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Sandpoint Real Estate Blog: A Market Snapshot by Chris Bassett - 01/29/10 02:57 PM
We continue to see many changes in the marketplace and some very large FHA changes coming down the line. For those buyers that need low or no down payment, they should act now as there are still options available that are timely and beneficial for your buyers. Please contact me with any questions or scenarios. I hope to see most of you in the next few days. Have a great end of the week and I look forward to working with you. Current Note Rates for FHA/VA/USDA/ Conventional 30 Year fixed Mortgages are at 5%. Current Note Rate for Conventional (0 comments)
If you want a REALTOR that works for you 24/7, and is community minded, give me a call at 208-610-1384. To learn all about Sandpoint and North Idaho, visit www.SandpointID.net
Real Estate Blog: www.SandpointID.net receiving awards and success: Gary Lirette, REALTOR - 01/27/10 12:20 PM
This morning, my website that I provide for my business as well as a community resource, received an award on www.Garden-Planters.com Here is the link for their awards page. While it may not seem that this is something a gardening site would consider, we have the only Farm & Foods Guide for our part of North Idaho. Our website gets over 12,000 hits a month, and informs on hundreds of varying subjects, providing, again, hundreds of pages, thousands of photos, videos, graphs, information, and more. The site promotes our town and North Idaho, and it is easy to navigate. Plus, it (0 comments)
OMG, Sandpoint played in the state championship & my New Orleans Saints goin' to the Superbowl!!!! - 01/25/10 12:47 AM
For a football fan, I am rockin' happy. How cool can it get? Couple of years ago, my LSU Tigers and my alma mater Florida, ranked #1 and 3, then Boise State ranked #5 and beating Oklahoma in perhaps the best college comeback game of all time. Boise State goes undefeated this year, and Sandpoint plays Blackfoot Idaho in the State Championship at the Kibbie Dome this year. Even though those Blackfoot boys were ten feet tall and semi-pro players, our boys came within a touchdown of winning it all. This after both the Sandpoint girls and boys had won the (1 comments)
A wine tasting with Patrick Rawn: Vineyard owner of Two Mountain Winery - 01/22/10 09:19 AM
In 1997, Hastings House published my book: Passion for Wine. For years I had worked with top-rated restaurants, with people like Emeril Legasse, and at places like Commander's Palace in New Orleans. Guess I have some skills. So, when my best friend opened a restaurant here - Dish Home Cooking - I volunteered to lend a hand. So, I put together their wine list, offering over 25 wines rated 90 points or better, and eighteen wines with accolades such as Editor's Choice or Best Buy. Most of these wines are under $25. You might think, "What is a REALTOR doing waiting (0 comments)
Not Quite Punk - The N Idaho music scene - An interview on the N Idaho Arts radio show - 01/21/10 09:54 PM
Not Quite Punk. Not Quite Punk. What do you think of when you hear the words "Not Quite Punk?" You think of punk. Well, they aren't. At least, not quite. The local group, Not Quite Punk was one of the bands I saw at the Bash for Cash concert last month raising funds for charity at the Panida Theater. Their music ranges from Jazz-abilly, Blues, and kind of a jazzy, blues, rock that is their own style. I have hosted the North Idaho Arts & Adventure radio show on KSPT and KBFI for the last five years, and this band was (9 comments)
Sandpoint Real Estate Blog: The best read in North Idaho - An interview of Trish Gannon & the River Journal - 01/21/10 09:50 PM
I had the great pleasure of interviewing Trish Gannon, the editor of perhaps our best publication: the River Journal. Trish is one of those totally unassuming people that does the best of work in a job that gives the least of accolades. What I mean is, we have a newspaper in Sandpoint. We have several other publications. Here is the truth: our other publications are okay: exactly what you would expect in a small town. Sandpoint Magazine is admirable, at times the local paper is laughable, but they really do try hard. The Sandpoint Reader is little better than a marginal (0 comments)
Yoga Day USA interviewed on N Idaho Arts radio show-Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 01/21/10 09:42 PM
