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The Buyer Timeline

Understanding the buyer timeline and what is involved in buying a home is important, and there are many details that are critical in order to protect yourself and get to closing safely. There are only about 1,000 things that can go wrong. Lawyers make their living based on things that go wrong. I wrote an article earlier about the Home Buying Process and the Buyer Timeline, but I also wanted to include a short video for your viewing pleasure, and here it is. Because the Buyer Timeline has small print, you’ll want to enlarge the video on your monitor. Also, make sure you have your Youtube settings to view this video in HD quality.

The Buyer Timeline and Chronology

You’ve got plenty of online research to do long before you arrive in Sequim to view homes or land. You also will want to have an orderly process for viewing homes on an accurate Sequim MLS site. You can use Zillow all you want, but much of the information on Zillow is simply inaccurate, so you’ll want an accurate and reliable MLS site for viewing homes  in the Sequim area even if you use multiple MLS sites like Zillow and Realtor.com. I recommend Sequim4Sale.com. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Coastal in Sequim and Shopping

    Coastal is a great store in Sequim, and because it is such a cool store, I wanted to share it here and also to highlight the answer to a question that comes up periodically, “What stores or shopping is available in Sequim?” 

    Coastal Farm and Ranch is the official name of the store, but most of us just call it “Costal.”

    Coastal

    Coastal Has Cool Stuff

    Coastal is a farm and ranch business, but they have clothes, wood stoves, shoes and cowboy boots, hay, farm tools and equipment, household products, animal care products, guns and safes, generators, hardware, automotive, and a lot more. Coastal is new to Sequim having just moved in about a year ago, but they stand out because they are so well organized on their inventory, it’s a pleasure to walk through this store and browse. You can learn more about what they sell at their website, which is Coastal. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Where is Sequim?

    Where is Sequim? is a question asked by people in California, Texas, Florida, and the east coast. Many people have told me over the years that they were sitting in a coffee shop somewhere thousands of miles from Sequim when they heard someone near them asked, “Where is Sequim?” That always ended up in a conversation about Sequim, because one of the couples either lived in Sequim or was planning to move to Sequim.

    Where is Sequim WA?

    I have lived in Sequim going back 25 years, and being an avid photographer and videographer, I have thousands of photos and videos. For all those asking Where is Sequim, here is a fun little video I created to show you briefly where we are.

    Google Earth is a great tool to view Sequim from above, and you can even travel as though you’re in a plane and see much of the Sequim area with Google Earth. The views are surprisingly good, and you’ll see some of that in this video, but I’ve also included drone video I took showing the Sequim valley from about 400 feet in a couple of panoramic views, one toward the north and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the San Juan Islands, and Seattle, and one toward the south and the Olympic Mountains. 

    Where is Sequim?

    Where is Sequim? Sequim is on the beautiful North Olympic Peninsula west of Seattle a couple of hours drive, and located between the stunning Olympic Mountains where it rains as much as 200 inches a year, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca across from British Columbia and the gorgeous city of Victoria, a pleasant ferry ride from Port Angeles.  Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Escaping California to The San Juan Islands

    Escaping California is quite popular among the middle class and upper class of California, and they are escaping California in large numbers every single day of the week. The documented (as opposed to undocumented) exit from California shows how there is a net decrease in this segment of the population. So many Californians are moving to the Northwest, including Sequim, WA, that I felt compelled to write about it in my latest book.

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    Escaping California to the San Juan Islands

    The book is really a fun little book that shares how incredible the San Juan Islands are plus how amazing Sequim WA is, too. This is an ebook, and I’ve included a number of videos showcasing the San Juan Islands. 

