier that you felt your experience would be beneficial to clients. Do buyers and sellers really want a Realtor who has a lot of experience, and do clients appreciate your real estate law experience?

Chuck: No question about it. Clients want two things, at least. They want a Realtor who is competent and trustworthy. I could talk for an hour about what that means, but long story short, it means that people want someone who really is knowledgeable and understands the real estate business. After all, their Realtor is handling what may be their most expensive investment, their home. They want someone who understands the current market, and who understands pricing, marketing and advertising, the Internet, negotiating, contracts, and who can protect them throughout the entire process all the way to closing and beyond. People don’t just want a slick salesman who talks but does not walk the talk. I think the public is getting very smart about this. They are discerning more and more who has experience and who does not. I think more people are not just hiring the first Realtor they talk to, but the first Realtor who can answer their questions with depth.

Blog Manager: Chuck, you did not join a major real estate franchise. Do you think people look for the big names?

Chuck: I’ll tell you what clients have been telling me for nearly 30 years. They want someone who will help them find what they are looking for. They could care less about the name of a company or the size of the building. They don’t sit in California or Arizona, or even in Seattle, and say, “Honey, let’s call a big name franchise in Sequim or Port Angeles, and see if they can help us find our dream home at a rock bottom price.” About 75% of buyers start their search for their next home on the Internet, and they’re not using real estate portals or franchise websites. Like all of us, they are searching with Google or Yahoo. Again, it’s not about me, it’s not about the company, but it is all about the client and what the client is looking for. I have a completely different business model than 99% of the crowded brokerage business. For me, it really is all about the client, not me.

Blog Manager: Chuck, since you talk about serving your clients more than anything else, can I assume that you have free resources that people can check out?

Chuck: Absolutely. I offer an incredible amount of information absolutely free. People might be surprised. They can start with
SequimPortAngeles.com, and they can go to
SequimRealEstateBlog.com or
PortAngelesRealEstateBlog.com, and they can also find real estate law help at FreeRealEstateLaw.com, and there are more resources, but that’s enough for now.

Blog Manager: Well, there you have it folks. Check out those websites, and thank you Chuck for sitting under the bright lights for us.

Chuck: My pleasure.

To Contact Chuck Marunde:
Email: chuckmarunde@gmail.com, or
Call his direct line: 360-775-5424

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The Port of Port Angeles

Port Angeles, Washington, is blessed with the large Port of Port Angeles, which is a full service port on the Strait of Juan de Fuca directly across from our Canadian sister city, Victoria. The Port has four deep water terminals, marine facilities for a variety of large and small activities, and a couple of Ferry Terminals. [Click on photos to enlarge.] Here is more detail of several of the terminals:


1)
Terminal 7
2) Port Angeles Boat Haven & Boat Launch
3) Port Angeles Boat Yard
4) Terminal 3
5) Terminal 1

The Strait of Juan de Fuca is not only scenic and beautiful, but also abundant with salmon, halibut, crab, shrimp and much more! This makes the Port Angeles and Sequim locations along the Strait very important to commercial and sport fisherman and to recreational boaters. The Port of Port Angeles also operates the John Wayne Marina in Sequim and the Boat Haven in Port Angeles.

In addition, the Port Angeles Boat Yard, adjacent to the Boat Haven, offers repair services and moorage, which is great for those using the Boat Haven. And for more information, check out the PortofPA.com website.

[Photos by Chuck Marunde, J.D.]

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Sequim Dairy Farm

Sequim is home to Maple View Farm, otherwise known as the Smith family dairy. The Olympic Peninsula was home to many dairy farms going back 100 years ago, but as with hundreds of other dairy farms around the country that closed, there are only two left in the Sequim area.

Ben Smith, who manages dairy at Maple View Farm, was kind enough to give this author the grand tour. There are 1000 cows, bulls and calves, with 350 milking cows. It’s an amazing operation that runs 24/7 in three shifts non-stop, with average daily milk production of 10 gallons per cow with top producers at 25 gallons per day.

