Sandpoint, ID Real Estate News

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
Sandpoint, Idaho Market Trends through April, 2010. The stats are in and there are some interesting developments in sales here in Sandpoint, Idaho. The City Planners focus this year has been on the revitalization of Sandpoint's city limits and appears it has been working.  The average price is now on the rise (up 2.6% from 2009 and almost 6% from 2008) and the volume is up 80% from 2009!  I would suggest the volume increase has a lot to do with the end of the first-time home buyer program based on the fact that "days on market" increased almost 50%. It would appear buyers were picking up the listings languishing on the market in the attempt to beat the "first-timer" deadline. Prices seem to have stabilized near the 2008 benchmark for now.  ...stay tuned.   
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
Point 2 puts together numbers each month to show how things are going in regards to the confidence levels according to agents. April showed significant improvements. Check out the full report here: http://agent.point2.com/RECI/RECI_April2010_Report.pdf Pending home sales were up 5.3% as reported just three days ago: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-05-04/pending-sales-of-existing-homes-in-u-s-rise-5-3-update1-.html In our own market pending sales represent over $11,000,000 with an average price of $245,000. All in all, not bad news.
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
It just wouldn't be right if I didn't reprint portions of the recent "USA Today" article about our quaint little town up here in North Idaho.  Sandpoint truly is a gem and, even though it kills me to see it discovered, when it becomes a headline story in major periodicals I just need to relax and relish in the beauty around here.  Besides, because of the rather narrow corridor between the Selkirk Mountains and the shores of Lake Pend Oreille within which Sandpoint finds itself residing, it would be hard to imagine a situation where rampant sprawl could occur.     Second homes: Having it all in Sandpoint, Idaho By Larry Olmsted Special for, USA TODAY Photo by Chris Bessler, Keokee     SANDPOINT, IDAHO: Best for: Lake sports, winter skiing, year-round arts. Claim to fame: The annual Festi...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
Sandpoint Activities and Attractions for our warm season Fall Activities & Recreation Winter Activities & Recreation  2009 was a great summer. Check out these happenings!Sandpoint 4th of JulySandpoint Wooden Boat Show PicsDover Bay Days PicturesSandpoint Long Bridge SwimFestival at Sandpoint PicturesA Day of Fun on Lake Pend Oreille While Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort and winter sports and carnivals peppers snow season in Sandpoint, Lake Pend Oreille is the central figure of life in Sandpoint. Water sports and activities is the lifeblood of Sandpoint, but the events and festivals enhance the pastoral feel of North Idaho. The events are varied and wonderful: Lost in the 50's kicks off the season with it's tribute to rock n' roll featuring dances and big name acts, plus a grand vintage c...
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A few years ago when the Sandpoint Film group needed a website, I built one for them. We have some great film personnas in our town, including the likes of Ted Parvin and Academy Award-winning documentarian Eric Daarstad. These great writers and filmakers came together to form the Northwest Film Institute. Read this Spokesman Review article about the Northwest Film Institute. The institute is raising funds for its first class of students, and is a finalist for a cash award of up to $50,000 from the US Chamber of Commerce. To find out more about the contest visit http://www.freeenterprise.com/take-action/video-contest/ The way it worked, we had to have a certain number of clicks to the NFI's YouTube vid. To view it, go to YouTube, and key in Northwest Film Institute. We are finalists. Pr...
