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The Sequim Blue Hole

The Sequim Blue Hole is real, and I have proof. This is a fun short video I did showing you the scientific proof the Sequim blue hole is for real, and giving you a view of Sequim from above from my drone. Don’t forget to make sure your Youtube settings are for HD quality and enlarge this video on your monitor, or watch it on Youtube.

Sequim Blue Hole is Real

The Sequim Blue Hole is why we only get 16 inches of rain a year while Seattle gets 45 inches a year, and Seattle is only 50 miles away as the crow flies. The climate and weather are amazing in Sequim, but don’t tell anyone. The next thing you know, a lot of people will be moving to Sequim. Let’s keep this Sequim blue hole thing just between us.  (more…)

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A Deck With a View

Imagine sitting on the deck of your new home sipping a delicious latte (or maybe a glass of wine?), looking at a gorgeous water view (or mountain view), a fresh breeze coming from the ocean, and feeling more relaxed than you’ve felt in years now that you’re retired and settled into your dream home. This is a dream come true for many who retire in Sequim (or Port Townsend or Port Angeles).

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A Deck in the Sun

In Sequim the best water view is typically from a deck on the north side of the house, and the sunniest side will be the south side. The mountain view is also to the south. While Sequim is famous for being in the blue hole and only getting 16 inches of rain annually, we do get a combination of sun and rain that is hard on wooden decks. Wooden decks eventually fade, splinter, and rot, so Trex decking or other composite decking that is weather proof has become quite popular.

A Deck for Enjoyment and Entertainment

In this photo above, my clients arranged their deck so they could entertain friends, which they enjoying doing regularly. And with a beautiful view of Sequim Bay, their deck is a Heavenly place of peace and relaxation. With spring arriving and flowers blooming, it is time again to enjoy the deck. When you’re looking at homes in the MLS online, it’s hard to tell which way the deck faces, but you can often use Google maps to help answer the question on the exact location of the deck and whether it faces north or south.

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Living in Sequim

Have you wondered what it would be like living in Sequim? It’s wonderful, and trying to prove that in 456 words is nearly impossible, but I’ll try. Sequim has been written about in many retirement and travel magazines over the past three decades as one of the ideal retirement havens in the U.S. It has been chosen one of the 10 best places to retire, and most recently in 2014 a nationwide survey gave Sequim the No. 1 slot to the question, “Where is the best place to retire and grow old and happy?” [The Huffington Post]

Living in Sequim

Living in Sequim – Sequim Weather

Why is living in Sequim said to be so wonderful by so many retirees in Sequim and around the country? First, the climate is one of the best and most pleasant climates. Year round weather patterns are some of the best in the entire country. Second, the Sequim Blue Hole is real, and it only rains 16 inches a year, which is 1/3 the rainfall in Seattle, only 2.5 hours away. The rainfall is the same in Sequim as it is in Los Angeles, but our weather does not get the extremes of hot or cold from Alaska to Texas. Try 60’s and 70’s during the summer and typically the 40’s and 50’s in the winter. We do get some freezing temperatures early in the morning on the coldest winter days, but that doesn’t last long.

Living in Sequim – The Lifestyle

Third, the lifestyle in Sequim is truly happy. People are amazed at how friendly Sequimites are when the visit. Everybody waves all the time, and everyone is easy to start a conversation with. Fourth, there are so many enjoyable activities in the area, including hobbies and clubs, volunteer organizations, and non-profits. Many retirees have found very satisfying places to serve others, and that brings a deep sense of satisfaction. Fifth, there are more year round recreational activities than almost anywhere in the country, including hiking in the old growth forests in the mountains, kayaking in rivers and in bays, fishing, hunting, bicycling on the Discovery Trail, jogging on the thousands of miles of trails, walking dogs in many of our parks, boating, sailing, motorcycling, horse back riding, cross country skiing in the mountains nearby, and much more. Sixth, we have a quiet little community with a Costco, Home Depot, Safeway, and numerous family owned organic farm stores. Seventh, living in Sequim means living in one of the lowest crime rates in the country. That brings a lot of peace and security to retirees.

No wonder so many retirees are finding Sequim and enjoying the best years of their lives living in Sequim. Come and visit Sequim and find out yourself why living in Sequim is so darn good.

