sandpoint real estate blog: Sandpoint Visitor Guide wins first place award Idaho Department of Commerce 2nd year: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 09/12/11 02:19 PM
FYI, the Sandpoint Visitor Guide won a Blue Ribbon for the second year in a row from Idaho Department of Commerce. You can read the article that was in the Bee way back in May here. Click the link for the downloadable PDF or click here to go to the online book on issuu. It is a quick and easy way to find out what to do in Sandpoint and our surrounding area.


sandpoint real estate blog: Tango Cafe - A Great Place to Eat before our weekly meetings: Sandpoint Blog - 04/27/11 04:55 AM
I stopped at Tango Cafe on the way to my weekly meeting for Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby's International Realty at the Panhandle State Bank. Tango Cafe is a great place to have breakfast or lunch. You can eat in the beautiful lobby or even relax with your cup of Joe upstairs overlooking the water feature while surfing the web on the Wi-Fi provided.
A couple of years back Judy Colegrove took over the reigns there and the cafe has done well since. My friend Justine is one of the perpetually smiling staff, and it might be the friendliest place in town.
I was asked … (1 comments)

sandpoint real estate blog: Looking for a good! Yappy Hour at Laughing Dog: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 04/19/11 11:20 AM
Karen and Rich e-mailed this to me:
Rich and I are hosting Yappy Hour for the Panhandle Animal Shelter (PAS). This is an event that was started in order to have a social hour for owners and their dogs. Last year, PAS began bringing shelter dogs to these events. They found that not only did the dogs have a great time but the adoption rate went up! If you are interested in volunteering your time by bringing a dog from PAS, please email or call me. We are looking for 3-4 volunteers.
Yappy HourThursday - April 28, 2011 (4:00-7:00)Location: Laughing Dog Brewery (at their … (0 comments)

sandpoint real estate blog: Shadow Inventory still making headlines: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 03/29/11 11:41 PM

On March 10 I posted this blog: Is a flood of shadow inventory on the horizon?
I included the sources, and explained why we might see things get worse before they get better. The financial institutions may be banking (forgive the pun) on having one result: an increase in their stock values. If the flood comes the outcome could be painful. All prices could drop by 25-40%, and while the benefit to buyers is obvious, it could have the opposite effect.
If the value of homes is dropping consistently, but not all at once, buyers may have a wait-and-see attitude. … (1 comments)

sandpoint real estate blog: North Idaho TravelCast-Sandpoint, Idaho and Bonners Ferry: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 03/13/11 11:35 AM
A great website for Idaho is the Visit North Idaho website. While there are plenty of resources, such as events, interactive maps, and loads of ideas for things to do in North Idaho, I particularly enjoy this new feature of videos about different areas of interest.
I will post all of them, but in our neck of the woods, two are most relevant: Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
Here are the two videos:
North Idaho TravelCast - Sandpoint, Idaho
Click here to go to the Sandpoint video
North Idaho TravelCast - Sandpoint, Idaho
Click here to go to the Bonners Ferry video
Gary … (4 comments)

sandpoint real estate blog: Good news for real estate - Market Trends in North Idaho: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 02/25/11 06:15 AM
Existing-Home Sales Resume Uptrend with Stable Prices - This article was published by the National Association of REALTORS® ON December 22, 2010
Existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 5.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.68 million in November from 4.43 million in October, but are 27.9 percent below the cyclical peak of 6.49 million in November 2009, which was the initial deadline for the first-time buyer tax credit.
Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, is hopeful for 2011. "Continuing gains in home sales are encouraging, and the positive impact of steady … (1 comments)

sandpoint real estate blog: Should you have a mold inspection for your home? Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 02/23/11 11:25 AM
I interviewed Russell and Jeanne Spriggs, both certified master inspectors from the Home Inspection Team. While they do all kinds of inspections, I had them on the North Idaho Business radio show to talk specifically about mold since I am not an expert, but like many of you I have questions. Many people think that a mold inspection is part of the menu of things home inspectors do when inspecting a home, but usually only surface mold is looked for. While conversing with Chris Munro of Peak Inspections in Sandpoint he pointed out that without true testing, results in our area … (0 comments)

sandpoint real estate blog: Wine Tasting with Gordy Venerri from Walla Walla Vintners: Sandpoint Blog - 06/11/10 02:59 PM
After a floor shift at Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby's, I hurried over to Coldwater Creek Wine Bar to meet the winemaker GORDY VENNERI from WALLA WALLA VINTNERS. It was Friday June 11th and we enjoyed cheese and wine with Gordy, and shared his Wonderful handcrafted wines.
It was a great opportunity for Dave Vemeer to show off Coldwater. Dave, part of an old local family and the rep for many years for Odom, a great wine distributor. Dave recently became the manager of the wine bar, and altogether, the combination of Gordy and Dave and the surroundings made the wine and beautiful food … (0 comments)