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So, in the post below we talked about Sandpoint being featured in Country Living Magazine's June issue. USA Today also featured Sandpoint in its Great Deals segment on April 15th, 2010. Read all about the article titled: Second Homes: Having it all in Sandpoint, IDaho Gary Lirette, featured in Where To Retire magazine and host of the Tuesday noon local radio shows: North Idaho Business as well as North Idaho Arts. E-mail Gary or call 208-610-1384Read Gary's BlogFor more detailed local info & real estate   Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby's International Realty 200 Main StreetSandpoint, Idaho 208-255-3474 www.SandpointID.net - To learn all about Sandpoint and North Idaho www.RealtySandpoint.com - For Sandpoint Realty www.SkiSchweitzer.net - To visit Schweitzer Mountain's Community Web
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
A beautiful spring day in Coeur d'Alene. Gary Lirette, featured in Where To Retire magazine and host of the Tuesday noon local radio shows: North Idaho Business as well as North Idaho Arts. E-mail Gary or call 208-610-1384Read Gary's BlogFor more detailed local info & real estate   Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby's International Realty 200 Main StreetSandpoint, Idaho 208-255-3474 www.SandpointID.net - To learn all about Sandpoint and North Idaho www.RealtySandpoint.com - For Sandpoint Realty www.SkiSchweitzer.net - To visit Schweitzer Mountain's Community Web  
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
Saw this young moose up Baldy Mountain Road last week. Pretty cool. Gary Lirette, featured in Where To Retire magazine and host of the Tuesday noon local radio shows: North Idaho Business as well as North Idaho Arts. E-mail Gary or call 208-610-1384Read Gary's BlogFor more detailed local info & real estate   Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby's International Realty 200 Main StreetSandpoint, Idaho 208-255-3474 www.SandpointID.net - To learn all about Sandpoint and North Idaho www.RealtySandpoint.com - For Sandpoint Realty www.SkiSchweitzer.net - To visit Schweitzer Mountain's Community Web
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
I think it was the movie, "WEIRD SCIENCE" where my favorite line was revealed..."Don't F#%* with the fantasy!".  Moving to Sandpoint (full-time, that is) in 2005 was the answer to all my searching..."most" of my fantasies.   Today I rode the BMW to the Sandpoint/Post Falls tennis match (I coach the Sandpoint HS tennis team when I'm not selling real estate) and watched my team, once again, perform almost flawlessly.  (That's the Beamer in the background of the first picture).  It's all part of the fantasy...and here, the fantasy is real.  I've been a lot of places...I guess I'm just lucky to have found the spot that nurtures my soul. I will say this...all the accolades Sandpoint has received over the past few years, certainly are well deserved from my (rather biased) perspective. The sno...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
Schweitzer Has Record Snow Two Years in a Row! Another record ski season for 2009, even with the difficult economy, and 2010 beat last year. What a great season Schweitzer had in 2009, but in news reported by the Bonner County Daily Bee April 18, 2010, this year was even better with a 7.5% increase in visits. 217,000 skier visits marked the 2009-10 season even though only 177 inches fell on the mountain. Part of that can be attributed to proper grooming, and the snow making capabilities that new, state-of-the-art equipment provided. Read more below. Weather prognosticators predicted a warmer winter for our region, due much in part to el nino, (follow this link for the NOAA predictions) as well as lower precipitation. All of their predictions came true. For those that live here, this is ...
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By Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene)
Every week 9.4 million viewers tune into ABC's Extreme Makeover.  They watch as a struggling family with a heart-tugging story is wisked off on a vacation while an army of volunteers transforms their humble home into a spectacular showplace.  For most, the experience has been a dream come true. But for some, the experience turned into a financial nightmare. Observers have seen a new trend developing as some lucky recipients of the extreme home makeovers struggle to keep up the mortgage payments, utilities, maintenance and higher tax assessments.  Some of these extreme homeowners fell into the same trap as so many others during the boom years of rapidly rising home values.  They pulled the equity out of their fancy, big new homes only to fall behind on the higher mortgage payments.  Some...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
GOLD HILL ON KOOTENAI BAY       Not a bad view looking across Kootenai Bay here in Sandpoint, Idaho.  Kootenai Bay is one of the "smaller" bays on Lake Pend Oreille.  It is about 3 miles across and 2 miles wide.  Now that Schweitzer Mountain is enjoying the LAST day of the ski season today, I'll be spending my quality time playing on the lake. My office remains up at Schweitzer, however, so please do not hesitate to join me up here for "non-winter" fun (and sales with a little luck...).                
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
This photo (the view I see every day driving away from my house here in Sandpoint) ALWAYS puts things in perspective.  As I write this post, once again this view serves to calm the nerves.  ...I've been trying to post this photo for two hours without much luck.  I find myself involved in a major battle with the AR Proxy Error Dialogue Box.  I think I have finally one this round.  (I have an idea...how about extra points for dealing with this boondoggle?) Please enjoy the view.  The geese are relaxing in a meadow off of Whiskey Jack Circle and that is the Selkirk Crest in the distance.  ...the pride of North Idaho.  Yesterday we received 10" of new snow on Schweitzer Mountain but, once again, Sandpoint dodged the bullet and basked in the Springtime warmth.      
