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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

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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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    Sequim Healthcare

    What is the state of Sequim healthcare? This should not be a hard question to answer, but it is. It’s a hard question to answer anywhere in the country now. Are doctors accepting new patients? Will your insurance be accepted? What if you’re a veteran? What is the quality of Sequim healthcare? There are many questions. Since I enjoy writing to help buy Sequim home buyers (I have over 2,000 articles online and over a dozen books), I thought I would write a short eBook about the state of Sequim healthcare, but I could not find the information to write the book. The chaos in the industry overwhelmed me. I called various doctor’s office, and have done a lot of online research, and I’ve been a patient myself a few times over the 24 years here, but as experienced as I am at pulling together data and making sense out of it, I could not on the subject of Sequim healthcare.

    This does not mean we don’t have good Sequim healthcare, good clinics, and good doctors. It just means between the medical profession, the pharmaceutical industry, and the Federal regulators, the answer to all your questions is likely to be “caveat emptor,” or “buyer beware.” In other words, you have to do your own research. You may think me cynical, but may I suggest you don’t take for granted everything you’re told by the pharmaceutical industry? “The average elderly patient is taking more than five prescription medications; the average nursing home patient is taking seven medications.” [Source: MD Mag] Unbelievable!

    Sequim Healthcare Help Online

    I appreciate the many independent medical professionals who do helpful educational videos that we can watch free on Youtube, and this one is very interesting and revealing. Do your own research, but one thing I think we all need to realize is that we are each responsible for our own health and whatever Sequim healthcare we seek out and get. 

    Sequim Healthcare

    Sequim Healthcare is About Personal Research

    Retirees have their own checklists for what they want in a community. Having practiced law in Sequim for many years and having working with hundreds of retirees moving to Sequim as a real estate broker, I know what that checklist looks like. Retirees want a mild climate, a peaceful place to live, low crime rates, affordable housing, and good Sequim healthcare. Sequim has all this and more, but with respect to Sequim healthcare, you’ve got to do your own research based on your personal healthcare needs and your insurance coverage. You will need to check with your insurance carrier, and you’ll need to call some medical offices to see who is accepting new patience and under what conditions. One doctor in Sequim charges $80 per month just to be on his list of patients. I understand he is using excessive fees to filter out clients and manage the number of patients he takes, but I do not appreciate the fact that he uses money against many who cannot afford good healthcare while getting very wealthy himself. What happened to the three learned professions (medical, law, and the priesthood) where they actually felt a calling to serve and help others more than their greed for money? Oops, that wiped out at least two of those professions, and I don’t think I’ll touch the third one.

    While my clients are buying homes in Sequim, nearly all of them ask about the state of Sequim healthcare, so for the first time in all these years I thought I would address it, at least on a minimal level. I wish I could write a complete book that summaries it all, but I think you’ll need to do your own research on the subject of Sequim healthcare.

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  • Washington Luxury Homes

    Luxury homes are fun to look at, and even if you’re not in the market for an expensive island or beachfront home worth millions of dollars, I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the most expensive Washington luxury homes on the market right now. You can go to my Luxury Homes MLS site and see these extraordinary luxury homes from the shores of Seattle to the shores of the Olympic Peninsula where Sequim is located, and on every single island in between. 

    Washington Luxury Homes

    Luxury Homes

    Sequim Luxury Homes

    This is a unique luxury homes MLS site, because I designed it and programmed it to show you every water front and beachfront home in the Strait and the Sound, and you’ll find links to each island, and if you go to an island link, the site opens up to all the luxury homes on that island. There’s no other luxury homes MLS site designed like this. Another MLS site created for buyers by yours truly, Chuck Marunde.

    Be sure to open the photos on some of these homes. These are some of the most stunning homes in America, and they are right here in little ol’ Washington state on your favorite Luxury Homes MLS site.

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    Sequim Crime Rates

    Sequim crime rates are extremely low, and those of us who have lived in Sequim for decades know this. It’s not easy to prove, because the Internet websites that purport to compare Sequim crime rates with other cities do not have accurate data. I went to the Sequim police department and asked if our Sequim crime stats are posted anywhere on the Internet, and the answer was that they are not. Where are the Sequim crime rates? They are on paper files in the police department, and not compiled and posted anywhere on the Internet. Don’t believe the Internet on Sequim crime rates. But there is a place where you can see current crimes committed.

    Sequim Crime Stats

    Sequim Crime

    What we do have in real time on Sequim crime stats and Port Angeles crime stats is a map that you can view online showing crime locations and specifics about the crimes. When you open up this map, and you can do that by clicking on the image above, you can then put your mouse over a circle and see exactly what happened. This is a great map for this purpose.

