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Sequim listings can be found on many online MLS sites, but not all MLS sites are accurate and up-to-date, and some have grossly inaccurate information on some Sequim listings. I sold a Sequim home for $725,000 that had a Zillow Zestimate of $445,000. The sellers had almost $1 million in building that home. Many Zestimates are right on, but you cannot count on Zestimates. They can be misleading. I understand consumers’ desire to use syndicated sites like Zillow, but if you are looking for your retirement home in Sequim listings, I can share the most accurate and absolutely honest MLS site that has been specifically designed and programmed for retirees moving to Sequim. The content, the data fields, and the intuitive navigation are all designed with you in mind. No other site can make these claims with the same credibility. This site has over 10 years of my personal time in programming, design, and addressing buyer concerns and preferences.

This video should help you get the most out of your online search and help you find your ideal home. You will want to increase the quality of the video to HD quality, and enlarge it to fit your whole screen.

Sequim Listings Online and How to Find Your Home

Sequim Listings Detail Sheet

This video will help you read the Sequim listings detail sheet for “Active” listings and “Sold” listings. Most buyers don’t know that on most MLS sites, listings that show up as “Active” may actually be pending. The “Status” may have various names, like “pending,” “pending under contract,” “active under contract,” “active pending bank approval,” and so on, but the problem on some MLS sites is that all of these still show up as “Active” listings. So you find a gorgeous property and call the listing agent only to find out after a few minutes of conversation that the property is pending, “but can I help you find another home?”

Why would they do that? You see many real estate agents use listings and even pending transactions to generate buyer leads to get more clients. I was the first Realtor in Sequim and Clallam County over a decade ago to program my MLS site to allow buyers to use an Advanced search to search only for truly “Active” listings that are actually available and not pending. 

This video on Sequim listings will show you how to use this site and how to read the data sheet on Active listings as well as pending and sold listings. You’ll find this powerful Sequim listings site at Sequim4Sale.com

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  • Sequim Homes for Sale

    How do you find Sequim homes for sale that would qualify for your short list of ideal retirement homes? Most people have a couple of websites they like to use to search for Sequim homes for sale, and for many that is a nationally syndicated site like Zillow. That’s fine, and you can continue to use Zillow for many of it’s nice features, but we have a specialized site that was designed specifically to help you find Sequim homes for sale, and it was designed based on what hundreds of buyers like you have said they want in a Sequim MLS site. 

    Sequim Homes for Sale on The Best MLS Site

    This site, which you can find at Sequim4Sale.com (or Sequim-Homes.com) includes 100% of the Sequim homes for sale in the OLS (Olympic Listing Service), is 100% accurate (which cannot be said for Zillow), shows you whether a listing is pending or still available, and shows you sold listings that have closed recently. There’s much more we have done with over a decade of building this site for buyers, but you might enjoy this short video. BTW, you will want to enlarge this video and play it at HD quality.

    Sequim Homes for Sale

    Unlike many sites where you might look at Sequim homes for sale, this MLS site does not require that you register with your personal information. You can search totally anonymously until you are ready to contact your buyer’s agent. You won’t find a more experienced and knowledgeable Sequim buyer’s agent than Chuck Marunde

    In addition to this powerful Sequim MLS site, we created a companion MLS site that includes all of the Northwest MLS (NWMLS) listings, so you can see any Sequim listings that may also be in the NWMLS as well as all the gorgeous waterfront and beachfront homes on all the islands between Sequim and Seattle on all the islands. That MLS site is found at Sequim Luxury Homes.

    If you need assistance using this MLS site to search for Sequim homes, you’ll find more videos on how to use various features at Sequim Videos for Buyers, and you can always call Chuck Marunde for help at 360-775-5424 or email ChuckMarunde@gmail.com.

    iRealty Virtual Brokers and Chuck Marunde recommend Sequim4Sale.com when it comes to seriously finding Sequim homes for sale.

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    Why The Urgency to Buy a Home in Sequim WA?

    I think you should buy a home in Sequim. Why? In the past months I have strongly urged my readers to buy a home in Sequim after selling their current home. I follow the economy (nationally and Internationally), the real estate markets across America, and I am persuaded that many key areas of the U.S. are going to see a strong pull back in real estate sales and prices soon, especially in California and in many major metropolitan areas across the U.S. If prices are going to pull back, why buy a home in Sequim? Because the exodus is from California and other states to rural areas like Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula, and with a small inventory, the demand for homes retirees want will hold prices steady in Sequim, or even push them up a little.

    I include this video about the Australian real estate market, not because we are dependent on that market, but because it is a lesson about what can happen and how an entire nation of people can be caught off guard. What we have to watch for in International markets is what starts in one nation and then continues in a domino effect around the world. We are already seeing danger signs across metropolitan areas in the U.S., areas that were hot over the past two years but have cooled off dramatically in the past six months.

    Buy a Home in Sequim After Selling Your Current Home

    The best homes in the best areas have been selling in the Sequim area, despite the fact that real estate markets elsewhere have been cooling off. That’s because retirees are doing their research, and they are looking for a safe place to live, a reasonably mild climate (despite our recent bad weather in Sequim), a place far from terrible storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, fire storms, erupting volcanoes, and areas where a major earthquake could trap them in a city with no where to run. Sequim has none of these major problems plaguing so much of our country, and Sequim has an extremely low crime rate. All this, and more, is why I recommend that you buy a home in Sequim, and that you do so now.