sandpoint real estate blog: Lost in the 50's a rockin' weekend: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 05/20/10 01:14 PM
By all accounts, this was a great Lost in the 50's. Bigger crowds, perfect weather, more cars, and two different groups playing at the sock hop.
Here is an article published in the Bonner County Daily Bee: click here. They reported over 600 cars in the vintage car parade.
To see what was going on, visit
Here is what it looked like on the Saturday:
Band playing at Farmin Park
Looking down Main Street from the clock tower in Farmin Park
Kids playing in the fountain at Jeff Jones Square
Over 600 vintage cars on display
Arlo's Ristorante, like most … (0 comments)

sandpoint real estate blog: Sandpoint Commerce & Community Expo: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 05/12/10 11:10 AM

ALL ABOARD!  "Cruise" through our Commerce & Community Expo presented by Horizon Credit Union on May 20th to explore the businesses and organizations that make the Greater Sandpoint area a great place to live and work.  You'll be welcomed by tour guides and receive a map and passport for your journey, touring the ship and ports of call excursions.  After touring the expo with your passport, enter to win a North Idaho 3-Day Getaway Giveaway and enter to win many fabulous prizes while on board!   
May 20, 2010
3 to 7 pm
Bonner County Fairgrounds, … (0 comments)

sandpoint real estate blog: Young Moose on Baldy Mountain in Sandpoint: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 04/23/10 04:11 AM
Saw this young moose up Baldy Mountain Road last week. Pretty cool.

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sandpoint real estate blog: Another record season for Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 04/18/10 12:07 PM
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 … (0 comments)

sandpoint real estate blog: Affordable, green homes for every community and every country: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 03/30/10 03:29 PM
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. … (0 comments)

sandpoint real estate blog: Good Sandpoint Real Estate Agents are constantly learning and training: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 03/25/10 04:38 AM
Today in a training class put on by Sotheby's, we reinforced several tools that Sotheby's has that other agencies just can't compare to. Among those are Presentation Studio, our print materials, our web presence, and information that does something other companies are finding difficult in this down market. That something is the art of bringing buyers. With only 19% of the REALTORS® in our market, we make up almost 30% of the sales.
We talked about many things over our Wednesday meeting and our Thursday morning training, including a video by the guru of real estate, David Knox.
Today's topic by … (0 comments)

sandpoint real estate blog: Sandpoint & National Housing Data - March 24, 2010: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog - 03/24/10 05:47 AM
As recently as last summer, fall, and winter the news pundits touted the apparent recovery of our national housing market. With the various government programs feeding the market, such as first time home buyer credits and loan amelioration programs, mainstream media found no end to positive spins of news stories. While these special tax credits and various programs have been extended and helped the lower end of the market, the improved numbers were not so improved at at, and these programs are losing their effect. Now, we are seeing the numbers in the housing market turn down once again.
For the … (0 comments)

sandpoint real estate blog: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog: Sandpoint Community Cancer Services - The house Heather built - 03/21/10 08:27 AM
A few years ago, a young woman touched the hearts of many of us in Sandpoint and on Schweitzer Mountain. Schweitzer named an event for her: A Day for Heather. The event is named in memory of Heather Gibson, a member of the Sandpoint community who did much to change the face of cancer in North Idaho before she died from the disease in August 2006.
The initial campaign drew much praise, but also raised enough in funds to start Sandpoint's own Community Cancer Service. Now, just five short years later, CCS has its own digs, and works closely with many groups … (0 comments)

sandpoint real estate blog: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog: Sandpoint NIA, a new way to get in shape - 03/21/10 08:09 AM
Last Tuesday, on my North Idaho Arts & Adventure radio show, I interviewed Erica and Breitta, two of the instructors for our local Nia Dance Studio at the Cedar Street Bridge. Nia is an innovative way of getting in shape and centered. According to Wikipedia, Nia (previously Non-Impact Aerobics, Neuromuscular Integrative Action) is a physical conditioning program based on a premise that movement is a pathway for self-discovery and personal transformation. Nia is intended to deliver cardiovascular aerobic exercise and whole-body conditioning. Nia was created in California 1983 by Debbie Rosas (now Debbie Rosas Stewart) and Carlos Rosas (now Carlos AyaRosas).

sandpoint real estate blog: Sandpoint Real Estate Blog: A Market Snapshot by Chris Bassett - 01/29/10 06:57 AM
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)

sandpoint real estate blog: A wine tasting with Patrick Rawn: Vineyard owner of Two Mountain Winery - 01/22/10 01:19 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)

sandpoint real estate blog: Not Quite Punk - The N Idaho music scene - An interview on the N Idaho Arts radio show - 01/21/10 01:54 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)

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