    Sequim Crime is Low

    Low Sequim crime rates is one of the reason so many of us love Sequim. We do have crime, but not nearly as much or as serious as the metropolitan areas or even the bedroom communities outside of Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia. I think you’ll appreciate this Sequim crime map, and you might want to bookmark it. 

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  • I Love Sequim

    I love Sequim, and I’ll tell you exactly why. I was a JAG in the USAF based at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, and my children were young. My oldest boy was graduating from 7th grade, and it was a tough school year. Some of my son’s classmates were beat up, stabbed, and shot. One died. The gangs were moving into Vegas from Los Angeles, and illegal aliens were everywhere. Car and house thefts were high, and personal safety became a serious issue for me and my family. 

    In 1994 I found Sequim after doing a lot of research to find a safe place to raise my children. I wanted a rural area with low crime, traditional values, outdoor activities, and a mild climate. Sequim was the winner by a long shot. That was 24 years ago, and I’m still here. I love Sequim.

    I Love Sequim and My Dog Loves Sequim

    I Love Sequim

    I live on 2.58 acres, but it is owned by my dog. Apparently, he thinks it is his Kingdom, and he watches over his Kingdom like a hawk. He actually catches mice once in a while. I’ve never had a dog that can catch mice, so he’s smart and fast. He’s half doberman and half black lab, so he is intelligent and happy. He also likes to eat an apple a day from my apple trees. I asked him to pose for a blog photo, and he enthusiastically agreed.

    I Love Sequim and I’m Never Leaving

    Living in Sequim grows on you. Everyone I know who lives here for a long time, says “I love Sequim,” and they also say, “I’m never leaving Sequim.” Why do people talk that way? The thing about living in Sequim is that there aren’t just half a dozen things that make it so great. There’s more like a hundred little things, and the longer you live in Sequim, the more you love Sequim. 

    By the way, my three boys and my daughter are all grown up now, and they all went through the Sequim school system. The best decision of my life was to move to Sequim for the sake of my children. They were safe, and the school system is one of the best in the nation. They were not exposed to all kinds of evil as they would have been in most metropolitan areas of the country, and they have grown up with traditional values. I love Sequim.

    You might enjoy some of the reasons I love Sequim. Years ago I wrote several articles listing the reasons, and here is the first article with 25 Reasons Why I Love Sequim.

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  • Sequim Google Search

    Buyers are doing their Sequim Google search every day of the week many times a day. As a future Sequim resident, you undoubtedly having been doing your own Sequim Google search for answers to your questions. Doing a Google search reminds me of the older days when we would say at the office, “I’m going to Xerox this,” meaning that I was going to make a copy, but the copy machine may have been made by IBM or Canon or Toshiba. Since Xerox was the first in the game and made copying so easy with a whole new technology, we got into the habit of saying “Xerox copy” even when we didn’t use a Xerox copier. We do the same today by saying, “Google it,” even though there are many search engines we might prefer to use.

    Here’s the best tip you may get today. There is a search engine that is substantially better than Google, and you will benefit by using it if you are searching any number of topics in Sequim WA. I’ll tell you which search engine this is, and why it is better than a Sequim Google search.

    Sequim Google Search

    Sequim Google Search

    Like you, buyers or prospective buyers around the United States who are eying Sequim for their retirement destination, are doing their Sequim Google search for answers to many questions. In other words, buyers are not only searching a good online Sequim MLS site, but they are seeking answers on all kinds of issues in the Sequim area.

    Here’s what you may not know. A Sequim Google search will involve using Google, of course, but Google does two things you may not like:

    1. Google controls the results you get, and the results you get are not pure search results based on the best websites or blogs on the Internet for the search you did. Google uses algorithms that control the results based in part on their own advertising network and how they want to push people into advertiser sites. Google also has not tried to hide that their algorithms include some of their philosophy about lifestyle preferences and government and religion. Sergey Brin of Google said ultimately he thinks the ideal Google search result would provide one right answer, and he wants to be able to tell us what that one answer is.
    2. A Sequim Google search will pull you into Google’s ecosystem, which as you probably know, means your private information, including what sites you visit and what you look at are all captured by Google so they can sell your information to advertisers. You may have thought you were just using a free search engine, but you are the product they are selling over and over again to advertisers.

    Google has the majority of the search engine market (63%), but any Sequim Google search is not necessarily going to give you the best search results because of their corporate biases and algorithms. So what can you do to get the absolute best and most accurate results for your online search?

    Sequim Google Search v. Sequim

    Here’s some good news for you! does not try to collect your private information, and their search engine is not pre-programmed with political or religious preferences. Try some searches that you would normally do as a Sequim Google search, and check out the fantastic results you get.