    Buy a Home in Sequim

    Sequim also has affordable home prices. And talking about home prices, selling your home in California might not be a price issue. I have argued that there may come a time when you can’t sell your California home at any price. The list of problems in California is long, and I listed some of them in an earlier article [Why Are People Leaving California?], which includes a video I recommend. The partial list of problems includes:

    Apocalyptic forest fires, floods and mudslides, droughts, pollution, infested dying trees by the millions, grossly overpriced real estate, increasing nightmare crime statistics, unending traffic congestion, illegal alien invasions, massive fracking and drilling, never-ending increases in taxes and regulations, unstoppable government spending at all levels, and what has become a form of political insanity.

    I’m not a prophet, a seer, the seventh son of a seventh son, so I can’t see the future, but . . . if you have been planning to retire and live in a safe place, I strongly urge you to develop a sense of urgency. We don’t know how much time we have. Right? If you plan to buy a home in Sequim, do it sooner rather than later. 

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  • Snow in Sequim

    Snow in Sequim is not common, and this much snow is something that only happens about once every two decades. Sequim weather is famous for being mild without extremes, either hot or cold. Summers are typically in the 60s and 70s, and winters are typically in the 40s and 50s, but not this February. Of course, the entire country is getting crazy weather this year, too.

    Snow in Sequim: Are You Serious?

    Snow in Sequim in February

    Snow in Sequim is so rare, at least snow that sticks for a few days. When we do get snow like this, children are out sledding and laughing with the kind of deep joy that only comes from children going sledding for the first time. It’s a joy to experience, and I experienced it with my own children when they were young 22 years ago.

    The video above is my home and my dog . . . out playing.

    When we do have snow in Sequim like this, we stay home. Unless you have to work, you wouldn’t risk an accident or getting stuck somewhere. It’s a heavy sticky snow, because the temperature goes above freezing during the middle part of the day, and that makes it hard to drive through, unless you have a high four-wheel drive. 

    This kind of snow and cold weather won’t last long, so even if it lasts a week, as they say, “this too shall pass.” Snow in Sequim is fun, but also a little dangerous if a person is not prepared. We stock up on food and wood for heat in case we lose our electricity. That’s rare, too. For now, we will enjoy snow in Sequim while it lasts.

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  • Does Sequim Get Snow?

    Today I answer the question, “Does Sequim get snow?” with this photo. Now you know the dirty little secret. The answer is yes to “Does Sequim get snow?” This is February 8, 2019, and the Heavens are pouring snow upon the land with huge snowflakes. Make that gigantic snowflakes.

    Does Sequim Get Snow

    Does Sequim Get Snow?

    I love to return phone calls to clients and say, “This is Chuck Marunde returning your call from sunny Sequim.” That usually is followed by a little chuckle as people know quite well the reputation of Sequim and our sunny weather in the blue hole. But today, I had to return some phone calls and say, “This is Chuck Marunde returning your call from the land of snow and ice, Sequim.” 

    It was about 18 years ago that Sequim was hit with a record snow fall. I remember it well. We were all snowed in and couldn’t even get out of our driveways for several days. I dug my driveway out with a shovel and got to Safeway on the 3rd day of the snow, but the shelves were empty, at least for all the basic items we like to buy. All the bread shelves were empty, the milk was gone, no eggs left, not a banana in the store. It was a fascinating experience for me.

    Does Sequim Get Snow? Are You Serious? Go Shopping!

    So yesterday in preparation for the coming snow, I went to Safeway and Costco to pick up a few things. I got the very last shopping cart at Safeway, and many of the shelves were almost empty. I have never seen Costco this busy since they opened up in Sequim over a decade ago. The parking lot was almost full, and it normally is only half full.

    Today I texted my firewood guy who is supposed to deliver another cord of firewood, but he texted back, “It may need to be tomorrow or Sunday depending on the roads as wrecks everywhere today.” 

    Does Sequim Get Snow? Yes, but it’s been 22 years since I’ve seen snow like this. It’s kind of fun for a change, and young children always enjoy seeing snow and sledding for a day or two. My dog loves playing in the snow. But it is dangerous for many, because there will be some car accidents, and some people will have trouble getting out to pick up food or prescriptions.

    So while we can say yes to does Sequim get snow, we can also say that it’s rare, unlike New York (and elsewhere in the midwest and northeast) where they see  this kind of weather (and worse) every winter.

    If I get anymore phone calls today, maybe I’ll just have some fun, and go back to my original welcome about returning the call from sunny Sequim. On the other hand, if my caller asks, “Does Sequim get snow?,” I will be honest and share this photo with them.

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  • Sequim Home Sales

    Sequim home sales over the past year tells a story, but it’s a story that needs to be put in context, or it won’t have much meaning to most people. I’ve tracked sales for each year going back to 2012. The resulting bar chart below is fascinating. In 2012 Sequim home sales were at 123 for the whole year. This data focuses on one niche, which is Sequim home sales between $300,000 and $600,000. This is the niche most retired professionals are in when they buy a home in the Sequim area, at least most of my buyer clients. I’m also including all of Clallam County, which is primarily Sequim and Port Angeles, but includes the rural countryside, too.

    Sequim Home Sales

    567 homes sold in 2018, which is surprisingly higher than 2017, even though we had so many buyers who had trouble even finding a home because of the low inventory.

    Sequim Home Sales

    Sequim Home Sales Increasing or Decreasing?

    In this chart below, I show all Sequim homes sold in all price ranges, and you get a picture of the market as a whole from the lowest prices to the multi-million dollar homes.

    Sequim Homes

    There are some apparent contradictions in the sales data when you consider what has been happening at the street level between buyers and sellers. Many buyers have had trouble finding their ideal home because the inventory of those homes has been so low and almost non-existent, at least for some buyers. Many buyers have told me they have not bought because they can’t find a home they like. And yet we have had increasing sales through 2018. How do we account for that?

