I was driving a client around the Sequim area looking at homes, and as I passed people walking on the two lane roads, they all waved, as I did. Finally, my client sitting in the front seat asked, “Do you know all these people?” I told him I didn’t, but people here are friendly. He replied, “Wow, you don’t do that in L.A. In fact, in L.A. you don’t look at anyone directly as you pass them on the sidewalk.”
Here’s why people in Sequim are so friendly. It took me years to come up with this explanation. 95% of all the retirees who move to Sequim fit this profile, at least 95% of my buyer clients over the past 25 years. They are successful but humble. They have done well financially, but they’ve also seen both good and bad times, and they are mature emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. They are well educated. They know what they want, and they’re not chasing the pot of gold at the end of any rainbows. They know what they want, and they’ve found it in Sequim. They buy their ideal home, and they settle into it, content and mature. They’ve been married for a long time, and have traditional values. They are stable people, and they are wise in the ways of this world.
They are also service oriented. In other words, life at this phase is not about them. It’s about serving others, and they do that by giving in the community, by serving in non-profits, churches, or in social causes. I’ve never seen so many well run clubs and associations than in Sequim.
You can see why they are happy and friendly. You won’t have better neighbors anywhere.
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