Sandpoint, ID Real Estate News

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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN REAL ESTATE.  I'd love the sale from this, but... Here’s the deal. I just got off the mountain.  You can see from the pictures what I was dealing with.  No clouds, no wind, bright sun and some of the most breathtaking views in the world.  Sandpoint, Idaho and Schweitzer Mountain have, once again, lived up to all of my lofty expectations.  …So, as a Realtor®, I have a dilemma. Do I blatantly promote the area and reveal to the world what we have here in North Idaho so I can selfishly profit from the ensuing real estate sales and, in so doing, risk tainting the natural purity of Sandpoint and the surrounding area by enticing outsiders to invest here?  Might the new arrivals who I, inadvertently, lured here not be in tune to the “vibe” we have going?  As the old saying g...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
When my out-of-town friends visit Sandpoint, Idaho and Lake Pend Oreille, they are always amazed that there is actually a bounty on some of the best tasting fish in the world. Every lake trout of any size and rainbow trout more than 13 inches long harvested from Lake Pend Oreille through March, 2010, pays $15.00! This opportunity is pretty amazing and easy to cash in on.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Rules For Getting Paid: Only rainbow and lake trout are eligible. Rainbow trout heads must be a minimum of 2 3/8 inches long from tip of nose to end of gill cover. Only whole heads with the ent...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
IT’S THANKSGIVING AND I MOWED THE LAWN TODAY!   As I was mowing the lawn today, I kept thinking, “Man, this has ‘blog’ written all over it!”  I don’t blog JUST for the fun of it.  I also want my “thousands” of followers to understand that life in Sandpoint, Idaho is NOT your typical 48º: 18' N. latitude experience. (We’re only 8º south of Moscow, Russia for God’s sake!). So, what’s my point?  Sandpoint is special!  The lawn is green, Schweitzer Mountain has had 45” of snow so far this season and is opening Friday, heat bills are nominal and I still get to enjoy four seasons…in comfort.  My wife and I thought long and hard about how to shape our future.  We figured we had two options:  1) Just stay in Minnesota and travel as much as possible in the effort to break up the relentless winte...
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By Rick Evans - Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Waterfront, Ski, and Resort Property
(Sandpoint Sothebys Intl Realty)
No photos today, but there is a ton of snow at Schweitzer Mountain!  I finally dusted off my gear and went skiing today-- just what the doctor ordered! I had my mind set on skiing today, after hearing from my friends who have been skinning up for the past week or so.  I arrived at around 1p and met up with a couple of buddies, Mike and Marty.  We skinned in from the Spires, at the end of Tall Timber Road.  Great way to get to the South Ridge fairly quickly. It was amazing getting back on the snow after the off season.  It dumped all day, and it showed.  The conditions were actually really good, with some nice powder for at least 2/3 of the way.  The rock skies won't even be necessary in a few days. I skied A chute and just loved it.  Word is that Schweitzer will open its lifts this Frid...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
It has been twelve years since Sandpoint won its last State Football Championship. Just a few weeks ago, both the girls and the boys soccer teams won state championships, and Sandpoint High School has an incredible tradition of state championships in a myriad of sports for both boys and girls teams. Sandpoint was up against highly touted Blackfoot. Blackfoot is a community, roughly half again larger than Sandpoint. It is in the farming community between Pocatello and Twin Falls in southern Idaho. They are an ethnically diverse community, and their boys were big, really big. We were an unlikely challenger, being fourth seeded, but our defense has played strong all year, and our offense stepped up to defeat all comers. In the first quarter Sandpoint elected to receive the opening kickoff ...
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By Rick Evans - Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Waterfront, Ski, and Resort Property
(Sandpoint Sothebys Intl Realty)
What are the best values for condos and homes at Schweitzer Mountain?  This is a question that I always get from prospective Schweitzer buyers, and I take pride in having found and negotiated some tremendous deals for Schweitzer buyers in the past couple years.  Today was the annual Schweitzer property tour for our Selkirk MLS, where we had a chance to preview 38 listings before the ski season gets started. The best values to me overall are in the middle price levels, from $400 to $600k.  Also I would encourage people to consider some of the condos and homes that are not necessarily ski-in/ski-out, as the price/value gets much better for some of these units.  The Schweitzer Recreation District started a free ski shuttle on the mountain last season, picking people up from their residence...