    I think we can say that some retirees are willing to compromise and buy a home that falls short of their ideal. Some have decided to remodel an older home, and some have bought a home they plan to replace in a few years. That would capture some of the buyers, but what about the rest who have apparently bought homes even in a low inventory market?

    I think the number of buyers has been substantially higher than the data reveals. In other words, if we had not had a problem with inventory, I think the sales numbers would be substantially higher. But in 2018, you can see that the difference between the Sequim home sales above and below $300,000. 1,422 total homes sold, and 567 sold between $300,000 to $600,000, which means that 777 homes sold under $300,000. [The difference, 78, represents the homes that sold above $600,000 in 2018.]

    We do have buyers in the wings waiting for their ideal home to show up in the Sequim MLS. The winter months always slow down slightly, and there have been a lot of things going on around the country that have caused many retirees to pause on their decision to buy a home in Sequim, but as we move into the spring and summer I think sales will begin to pick up again.

    My primary niche is as a buyer’s agent helping retirees buy homes above $300,000. You can use my online Sequim MLS site, and you can email [ChuckMarunde@gmail.com] or text or call [360-775-5424] anytime for help finding your home or getting your questions answered.

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    Sequim area hospitals are located throughout the county and adjacent counties. Port Angeles is 15 miles from Sequim, and Port Angeles has a large hospital, plus many outpatient facilities. Sequim has many outpatient facilities and emergency medical facilities, too. Port Townsend has a hospital, and you can see a large expansion in this image below for the Silverdale hospital, the Harrison Medical Center. Silverdale is only one hour from Sequim.

    Hospitals in the Area

    Hospitals

    Hospitals and Primary Care

    I’ve been impressed with the Sequim facilities. I would imagine that 99% of everything you and I will ever need is in Sequim now, and unless you have major surgery or an overnight hospital stay, you probably won’t be a resident of the Port Angeles hospital, or any of these area hospitals.

    It’s just nice to know we have plenty of medical facilities in the area. For military veterans, there is a VA hospital near Tacoma.

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  • Seattle Crime v. Sequim Crime

    When it comes to Seattle crime, there’s no comparing it to Sequim crime. The crime rate in Sequim is so low, and the Seattle crime rate is so high, it’s not a fair comparison. But if you live in California or Florida or New York, you wouldn’t necessarily know this, and you wouldn’t know how low our crime rate is in Sequim, Washington. The rural countryside, the Olympic Mountains, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the peaceful and safe community are all major reasons so many retirees fall in love with Sequim after doing their online research and visiting.

    Seattle Crime is Excessively High

    Seattle Crime

    This is a recent Seattle Times Sunday newspaper, and the title openly admits Seattle neighborhoods, like this neighborhood, are suffering from extraordinarily high crime rates. Seattle is suffering now from four serious problems: 1.) high crime, 2.) out of control homeless who are causing serious crime, safety, and health issues (according to the Seattle newspapers, not me), 3.) ridiculous real estate prices, and 4.) some of the county’s worst traffic congestion. Obviously, the last two items are not crime issues, but the first two have been long stewing in Seattle as serious issues and have grown worse and worse over the past 20 years.

    Seattle Crime Are Policy Results

    As many of my readers probably know, Washington State is very liberal, mostly because Seattle is very liberal and that’s where the population resides. I’m not here to discuss politics. I have little faith in either political party, and discussing politics today with someone is like asking for a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. But the facts are that the Seattle politicians have failed Seattle because crime, the homeless problem, and traffic congestion are among the worst in the nation. Who else is there to blame if not the politicians who have been running Seattle for decades. I’m not advocating for any positions here, but I am saying that one plus one is always two, and what has happened in Seattle was predictable, was in fact predicted, and has actually happened on these three subjects.

    Seattle politicians took the idea of helping the homeless, but they got everything upside down. Instead of helping the homeless get help the way they needed it, such as training for a good job, or help getting off drugs, or getting mental health support, Seattle decided the best way to help the homeless was to give them free communities where they could set up tents and makeshift shelters. The crimes began to increase slowly at first. Assaults, rapes, murder, and illegal drug sales. And guess what? It was happening in these free communities adjacent to nice neighborhoods where half million dollar homes are owned by the very people who voted to offer all these free services to the homeless with zero accountability and no guidance to improving one’s life whatsoever. Now the people are disturbed because homeless people are urinating onto their front yards and dealing drugs in their neighborhoods and it’s not safe to go outside when it gets dark. 

    Homeless from around the country began to hear about Seattle, and many began traveling to Seattle to settle into their new community where they could get a free place to live, free food, and clothes, too. Wait, because it gets better. Now the talk is to follow California and offer safe zones where homeless people can use drugs, shoot up, and even get clean needles from the ne’er-do-wells. I kid you not. They are talking about safe drug zones. Seattle crime has become a nightmare for residents. I talked with a couple who own a condominium downtown Seattle, and they said they are afraid to go outside at night. 

    I realize this article may seem negative about Seattle crime rates, but what I really wanted to contrast was how Sequim crime fares in this world, and we fare very nicely, thank you. Believe it or not, people just don’t talk about getting their house broken into, or having something stolen out of their garage (even when they leave their garage door open), because these crimes are so rare. I’ve lived in Sequim for 24 years, and I have never had anything stolen, nor did my children when they were growing up, nor has anyone I know ever had anything stolen in Sequim, and I know hundreds of families. Cars don’t get broken into or stolen here either, or at least it is rare. We don’t have homeless people roaming the streets, and criminals don’t come to Sequim as a destination like they do in Seattle.

    So now you know about Seattle crime, the Seattle homeless problem, and the extraordinary low crime rates in Sequim. Just another reason so many retirees are moving to Sequim.