    For example, searches that many buyers make would include these, and I’ve linked the results to

    1. Sequim Water View Homes, If you search this phrase without quotes, my sites come up on the first page of the search results in 2nd (not counting the paid ad), 5th, 6th, and 9th. In other words, 40% of the search results on the first page are articles written by this brokerage. I hope that speaks to you about how hard we are working behind the scenes to give you all the fee information you need to make wise decisions. But it also speaks the quality of the results. My sites are exactly what you are searching for.
    2. Sequim Buyers Agent, If you search this phrase without quotes, my sites come up on the first page of the search results in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th. That’s 50% of the search results! That may look easy, but believe me it took 10 years, a lot of hard work, and some money to figure all this out. No other Sequim broker has spent the years and money to give you this free content-rich information, written by a experienced broker and real estate attorney (ret.).
    3. How much to offer on a Sequim home, With this search, my sites come up in 1st and 2nd position, not counting the paid ad at the top, which we all skip. But there’s something important I don’t want you to miss with these results. My articles actually answer the question about how much to offer on a Sequim home, while the other links are not giving you any answer. They are showing you photos of homes or trying to sell you on their service. That’s annoying, right? My search results always answer your direct question.

    You can search hundreds of phrases and questions, and you’ll keep finding our answers, all free and there’s no requirement that you register. We collect no private information. No wonder buyers love us. We’re doing what buyers want and hope a buyer’s broker would do, and there’s no one on the Internet that provides as much free information as we do for buyers of Sequim homes. Next time you’re thinking about doing a Sequim Google search, may I suggest you do a search using In either case, we still show up everywhere, but you’ll like this service better than Google.

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  • 3D Virtual Tours

    3D virtual tours are important. In the last few years alone we have entered an entirely new era in the real estate industry. I started writing about vast new changes in consumer preferences in the first edition of my book, The New World of Marketing for Real Estate Agents, in 2010 and how Realtors would have to adapt quickly. I wrote that brokers who did not learn to adapt with new business models and new technologies would eventually close their doors, go bankrupt, and merge or consolidate. Unfortunately, all that has been happening across the U.S. for the last decade en masse.

    3D Virtual Tours

    According to the National Association of Realtors national survey of Realtors, less than 5% are using real estate blogs, and the majority of those Realtors are not posting articles regularly or using their blog to maximize their marketing and lead generation to reach highly qualified clients. I would estimate that less than one percent (1%) of Realtors in the United States are using the Internet and powerful technologies in a modern business model, and that includes 3D virtual tours.

    3D Virtual Tours

    In my small real estate market, for example, I am the only Realtor who owns and uses 3D virtual tours, a camera with 9 lenses that allows consumers to walk through the house interactively from the comfort of their own computer or mobile device. I’ve sold homes sight-unseen because of my 3D virtual tours.

    I am the only registered Realtor who is an FAA drone pilot in my market, and this is another surprise. Aerial videos of homes and the surrounding scenery is a huge selling tool in this modern day of technology.

    I would argue that Realtors cannot afford not to have 3D virtual tours. While it costs about $5,000 plus the cost of an iPad, which operates as the controller, any listing agent who doesn’t have one and learn how to use it, is like a gunfighter going to a shootout without a gun.

    What buyers want and expect in this modern era, is the ability to view a home inside and out as though they were actually there, and they want to conveniently do this from the comfort of their laptop at their kitchen counter or from their iPad at their local Starbucks. With 3D virtual tours, they can walk throughout a home, turn 360 degrees in any room, walk around the kitchen island, go upstairs and downstairs, and the accuracy and clarity of the visuals is so realistic, it truly feels like being there.

    A drone is also critical for beautiful homes or luxury homes or beach front homes or any home with a gorgeous surrounding. I love my DJI Mavic Pro, and so do buyers browsing listings in the Sequim area.

    Sellers expect their listing broker will capture their home in all its glory and present it on the Internet to as many highly qualified buyers as possible. They expect their broker will get outstanding digital photos of the interior and exterior. They expect their broker will be able to edit those photos so they will look incredible, and so the photos will accurately depict their home without making rooms appear smaller or larger than they really are.

    3D Virtual Tours and Drone Videos

    They expect their real estate agents to use the latest and greatest technologies to make their home look its absolute best to prospective buyers on the Internet, and that includes impressive technologies like 3D virtual tours and a drone with a video camera.

    One of the challenges that real estate brokers have today is just keeping up with technology. It’s not easy, but this is what we do at iRealty Virtual Brokers. This is why clients seek us out. We are light years ahead of the competition, and our clients sincerely appreciate what we do for them.