This week on my radio show - North Idaho Arts & Adventure - I hosted three great examples of why Sandpoint is a very cool place to live. First on were three beautiful girls representing Yoga Day USA: Kerri Kuntz from Sandpoint Hot Yoga, Julia Quinn from Twisted Root Yoga, and Abbey Corriveau, from the Integrative Athlete. Abbey and Danny had been on my show about a year ago, and a nicer couple you simply couldn't meet anywhere. Danny is a champion at Jiu-Jitsu, and as their website claims, you can Achieve fitness and athletic goals utilizing kettlebells, Ashtanga yoga, Brazilian (1 comments)
Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Blog: New efforts to capture merchant dollars working...so far - 01/16/10 11:27 AM
Recently, I blogged about our efforts to transform the great community event of the Sandpoint Winter Carnival into one that also added sales dollars to local businesses in Sandpoint. The first change was Dine Around Sandpoint. Mel Dick and I had a conversation about Dine Around San Diego one evening, and the next day, I bought the www.DineAroundSandpoint.com domain. To be fair, this has been instituted in large part due to the massive efforts of Mel. I did the balance of the work, getting the websites and brochures done, and communicating with the various restaurants, but without Mel, it simply wouldn't (3 comments)
Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Blog: Sandpoint is a community that doesn't give up - 01/09/10 01:12 PM
With the Sandpoint Winter Carnival beginning Thursday with the annual Taste of Sandpoint, we kick off our late winter season of happenings. One thing that was glaring this year was how many North Idaho communities dropped event after event. Every month I update the www.SandpointID.net/calendar.html events calendar. Unlike other calendars, I try to include other areas, such as Hayden, Priest Lake, and Schweitzer Mountain. As I updated from last year, I began to notice that other small towns, and even Schweitzer and Stoneridge Golf community were dropping annual music events and activities like crazy. I understand. Times are tough and revenues (0 comments)
Too late now, but how much would a tunnel cost in lieu of the Sand Creek Byway - 01/09/10 12:25 PM
Just wondering how much a tunnel would have cost in lieu of the Sand Creek Byway. By no means is this scientific. Using the New Zealand Manapouri Second Tailrace Tunnel bid published by the Colorado School of Mines figure of $132,000,000 in 1998 dollars for the 10 km tunnel, I came up with the math. That would be $174,000,000 in 2009 dollars. The rock was old, about 13 million years. Our mountains are also old and have a similar geologic nature. Our byway is 2.1 miles. Let's see, one mile is about 1.6 kilometers. So, 3.38 x $17,400,000 per mile cost (0 comments)
People ask me if I am busy. Well, yes I am. The crazy life of radio host and REALTOR® Gary Lirette - 01/06/10 06:57 AM
So, what's up in my life? Lack of time. Who knew when I moved to North Idaho that I would wear so many hats. Let's see, here's my life: Host of two radio shows - North Idaho Business and North Idaho Arts & Adventure. REALTOR® for Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby's International Realty. Had two closings in the last two weeks. Just finishing organizing the Sandpoint Winter Carnival. Among the different tasks for the Carnival has been organizing the Winter ArtTrek: over 80 artists at 17 locations, including map, website, and advertising. See this year's schedule at www.SandpointWinterCarnival.com and check out last year's (3 comments)
Christmas season a success for North Idaho businesses - 01/06/10 06:39 AM
Okay, so I don't have any hard data, but I am working with dozens of local businesses right now, so I believe i have the skinny. For the last several weeks I have been organizing the Sandpoint Winter Carnival. Part of that is putting together the Winter ArtTrek: 80 North Idaho artists displaying art at 17 locations in Sandpoint, Idaho as part of the Winter Carnival. Also, we have been putting together the new event called Shop Around Sandpoint. Add to that working closely with 15 restaurants for Dine Around Sandpoint (www.DineAroundSandpoint.com). I manage one of those restaurants every weekend - (2 comments)
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