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  • This new listing is likely to sell quickly. Why? Five major reasons. First, here’s a brief description of this new listing: Gorgeous country home at end of road and nothing but trees and mountains beyond the house on all sides with a stunning view of Hurricane Ridge. Everything you need is on the main floor with a huge open floor plan and lots of mountain views, hardwood flooring, a wood stove, and an efficient heat pump with forced air electric. Outbuildings for wood storage and a garage/shop or woodshop, plus an attached carport on the house. Extra large bedrooms upstairs and a game room or office/den downstairs.

    New Listing

    Here are the 5 reasons this home is likely to sell soon:

    1.) The inventory for homes like this is about zero. Many retirees have sold their homes in California or Colorado or Texas or Florida, and they are on the hunt for a home in the Sequim and Port Angeles area. As several have said to me, “We need to find a home or we’ll be homeless.” The inventory for nice homes like this is extremely low, like non-existent. Even in a small market like this, on any day of the week, we must have two dozen buyers filtering through the online MLS to find their home, so a new listing is viewed by qualified buyers the first day it appears on the market.

    2.) It’s very hard to find the ideal location with a view. Everyone knows that location is everything in real estate, and who doesn’t want a beautiful location with some kind of mountain view or water view, or at least a valley view with fields and grazing animals? A new listing, like this one, with an incredible view from the windows is going to get a lot of attention immediately.

    3.) A traditional floor plan with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and 1,800 sq.ft. plus is also hard to find now. In many markets, this kind of traditional open floor plan with a modern kitchen is not hard to find, but it certainly is in this market between $450,000 and $650,000.

    4.) A nice neighborhood where the lots are large enough to provide some measure of privacy and room for gardens is in high demand. People generally don’t move to the Northwest to the gorgeous Olympic Peninsula to live on a postage sized lot in a subdivision with houses 15 feet apart where you look out your kitchen window only to see your neighbor (not wearing dentures) in a white T-shirt waiving from her own kitchen window.

    A new listing that meets these criteria is likely to get a lot of attention, and if it is priced right, it is likely to get a full price offer right away. 

    See This New Listing 3D Virtual Tour

    The link for the 3D Interactive Virtual Tour is on this image. You can use your computer mouse (or arrows) to walk through the home and get a very realistic feel for what it would be like to walk through this home yourself. Buyers love these interactive 3D tours, because you’ll know right away if this is a home you need to walk through.

    Brand New Listing

    See This New Listing

    You won’t find another home like this on the market. You can view this home in person by texting or calling Chuck Marunde at 360-775-5424. You can see the full online MLS data sheet at New Listing. Not to put any pressure on you, but I wouldn’t wait too long. I could be wrong, but I think this new listing will sell fairly quickly.

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    Home Ownership in Sequim

    Home ownership by age group is different in the Sequim area than it is in most areas of the country, and the dynamics of how home ownership by age plays out in the Sequim area is an important factor for retirees who want to buy their retirement home here.

    Home Ownership

    Home Ownership in the U.S.

    Home ownership among the younger generation, the millennials, is substantially lower than the older generations. That’s not necessarily front page news (as if anyone reads the print newspaper anymore), but this is an important subject, especially as it affects your home shopping on the Olympic Peninsula in Sequim, Washington. 

    This pretty graphic shows home ownership in the United States among various age groups. Less than 40% of those around 30 years old own homes today. Student loans have had a big impact on the ability of millennials to own homes. The massive volume of student loans and the huge default on student loans (which goes back to ridiculously expensive college educations and a big disconnect between degrees and post-graduation jobs) has destroyed credit ratings of young people as well as their financial qualifications to buy a home.

    Home Ownership Among Retirees

    As you can from the national view of home ownership, more than 60% of people above the age of 45 own homes. But this gets more dramatic in an area like Sequim, Washington. The Sequim area does not have a lot of new manufacturing or industrial type jobs for a younger generation. The turnover is very low for the best jobs, like fireman, nurse, Sheriff’s deputy, school teacher, Pharmacist, and government employee, so these jobs are very hard to get. If you are an EMT (emergency medical tech) in Sequim or Port Angeles, you have a great paycheck, and you’re living in one of the best and safest places to raise your own children. That’s why the professional job turnover is so low here. 

    As far as non-professional jobs, retirees, or those in their 40s and above, are best suited for the jobs at Home Depot and Safeway and the health food stores. This is the demographic of the Sequim area. What does all this mean for home ownership in Sequim? It means that we don’t have a significant number of millennials moving to Sequim and buying homes. The typical buyer is in their 50s and 60s. 

    If you’ve read my article describing the demographic of home buyers in the Sequim real estate market, you know precisely where you fit in with respect to other buyers, and precisely what buyers are looking for in a home in this market. [I recommend you read The Sequim Bell Curve: Sequim Homes Hard to Find.]

    Who are you competing with when it comes to home ownership in the Sequim area? If you’re in your 50s and 60s, well educated, a retired professional(s), stable and married for a long time, conservative financially, mature mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually, have a perfect or nearly perfect credit score, and know precisely what you want (a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, 1800 to 2400 square feet, single level, modern kitchen with an open floor plan, some kind of view (whether a water or mountain view), and not too far out of town (like 5 miles), then you are competing against yourself. This is who the vast majority of buyers are in the Sequim area, and it describes the demographic of home ownership. 