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By Rick Evans - Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Waterfront, Ski, and Resort Property
(Sandpoint Sothebys Intl Realty)
I have to admit I am just now jumping on the bandwagon to support our Sandpoint High School football team.  I really hadn't been to any high school games that I can remember....well, probably since I was in high school myself. But high school football in Sandpoint is really a fun and exciting event.  We live just a couple blocks from Memorial Field, and I remember earlier in the season hearing an incredible amount of noise coming from the stadium.  I had walked down with my dog and my son to check it out, and saw a completely packed house of raving fans cheering on the local high school team. This support seems to be there for every home game.  I have tried to stop in to check it out when I'm around.  And its always a good time, with seemingly everyone in town showing up to suppor the t...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
DO NOT move to SANDPOINT! I have coveted a life in Sandpoint, Idaho ever since I discovered this mountain town in the early 70's.  Life's twists and turns did not allow me to actually move here full-time until 2005.  I had many valid reasons for delaying the inevitable and I stand by them.  One of the big reasons, however, was that I was worried Sandpoint wasn't ready for me. I'm a tennis player.  I have been playing year around (indoors and outdoors) for the last thirty years.  This included local and regional tournaments, USTA leagues (summer and winter), fanatical tennis buddies who retained the same indoor permanent court times for 20 years running, tennis drills, tennis parties...you know the scene.  The question always was...can I be happy in Sandpoint without indoor tennis? Well,...
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
 For the first time we will have a farmers market during the winter months.  Come join us from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday, beginning Nov. 14, through the end of April. Over 30 vendors will be selling their wares, Just like the outdoor Farmers Market in the summer - except indoors!
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
The Bonner County Fairgrounds is hosting its annual ski swap. Come trade in your old skis for new ones. The proceeds benefit the Schweitzer Alpine Racing School. For more information see http://www.schweitzer.com November 14, 9:00am - 2:00 PM Bonner County Fair Grounds 4203 N. Boyer Ave, Sandpoint Idaho 83864
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By Rick Evans - Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Waterfront, Ski, and Resort Property
(Sandpoint Sothebys Intl Realty)
As I was getting ready for a quick mountain bike ride the other day, our dog Bentley (a Shih Tzu) gave me the full guilt trip for leaving him at home.   I wasn't looking to work too hard anyway, so I figured I'd bring him along and at least let him run around for a bit before or after my ride. We drove to the trailhead off of Pine Street Loop just past Syringa, and I figured I'd go ahead and ride half a mile in on the flatter part and let Bentley chase after me.  I almost turned back in the first couple minutes as he was already falling behind.  But every time I started to go back for him he would be coming around the corner.  Long story short, we ended up at the top of this fairly substantial climb that ends just off of Janish Drive several miles away.  I almost called my wife to meet ...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
Idaho first-time homebuyers may be eligible for down payment assistance funds of up to $20,000 in conjunction with a mortgage loan from IdaMortgage, a program of the nonprofit Idaho Housing and Finance Association. The funds are available until Jan. 1. Anyone who meets income qualifications should take advantage of this limited-time funding opportunity that will allow them to purchase a home. The dollar amount buyers may receive from this federal program funding ranges from $1,000 to $20,000 and is based on need. Borrowers must be at or below 80 percent of area median income and be a first-time homebuyer to qualify for this no interest, due-on-sale loan. For example, according to the Idaho Housing and Finance Association, a four-person household in the Treasure Valley must make $50,000...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
This is what I saw on my way to Starbucks this morning.  That's Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort in the distance with a skiff of snow showing.  I'm constantly awed by the beauty here in Sandpoint, so I never go anywhere without my camera.  As always, the camera really doesn't do it justice. It wasn't long after this shot that "the storm" came through and dumped 12" of snow at Schweitzer Mountain.  