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    Sequim Referral Broker: Sequim Broker Chuck Marunde

    A Sequim Referral Broker is an important resource for out-of-area real estate brokers who have clients in the Sequim area. Chuck Marunde is the preferred Sequim Referral Broker for many brokers from Seattle, Tacoma, Bremerton, Silverdale, Bellingham, Olympia, and from California, Florida, and many other states. Why are so many brokers referring Sequim clients to Chuck Marunde?

    Sequim Referral Broker

    What Do Brokers Look For in a Sequim Referral Broker?

    If a broker is going to refer a client to a Sequim Realtor, they definitely want someone who is knowledgeable, experienced, competent, courteous, and available. But they also want someone who is honest, has integrity, and is professional. While all of these qualities sound like obvious and basic qualities in a Sequim Referral Broker, most people might be disappointed to learn that it is not easy to find a Realtor with all these qualities.

    The primary reason Chuck is a popular Sequim Referral Broker is not hard to understand when you look at his background. He started in real estate sales almost 40 years ago, practiced real estate law for 20 years, has been an adviser to real estate brokers for over two decades, has over 2,000 articles online specifically for Sequim buyers, has many videos produced in his video studio specifically for Sequim buyers, and has written many paperbacks and eBooks specifically for Sequim buyers.

    Chuck is the only Sequim Realtor who has created all this content and a marketing system that reaches out to buyers all over the United States. And Chuck is the only local Realtor who has a three dimensional virtual tour camera with nine lenses, a stable of the best digital DSLR cameras, lenses, and lighting equipment, and Chuck is the only local Realtor who is registered as an FAA drone pilot with the experience to take professional video and edit it to Hollywood quality.

    Chuck also has an exemplary track record. He was the No. 1 selling Sequim broker for 7 consecutive years for single family homes above the price of $200,000. He also received the prestigious Five Star Real Estate Agent Award, given to only a handful of Seattle area brokers. 

    As a Sequim Referral Broker, out-of-town brokers are very happy to find Chuck, because he has everything they are looking for in a local broker. He has the professionalism to make them look good with their client, and he is trustworthy so they know they’ll get paid a referral fee at closing.

    Sequim Referral Broker for Many Different Brokerages

    Here’s an amazing fact. Brokers from many different companies refer clients to Chuck Marunde, even companies that are part of a national brand. Keller Williams brokers from all over the State of Washington refer clients to Chuck regularly, but so do brokers from RE/Max, Windermere, C21, John L. Scott, Exit Realty, Adamas Realty, EXP Realty, Coldwell Banker, and some boutique firms, too.

    Chuck Marunde is known for answering his own phone. Can you imagine that? If he doesn’t answer it (because he’s with a client or talking to another client), he actually returns calls promptly. Chuck only has one phone number on everything so he can be reached. If you are a broker who needs a Sequim Referral Broker, call or text Chuck Marunde at 360-775-5424. Or you can email Now you know who to call for your Sequim Referral Broker.

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    Is Another Real Estate Crash Coming?

    Is another real estate crash coming? Our last real estate crash happened in 2007, and we had a long recession with a short recovery over the past two years. Now we are seeing signs of a looming market crash. The bond market is precariously hanging by a thread according to bond experts. The stock market is in a classic balloon according to many financial advisers. The U.S. dollar is rapidly losing its position as the International currency. The economies of China, Japan, Iran, are Venezuela are all at risk, and if one country’s market crashes, there will be an International collapse of dominoes. 

    Real Estate Crash With Market Crash

    Real Estate Crash

    A war in the middle east would surely cause a real estate crash nationwide. A major earthquake on the west coast could be the fall of the first domino nationwide. 

    The Federal Reserve, which is not owned by our Federal government, is an independent organization in control of our money, and they have been printing money and controlling interest rates for their own private shareholders, most of home are not in the U.S. They are currently pushing interest rates up, and the real estate market has already been hit hard across the country. 

    And if you haven’t heard, President Trump is at war with the Federal Reserve, and there are indications he intends to end their independent control of our money supply and monetary policy, just like his favorite President, Andrew Jackson, did during his presidency.

    The Democrats are at war with Republicans, and it is a war that goes deep and wide, and it is far from over. Whatever your political affiliation, the reality is that this war could be the cause of economic chaos, political chaos, and even a constitutional crisis that could bring the country to a standstill. 

    Real Estate Crash Coming?

    Why would I write about a possible real estate crash? Because if you are planning to sell a home in California or Colorado or Florida or Texas, and move to the Northwest or to any safe place in the country, I would not dilly dally. If there is a real estate crash, you will not be able to sell your home, and your dreams of moving to a safe place to retire will be over. 

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not a pessimist. If you knew me, you would know that I am one of the most positive thinking and happy people you will ever meet. I love life. I love my clients. I love God. But I’m not ignorant of economic realities and economic cycles. All the signs are on the horizon. Are you watching the signs?