    So if I may suggest an important strategy for you, even if it sounds self-serving, I strongly recommend you hire an experienced professional buyer’s agent with integrity who can help you navigate these waters. Contact me (text or call 360-775-5424) far ahead of coming to view homes so we can plan and strategize, because you are competing against some very intelligent and good people, like yourself, and it will not be easy finding the ideal home, negotiating successfully, and getting through all the necessary due diligence without someone who has the knowledge, experience, and who you can trust to represent you as you hope they would. I recommend reviewing my full resume at Chuck Marunde Resume. BTW, if you call me and I don’t answer because I’m on the phone with someone else, please leave a message. I cannot return phone calls with no message and phone number. Clients are hiring me months in advance, so that’s why I write this. Plan ahead. Find the best buyer’s agent you can. I hope I have the privilege of working for you.

    Sequim Buyer’s Agent Chuck Marunde, 360-775-5424.

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  • 6 Most Popular Sequim Real Estate Articles of 2018

    We thought you might enjoy the 6 most popular Sequim real estate articles of 2018 on this blog. With over 2,000 real estate articles written specifically for buyers, and with readers for a decade from all over the Unites States and even Europe, this is the largest real estate blog with the largest outreach to buyers in the Sequim, Washington market on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula.. 

    These are real estate articles that have been read and enjoyed by many of our new Sequim retirees, and since these articles were so relevant for them, you might also find them relevant for you in 2019. Here they are for your reading pleasure.

    Real Estate Articles

    Popular Real Estate Articles

    Article #1: The Sequim Bell Curve: Sequim Homes Hard to Find. This article has been popular for several years because it paints a clear picture of what you are up against when you buy a home in Sequim.

    Article #2: Homeowner Associations have always been an emotionally charged topic, and that’s unquestionably why this article was hot in 2018: Homeowner Associations: Nightmare of Nightmares.

    Article #3: Since Sequim is such a popular retirement community for couples in their 50s and 60s from all over the United States, it’s no surprise that real estate articles about retiring in Sequim would be popular. Perhaps the fun video that we created for this article is also part of why it is popular. Why Retire in Sequim?

    Article #4: Who doesn’t want to know what the future holds, especially when it comes to buying your retirement home and your retirement account on Wall Street? Last October I wrote an article entitled, Is There Another Real Estate Crash Coming? Maybe it feels better to only focus on positive news, but wisdom does tell us to look at contrary news so we won’t be blinded by false notions of the future. This article is worth reading, even if you find yourself disagreeing with it’s analysis.

    [Notice that this real estate blog, which has over 2,000 real estate articles for buyers, is not about selling you all the time, or constantly pushing a positive pitch that always tries to persuade you to buy, buy, buy. This blog is about giving you real and accurate information, including negative information that can better help you make wise decisions for your own retirement planning and purchase in Sequim. I share plenty of positive and happy information about Sequim, but I let you filter and discern for yourself.]

    Real Estate Articles for Sequim Buyers

    Article #5: I Need a Buyer’s Agent to Draft an Offer. Do you need to draft an offer now on a home that just came on the market? You know there is a sense of urgency in this market with such a low inventory and high demand, but you want to make sure you do everything right, and you need a Realtor who can help draft an offer today.

    Article #6: Winning With Competing OffersCompeting offers on a listing do occasionally come in on the same day, and I’ve written about multiple offers, but one of my clients reminded me that sometimes it is about more than just the price.

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    Why Are People Leaving California?

    Why Are People Leaving California? I think people have been asking this question for several years as the mass exodus of the middle class from California continues. The reasons for leaving California have grown, but the list is getting longer and longer, and this comes not from my little head, but from the mouths of long time California residents moving the Sequim area. They all give the same laundry list of problems that compelled them to be part of the exodus leaving California. John Wayne is one of the original Californians, and who doesn’t love John Wayne? He had some thoughts about California’s issues. I think this short video interview of John Wayne was actually taken on his boat in Sequim Bay at John Wayne Marina.

    Leaving California

    People Are Leaving California

    If you live in California, you know the reasons people are leaving California, although reasons are always weighted based on how they affect us personally. This list of California problems is long, but not necessarily comprehensive, but I just want to emphasize that none of these issues exist in the Sequim area. This is why Sequim, Washington is one of the best places to retire in the U.S. The list is kind of ugly:

    apocalyptic forest fires, floods and mudslides, droughts, pollution, infested dying trees by the millions, grossly overpriced real estate, increasing nightmare crime statistics, unending traffic congestion, illegal alien invasions, massive fracking and drilling, never-ending increases in taxes and regulations, unstoppable government spending at all levels, and what has become a form of political insanity

    I’ve referred to Sequim as “Paradise” long before I knew there was a Paradise, California, and that goes back at least as far as December 27, 2012 on this blog. It is tragic that Paradise is gone, and there are serious questions about whether it will ever make a comeback. In any event, I hope you will visit Sequim if you are one of the great Californians considering leaving California. My California clients absolutely love Sequim, and never plan to leave.

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    Is Sequim the Safest Place to Live?

    Could Sequim be the safest place to live? That’s a big question. Let’s break it down so we can intelligently answer it. The phrase “safest place to live” can mean a lot of things. If you lived in Chicago like I once did, and your idea of safe is not living in the murder capital of the U.S., then Sequim is the safest place to live. If you survived the New Orleans or Houston hurricanes and floods, then you would feel like Sequim is the safest place to live. If you lived in Las Vegas as I did when I was with the USAF, and you notice that Lake Mead has dropped about 130 feet since 1994 when I lived there, then when it comes to water supplies and droughts, you would definitely feel like Sequim is safer.

    Sequim – The Safest Place to Live

    The interior of Alaska is dangerously cold in the winters. I know because I grew up as a young boy in a remote cabin in Alaska, and I recall temperatures of -75 degrees F. In as little as 20 minutes a person could freeze to death in that kind of weather if unprepared. Compared to that, Sequim is the safest place to live. [BTW, I wrote a book about growing up in remote Alaska if you would like to read it. You’ll find it on Amazon, and it’s called Teachings of the Wilderness.]