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
THE FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER TAX CREDIT IS STILL ATTAINABLE!   The home buying process can be a convoluted and even difficult process.  With the April 30th deadline fast approaching, it is imperative to be prepared and organized  to insure a successful closing and to insure first-time home buyers will qualify for their $8,000 tax credit! The FIRST TIME HOME-BUYER must also close on their home by June 30th, 2010. If you are trying to beat that deadline, these reminders may help you avoid costly delays while in escrow.    1) Make sure your money is available: When it comes time to put your down payment into escrow, make sure that your money is accessible. You may have the assets for your down payment and your share of closing costs, but if they are tied up, it could delay your access to thos...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
WHISKEY JACK CIRCLE, SANDPOINT, IDAHO – A WATERFRONT COMMUNITY Most of us want to be a integral part of everything around us.  Not only a member of a community, but a member of the natural order of things.  When living in a town like Sandpoint, it seems to me that to be removed from the energy of the town itself, is a little defeating.  …and yet, when one chooses to live in the beauty of North Idaho, there is also that sense that we need to remove ourselves from the trappings of a modern society and return to the natural order…conversing with nature.   WHISKEY JACK CIRCLE somehow addresses many of these issues.  Located on the shores of Kootenai Bay, Whiskey Jack Circle integrates itself with the insurmountable beauty of Lake Pend Oreille while watching the twinkling lights of Sandpoint...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
One of the great things about Sandpoint is that when hippies started moving here in the 1970s, it became a mecca for forward thinking. Our area, incredibly beautiful and natural, attracted the very highly educated and successful. With 148 square mile Lake Pend Oreille and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, and removed from the heartless barren urban cityscape, Sandpoint was a paradise to those that had protested in Berkeley and LA. While the same types came from Portland and Seattle, a unique relationship formed with hunters and loggers, and the mindset of creating a truly unique home away from it all evolved. Ex-law enforcement and firemen came in droves, along with musicians, artist, and the like. In 1978, Ed Kienholz, one of America's great 20th Century artists made his home on the Hope...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
Sandpoint, Idaho..."America's Coolest Small Town"?   Once again, Sandpoint is getting noticed.  Budget Travel Magazine has a poll for “America’s Coolest Small Town” and Sandpoint is in the running.  (http://www.budgettravel.com/bt-srv/coolestsmalltowns/CST2010.html).  If you have been reading my blog with any regularity and agree with my assessment about this area, click on the Sandpoint star on the map, then click “Add to Ballot”, then “Cast Your Ballot”.   I present this information with a certain amount of reservation.  The rule here is to "keep your mouth shut" about the virtues of this town.  We want everyone to enjoy the natural splendor of this area but...we DO want to keep it that way.  Well, the cat is out of the bag, as they say.  We've been labeled "The Most Extreme Town" (w...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
I have hesitated to update this blog with an economic page due to the downturn in our national picture as well as local doldrums. In a meeting last fall with Mel Dick, former CFO of Coldwater Creek, and David Keyes, editor of the Bonner County Daily Bee, the question was asked of how many restaurants would go under before the next summer season. We were just firming up the plans for Dine Around Sandpoint. This one-month long promotion had radio and print advertising, and strategic internet marketing. It was intended to give a boost to some of our local eateries during what is normally one of the slowest periods of the year. By all standards it was a success. I have worked for years supporting the arts, local events, and mentoring small businesses, but this year seemed especially importa...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
So, as I wrote in my previous blog, besides being featured in a 6-page article in Where to Retire magazine, Country Living has asked me for photos of Sandpoint. They specifically wanted Main Street, but I let them know our main place of happenings is First Avenue. So, I took these pics this morning and sent them in to their New York headquarters. You get a sneak peek at them first. Cedar Street Bridge on First and Cedar Farmin Park at Main and Oak in Sandpoint, Idaho First Avenue in Sandpoint, Idaho Historic Panida Theater on First Ave. in Sandpoint Main Street in Sandpoint, Idaho Main St and Oak in Sandpoint, Idaho Panida Theater in Sandpoint, Idaho Schweitzer Mountain from Bottle Bay on Lake Pend Oreille Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort     Gary Lirette, REALTOR® & host of the Tuesday n...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
Pretty cool huh! Country Living spent a couple of days here last fall, and we have been looking for the article ever since. They kind of headquartered themselves at Dish Home Cooking during their stay, and though I never came into contact with them, I received an e-mail Friday from the magazine asking me for pics. They had some specifics they needed, but I also sent them the photographs below. It'll be interesting to see if they use any of them. Anyway, after being featured pretty prominently in the December issue of Where to Retire, a magazine with 2,900,000 subscribers, it will be nice to have another major rag have a good article about Sandpoint again. Hope you like the pics. 4th of July at City Beach in Sandpoint 4th of July at City Beach in Sandpoint 4th of July parade in Sandpoint...
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