    You may want to read an article I wrote last February: The Real Estate Crash, and another article I wrote last August: Is The Real Estate Market Turning? Homes are suddenly not selling in previously hot California markets, and we all know that California is always our leading indicator.

    Do your own research, but be careful who you take your advice from. Many of the financial advisers out there are all saying the same thing, “Oh just because the market is crashing doesn’t mean you should sell. No, it’s actually a buying opportunity.” Right. With your money and no risk to them, except they make money as long as you leave your money in the market.

    Volatility is a Sign of Danger: Here’s something your financial adviser is probably not talking about–the danger and meaning of extreme volatility. The kind of extreme volatility that we are seeing now in the markets that is so visible in the DOW Jones Industrial Average (DJI), is a historical sign of great danger, specifically that the market is potentially on the verge of a major move, either up or down. The DJI has been up and down by 800 points, 500 points, 200 points, 300 points, and 400 points in single days. This is extreme volatility. One of the keys to success in life and investing is avoiding the traps for the unwary. You can be successful for years, but one big mistake can destroy all that success and hard work. Extreme volatility is another sign, among many signs, that we are in risky territory.

    Is a real estate crash coming? Yes, but I cannot tell you precisely when. I can only say that my lifetime of experience in real estate and economic cycles is sending me warnings that it’s time to liquidate assets at risk and get settled into a safe home in a safe area like Sequim, Washington, and get debt free as quickly as possible. Your retirement home (real estate) is the safest place to hold a portion of your wealth. I hope and pray there will be no real estate crash, but it is nearly inevitable based on current national and International developments.

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    Cliff erosion is real, and you’ve got to do your research and be smart if you intend to buy a home on a high bluff in the Sequim and Port Angeles area. Here’s an example of cliff erosion on a high Sequim bluff right on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Take a look at this Google satellite image and the distances I measured using Google. There has been tremendous cliff erosion in this area, and you can see it clearly in this image. A huge section of the bluff fell off just recently in the back yard of this home that is only about 30 feet from the cliff now. The distance from the edge of the cliff to the beach below is 175 feet. You can see the image below if you enlarge your browser.

    Sequim Cliff Erosion

    Cliff Erosion

    I showed this home about a month ago, but my buyer and I never went inside the home, because when we drove up the driveway and parked at the top of the cliff, we were shocked at how scary the cliff erosion was as we stood at the top looking down. When I looked at how close the cliff was to the house, which I estimated at 30 feet at the time, I figured the house was unsellable.

    My thinking was simply that the rate of cliff erosion indicated that this erosion was not likely to stop exactly 30 feet from the home. It has already taken that section I marked 175 feet from the top to the bottom.

    What would it take for the erosion to travel another 30 feet? Almost nothing. A wet winter with lots of water working its way through the soil to the Strait? How about more wave action and cliff erosion at the bottom of the cliff so that it peels off like it has been doing for the past decade? Or maybe a medium earthquake in the range of 5.0 to 6.0?

    Cliff Erosion Risks Homes

    I thought the home was unsellable at any price. The tax assessor’s site shows this home sold in 1990 for $450,000, and it sold in 2009 for $650,000. Now in 2018 it sold for $437,000. Amazing. I haven’t given the address of this property, because I have no desire to embarrass anyone, but seriously, who would buy this home when it is poised to fall off the cliff? I’ll tell you what, the sellers just won the lottery.

    Apparently the recent buyers do not share my concerns about cliff erosion. I must be wrong. What say you? If you’re from California, perhaps you can share some wisdom in the comments below.

    Lastly, here’s a video I took with explanations of the concerns that bluff stability engineers have in the Sequim area.

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    How Much Should I Offer: What is Fair Market Value

    How can I know the fair market value of a home, and how much should I offer for a home in Sequim? Why is this important? Because when you do find the perfect home, you will have to filter through many prices in order to decide how much you will offer. There is a listed price, a tax assessor’s price, the seller’s purchase price, the cost of replacement, the price of comparable sales, and there may even be a formal appraiser’s price. So how much will you offer?

    What is Fair Market Value

    Fair Market Value

    How to Calculate Fair Market Value

    Chuck Marunde’s brand new book, Buying Your Retirement Home And How Much To Offer, shares for the first time the keys to calculating true fair market value. When you find your ideal retirement home, you need to know how much to offer, and you cannot rely on the listed price to do that. The listed price is the seller’s price, the price the seller hopes to get, and it may or may not be fair market value. It may be the price the listing agent suggested, but even that doesn’t guarantee it is true fair market value.