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Sequim weather is the envy of the country. Not too hot, not too cold, not too much rain, hardly ever snow, and sunny in the Blue Hole. Today our Sequim weather showed off again. My camera took me for a walk on the beach this afternoon, and what a day it was at Port Williams Bay. I walked down the beach northward from the boat launch and along this bluff. You can get a better feel for what I experienced by clicking on this image to enlarge it.

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Sequim Weather Absolutely Gorgeous

I enjoyed my little hike and the sunshine on my bald head, and taking photos was fun. But did you ever notice that life doesn’t always go according to our plans? I think that may be the rule rather than the exception. If your life has gone exactly according to your plan, just give it more time. As you grow older, you’re bound to run into circumstances or events that you did not count on. And so I was reminded of this today on the beach as I stood behind the tripod and camera in the exact location where I took the above photo. Our lives can be changed forever in a second, and it almost did for me.

Sequim Weather Disguised a Threat

While my finger was on the shutter button of my camera I heard a muffled noise above me on the cliff, and as I looked almost straight up I saw a boulder the size of my own head coming straight at me. Apparently it had dislodged somehow after years of weathering on the side of the 50 foot cliff. It did not roll down the cliff–it apparently bounced outward and was about 30 feet directly above my head when I first saw it. Without time to evaluate the danger, I grabbed my tripod in what must have been a fraction of a second and ran toward the water, barely escaping that boulder and a substantial amount of dirt that followed. Afterward I asked myself, “what are the changes that a stone would fall from a cliff precisely where I was standing along a shoreline that extends for hundreds of miles in either direction?” Fascinating. By the way, I do not recommend sitting on these logs beneath the cliff. They are very inviting, but not entirely safe.

Clearly life does not always go according to our plans, and today I was reminded of that. I did count my blessings anyway, and continued my beach singing as I headed back. The good news is this little event did not dispel my good mood and my enjoyment of this great Sequim weather. What a day! And I have the proof with this photo. Gorgeous Sequim weather!

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  • Sequim Weather and The Blue Hole

    Sequim weather is famous, at least for the blue hole or what we also call the rain shadow.  We are very fortunate that we only get one-third the rainfall of Seattle, and yet we’re only a pleasant two hour car and ferry ride from downtown Seattle.

    Sequim Weather – The Sun Breaks Out

    Sequim Weather

    Sequim Weather – Sweet Sunshine

    Before showing homes this afternoon, I completed some work early in the morning, and then rewarded myself with a walk through a Sequim park, soaking up the warm sunshine and loving this Sequim weather.  This photo above is proof that spring is here, and the Sequim Blue Hole is real.  Granted it is probably sunny in Seattle today, too.

    Sequim Weather and Technical Proof of the Blue Hole

    You can read more about Sequim weather and the Sequim Blue Hole at Sequim Rain Shadow.

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  • The Sequim Blue Hole – A Map of Rainfall

    The Sequim Blue Hole, or the Sequim Rain Shadow as some call it, is real and here is the proof.  This map shows that Sequim gets an average of 16 inches of rain annually, and in an uneven set of concentric circles extending out from Sequim, the rainfall increases dramatically into the Olympic Mountains to the south until the rainfall reaches 200 inches annually.  If you want to live in an area with a manageable and pleasant climate, you may want to live in the Sequim Blue Hole.

    The Sequim Blue Hole

    Sequim Blue Hole

    The Sequim Blue Hole is a Rain Shadow

    The great rain forests are only 40 miles as the crow flies south of Sequim in the Olympics.  To officially be called a rain forest, the area must receive at least 100 inches of rain annually, and at the peak this area receives 200 inches per year.  The Sequim blue hole is explained by scientist Andrew Boyd this way, “During the winter months, strong, moist west winds blow in from the Pacific. The mountains deflect those winds upward from sea level to over seven thousand feet. They’re cooled on the seventy-mile trip across the mountains; almost all the water they contain condenses out in the form of snow or rain. That’s what causes the Olympic rain forests. Then the air, now wrung out and relatively dry — makes its steep descent. Only after it passes over Sequim, does it begin taking on more water as it heads off toward Seattle.”  Now you know how the Sequim blue hole is created.