While touring the farm, I was fortunate enough to witness a cow calving. Fortunately, I helped deliver my own four children, so I was not queasy during my digital photo shoot. You can see more photos of the Sequim Dairy Farm here. [Click on photos to enlarge.]

Read the full article in the next issue of Pacific Northwest Home Owner magazine.

More to Read: Dairy Farms Drying up in Jefferson County
More to Read: Local Dairying Continues to Decline
and Read: History of the Olympic Game Farm (Originally a Dairy Farm)
Link: Dungeness Valley Creamery

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  • Port Angeles and Sequim Home Sales 2007

    Homes for sale do not always sell for the original listing price, but how much less do they actually sell for in this market? This graphic represents the original listing price (in total dollar volume) and the actual selling price (in total dollar volume) in Port Angeles and Sequim (site built and condos and townhouses only) .

    The average selling price in 2007 for a home in Port Angeles was $275,935, and the average selling price in 2007 for a home in Sequim was $351,493. Port Angeles saw homes sell in 2007 for 25% less than the original price, and in Sequim that figure was 8.57%. Very instructive.

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    Most Expensive Home in the World

    What is the most expensive home for sale in the entire world? It’s this one in Updown Court, Windlesham, England, and you can buy it for $139,000,000. Yes, that’s $139 million.

    Here’s a very brief summary of a few of this home’s features:

  • 103 rooms
  • five swimming pools
  • 50-seat screening room
  • 24-carat-gold leafing flooring
  • squash court
  • bowling alley
  • all-weather, floodlit tennis courts
  • 58-acre estate
  • 22 bedroom and bathroom suites
  • Gate lodge
  • estate manager’s office
  • Private cinema
  • Stables
  • Heated marble driveway
  • Underground garaging for eight limousines
  • a shooting gallery
  • 30 self-contained luxury apartments
  • Wow! That’s some home. Find your next AFFORDABLE luxury home in Port Angeles or your next luxury home in Sequim at SequimPortAngeles.com.

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    Sequim and Port Angeles Home Sales 2007

    Here’s a nice little comparison of Sequim and Port Angeles home sales in 2007 in the same chart. [Click on chart to enlarge.]


    Compilation of data by yours truly, Chuck Marunde, J.D. and the source is Real Market Data, LLC.

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    Port Angeles Real Estate Sales in 2007

    What did 2007 home sales look like in Port Angeles? Here is a graphic summary of home sales in Port Angeles categorized by price range. [Click on graphic to enlarge.]
    The majority of sales in Port Angeles were in the price range of $175,000 to $300,000, and there were more single family homes sold in the lower price range than the upper price range. Over 50% of the houses sold are in three price ranges from $175,000 to $300,000–not a surprise. The more interesting statistic is that houses sold in 2007 in Port Angeles over the price of $400,000 accounted for only 9% of the market.

    Sellers with homes priced above $400,000 will only sell to 9% of the entire buyer population! That will have implications for how a home is priced and marketed from day one. This is another major reason that overpricing a home in the beginning kills almost all chances of connecting with a buyer right away. Many FSBO’s, and even many real estate agents, think that the best strategy to sell a home above $400,000 is to price the home high and leave room for negotiating downward, but this is actually a strategy that guarantees 91% of the buyers won’t even come to the table.

    It’s something to think about in this market.

    [Data Source: Real Market Data, LLC]

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    Sequim Real Estate Sales in 2007

    What did 2007 home sales look like in Sequim? Here is a graphic summary of home sales in Sequim categorized by price range. [Click on graphic to enlarge.]

    The majority of sales in Sequim were in the price range of $200,000 to $350,000, and there were more single family homes sold in the higher price range than the lower price range. Over 50% of the houses sold are in three price ranges from $200,000 to $350,000–not a surprise. The more interesting statistic is that houses sold in 2007 in Sequim over the price of $400,000 accounted for only 27% of the market.

