Why Are People Leaving California?

January 22, 2019

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

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

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


Due Diligence Before Submitting an Offer?

September 25, 2018

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.


Using a Revocable Trust to Buy a Home

September 13, 2018

Can you buy a home in the name of a revocable trust?


Chasing The Listing Price Down

September 8, 2018

When the real estate market tops out and begins to turn downward (and we never really know it at the time), a home seller can end up reducing the listing price again and again, in effect chasing the price down.


Is Print Advertising Dead for Real Estate?

September 5, 2018

What is it that Realtors are not telling you about advertising your home for sale and particularly about print advertising. Chuck Marunde shares from 40 years of experience, and you won't want to miss this if you plan to sell your home.


The Sequim Blue Hole

September 2, 2018

The Sequim Blue Hole in Sequim WA is very real with only 16 inches of rain per year compared to Seattle's 45 inches per year. 


The Home Buying Process

September 1, 2018

Ever wonder what the home buying process looks like? Here it is in a nutshell, nice and tidy by Real Estate Broker and attorney (ret.) Chuck Marunde.


Homeowner Association Nightmare

August 24, 2018

It's unfortunate when a dictator is the President of the homeowner association, and it can be a nightmare for a lot of people. What can you do?


Noise Pollution When Buying a Home

August 22, 2018

Noise pollution can affect your health, so put this on your due diligence checklist when shopping for a home.


Affordable Real Estate

August 20, 2018

Are we moving into a crisis with affordable real estate prices? There are indications on the horizon that a warning signs.