Bonner County, ID Real Estate News

By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
Come celebrate a fantastic milestone with us! Do you remember your first sale?  Many of you do no matter how long you have been in the business.   As you know we invited Monique Couture to come work with us a few weeks ago.  I am proud to say she is off and running and just closed her first sale on a cocolalla waterfront parcel. Even more importantly than the sale itself, she performed excellent client care and served our good name well.  It will undoubtedly be a long and wonderful career in real estate for Monique.  Congratulations Monique on a reaching a wonderful milestone in a short amount of time! 
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
It is with great pleasure to announce that agent Monique Couture has joined our team at Sandpoint Realty.    Raised in Santa Barbara by a family of avid travelers, including a professional travel guide, Monique Couture embraced all opportunities to see and surf the world. She worked for the U.S. Embassy Guyana, in South Africa as a logistics coordinator and as a teacher in rural Japan, surfing everywhere she found a wave.Her father’s tales of commercial fishing in Alaska and thrilling grizzly bear stories drew her north of the Arctic Circle at age 18, where she spent the summer working for the National Park Service in Nome. Loving the remote rugged landscapes, Monique was certain she’d be back to the land of the midnight sun. After college, and against her Dad’s better judgment, Monique...
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
Setbacks - How to move on and get back on track.Setbacks are a fact of life.Without a doubt, setbacks can have dramatic negative effects of all of us if we all allow them to.  Despite our best intentions and well-laid-plans, life doesn’t always go according to our hopes and expectations. We all experience setbacks, both small and large and sometimes we are overwhelmed with frustration. Sometimes it  feels hopeless and stressful and then the self doubts start to creep in.  Always remember there is always hope, and it starts with our mindset and how we chose to view life’s inevitable setbacks.The very first thing to do is to remember you are human. As much as you want to be perfect and always in control, you’re not; no one is. Think about the many, many successes in life already and know ...
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
During this month we visited many cities across the nation to see the local American flags proudly displayed.  We have learned from each other, we have honored our brave, and we have born witness to each sorrow.  Loved ones that have been lost have had their memory revitalized and perhaps a little healing along the way.  As we end our month of Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho and Endre Barath, Jr. challenge to celebrate  ole glory, I wanted to share a favorite video of mine presented by Evangelo Morris.  If Ole glory could talk what words would we hear? May Ole Glory stand watch over you and yours and remind us how lucky we are.   
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
Flags in Sandpoint Idaho "Let's show off 'Ole Glory', in Active Rain, and proudly show our 'Stars and Stripes' being flown across the USA."  Thanks to Mark Don McInnes, and Endre Barath, Jr., for the June Active Rain Challenge.Mighty muscle cars and regal classics lining the streets of downtown Sandpoint Idaho.We come to see the cars, enjoy the ambiance, music and atmosphere year after year. It doesn’t really matter if you have been to dozens of shows and know every detail or if you’ve never been to a car show and simply like to look at cool cars.Take a look at a few of these beauties lovingly restored by their owners.   If you happen to be in Idaho next May be sure to come by during lost in the 50s weekend!     
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
In response to Junes Active Rain challenge "Ole Glory coast to coast" I am posting a flag from a friends home we sold last year in Priest River Idaho.  Thank you Wendy and Adam, you are thought of often. The American Flag is not just a piece of fabric. It is symbolic of the fabric of our society as a nation. An emblem of the freedom we cherish and the pride we carry as a nation in our values and beliefs.  At the end of each is the ceremony of retreat, the daily observance in which military personnel pay respect to the flag, the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle fold and kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nation's honored dead. Filled with tradition and meaning The flag is folded exactly 13 times in remembrance of the original 13 colonies.  The triangular shape...
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
Its that time of year again.  After a 2 years we finally get lost in the 50s back.  Come out and enjoy the fun. Schedule of Events Friday, May 20, 2022 Vintage car parade. Vintage car parade through downtown Sandpoint, looping first east down Church Street then north up First Avenue and back west up Cedar Street. Pick a spot anywhere along the parade route. Parade starts at 6 p.m.! Street dance. Immediately following the parade downtown, at Second Avenue and Main Street, it's dance time Its free and you can dress 50s style or come as you are.  Show and Dance at the Bonner County Fairgrounds.  Darlene Love and  Rocky and the Rollers will be rocking the house before and afterwards.  Saturday, May 21, 2022 Car show. Hundreds of hot rods and classics on display all up and down First, Cedar,...
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
Discover some of the most breathtaking views, and take in all of North Idaho’s natural beauty. Scenic hiking paths and nature trails suitable for all skill levels. 4 season climate and fresh air are perfect for enjoying a variety of outdoor activities all year round. Horseback riding, boating, fishing, waterskiing, tubing, hiking, hunting, ice fishing, skiing, snow boarding, snow mobiling, music festivals, car and boat shows, art walks, beer and wine tasting.  There is fun for everyone.  
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
Sandpoint Idaho offers a full range of activities throughout the year.  Ski Schweitzer Mountain resort, go boating on lake pend Orielle, kayak and fish the river, ice fishing on Cocolalla lake. Enjoy the fresh grown goodies and local art at the farmers market.  Check out the bicycle paths of hike the hundreds of trails perhaps snap a photo of the mountain goat on Scotchman's peak. Enjoy a day of thrilling rides at Silverwood theme park or a casual day of downtown shopping.  Come Play and enjoy the many seasonal activities, there is something for everyone.