    Safest Place to Live

    Today, we hear a lot about dangerous hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, super volcanoes, and there are massive record setting forest fires (are the CA fires really forest fires or DEW?). Even lovely Hawaii saw disaster strike this past year. Then there is the threat of nuclear war, chemical warfare, and the EMP (electro-magnetic pulse), which allegedly can take out our entire power grid for a year.

    The Single Safest Place to Live

    Of all places you could live, where is the safest place to live? I submit that one of the best candidates for the safest place to live is Sequim, Washington. Even with a natural disaster, we are a fairly safe place. In a major event, our Hood Canal Bridge is probably down, and Seattle criminals will probably not be able to get here. Can you imagine living in a metropolitan area when the power is out and grocery stores and gas stations are closed, and the criminal gangs are making the rounds from house to house? That may be the most important reason Sequim is safe, at least when it comes to the safety of your spouse and children.

    Many Sequimites have a pantry with 6 months of food storage. Many have organic vegetable gardens and have canned their own fruits. The Olympic Peninsula is full of rich wildlife, fish, deer, and cattle and sheep. We have 200 inches of rain the the mountains, and all that fresh water pours out under Sequim to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We have a mild climate without hot or cold extremes, and we have fresh clean air coming in off the Pacific Ocean. A backup generator is another popular item, and most of us could survive just fine, especially compared to most metropolitan areas of the country. 

    I think Sequim is the ideal place to retire, but I also think it is the safest place to live.

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    Sequim Locksmith: Change The Locks

    You may need a Sequim locksmith. Should you change the locks on your new home? The question is valid, and the truth is, most home buyers do not change the locks on their homes after they move in, but it is clearly a good idea. It will cost a little money, and you’ve got to find a good locksmith who charges reasonable fees, but I can help with that.

    Find a Sequim Locksmith After Closing

    Sequim Locks

    When you close on your new home, you get a key to the front door that has been handled by a lot of people in the prior months. Asked a Sequim locksmith how many people have had access to the average home, and the number can easily be 3 to 6. The seller undoubtedly made some copies of their front door key while they owned their home, and over the years they may have give a copy of that key to a neighbor, to their landscaper if they spent a couple of winter months in Arizona or Nevada, or to their house cleaner. Some people have a regular maintenance man who they trust and who has a key.

    Homeowners also give a copy to their listing agent, who may have made an extra copy for the real estate office. During the time the home was on the market, dozens of Realtors may have used the key to open the front door. Contractors may have been given entry to the home to do work to satisfy a buyer. The point is, there may be a number of people who have had copies of the key to the front door or access to the home. It’s a good idea to have the door locks changed, and you’ll want a trustworthy Sequim locksmith to do that.

    Change the Front Lock with a Sequim Locksmith

    I receive no referral fee of any kind, but this Sequim locksmith came to my home and changed my lock at an incredibly reasonable fee of only $60. You won’t beat that, and this young man is professional and very pleasant. I highly recommend him.

    Sequim Locksmith

    Sequim Locksmith

    The best way to contact this Sequim locksmith is by calling his office phone number, and if he isn’t in, leave a message. Sequim Locksmith, SureLock Services, LLC: 360-726-2592.

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  • The Sequim Real Estate Market for 2019

    What will the Sequim real estate market bring us in 2019? I’m sure most real estate agents are afraid to touch that lightening rod for fear of being proven wrong, but I think my clients and prospective clients would like to know what 24 years in the Sequim real estate market is suggesting to me now. 

    National Real Estate Market

    Real Estate Market

    Photo by Michael Denning

    I’ve written several articles in the third quarter of 2018 analyzing the real estate market, the stock market, and the financial markets as they might effect the Sequim real estate market for retirees moving here. There are some dire warning signs of a pull-back in the markets and in real estate sales and prices. You can go back and catch some of those articles if you like.

    Sequim Real Estate Market

    I warned many months ago about the likelihood of home sales leveling off and slowing down around the U.S., and of course, that would effect home sales in Sequim, Washington. Anytime sales slow down elsewhere in the nation, the supply and demand formula eventually makes price adjustments in Sequim and Port Angeles.

    Such leveling off has occurred exactly as I predicted, and we have been seeing the results in the local real estate market: Sales of homes has slowed down and prices of listed homes has seen price reductions that were not necessary only one year ago.

    We just turned the corner into 2019, and there are so many unique historical events unfolding, it is hard to make predictions based on past experience and wisdom. We are in the midst of a political environment none of us have ever seen in our lifetimes. Not even close. Who knows how this battle is going to turn out between President Trump and the old guard (the Clintons, Bushes, Pelosi and Schumer, and the war machine). And then who knows how the International financial markets are going to survive 2019, and then there is our own Wall Street and the inverted yield curve on interest rates and debt that threatens our central banking system. The extreme volatility in the markets are signs of a reversal, or as some say, a balloon. And then we are on the verge of war in the middle east every day. Insanity seems to be the new order of the day! It will only take one big domino to start the collapse.

    My point is that there are too many variables to predict 2019 and our real estate market with any reliability. Nevertheless, I will make a prediction as I promised. I believe it is highly likely we will see major events, including bad events around the world, and that the financial markets will pull back substantially in 2019. That will certainly impact real estate sales and prices all over the United States, including little Sequim, Washington. As Dennis Miller often says at the end of a rant, “Of course, I could be wrong.”

    My humble advise to you, if you are a retiree planning to sell your home in California or elsewhere, and retire in Sequim, is to move forward with your plans post haste. I would not delay. The longer you wait, the more uncertain the future becomes. Get your home sold, especially if it is in California, while you still can, and get settled in Sequim. In my opinion, you’re running out of time.