    I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is still in California. You’ve got to see how good we have it up here. The list of problems and nightmares in California is quite long, and seems to be getting longer, while Sequim has none of those problems. Not one. We’re very blessed for sure.  Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Sequim Internet: High Speed Internet

    You need Sequim Internet, or you will need it when you buy a home in Sequim, but you’re wondering about Internet speeds and how to find out the answers to your questions, specifically what areas in and around Sequim have high speed Internet, and what service providers to use and what equipment to buy or lease. This article is based on what I’ve learned after living in Sequim for 25 years, and using different Internet services and different equipment. I cannot begin to tell you how many hours, days, and now years it has taken to bring me to this place to share this and to include my short video on the Sequim Internet. Because I use the Internet far more than anyone I know in the real estate business, this information should be helpful to you, because it comes from years of hardcore experience. Read the rest of this entry »

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    The Sequim Home Selling Process: The Seller Timeline

    The home selling process is a bit complex, but I’ve created a seller timeline that shows the entire process from beginning to end. Each step has its own sub-timelines, and depending on your transaction, you can get some bunny trails or end up taking a major off-ramp on your way to closing. I have written articles on every issue on this graphic and on the timelines involved for every step, and all of these articles can be found on this real estate blog with a simple search for that phrase or by searching under the categories shown at the menus near the top of the blog. I’ve also written a book that I strongly recommend if you are planning to enter the home selling process, and that book is entitled The Seven Myths of Selling Your Home. You’ll find it on Amazon, but if you have a home in Sequim, you can get a free copy from me. If you are selling your home in another state so you can buy a home in the Sequim area, I strongly urge you to read the Seven Myths as it will be helpful no matter where you live. It’s a lifetime of experience packed into one book by an attorney and Realtor, so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.

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    Home Selling Process Involved and Complex

    The process of listing, preparing your home for showings, negotiating the price and terms, and handling the increasingly lengthy contracts and addendums, as well as handling the buyer due diligence, all of this has been slowly getting more complicated over the years. Now the average purchase contract is at least 14 pages of single spaced legalese and some contracts end up at closer to 20 pages. There’s a lot to know, but the bigger challenge in the home selling process is what you don’t know.  Read the rest of this entry »

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    Why Does Port Townsend Stink?

    If you’ve ever driven into Port Townsend to visit, you noticed that there is a sweet stench right at the end of town as you enter the city. Like many of us, you may have asked, “Why does Port Townsend stink?” It’s a question that has been asked many times by many people. As a real estate broker, I’ve had buyers tell me they will not live in Port Townsend, because they could not abide such a smell. So today I will answer the question:

    Why Does Port Townsend Stink?

    The answer is probably best answered with this simple video.

    Alas, the old Port Townsend Paper Mill is the answer to the question Why does Port Townsend Stink? Now you know. But let’s qualify this with a little more information. Not all of Port Townsend stinks. It would seem that the primary area is at the end of town when you enter the city and where you pass the street that goes down to the paper mill. There’s an area that must be about a quarter of a mile long where the bad smell lives.  Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Sequim Realtor Publishes New Book

    Sequim Realtor pens another real estate book. Sakal Publishing is pleased to announce that Chuck Marunde published his newest real estate book. The title is Real Estate From Bricks and Mortar to High Tech Virtuality. As a Sequim Realtor, Chuck has created many valuable resources for buyers, also known on the Internet as content-rich resources. In fact, way back in 1997 Chuck received an award for his website because it was “content-rich.”

    Sequim Realtor Prolific Author

    Chuck is a prolific Sequim Realtor as an author and writer, having written over 2,000 online articles for buyers who are planning to move to the Sequim area. Real Estate From Bricks and Mortar to High Tech Virtuality is Chuck’s 9th real estate book, and his 18th book overall.

    Chuck’s other real estate books include:

    Buying & Selling Real Estate in the Rain Shadow
    Sequim Real Estate: A Buyer’s Guide
    Sequim Real Estate for Buyers, Free eBook Updates Forever
    The Seven Myths of Selling Your Home
    The New World of Marketing for Real Estate Agents
    Buying & Selling Real Estate (iBooks)
    Buying Your Retirement Home (iBooks)
    How to Make an Offer (iBooks)

    It was 25 years ago when Chuck moved his family to Sequim and continued law practice as a real estate lawyer. In a rural area like Sequim, lawyers didn’t specialize. In order to survive in a small town, lawyers typically have a general practice, so they dabble in divorce law, business law, estate planning, and real estate. Chuck came from a real estate sales background in Alaska, and went to law school to specialize in real estate, so specializing in real estate law made sense, and his special expertise was a big hit among Sequim residents and Realtors who could call him and get free advise anytime.