    The last thing you want to do as you move into the next exciting phase of your life is over pay for a home. You need a way to understand the various methods used to arrive at price, and this new ebook will help you do exactly that. Submitting an offer on a home is not about guessing at the price. For only $2.99 you can learn from nationally recognized real estate expert Chuck Marunde. Chuck got started in real estate four decades ago, has been a real estate attorney for 20 years (ret.), and is an author of many real estate books. Chuck is a Buyer’s Agent in Sequim, and this is good news for retirees coming to Sequim. Many seek to retain Chuck as their Buyer’s Agent months before they arrive in Sequim.

    You can learn all about fair market value in Buying Your Retirement Home And How Much To Offer on Amazon. As with all of Chuck’s eBooks, you get free updates forever.

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  • Sequim Cell Phone Towers

    Sequim cell phone towers and cell phone antennas are everywhere, as they are all over the country now. While is it great to have good cell phone reception, which requires cell phone towers, it has also come to our attention that the powerful electric and magnetic emissions from these towers and from our cell phones, our computers, and our wireless networks in our homes are a cause for concern. There are studies indicating that many health dangers are present.

    Sequim Cell Phone Towers

    It is a good idea to do a search of Sequim cell phone towers based on the address of the prospective home you might buy. Not far from where I live, a couple built a brand new house about two years ago, and about six months ago Verizon installed a new mini-tower or antenna on a large telephone pole directly adjacent to their home. The tower is on Kitchen-Dick Road, and it is literally on the boundary of their property. I measured the distance from the pole to the house on Google satellite, and it is only 109 feet. If the bedroom is on that end of the house, this innocent couple is being radiated the entire time they are trying to sleep at night, not to mention all the electro-magnetic emissions that are penetrating the whole house 24/7.

    The Search for Sequim Cell Phone Towers

    I have a tester that shows electric and magnetic levels, and based on our own government’s warnings and standards, the levels I have tested in areas near some of these towers and electric power lines are often 100 times above what is safe for humans. Some of these Sequim cell phone towers emit massive amounts of electro-magnetic waves. People wonder why they are having all these unexplainable health issues, like headaches, discomfort in the hips or joints, short term memory losses, shortness of breath, digestive problems, constant diarrhea, sleep apnea, and the list goes on and on. Doctors take test after test, and they prescribe this drug and then another drug, but no one can figure out what’s going on. Sound familiar? 

    I was shocked when I measured what my wireless modem was emitting throughout the house, especially when I was sitting right at the computer. I was shocked when I measured what my microwave oven emits, my TV screen, and my laptop. Thank God I am 1,423 feet from that new tower on Kitchen-Dick Road. 

    I’m not wanting to put the fear of microwaves into anyone who intends to buy their retirement dream home in Sequim, but isn’t it worth doing a search for the nearest Sequim cell phone towers to make sure you’re planned retirement in Paradise doesn’t turn into unexplainable health issues, one after another?

    Do your own research. Don’t take my word for anything. Youtube has many great videos on these subjects, as well as some wacky videos that fall into the category of conspiratorial. If we have excessive levels hitting us now, wait until they launch the new massive network called “5G.” That is going to be many multiples of what we are now bombarded with. In any event, I hope this article is helpful and is part of your important due diligence when you shop for a home in Sequim. 

    Sequim cell phone towers. Who knew?

    Documentary Support: Someone commented that I provided no supporting evidence that radiation was dangerous to human beings. [I’m not publishing his comment because he was very rude.] My purpose was to bring this issue to light, and I even suggested in my article that people do their own research online. For the doubters, I’m glad to help. Watch these videos below, but do more research, because there are probably 100s of videos on this subject from around the world that can help doubters understand the dangers are real. This first video includes Dr. Devra Davis who is an expert on this subject of radiation. This video is a must watch.

    Video 1: University of Melbourne Radiation Dangers

    Video 2: Cell Tower Cancer Clusters

    Video 3: 5G: Cancer, Cell Phone, Wi-Fi, Cell Towers, Wireless

    Video 4: The highly Dangerous and Unpredictable Zones Around Cell Towers

    Video 5: Cell Phone Towers Exposed

    By the way, I hope you’ll consider hiring me as your Sequim Buyer’s Agent. As you can see, I work very hard to provide you with everything you need to make wise decisions when buying a home in Sequim.


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    Is My Retirement Account Safe So I Can Move to Sequim?

    Many believe that their retirement account is their life blood, especially when it comes to retiring in Sequim and buying a home, right? There are many excellent registered financial advisers, and I hope you have one, but what do they all say when the stock market starts to crash? They don’t warn you to sell. Instead, they tell you that you must hang in there, not panic, and that this is a buying opportunity. They could be right.