    Sequim Blue Hole and Rainshadow

    The Sequim Blue Hole is Real

    No wonder Sequim is such an incredibly pleasant climate, and no wonder so many retirees have been quietly moving to Sequim for many years.  There really is a Sequim blue hole!  Click on the image at the top to enlarge it and see how the rainfall increases as you move outward from Sequim toward Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Port Ludlow, and Port Hadlock.  The Sequim blue hole is the reason so many retire here.

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    Sequim is one of 10 Places to Retire with Great Weather according to TopRetirements.com.  This is no surprise for those of us who live here, and many soon-to-be retirees around the country know that Sequim is famous for its Blue Hole or Rain Shadow, but to be placed in one of 10 Places to Retire with Great Weather on a national basis by an outside objective source is a great confirmation.

    10 Places to Retire with Great Weather

    10 Places to Retire with Great Weather

    10 Places to Retire with Great Weather Qualifications

    The analysis which put Sequim on the list is explained this way: 

    The places on this list all offer good weather, which we define as a combination of relatively low amounts of rain or snow, fewest number of days below 32 or above 90 F., most days with sunshine, and low humidity. In addition to our own research we relied on 2 great sources: the “Camelot Index” (remember the Jay Lerner song from Camelot which includes this lyric: “…The climate must be perfect all the year…”, as well as the Milken Institute’s Best Cities for Successful Aging project.  Read why Sequim is one of 10 Places to Retire with Great Weather.

    10 Places to Retire with Great Weather Has a Blue Hole

    There really is a Sequim Blue Hole in the sky, and commercial pilots who live here talk about it all the time.  One pilot told me he decided to move here because there was a blue hole in the sky so often when he flew over, he knew the weather was ideal.  Here’s an explanation of the Sequim Blue Hole.

    Come see Sequim, Washington, and you will know exactly why we are one of 10 Places to Retire with Great Weather.

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  • Sequim Blue Hole

    The Sequim Blue Hole really does exist.  Some call it the Sequim Rain Shadow.  Whatever you call the unique Sequim weather patterns that give us  one-third (1/3) the rain fall of Seattle, we love it.  On a day when it is raining in Seattle like cats and dogs, quite often you drive through an invisible wall into the Sequim blue hole and suddenly it stops raining.  I have personally observed this many times over the past 18 years.

    Sequim Blue Hole is Real

    Sequim Blue Hole

    Sequim Blue Hole aka the Sequim Rain Shadow

    The Sequim blue hole is within the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains and receives less than 15 inches of rain per year—about the same as Los Angeles.  The Sequim blue hole has become quite famous around the country and has been written about in numerous retirement and travel magazines for 20 years.  We do periodically see some fog and cool breezes from the Juan de Fuca Strait, and that is one of the reasons we have such fresh clean air on the Olympic Peninsula.

    Sequim Blue Hole Inviting

    Sequim is inviting, and this time of year is just absolutely beautiful.  I took this photo above early this morning.  The sun is shining and the deer are out eating breakfast in front of my house.  The Sequim weather is mild year around, but the Sequim blue hole really does exist.

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  • Sequim WAI received this question from a gentleman today, “Does Sequim, Washington really have sunny weather?  Is it all they say it is?  The answer is yes, but there is much more to the story.  I’ve written elsewhere about Sequim weather and the rain shadow or blue hole as some call it.  Perhaps the best way to answer this question is with a series of short articles I wrote on the subject of Sequim, the weather, and the retirement attraction.  People also often ask if the weather is much different in Port Angeles.  Does it rain more in Port Angeles than Sequim, and what about temperatures?

    You may want to bookmark this first article, because it shows you the live temperature and weather in Sequim and Port Angeles 24/7.  The difference is not typically significant.  Sequim Weather vs. Port Angeles Weather.  And here are more articles on point.

    Sequim Rainfall vs. Port Angeles Rainfall

    Sequim Rain Shadow:  A Technical Explanation

    Does it Rain in Sequim WA? ( photo with proof that it does)

    Sequim WA:  Retirement Haven

    Sequim WA:  The Rain Shadow (a typical afternoon of sunshine)

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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.
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    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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