    Sellers with homes priced above $400,000 will only sell to 27% of the entire buyer population! That will have implications for how a home is priced and marketed from day one. This is another major reason that overpricing a home in the beginning kills almost all chances of connecting with a buyer right away. Many FSBO’s, and even many real estate agents, think that the best strategy to sell a home above $400,000 is to price the home high and leave room for negotiating downward, but this is actually a strategy that guarantees 73% of the buyers won’t even come to the table.

    It’s something to think about in this market.

    [Data Source: Real Market Data, LLC]

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    Real Estate Appreciation far Exceeds Depreciation

    Real estate prices have stalled and dropped in some areas in and around Sequim and Port Angeles, Washington, but appreciation has far exceeded the minor price decreases as shown in this data from Standard and Poor’s:
    City            App from        Change                2000           Oct 06-07
    
    Atlanta         133.79          - 0.7%Boston          169.34          - 3.6%Charlotte       133.98          + 4.3%Chicago         163.12          - 3.2%Cleveland       115.93          - 4.5%Dallas          124.44          - 0.1%Denver          136.08          - 1.8%Detroit         108.15          - 11.2%Las Vegas       208.68          - 10.7%Los Angeles     249.50          - 8.8%Miami           244.35          - 12.4%Minneapolis     161.24          - 5.5%New York        205.48          - 4.1%Phoenix         200.72          - 10.6%Portland        185.10          + 1.9%San Diego       217.02          - 11.1%San Francisco   202.03          - 6.2%Seattle         189.86          + 3.3%Tampa           206.38          - 11.8%Washington      226.71          - 7.0%
    Seattle is a substantially different market than the Olympic Peninsula, but the price history has been similar. Since 2000 home prices in the Seattle area have appreciated 189.86%, and even in the last year, Seattle prices have increased 3.3%. The winter months always slow down on the Olympic Peninsula, and the spring months will tell us how 2008 will turn out for home sellers in the area.

    Inventory is up as expected in this market, but we simply have not seen a crashing of prices by any measure in Sequim and Port Angeles. We are on a plateau for home prices, and we’re seeing an increase in inventory, especially of lots, and greater competition among developers and builders. It is normal for developers to catch the first rogue wave, because developers must plan ahead for many years. To get a project to market is the culmination of a lot of hard work by the captain and deck hands, several years, and a hull full of money. When a market starts to slow, projects must be completed even if it takes longer to sell them out. There’s no turning back. That’s how it works.

    As with many things, timing is everything if you’re selling, but for individual home owners, pricing your home at true fair market value (FMV) is a major key to get a buyer to sit down and make a written offer in any market.

    In difficult times wisdom becomes a precious commodity in deciding what to do and how to do it. I would recommend home buyers and sellers select their professional Realtor very carefully. Wisdom is not common. It comes from many years of diligence, education, experience, and the school of hard knocks. Search for it like buried treasure, because only by making wise decisions will you rest in the comfort of knowing you got the best price at the right time in the right place.

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    Sequim Real Estate Price Reductions

    What has been happening with real estate prices in Sequim and Port Angeles recently? During the month of December, 2007, there were 72 price reductions for residential properties.

    Click on the image to enlarge it for viewing.

    These price reductions in December represent homes only, not lots and not multi-family units. The average 12% price reduction of these 72 properties represents a reduction in price from the original listing price (which would be months prior) and the current listed price by the end of December. This is good for buyers, and not so good for sellers. Look at the DOM or Days on Market. The average days these 72 homes were on the market without being sold was 158.

    Stay tuned for more on the local real estate market and prices.

    Chuck Marunde, J.D.
    SequimPortAngeles.com

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    The home appraisal process is often confusing to home buyers. If you need an appraisal in Sequim or Port Angeles, here is a brief summary of how an appraisal works, who pays, and who is entitled to the appraisal report.

    The appraisal will be required by the lender where real estate is being used as collateral or security for a loan. The lender needs an accurate estimate of value, because the loan is based upon a percentage of the appraised value, or the purchase price, whichever is less.

    A real estate appraiser values real property. The appraiser determines the physical characteristics of the property to be appraised and estimates value based upon three common approaches to value (1) Market Approach (2) Cost Approach and/or (3) Income Approach.

