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Port Angeles Real Estate is Family-Friendly

We spend a lot of time talking about how great of a retirement destination Sequim is, but that’s just a small part of the real estate picture here on the Olympic Peninsula.  Cities like Port Angeles offer plenty of wonderful opportunities for retirees, families, young professionals, and more.  In fact, the Port Angeles real estate market has been heating up in recent months, especially with the general ability for young professionals to work from home.

Much as Sequim is diverse and offers a variety of options, so too is the Port Angeles real estate market diverse. In fact, it’s even more diverse, with a range of waterfront homes, family-friendly homes in the downtown core, quieter outlying communities, and homes nestled up higher in the mountains.

The options to buy Port Angeles real estate are plentiful, and we’d love to help you find your next big adventure. Reach out to our group of seasoned and friendly real estate experts today! Continue Reading

Retirees Love Sequim Golf Courses

One of the best things about retiring to and living in Sequim is the weather. We’ve talked about it quite a bit on this blog, but the weather really is an important part of life here.  Why?  Because it allows us to enjoy things like the various Sequim golf courses, and other activities like hiking and biking, throughout the year.

There are actually 6 golf courses in and around Sequim, which means you’ll never fall short of golfing opportunities during retirement (or otherwise). Couple these incredible golf courses with relatively dry and sunny weather throughout the year, and you really do have a great recipe for enjoying your golden years! Continue Reading

Hire the Best Sequim Real Estate Agents

Schwab Realty, home to 4 of the best Sequim Real Estate Agents, has been serving Sequim and the Olympic Peninsula since 1986.  That’s more than 30 years of knowledge of not just Sequim’s real estate market, but the dynamic market on the entire Olympic Peninsula.  If you’ve been considering making the move to Sequim, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, or somewhere else on the Peninsula, now is a great time to talk to our seasoned real estate agents.

Schwab Realty is a full-service real estate agency in Sequim, and we serve a broad range of clientele, including those who are looking for all types of residential properties, land, commercial, farms, ranches, businesses, and investments. Aside from our deep knowledge about the area, one thing that consistently sets our Sequim Real Estate Agents apart from the rest is the dedication we show to each and every one of our clients. Get started on your adventure in real estate, and contact one of our incredible Sequim realtors today! Continue Reading

Our Favorite Things to do in Port Townsend

Though our real estate office is located in the town of Sequim, we proudly serve all communities on the Olympic Peninsula, including Port Angeles and Port Townsend.  Our neighbor to the east, Port Townsend, is a historically charming Victoria Seaport worth visiting.  In fact, there is an incredible range of things to do in Port Townsend, no matter the season in which you visit.

While the towns of the Olympic Peninsula, including Port Townsend, Sequim, and Port Angeles, each make wonderful places to visit, they are also extraordinary places to live and work. Whether you’re young, retired, or somewhere in between, there are plenty of things to do in Port Townsend and a broad range of amenities for people of all backgrounds.  It’s one of the many great things about living here!

If you’re curious about what moving to Port Townsend or anywhere else in the area could look like, we encourage you to reach out to anyone of our real estate agents for more information. 

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Benefits to Real Estate Investing in Sequim

Have you been thinking about real estate investing?  If so, Sequim is a great market to consider!  Sequim has frequently been touted as one of the top retirement communities, primarily due to its incredible year-round weather, it’s relative affordability, and its community amenities.

As Sequim’s #1 real estate investing team, it’s our job to make the buying and selling process as painless as possible and to represent our community in the best way possible. We pride ourselves on our many years in service to Sequim and the surrounding communities on the Olympic Peninsula and would love the opportunity to help you find your next great real estate investment. Contact one of our Sequim Real Estate Agents today! Continue Reading

8 Home Issues That Aren’t Deal-Breakers (And 4 That Are)

Buying your first home can be a confusing whirlwind. Even with a trustworthy team like Schwab Realty, it’s easy to feel in over your head. Often, you’ll find a property that seems perfect – almost. When there’s just one little thing holding you back, how do you determine whether or not it’s truly little? Here’s a look at common issues you might find in your home search, and how to separate minor problems from major issues.

Aesthetic Concerns

These issues might not look pretty, but they’re easy to fix:

Health and Quality of Life Issues

Although you’ll want to address these concerns, they’re manageable:

Major Problems

Here are a few issues that might be worth walking away from:

We hope these resources help make your house hunt easier. When you can distinguish oddities from serious problems, you’re empowered to make the best choice. If you’re in love with a house, don’t let minor details hold you back!

Ray Flynn’s is the cofounder of DIYGuys.net. His very first DIY project came at age 10 when he built a treehouse, complete with an (ill-advised) homemade zipline exit, in the woods behind his best friend’s house. When he’s not working as a civil engineer, Ray Flynn spends his time dreaming up new DIY projects that promote green living.

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Embrace Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

Though we’re not quite yet to Labor Day, the final days of summer on the Olympic Peninsula are nearly upon us, and we find ourselves wistfully looking forward to a glorious fall ahead. The weather usually stays good here in the Sequim area well into September, and often through the first part of October.  But, even so, the crisp, cool nights of fall aren’t too far away.