    If I’m wrong about my bad forbodings of 2019, fine, you will still be in good shape if you sell your home, get debt free, protect your capital with conservative investments, buy a beautiful retirement home in Sequim, and settle down in one of the safest places to live in America. Right? Just do it! Indecision now could be the worst decision of your lifetime.

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    Sequim Primary Care

    Finding your Sequim primary care provider may not be the easiest thing you do. I certainly don’t have to tell my readers, who are in their 50s and 60s and entering the next big phase of their lives–retirement, how challenging it is to navigate health care decisions. You must have a Sequim primary care provider to get general care, and you must have a Sequim primary care provider to get the required referral to a specialist.

    Most Sequim primary care providers are not accepting new patients now, and of those who are, some are requiring a monthly payment (like $80) just to be on their list of patients. And then there are high medical insurance premiums and the cost of prescriptions. Who made this gigantic mess of our healthcare system? The answer to that question is well above my pay grade, but what I can do in this article is give you a list of primary care providers.

    Sequim Primary Care List

    Here’s a list of all the Sequim primary care and Port Angeles primary care providers with their phone numbers and whether they are accepting new patients and what they require. You can click on this image and see the enlarged list. I suggest you either bookmark this article for future reference, or you may prefer to print this list as a hardcopy.

    Sequim Primary Care

    Sequim Primary Care

    Some doctors do not accept some insurance companies, so that will necessitate more due diligence on your part when you’re planning for your long term health care. Port Angeles is only 15 miles from Sequim, so I have included the list of all Port Angeles primary care providers on this list, too. If your insurer requires that you see a doctor outside Sequim, you may have to expand your search to Poulsbo, Silverdale, Tacoma, or Seattle. These options are not so bad, since they are anywhere from a half an hour to two hours from Sequim. Unless you see a doctor every week, a short drive for an hour or so is not so bad. If you have lived in a place like Phoenix, every place you need to go is a 45 minute drive.

    I hope this list of Sequim primary care providers is helpful as you plan your retirement to Sequim. And if I can help you find a home as your buyer’s agent, that would be great.

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  • Buying Land in Sequim

    Buying land in Sequim requires a lot of due diligence, and some serious comparisons, because it is almost always more expensive to buy vacant land, develop it, and build a brand new home. I have clients who have been looking for their ideal property, and their ideal property happens to be a horse property. So here’s the story of how they made offers on three properties and terminated all three offers. I share this story, because it is very instructive on what the process is and perhaps it will be helpful for you on what to do and what not to do if you are thinking about buying land in Sequim.

    Buying Land in Sequim

    My clients have a horse ranch where they live now, but Oregon is changing, and many of the changes are not good. As many from California have said, “it’s not the state we grew to love for so many decades.”

    My clients had spent months looking at properties online, and we looked at many homes in the area and narrowed the list down to one property that would work, although they felt it was overpriced and they would have to put a lot of money into it. They made an offer on the property that was $200,000 below the listed price of $649,000. The seller was quite offended, and ended the negotiations before they got started. 

    Buying Land in Sequim or Port Angeles

    My clients couldn’t find another suitable home, but they did decide that buying land they could build on and create their own horse property would work. After some hardball negotiating, we had an agreement for the purchase of a large parcel and started doing the due diligence. There’s a lot of due diligence to do with vacant land, but after a couple of weeks of collecting information and doing cost comparisons with buying an existing home, my clients decided to terminate this second transaction.

    On to the third transaction. I had shown these same clients a home on 20 acres weeks earlier, and while they had dismissed it as unsuitable, we were back on that property. After some tough negotiating, we reached an agreement with the seller who was very motivated to sell. Unfortunately, after a couple of weeks of due diligence, my buyers terminated the agreement as they felt the property “just wasn’t the right property.” I’ve never worked with buyers who bought and terminated three transactions, all within a few months period.

    First, I love my clients, and these buyers have been wonderful to work with, albeit high maintenance clients. I still appreciate them and hope to work with them again some day to find the property of their dreams, although that isn’t looking very likely now. Second, and the whole purpose of this article is that there are some lessons in all of this for you if you want to be buying land.

    Lesson 1: Know what kind of property you want to buy. I think it is evident that my buyers did not have a high degree of certainty in what they wanted to buy. As a result, they bought and terminated three properties. That’s a lot of trouble, paperwork, and stress for nothing, isn’t it?

    Lesson 2: Know the value of properties, at least within a range of fair market value, otherwise you might make low ball offers and tick off a seller, the listing broker, and cause a lot of wasted work for all the parties involved (escrow agents, Realtors, inspectors).

    Lesson 3: Know in advance whether you want to buy an existing home or whether your true preference is buying land so you can build a new home. These are two completely different paths. Know what you want to do and the cost comparisons before you start looking at properties.

    I hope this is helpful. I would add one note that many buyers already know, but if you don’t here it is. Buying an existing home that is move-in ready is far less stressful and less expensive than buying land and going through the lengthy process to build a home.

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  • Home Prices

    Home prices in Sequim are so much lower than California home prices, but some of the extreme prices and multiple bids above listed price in California is beyond ridiculous. This run down miserable tear down in Palo Alto was listed at $1.75 million. 

    Home Prices in California

    Home Prices

    By comparison, I sold this 5,000 square foot home in Sequim for $950,000, and it has an incredible water view of Sequim Bay as well as a beautiful big private yard. The craziness of the California housing market is well documented in this video entitled, Million Dollar Shack: Trapped in Silicon Valley’s Housing Bubble. This video was produced in 2015, but since then prices have continued to go up and up and up, and many areas are simply unaffordable now. At this point in November of 2018, we are seeing what I think is a plateau in California housing prices, and possibly a market that is about to pull back substantially. 