    The appraiser may work for an appraisal company, although most appraisers are self-employed, especially in small communities. The appraiser is hired by the lending institution, who is the actual client. This means the appraiser works for the lender, not the purchaser, even though the purchaser pays the appraiser’s fee. The appraiser can only discuss his appraisal with his client.

    The appraiser’s job is to determine the fair market value of the house in the current market. The appraiser is not a home inspector, engineer, architect, electrician, plumber, or contractor. The appraiser briefly walks through the house to get an idea of the general condition and room count. An appraisal is not a guarantee of condition.

    Sometimes a lender will assign the appraisal to an appraiser from outside the area. This is not good. Appraisers from outside an area do not know the market or the sales well, and they inevitably end up calling real estate agents to ask them about sales. An appraiser from outside an area may not have a subscription to the local MLS, so he won’t have up-to-date market sales data. It happens all the time, and such appraisers will do their best, but often their appraisals are off the mark by tens of thousands of dollars.

    If you are the borrower and the appraisal is used in granting credit you are entitled to a copy of the report. This copy can be obtained from the lending institution by written request.

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  • Sequim Well Logs, Port Angeles Well Logs

    Sequim well logs are online now.  Did you know you could purchase a lot or vacant land that cannot produce drinking water? Did you know that you could purchase a home with a private well that dries up part of the year, or has a low water flow? Imagine having to haul drinking water and having to install a storage tank for all your residential water use! It’s a nightmare, but it happens!

    Sequim Well Logs Online

    If you live in California or the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area, or anywhere outside Sequim and Port Angeles, and you are planning to purchase property in the Sequim or Port Angeles areas, one of the Traps for the Unwary that could cost you a small fortune involves private wells and drinking water. The vast majority of private wells produce excellent water flow and excellent quality on the Northern Olympic Peninsula. We are very fortunate that way. But you only have to be one in 1,000 who end up with a well problem to make it your personal nightmare. How can you protect yourself?As with all things real estate, due diligence is important. Jennifer Henderson of Canal Pumps in Sequim, Washington, said the red flags are things like a well log that indicates low water flow, or a well log indicating a dry well, or well logs in the same area that indicate such problems or multiple wells drilled on the same property.

    How in the world do you get Sequim well logs for the general area that you are interested in? Good news! There is a beautiful website with just that information maintained by the Washington Department of Ecology, and it has Sequim Well Logs and Port Angeles Well Logs. You can use an online map to identify where you want to look, and you can zoom in on your specific area. All the wells that have been drilled will show up on the map, and you simply click on the red dot representing a well, and the entire well log is instantly available.

    Sequim Well Logs – Important Information

    Of course you can also call local well drillers, who typically will know the troublesome areas and can advise you appropriately. Due diligence is always good. Working with professionals who can help you avoid Traps for the Unwary is always good. Saving money and stress are definitely good. It may take a little time with this state website, but it’s a good way to track down Sequim well logs.

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    Luxury Home Sales in Sequim

    While much of the county struggles with a depressing real estate market, Washington State does not, and the Sequim and Port Angeles areas do not. We struggle with a slowing market, but not a crisis market by any measurement.

    The luxury home market is unique, and especially interesting in this market. In a depressed market, luxury homes typically find their prices slashed by 20%, 30% or more. Take, for example, Burt Reynold’s home in Florida (see photo). It is listed for sale at $10.5 million, which is 30% below its original list price.

    In a less than vibrant market, luxury homes still hold their value well. When they don’t sell within a reasonable period of time, assuming they are priced at fair market value, it is not because of price but because the right buyer has not arrived at this time and place. The single most important factor in selling a luxury home, again assuming fair market value, is connecting with qualified buyers far away. Intelligently connecting with such buyers is a very involved and challenging marketing and CRM (customer relationship management) process, which is why luxury homeowners who decide to go “FSBO” have so little “luck.” In fact, an inexperienced real estate agent doesn’t bring much more to the table than a FSBO can bring to the table for himself. An experienced professional Realtor takes selling to entirely new levels unknown to the FSBO and new agent. This is all critical in selling luxury homes.