    Sequim Realtor

    Chuck spent a lifetime acquiring his real estate knowledge, and years of experience as a real estate escrow officer closing transactions, a real estate attorney in Spokane, and many years gaining experience as a real estate attorney dealing with nearly every aspect of real estate contracts and real estate conflicts and litigation. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Does Integrity Matter?

    Does integrity matter? If you could have a confidential and totally honest and transparent conversation with a politician in Washington D.C., or a used car salesmen in your town, or a lawyer in the city, or an employee at Google or Amazon, or a division head at the Department of Justice, or a supervisor at the USGS, or a journalist at the Washington Post, and you asked them, “Does integrity matter,” what would they say?

    Does Integrity Matter?

    We’d like to think they would all say, “Absolutely, integrity does matter.” While we can all acknowledge that there are some wonderful and honest people in all of these places, the sad and obvious reality is that we are living in an America where the answer might be a sarcastic question like, “Are you kidding?”

    Does Integrity Matter

    What is integrity? I’m a real estate broker who has 20 years of real estate law practice under my belt, and I can tell you that the legal profession is much worse than most people think, and most people already have plenty of lawyer jokes. “How can you tell when a lawyer is lying? His lips are moving?” We’ve all heard them for decades. And we’ve heard plenty of sarcasm about used car salesmen and Catholic priests.

    The phrase “fake news” has become one of the most recognized and used phrases of our day. Why? Because fake news is everywhere. It’s hard to know what’s true and what’s not true in the news, whether it’s news on T.V. or the print newspapers or on Facebook. And we see well documented news that is not fake being deleted and demonetized on Youtube because Youtube, like the major news organizations, no longer believes in freedom of the press or the right to express one’s opinion.

    What happened to the truth? Does no one care about the truth any more? Does integrity matter or not? I guess it depends on who you’re asking. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • The Sequim Home Buying Process: The Buyer Timeline

    The home buying process in Sequim is a mystery to some who haven’t bought and sold a lot of homes over a lifetime, but even if you have a lot of real estate experience in Boulder, Houston, Miami, San Bernardino, Phoenix, or Anchorage, every real estate market is unique, and every area of the country has its own unique issues that requires caution on the part of buyers.

    I decided to put together a sweet little buyer timeline which lays out the home buying process in the Sequim WA area. Here it is, and my hope is that it will give you some guidance and reassurance as you will be better prepared to handle what comes down the road.

    The Sequim Home Buying Process

    Home Buying Process

    The Home Buying Process or Buying Timeline

    As you can see in this timeline when you enlarge it by clicking on it, there are many steps to searching for your ideal home, doing all the preliminary due diligence that you will need to do, and then drafting an offer, negotiating the price and terms, and then completing the various inspections and inspection responses, if required, to get all the way to closing. This home buying process shown on this timeline is really the tip of the iceberg since each step is sometimes quite involved.  Read the rest of this entry »

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  • The Ultimate Buyers Agent: Your Personal Concierge

    What if you had the ultimate Buyers Agent (apostrophe intentionally left out) who was your personal concierge helping you filter through homes on the Internet long before you arrived in Sequim, and then walked through your list of favorites with you discussing features and the true fair market value of each home with you? And what if your buyers agent helped you negotiate the best possible price and terms because he had decades of experience, and what if your buyer’s agent protected your backside throughout the entire process?

    Your Buyers Agent a Personal Concierge

    If you had a buyer’s agent who did all these things and truly took care of you and watched out for your best interests, including asking questions you didn’t know you should be asking, and if this buyers agent walked with you all the way through every detail to closing with the experience of both a lawyer and a Realtor, you would truly have a Real Estate Concierge. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Your Sequim Buyers Agent Chuck Marunde

    Who will your Sequim Buyers Agent be? [I’m leaving out the apostrophe intentionally for SEO purposes.] I hope your Sequim Buyers Agent will be me. In this short video, I do something I’m surprised I’ve never done before, at least like this: I introduce myself and give you my little sales pitch.

    Sequim Buyers Agent Chuck Marunde, J.D.