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Top of the morning all.  I have a weekly feature 'Friday Flag'.  Shots of our USA Flag being flown in the North Idaho area.  Business's and residents in and near Sandpoint Idaho.  I especially enjoy being able to highlight one from our listings.  This particular shot is of the flag at the Sandpoint Airport where we have a 'hangar lot' listed.  The weather has been turbulent the last week, which made for a nice 2nd shot looking south down the runway.  For further information regarding Hangar Lot: https://www.sandpointnorthidaho.com/idx/listing/featured/301810686/160-Airpark-Sandpoint-ID-83864 
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
How Tech Helps You Buy or Sell a Home With much of the country mostly staying home, it's not your typical spring homebuying season.  You might think social distancing has made it difficult to meet with lenders, view properties and sign paperwork, but fortunately that's not the case. In fact, prospective buyers and sellers continue to move forward with their housing needs and doing so with safety in mind.While the process may look a little different, modern technology is making it possible and, in some ways, more convenient.So how does it work?  Can I buy or sell a home during covid 19? Yes you can! Most areas have some kind of stay at home order and social distancing restrictions to prevent the spread of disease. While the process looks a bit different today than it did a few months ago...
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
Stay in home is so much better when you have a home. Yes houses are still selling and it is my extreme pleasure to be able to find a home for a family and get them in at the perfect time. I was a little worried that things might get held up and my people become homeless with the shut down. Luckily the governor deemed real estate essentional and that people are in the middle of moving.  We are getting pretty good at doing everything long distance and we were able to get this home closed without any risks. I had an awesome team in lenders, seller, buyers, and escrow and all of us pulling together made this happen.  Congratulations Julie and Chris on your new home in Sandpoint. I am so very happy for you and your children.
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
Congratulations on the new home!!!  I will never forget how you fell in love the second you walked in the door of this gorgeous private log home.  I am thrilled to be a part of this and hope you have many wonderful years here.  
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
 Sold By Rain.  Congrats Tyler Francis and Taylar Doolittle, the new owners of the Cedar Street Bistro and Wine Bar who will adopt a new name: Taysty’s. It’s a winning combination of the owners’ names and it is sure to be a crowd pleaser.   It was my extreme pleasure to help this young dynamic duo achieve their dreams and I am asking everyone to swing by the Cedar Street Bridge to get them off to a great start.  Congrats!!!  The Cedar St. Bistro brings the European cafe experience to beautiful downtown Sandpoint. Great-tasting food, drinks and desserts in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Taystys is located on the historic Cedar St. Bridge, with its massive tamarack logs and huge glass passive solar wall through which you can enjoy a view of peaceful Sand Creek and the mountains beyond. S...
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
Last year I was asked to speak in front of a large group and afterwards several people congratulated me and told me how comfortable I looked up on stage.  It was funny because my perception was that my voice was cracking, hands shaking, and I couldn't read my notes, so I was winging it.   I also remember waiting behind a curtain with my heart racing and my feet stuck to the floor.  It felt like an hour to muster the courage to walk out on the stage.  I can’t even tell you what I was afraid of, this was a group of my peers, associates.  Even the worst failure would not be earth shattering, yet the fear was real.   I heard a speech that I haven’t been able to forget.  It pointed out that you don’t live your life needing to be courageous all the time, you only need to be courageous for 20 ...
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
Have you applied for you Idaho Homeowners Exemption yet? If you recently purchased a house or own a home and made it your primary residence, you may be eligible for a property tax exemption.  A property tax exemption reduces the net taxable value of your home and up to one acre of your property. Instead of calculating your property tax percentage based on the full value of your home, the Idaho Homeowners Exemption subtracts $100,000 and determines your tax rate based on the resulting amount. HOW THE HOMEOWNERS EXEMPTION WORKSLet’s say your home is valued by your county assessor’s office at $200,000. With an approved Homeowners Exemption application, the taxable value of your home would be reduced to $100,000. In other words, your property tax burden could be cut in half with an exemptio...
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By Christine Wade, Operations Strategist / Online Business Manager
(Christine Wade)
 :-)  If you didn't hear the tune to Johnny Lee's "Looking for Love" in your head as you read the blog title, I'd be surprised!I have someone who is looking for a Lodge, possibly with a bar/restaurant option, but with emphasis on the lodge portion, for sale in the Sandpoint, Idaho area.  I know what properties are currently listed in Loopnet in Idaho, so am wondering if there are any pocket listings out there or if any of you have properties that you know are coming up but are just not quite active yet?  I am only licensed in CA so this would be a referral...hence the "wrong places" ;-)  Please DM me if you have anything!  
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
VERY RARE opportunity to have your own PRIVATE runway access on .30 acre of industrial/commercial land adjacent to the Sandpoint Airport (SZT). Level parcel with outstanding mountain views and ready to build. City water, sewer and power to property line with a paved TaxiWay Easement to the airport. Great opportunity to acquire one of the few private airport access lots remaining. Whether you would like to have your own plane or build a hangar for office space, this gated access parcel is ready for you!
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