    The prices of Sequim and Port Angeles luxury homes certainly do not approach the prices of expensive Florida celebrity homes. A luxury home here can be had for as little as $700,000, more or less. For example, I just sold a luxury home in the Sequim area for $759,000. It’s an amazing paradise with 2,300 square feet of the best construction and best money can buy in every feature. The floor plan and architecture offer everything a homeowner wants. It is environmentally friendly (“green”), has a hot tub that is always hot at low cost, has a drop dead water view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca from the living room, and on a clear day you wake up to an extraordinary water view from the master suite. It has a 48 foot long RV barn built to withstand a hurricane, a workshop, an extended double car garage, an small guest house, and 20 acres of pristine wilderness adjacent to a nationally protected park.

    This luxury home sold in a slowing market at only 5% less than it’s listed price. That is definitely holding its value in any market. Not only did this house sell very near listed price, while this offer was pending, a backup offer appeared for all cash. Amazing! This proves that good buyers are out there, and they are buying. People who have planned to move for a job transition or a retirement do not put their lives on hold just because the real estate market has slowed. In fact, this becomes a grand opportunity for them to purchase their dream home at a reasonable price. Sellers should be reassured that homes are selling, and that buyers will pay fair market value for the home of their dreams.

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    There is much ado about the state of the real estate market, many gloomy headlines with long adjectives, and not a little confusion for buyers and sellers. Confusion is often the result of combining too many different issues at the same time. For buyers and sellers in this real estate market in Sequim and Port Angeles, it may be helpful to segregate apples and oranges.

    A real estate slowdown always starts with new construction home sales. That is the economic trend. The ripple effect of a slowdown in new construction hits big companies like Home Depot, and the newspapers start to print dramatic headlines, which begins to spread panic in the rest of the real estate industry.

    A slowdown in new construction leads also to an increase in inventory, not only of spec homes, but also in lots for sale. A slowdown in lot sales means developers find themselves with too much inventory and some have a line of credit eating up their profits for the year. Overly aggressive builders get increasingly uncomfortable for the same reasons.

    The mortgage industry is effected with a decrease in new loans, and that can be compounded with excessive subprime loans as in the present market. The knee jerk reaction of the Federal Reserve, the banking industry, the savings and loan industry, and the mortgage industry is to slam on the breaks and reverse many current policies. For example, the current mortgage dilemma has been increased by immediate increases in minimum credit scores and a reduction in the types of loans available. While this is probably good in the long run, such dramatic reversals exacerbate the current economic crises in the real estate industry.

    Each segment of the real estate industry is impacted in sequence, almost like a game of dominoes. Sales of existing homes begin to slowdown, and that tracks similar slowdowns in condo sales, manufactured home sales, and multi-family unit sales.

    A homeowner who is considering selling his home, or a buyer who is on the prowl for his next home should separate all these varied components of the real estate industry, and focus like a laser beam on doing one thing: selling or buying in their local real estate market. That will simplify much, eliminate confusion, and with a more focused goal, one can develop an effective strategy to sell the home for the best price in a reasonable amount of time, or find that next dream home at a great price in the best area.

    What is happening on the national front or the mortgage market should not deter a buyer or seller from doing what they intended to do anyway. While some homeowners are feeling very nervous about selling their home in the current market, other homeowners have multiple backup offers on their homes. Yes, there are buyers out there who are in the market, and it just so happens that now is the time for their retirement or their move, and they are going to buy a house, regardless of the national market or media headlines. And a seller who understands that fair market value is fair market value, will sell the home at a fair price in a reasonable amount of time.

    So if you are buying or selling, pause and take a deep breath. Then develop a practical strategy to accomplish your goal of selling or buying, as you would in any real estate market. Take it a step at a time, and practice good judgment at each and every point, and you will be successful.

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    Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

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

    From Los Angeles

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

    From Seattle

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

    From Florida

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

    From Gilroy California

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

    From Corona California

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