    Unless they are wrong, and this is the beginning of a long market crash. If we are in the beginning of a long market decline, then this definitely would not be a time to pour more of your money into the market. In fact, it would be a time to sell what you have in the market already to protect yourself from massive losses and the depletion of your retirement account, your future security. Yesterday the DOW went down over 1,000 points in a single day. Wow!

    Retirement Account in This Market?

    Retirement Account

    Retirement Account

    I’m not a registered financial adviser now, although I was years ago, and I’m not giving you financial or retirement advice in this article. You need to make your own decisions and you undoubtedly have your own financial advisers, so I recommend you seek your own financial and retirement advice from your own experts.

    I would like to say that the answers you get are only as good as the questions you ask, so make sure you’re asking the right questions. I recommend listening to some contrarians and not just those who keep telling you to keep all your money in the stock market and put more in the stock market when the market goes down. Here’s one smart contrarian, and you might benefit from his video Market Down 1,000 Points. This video below is worth watching as Harry Dent talks about what is coming in our market. 

    Why would I write about your retirement account on this real estate blog? Because most of my buyer clients are retirees moving to Sequim, and they are relying on their retirement account to be able to do this. What if, and this is only a what if, the stock market and your retirement account went down 50%? What is your financial adviser telling you now? I hope and pray you are getting good advise.

    I’ll tell you one thing. If I were planning to retire in Sequim and buy a home, I wouldn’t dilly dally too long. If I had a million dollars in the stock market, and the market went down 30%, I would be kicking myself, because I could have bought a $300,000 home in Sequim if I had sold at the right time and not rode the market down. I’m just saying. 

    The older we get, the more conservative we ought to be with our investments and our retirement account. It’s too hard to start all over when we get older, if not impossible. I hope you are getting solid advice on your retirement account. 

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  • Buyer Checklist After You Have Mutual Acceptance

    This is a buyer checklist on what to do after you have reached mutual acceptance with the seller. In other words, once you have a fully signed agreement and you and the seller have agreed on the price and all terms and signed and initialed the purchase and sale agreement (PSA) and all the relevant addendums for your transaction, what happens next? This is the buyer checklist I share with my buyers as a Sequim Buyer’s Agent.

    Buyer Checklist

    Buyer Checklist

    After you have mutual acceptance:

    1. The countdown for all deadlines starts the day after you have mutual acceptance. So the day after is day 1.
    2. As your buyer’s agent I deliver a fully signed copy of the agreement to the designated escrow company the day of (if it isn’t too late) or the next morning.
    3. The escrow company opens a file and gives a copy of the agreement to their title plant. The title plant or the title company begins a comprehensive search of all records, liens, judgments, and encumbrances that effect the property.
    4. Once the escrow company has opened their file, you as the buyer need to deposit the earnest money with the escrow company right away. State law requires the deposit to be made within 3 business days, but I like to say that the deposit should be made without delay. You can deliver a check to the escrow company, but for most of my out-of-town buyers, it is more efficient to simply wire the earnest money into the escrow company’s trust account. When I email the title company your PSA, I ask them in that email to email you and give you wiring instructions, unless you are local, in which case you can hand deliver the check to them.
    5. If you’re getting a loan, you should immediately email a copy of the full agreement to your mortgage broker or loan officer. This is important, because the loan process is the longest process taking up to 30 days or 45 days for a VA loan. Your mortgage broker has to bring in other parties at his end, like a loan processor, an appraiser through an appraisal management company, and a loan underwriter.
    6. The next step that should be done right away is to call a home inspector and schedule the home inspection. You can do this yourself, or you can delegate this to me. I can refer you to a home inspector if you don’t know one, and for your information I never receive any referral fee or any benefit from any home inspectors. There are several good ones, but I can give you two right here who always do very thorough inspections and clients love them. One is Tyler Zimmel, and the other is Chuck Bishop. You can find both of them and their emails and phone numbers on a Google search. The cost of a home inspection is $350 to $400.
    7. The seller will be obligated under the standard terms of our agreements to order the septic inspection report at the seller’s expense. The seller will usually pay $150 to $250 for this inspection. This item is not so much a part of the buyer checklist, but it’s good to know who does what.
    8. If the property is on a municipal water system, you don’t have to worry about ordering a private well inspection, but if the property does have a private well, you have the option of ordering a water flow test and a water quality test for bacteria and nitrates. That inspection would be at your expense, and you can either order it yourself, or you can delegate it to me. Brother’s Plumbing and Integrity Pumps both do great work. The cost of this inspection is usually less than $250.

    Buyer Checklist Additions

    There are other addendum that we use, depending on the transaction. There’s a Title Addendum, a Feasibility Addendum, and at least 80 more legal addendum that we have in our documents inventory. It’s critical that your buyer’s agent knows exactly which addendum you will need for your own protection. I’m thankful I was a real estate attorney for 20 years, because this gives my buyers a huge advantage.