    Sequim Home Prices

    Home Prices in Sequim

    That brings us back to Sequim home prices. I recently sold a gorgeous Bell Hill home in Sequim for $702,000, but based on what I know about comparables in California, this home might have sold for $3 million in California, and the home I sold a few weeks ago for $250,000 in Sequim would probably have sold for $2.1 million. It was way better than the home that sold in Palo Alto above for $1.75 million. 

    You can do some comparisons yourself online by using a California MLS site and then using a Sequim MLS site to look at similar homes and home prices. Sequim is not the cheapest place to buy a home, but it is one of the most beautiful areas of the country, and homes are affordable by any comparison.

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    Buying an Older Home

    Buying an older home could be a great idea, especially an older home that was built well and retained its classic architecture. Or you might love an older home that was remodeled and is practically like a brand new home. An older home might be especially appealing because of it’s ideal location and water view or mountain view. But buying an older home does have its own unique challenges, and that’s what this article is about. This is a true story.

    The True Condition of an Older Home

    Older Home

    Buying an Older Home

    I represented the buyers on this older home, which was built in 1924 and completely remodeled recently and listed for sale. The owner did a wonderful job remodeling, and the home itself was clearly well built in 1924. It is not only structurally sound, it has no indications of any serious problems with the basement or the foundation or the walls or attic. In the Port Angeles area, houses built in the early 1900s were largely built with locally milled timber, and they were using good hardwood and large beams. So buying this older home made sense because it had such good bones.

    Here’s where it got challenging. The home inspector found a long list of items that you would not expect to find in a home that is a total remodel. It appeared to be practically a brand new home. Three windows were defective, although they had been installed as new windows in the remodel. A contractor had started to replace insulation in the crawl space, but didn’t complete the job and left a pile of old insulation in the crawl space. A massive hornets nest was hanging in the crawl space, and while it appeared to be vacant, you would expect that it would have been removed. The attic had the old “vermiculate” insulation from 1924, but that is now recognized as being a potential health hazard, like asbestos. The current owner who did the remodel did not recognize this, and honestly, most people would not, but the home inspector did not miss it.

    Where new roof gutters had been installed on the outside of the house, a large hole was not plugged, which would allow birds access to the attic. And there were a number of other small items, but they were items that you would not expect to have to repair if you are buying a home that was “completely remodeled.” How did the owner or contractors miss these dozen or so repairs? I think the simple answer is that many of these were started but not completed. Have you ever known someone who is good at starting projects but has trouble finishing them well? A lot of people have trouble finishing something they start, and a lot of people take short cuts or don’t care about doing the best work that they can do. 

    So how did we handle this? The buyer asked me to use the Form 35R (the home inspection response form) to ask the seller to repair most of the items. There was a lot of negotiating and going back and forth. It got a bit contentious when the seller’s glass vendor claimed two of the windows were not defective, although they clearly were. The home inspector stated they were defective and another glass company said they were obviously defective. They came defective from the factory with problems between the glass panes. My buyer insisted they be replaced or that she receive a credit for their replacement. Ultimately, we got through all the repairs, and the seller and the listing agent are to be commended for working with me through all these issues over a period of weeks and being nice and professional. Things could have gotten dicy and were it not for the seller’s willingness to work with us, the transaction might have died. Frankly, many of the issues were we dealing with are unique to an older home.

    There wasn’t really any way to proactively head off these issues, but it is important to know how to work through them intelligently and diplomatically. This gorgeous little home just closed a few days ago, and my buyers are so happy! I’m happy for them, especially because Thanksgiving is in two days, and they can celebrate in their new home.

    Buying an older home can have its own unique challenges.

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    Why Retire in Sequim Washington?

    Why retire in Sequim when you could retire in Yuma or Sedona or Minot? Well, not Minot, but there are many choices for retirees as I’m sure you know. If you could choose any place on the planet for your retirement years, where would you go? I suppose we should take the challenge of retirement in order. The first order of business is to get the heck out of California! Did I just say that? Yes, I did. If you are still in California and you are retiring soon, find your Heaven and make plans. You’re not gettin’ any younger. Sorry, I seem to be on a roll today. 

    Let me be a little clearer. The first order of business is to move from some place that no longer meets your needs. And the second order of business is to figure out exactly where you want to move to.

    Here’s a fun video I think you’ll enjoy that answers the question, “Why Retire in Sequim?”

    Retire in Sequim

    Why Would I Retire in Sequim?

    Why Retire in Sequim Washington? Maybe because Sequim is in the famous Blue Hole and only gets 16 inches of rain a year while Seattle gets 45 inches only 2 hours away. Or maybe because Sequim has no extreme temperatures, hot or cold. Summers are typically in the 60s and 70s, and winters are typically in the 50s and 40s (and 60s). Or maybe it’s because Sequim is one of the most beautiful places on the planet with the Olympic Mountains on the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the North.

    Sequim has more mature and happy retirees than any place I’ve lived. By mature, I mean that they are mature mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually, and they are not chasing anything. They are content, they know what they want, and when they retire in Sequim, they’ve found it, and they live a fulfilled life. That’s probably the best answer to the question Why Retire in Sequim?

    Why retire in Sequim? Sequim has been named one of the 10 best places to retire in the U.S. Where do you want to retire? Sequim has a lot of competition, of course, but you’ve got to wonder why so many successful retirees have chosen Sequim. Do your own research. Call on me for answers. After a lot of research, even years of research, you may be asking yourself, “Why not retire in Sequim?”

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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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