On the bright side, even as the weather does cool down, there’s plenty to see and do on the Olympic Peninsula each fall, and that includes plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the Olympic National Park and the rest of the peninsula.  Sequim, in particular, is a delightful place to relax and unwind this fall, as it enjoys traditionally sunnier and drier weather than other parts of the PEninsula. Sequim is, after all, located in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains.

As always, we’d love to share our favorite fall traditions on the Olympic Peninsula with you.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to our real estate agents in Sequim for more information – we may even be able to find you that perfect new home you’ve been dreaming of!

A Delightful Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

When we say you won’t run out of things to do up here on the Olympic Peninsula, we mean it!  Of course, there is plenty to enjoy in the outdoors including visiting the coast, taking hikes, and exploring the charming towns.  From Port Townsend to Forks, there’s an abundance of fun things to do and see along the way.  Whether you’re contemplating moving here, or are just looking to escape the dreary weather further west and east of us, the Olympic Peninsula – and Sequim, in particular – is a wonderful place for shopping, dining, and spending time outdoors.

Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

Here are 10 of our favorite ways to spend a fall day on the stunning Olympic Peninsula:

  1. Take a walk through the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, home to a wonderful variety of animals, and a truly excellent place for birdwatching in the fall.  If you’re up for a long walk, take the 5.5 mile trip out to the historic Dungeness Lighthouse. Just remember, it’s 5.5 miles back, too!
  2. Watch the salmon spawning, and walk across the historic railroad trestle bridge at Railroad Bridge Park. Another great place to see the salmon spawn is the Elwah River, where you can also witness the power of Mother Nature in this wild river restoration.
  3. Fall is still a wonderful month for hiking – in fact, it’s one of our favorite times to hike, as the weather is cooler and the dramatic colors of fall are breathtaking!
  4. Take a picnic and a blanket, and enjoy a vibrant sunset from any of the beaches on the Olympic Peninsula, or from the top of Hurricane Ridge.
  5. Go wine tasting!  There are 9 award-winning wineries that call the Olympic Peninsula home.
  6. Head out to Finn River Cidery for a relaxing afternoon.
  7. Bike along portions of the Olympic Discovery Trail, which stretches across the peninsula for 140 miles and growing.
  8. Head out for some leaf-peeping!  Here are some of the best spots to spot fall foliage around the Olympic Peninsula.
  9. Browse the many quaint downtowns found on the Olympic Peninsula.  Port Townsend, Sequim, and Port Angeles all have ample shops and restaurants worth browsing!
  10. Fall is a great time to watch for wildlife – which includes the fall bird migration. Some of the top places for birdwatching, other than the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, include Ediz Hook in Port Angeles, the Clallam Bay, Sekiu and Neah Bay areas, La Push, Kalaloch beaches, the Hood Canal shoreline, and Olympic National Park.

Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

Interesting in Moving to the Olympic Peninsula?

More than anything this fall, make sure you enjoy the opportunity to get outside for some of the best natural medicine we have available to us – fresh air and sunshine!  Spending time in nature is absolutely restorative and there’s no better place to enjoy it than right here on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. The short & dreary days of winter will be here before you know it, too – but even then we have some pretty great ideas on how to beat the winter blues and still enjoy this beautiful paradise we call home.

We wouldn’t be at all surprised if, after spending just a short amount of time up here with us, that you fall in love with the area.  And, when you do, we’ll be here ready to help you make the move to your own little piece of our paradise.  Contact us today at our Sequim Real Estate Office.  We’ve been making dreams come true on the Olympic Peninsula for decades, and would nothing more than to help you.

 

Discover Olympic National Park This Fall

The Olympic National Park is world-renowned for its pristine access to nature, offering some of the most picturesque scenery in the country. The Olympic National Park spreads across the entire Olympic Peninsula, offering access to a diverse wilderness. In fact, we think the sheer diversity of the park, whether it’s in elevation, ecosystem, history, or something else entirely is one of its most endearing and special qualities.

From glacier-capped mountains to a stunning (and wild!) coastline, the Olympic National Park is certainly worth exploring. Whether you’re new to the area or have lived here for a lifetime already, there’s also no shortage of new things to see, new places to explore, and new facets of this incredible park to enjoy. Over 95% of the Olympic National Park is a dedicated wilderness, which makes it one of the largest protected wilderness areas in the country. As such, it’s important you know how to protect these sacred lands, so they can be enjoyed by generations to come.

If you have any questions about the Olympic National Park itself, or what it is like to leave near an area as incredible as this, we’d love to talk to you.  Reach out to our real estate office, located in Sequim. Continue Reading

10 Things to do in Port Angeles

Our real estate office is based in the charming town of Sequim, located on the Olympic Peninsula. We serve all of the communities of the Olympic Peninsula, including our neighbors to the west in Port Angeles.  There is an incredible range of things to do in Port Angeles, especially during these beautiful summer months.  It also makes for the perfect home base for exploring the vast corners of the Olympic Peninsula.

Though we can easily argue that Port Angeles is a great place to visit during these warm summer months – and really at any time of year – it also happens to be a wonderful place to live. Whether you’re a young family or looking for someplace new a little later in life, Port Angeles offers a broad range of amenities for people of all ages and backgrounds. If you have any questions about living in the area, reach out to one of our wonderful Olympic Peninsula Real Estate Agents. Continue Reading