    Depending how each inspection goes, there will be inspection responses we need to put in writing, and there may be sub-inspections we add to the buyer checklist that need to be ordered if a red flag is triggered. But you don’t have to have all this figured out in advance. This is one of the reasons you hire an experienced buyer’s agent.

    Of course, part of what I do is answer my clients’ questions along the way, help them with the inspections, attend inspections they cannot attend on their behalf, and advise them at each step. I hope this little buyer checklist is helpful to you.

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  • How much due diligence should you do before you submit an offer to the seller? First, let’s make sure we’re on the same sheet of music by defining “due diligence.” Due diligence is the research you will want to do on a home and the property before you close on the transaction. The bottom line is you need to know if there are any serious issues that would cause you to walk away from the property, which is all part of doing your due diligence.

    Due diligence usually includes a home inspection, a septic inspection (if outside a municipal system), a well inspection (if private), a review of the title by examining the preliminary title report, a possible neighborhood review, and perhaps a feasibility review. One of these inspections could trigger another sub-inspection of a specialist. The standard contingency addendums don’t include provisions for a survey or a boundary line review, but you may need to know more about the precise property boundaries.

    Septic System Inspection

    Due Diligence Before Closing

    All of these inspections or investigations are part of the due diligence process, and all of these must be done prior to closing the transaction. Some cannot be done before an offer is submitted and before the buyer and seller have reached a full agreement on the price and terms. For example, a full home inspection is not something a seller allows a buyer to do unless they already have an agreement signed. [I recommend reading some of my articles about due diligence at Due Diligence for Buyers.] 

    Also, a seller is not going to allow a buyer to dig holes on the property (perc tests) or to do other potentially destructive investigations unless the buyer has committed to buy the property subject to his contingencies. Sellers don’t really care about the buyer’s due diligence process. The seller is focused on selling and an acceptable selling price.

    There clearly is some due diligence that a buyer can do on the Internet that will help answer some key questions, like what the plat looks like, the length and width of the property in feet, what an aerial view of the property looks like from a satellite, and a buyer can also look at all the property records from the country building department. But these are things that can be done by a buyer online and do not require an addendum with special language giving them permission to do that kind of research.

    Due Diligence Before The Offer

    I’ve learned something interesting about buyers over the decades. Buyers have different levels of comfort or discomfort. Most buyers have no issue with reaching mutual acceptance first with the seller, and then doing their inspections based on the terms of the addendums attached. But there are a few buyers who feel the need to know the outcome of these investigations before they draft and submit an offer to the seller.

    First, if you do weeks of due diligence studies before even submitting an offer, the property could sell out from under you. End of story. If the property was an ideal property for you, you just lost it because you wanted to put the cart before the horse. We could have locked the property up by obtaining mutual acceptance and then doing the inspections under the contract terms. Don’t forget, if your inspections are not acceptable to you, you can simply terminate and get your earnest money back.

    Second, contractually all your due diligence is already part of the inspection addendums with specific guidelines and timelines. In other words, you will get to do all the inspections and due diligence you want to, but the contracts in Washington have a process and timeline for inspections, and these come after you have mutual acceptance, not before.

    Third, if you intend to use your investigation results to get the seller to come way down on their price, think again. It may sound like a reasonable strategy, but in this market it has never been an effective strategy. For example, you could prove there is not much merchantable timber on the property around the house, but I’ve never seen a seller agree to reduce the price based on your printed report that you paid a forester/timber cruiser to do.

    Here are more examples. A written contractor report that you will have to paint the outside of the house in the next two years, or that the composition shingles may need replacing in the next 7 years never justify a huge reduction in price from a seller’s perspective.

    The point is, if you are hoping to use your pre-offer investigations to submit a low ball offer, think again. I’m not saying it isn’t a legitimate way to think. I love negotiating, and I have 40 years of negotiating experience. I’m just saying in 23 years in this market in Sequim and Port Angeles and Port Townsend, that has never worked. Sellers have an idea of what their home is worth, and when they list it, they have no doubt done some extensive comparative market analyses, and perhaps they have reviewed their own hard costs in the land and construction of the house. Try as you might to justify a much lower offer, and the seller is going to hold out for a buyer who will come closer to their price, and eventually that does happen.

    Which brings us back to the way offers are normally handled. The buyer makes their offer, and the seller can accept, reject, or counter. Then the buyer can respond, and you may have an offer go back and forth a few times. But if you try to persuade the seller that his price is way too high with your own inspectors and studies, the seller is just going to walk away and wait for the next buyer.

    Of course, if you cannot see your way to justify a price the seller can accept, then you must walk away, too. 

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    Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

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

    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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