Selecting a Buyer’s Agent

Sequim RealtorThis website is not about trying to persuade you to buy my listings.  This is not a parade of homes.  It’s about helping you find exactly what you’re looking for with the kind of confidentiality you expect from a professional.  And let’s face it, what you’re looking for is probably not listed, and if it is, I can represent you as your buyer’s agent without the conflict of interest inherent in dual agency.  You can search the entire MLS online from this site if you want to.

As your confidential buyer’s agent (and retired real estate attorney), I know the area and can search and find exactly what you are looking for.

Long story short, I started out in the ’70s in Alaska as a Realtor, and then I practiced real estate law for 20 years, mostly in this area in Washington.  Now I am a buyer’s agent in a place known as the Rain Shadow, aka Sequim, Washington on the Northern Olympic Peninsula.  Following is more about me, but you can really find out what kind of person I am by simply typing “chuck marunde” without the quotes in a Google search, but here’s my offer.

Hire me to represent you as your buyer’s agent, and I cost you nothing (sellers pay my fees), and you get one of Washington’s most experienced buyer’s agent and the lawyer in me comes free.  On many occasions I have saved  my clients small fortunes just in the negotiating.  But one more promise I make.  If it’s confidentiality and privacy you want, or total anonymity, I know how to do that exceedingly well.  I would consider it a privilege to work with you, or your agent or attorney.  You will not find anyone who will work more diligently on your behalf.  I promise you that.

More about Chuck Marunde:

Chuck is the author of numerous magazine and Internet articles with a primary focus on real estate, including Pacific Northwest Home Owner Magazine.   Because he has two sons who became professional athletes (Strongman and Mixed Martial Arts), he has also authored articles on the Strongman sport and has been a freelancer for Ultimate Grappling Magazine. In his spare time, Chuck is a sports photographer.

Chuck has combined his love for real estate and technology to create a growing Internet presence in his market, and enjoys building his websites and blogs, including the largest real estate blog on the entire Olympic Peninsula, SequimRealEstateNews.com.  Chuck has degrees in Economics, Law, and Education.  He is the author of several real estate books written for buyers in the Northwest.

As the Broker/Owner of Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate, LLC, Chuck shared this with a smile, “No one has the massive Internet presence that this company has built.   We reach more people, more potential buyers (in California, Arizona, Texas, Oregon, Montana, the Seattle area, and all the way to Florida and Massachusetts) than any other broker in all of Clallam County.   Period.   This is how buyers find me, but it isn’t the reason clients work with me.  Clients tell me they retain me as their buyer’s agent because of my background as a real estate attorney and my experience as a real estate broker.  Beyond that, I work my tail off to give my clients the best personal and professional service they will ever get.

When I practiced law, my real estate clients also wanted me to handle their estate planning, so I learned how to buy and sell real estate anonymously and shield my clients’ personal wealth from their business liabilities.  I learned how to protect my clients proactively and give them all the privacy and confidentiality they wanted and needed.

“I love working with people, and I love negotiating.   Real estate has been my life.”

Email me at chuckmarunde@gmail.com, or call me on my cell at (360) 775-5424.

For those who may be interested in a more detailed Resume, here’s more reading:

Not-So-Brief-Synopsis (and more than you want to to know):

UNIVERSITY EDUCATION
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska
Major – Economics, Bachelor of Arts, 1976
Minor – Education w/Teaching Certificate (1979),

LEGAL EDUCATION
Gonzaga School of Law, Spokane, Washington, Juris Doctor – May 1985.  Admitted to Washington Bar May 1986

LAW EXPERIENCE
Private law practice in Washington since 1986 with a four year stint as a JAG in the USAF. My private practice focused on real estate (with some time in estate planning, probate, litigation, and business development). I have advised thousands of real estate and business owners, investors, developers, builders, and Brokers.  I’ve also been intimately involved with an international technology company. I have created many businesses, their structures and long-term strategic development.

I have litigated issues around the state, drafted numerous contracts, and resolved hundreds of disputes amicably and through arbitration.  Credentials have also included Certified Estate Planner, Registered Investment Advisor (Series 7 and Series 66) and licensed in insurance and certified in long-term care.

REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE:

  1. Real Estate Negotiations (100’s of transactions)
  2. Drafted 100’s of Purchase & Sale Agreements, Amendments, Notes and Deeds of Trust, Real Estate Contracts, Commercial Purchase & Sale Agreements, Residential and Commercial Leases, D/T Foreclosures, R.E. Contract Forfeitures
  3. Regular Review of Appraisals, Loan Packages, Title Reports
  4. Worked extensively with Surveyors, Appraisers, Loan Officers
  5. Advised, Taught/Trained Real Estate Investors
  6. Analysis/Interpretation of Title Defects
  7. Purchase of Property as Principal for Undisclosed Agents
  8. Purchase of an entire residential City block of many houses for a hospital as Nominee
  9. Worked with county and state governments on many aspects of property development, wetlands, easements, condemnation, and private/public water systems and sewer/septic systems
  10. Worked with numerous county planning offices and hearing examiners
  11. Attended public county/state hearings and represented clients at both
  12. Personally closed 100’s of real estate transactions as an escrow agent (Attorney)
  13. Have been an advisor to escrow agents, title officers, and Realtors (including many Brokers)Have been involved in property condemnations, adverse possessions, and easements by prescription (have both resolved cases amicably and litigated others)
  14. Have worked with and represented homeowners’ associations
  15. Have done many public presentations and talks on real estate issues
  16. Have personally managed properties and advised residential and commercial landlords
  17. Have handled commercial (and residential) evictions
  18. Have personally put together complete loan packages on residential transactions
  19. Have advised clients on real property tax issues
  20. Have been an advisor to real estate developers
  21. Have litigated many real property disputes, including specific performance, adverse
    possession easement by prescription, boundary disputes, Purchase & Sale Agreement
    disputes, lease disputes, evictions, foreclosures, bankruptcy reliefs from stay, condemnation, partnership disputes, probates involving real estate, warranty of title claims, builder disputes, and liens.
  22. Have handled many residential transactions as a Realtor.
  23. Have handled residential development and farm transactions, including my last one for $7.8 million.

May 1, 1991 to January 1993 – Area Defense Counsel, Nellis Air Force Base, USAF, Feb. 1989 to May 1, 1991 – Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Nellis AFB, USAF. Positions included:   Government Prosecutor, Chief of Claims, Chief of Legal Assistance, Chief of Preventive Law.

AWARDS/RIBBONS: Training Ribbon, Outstanding Unit Award, Achievement Medal, Commendation Medal, Expert Marksman Ribbon, National Defense Ribbon. Plaque for Outstanding Performance as a Judge Advocate.  Quote from Commendation Medal, “His management skills and determination were matched by his precision as a trial advocate.”

Chuck can be reached at:

Chuck Marunde, J.D., Manager
iRealty Virtual Brokers
435 West Bell Street, Suite A
Sequim, Washington  98382
360.775.5424
email:  chuckmarunde@gmail.com

. . Copyright Chuck E. Marunde, J.D. 2010