    Hiring a Sequim Buyers Agent

    I think there is more to hiring a Sequim Buyers Agent than most buyers realize. I say this because the NAR (National Association of Realtors) did a national survey, and they concluded that 85% of buyers hired the first Realtor they talked to without any interview or other research. That’s a little surprising, isn’t it?  Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Port Townsend Marina

    The Port Townsend Marina is actually two marinas, one small one on the west end of town, and the other huge marina on the eastern end of town. This weekend was a beautiful sunny weekend, and after a long winter, boat owners, and especially commercial fishermen were eager to get their boats in the water. Some were pulling their boats out of the water for maintenance. I’ve always been impressed with the process of lifting a big heavy fishing boat out of the water, and I document one here. I enjoyed the activity and thought you might, too.

    Port Townsend Marina

    Port Townsend Marina Among Area Marinas

    Port Townsend Marina is only 30 minutes from Sequim and the famous John Wayne Marina. We also have a Port Angeles Marina, a Port Ludlow Marina, a Port Hadlock Marina, and many more marinas in the area, which shouldn’t be a surprise since we are on a Peninsula surrounded by water.  Read the rest of this entry »

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    Seller Disclosure Law in Washington

    The seller disclosure law in Washington has many buyers and sellers confused, but the more surprising story for me is that so many real estate brokers are confused. I’ll focus on the one issue that seems to confuse Realtors more than any other issue in the Form 17 Seller Disclosure Law.

    That issue is whether a buyer is obligated under the law to return an acknowledged copy of the Form 17, aka the Seller’s Disclosure Statement, to the seller. Almost every broker I know thinks the buyer must by law acknowledge and return the Form 17 to the listing agent, but that is not true. I’ll explain.

    Seller Disclosure Law in Washington

    Seller Disclosure Law

    The law requires that the seller provide a Form 17, Seller’s Disclosure Statement to a buyer when they sell a property. But there are two parts of the law in America. The first part of any law is the requirement in the law, the mandatory part, and the second part is the consequences if the mandatory part is not completed. In other words, there is the requirement of the law, and then there is the remedy if the requirement is not fulfilled. We have many laws on the books around America that have virtually no remedy if the law is not obeyed, but we also have many laws with extensive remedies spelled out. Remedies are like punishments, and if the law does not define a remedy, there is no punishment or no consequence. Read the rest of this entry »

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    A backup offer is used quite a bit in metropolitan areas and busy markets where there are lots of sales and a lot of competition. But that doesn’t describe the Sequim real estate market, does it? A backup offer might still be a good idea in Sequim, but when would it be an act of futility, and how can you go about gathering the information you need to decide whether to make a backup offer?

    Backup Offer General Practices in Sequim

    Backup Offer

    A backup offer is simply an offer, just like any other offer, it just happens to be behind a primary offer that has already been accepted by the sellers. A backup offer might be submitted in a very competitive market where there is a practical possibility that the primary offer will fall through, in which case the backup offer automatically steps into first position. The seller is obligated to close under the terms of the backup offer if they accepted the backup offer earlier.  Read the rest of this entry »

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    Are Zillow Zestimates Accurate?

    Are Zillow Zestimates accurate or inaccurate, or somewhere in between? This is a big question all across the United States, and it’s a hot topic. Some homeowners are downright angry at how Zillow Zestimates have underestimated the value of their home while they are trying to sell it. Some buyers came to rely on Zillow Zestimates as they looked at homes and thought about drafting offers, and some got burned as a result. So what’s the truth about Zillow Zestimates? I’ll answer that question now.

    Zillow Zestimates: What They Are

    Zillow Zestimates

    Zillow Zestimates are created by software that scrapes data off the Internet, including sales data of similar homes, tax assessor data, sold data, and MLS listing data. Zillow’s computers compile all the data based on programming, and statistics are generated, including the now infamous Zillow Zestimates.

    Sometimes their estimate is right on, but other times it is way off. I personally experirenced a Zestimate that was over $300,000 off. The homeowner was quite upset at Zillow. The CEO of Zillow found out how far off his Zestimate was. CEO Spencer Rascoff’s home sold for 40% less than the Zillow estimate of $1.75 million. I think I’ll just say, “Oops!”

    Rascoff also bought a 12,732-square-foot mansion in LA’s affluent Brentwood neighborhood for nearly $20 million, which happened to be over $1 million above its Zestimate. And Zillow wants you to rely on Zillow Zestimates? Are they serious?  Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Sequim Listings

    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. Read the rest of this entry »

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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    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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