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By Rick Evans - Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Waterfront, Ski, and Resort Property
(Sandpoint Sothebys Intl Realty)
Sandpoint Idaho has once again received incredible recognition in the latest issue of 'Where to Retire', a magazine that is available in every airport in the country. This article talks about Sandpoint being 'the next great place' to not only retire, but also to live and enjoy the four season outdoor lifestyle and the many cultural events, so unique to such a small town.  A fellow Sothebys agent and friend of mine, Gary Lirette, was one of several people interviewed and highlighted in this article. The article talks all about Schweitzer, Lake Pend Oreille and the beautiful natural amenities we have.  It also goes on to discuss the many festivals and cultural attractions.  And it touches on the real reason that my family and I chose Sandpoint over so many other outdoor/ski towns...the fa...
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By Rick Evans - Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Waterfront, Ski, and Resort Property
(Sandpoint Sothebys Intl Realty)
Dover Bay Waterfront Resort has selected a core team of Real Estate Agents to represent most of its property sales, including Bayside South condos, Parkside Bungalows, Cabins in the Woods, Cottages at Dover Meadows, Bayside North and Reedwalk Homesites.  This new team is comprised of myself, PJ Nunley, Carrie LaGrace, and Brian Harvey, all with Jeff Bond's team at Tomlinson Sandpoint Sothebys International Realty. TSSIR has and will continue to be the Listing Broker representing the sale of properties owned by Dover Bay Development.  This change has simply reduced the number of Listing Agents on the Dover team.  And rather than having two agents responsible for different neighborhoods, the four of us now form a core team sharing equally in the responsibility for all listings. What this ...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Extended Into 2010! Plus...A New Tax Credit for Certain Existing Home Owners! It's official. President Obama has signed a bill that extends the tax credit for first-time homebuyers (FTHBs) into the first half of 2010. This program had been scheduled to expire on November 30, 2009. In addition to extending the tax credit of up to $8,000 through June 30, 2010, the extension measure also opens up opportunities for others who are not buying a home for the first time. So Who Gets What? 
The program that has existed for FTHBs remains intact with the one exception that more people are now eligible based on an increase in the amount of income someone may now earn. Additionally, the program now gives those who already own a residence some additional reasons to mo...
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
Friends of Chris Owens, local residents and the logging community host a fundraiser to benefit the Owens Family. Chris Owens is a 30 year old Sandpoint native who was paralyzed in a logging accident August 17th, 2009. Chris is the father of three young children 3 ½, 2 and 5 months old.   Owens Family Fundraiser November 7th, 3:00=10:00 at the Bonner County Fairgrounds 4203 N. Boyer Ave, Sandpoint Idaho 83864 Dinner will be catered by Ivano’s and a no host bar provided by A&P’s. Please come help our Chris and his family get through these hard times.
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
      Sandpoint Realty is a proud sponser of the Lake Dance Film Festival.  Joel Whitaker of Laser image played a great role in getting this pulled together this year.  The Historic Panida Theater is located at 301 1st Ave, Sandpoint. Tickets for the event are $8 for film blocks, or $6 discounted for seniors (55+), Active Military and Students over 18 with ID. Workshop tickets are $25 or $20 discounted for seniors (55+), Active Military and Students over 18 with ID. Festival Passes are $38 or $28 discounted for seniors (55+), Active Military and Students over 18 with ID. Festival Passes are transferable. Tickets and passes may be purchased at Lakedance.com and picked up at WillCall, which is located at The Panida Box Office and will be open one hour before all film blocks and workshops ...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
As we move into Winter, we are all expecting to see another 6 months of stimulus with the extension and expansion of the Home Buyer Tax Credit.  The current proposal being worked through the Senate keeps the First Time Home Buyer with an $8,000 credit and for people with ownership for 5 years or more a credit of $6,500.  We will keep our eyes and ears open as they iron out the unemployment bill that this extension and expansion is attached to.   Here is a solid commentary on the market from Mortgage News Daily, written by Victor Burek. Mortgage rates ticked higher yesterday as prices of mortgage backed securities were pressured lower by a selloff in the long end of the Treasury yield curve.   To remind readers, as prices of MBS and Treasuries fall, their yields or rate increase...price ...
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