markdonmcinnes: 'Monday Motivation' from North Idaho - 01/07/19 12:36 PM

Top of the day Active Rainer's!  While this post may seem short for my many months absent, I find it very fitting to much of the reason I have been gone.  Quite a few 'moments' recently have confirmed I have moved, and am moving in the desired direction.  So enjoy this 'Monday Motivation' from North Idaho with more to follow.
 
Most recently received a 'How you doing' note from long time AR friend Kat Palmiotti.  That along with others following me, inspite of no new posts, has reminded me that AR was never about the business, although I started for that purpose, but … (14 comments)

markdonmcinnes: Sandpoints 4th of July Fireworks Early This Year - 06/29/17 05:00 AM
Sandpoints 4th of July Fireworks Early This Year
This past Monday, June 26th, North Idaho warm temperatures, late afternoon cloud cover, and storm cells created ideal conditions for a light show that left people in awe.  As I passed through one cell, heading south to Sandpoint from Bonners Ferry, the clouded skies opened enough to create an incredible sunset with colors beyond the imagination of even an artist's canvas.  
Lightning Storm Bonners Ferry - Sandpoint from Mark Don McInnes on Vimeo.
I was able to move to higher ground to shoot this video.  Lightning cells to the North and South with vibrant sunset … (14 comments)

markdonmcinnes: Sandpoint Beauty Not Always Found in the Distance - 06/25/17 05:09 AM
Sandpoint Beauty Not Always Found in the Distance
While my visits to Active Rain have been limited of late I still am very much aware of the good friends within.  While at a home preview this week I saw this flower with the butterfly and the sun hitting just right on both.  I was reminded that one does not always have to look to the distance for seeing Sandpoint Beauty. Looking out most any window in the North Idaho area will give a special view of something.
With the above photo I was immediately reminded of the wonderful photographs always shared by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk … (14 comments)

markdonmcinnes: Bonners Ferry Idaho Soon To Be But a Memory - 02/12/17 08:06 AM
Bonners Ferry Idaho Soon To Be But a Memory
With temperatures turning warmer in North Idaho the snow filled days will soon be but a memory.  Looking almost as if a Norman Rockwell cover for Post Magazine I captured late night Old Main Street Bonners Ferry, with people having long deserted the stormy, snowy night in favor of warmth and Super Bowl 51.  
'Experience the Difference' Living In North Idaho will make.  Contact me as your local North Idaho Real Estate Resource.  
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markdonmcinnes: Lovely Creekside Home at Priest Lake Idaho - Just Listed - 02/11/17 02:20 PM
Lovely Creekside Home at Priest Lake Idaho - Just Listed
Located in the highly sought after area of Kalispell Bay at Priest Lake is this large 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home.  The warmth and comfort of the home deceives its actual size.  Cathedral ceilings in the living room with a full wall of windows overlooking the deck, yard and creek.  Exposed beams, wood accents, built in fire place separating dining room and living room are but a few of the items helping to make this home so special.  
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Master Bedroom with built in Fireplace and attached Master Bath
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3,700 Square Feet - 3 car attached garage
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markdonmcinnes: Sandpoint City, Idaho '83864' Home Sales Report - 02/04/17 05:15 PM
What is my Sandpoint City Idaho 83864 Home Worth?January 2017 Market Report - In town SalesSandpoint Idaho 83864 sits on the northern most shores of Pend Oreille Lake (pronounced - Ponderay).  The Long Bridge entering Sandpoint from Sagle Idaho is considered the official line of where Lake Pend Oreille turns to Pend Oreille River.  2016 Consensus estimates Sandpoint City population at approximately 7,700 of the total 83864 population of 18,450.  With the dramatic diversity in 83864 topography and home styles I prefer giving two separate Sandpoint 83864 Market Reports in an effort to make comparisons a bit more in line without quite … (13 comments)

markdonmcinnes: Comparing Sandpoint City to Bonner Countys' Sq. Mi. - 01/30/17 02:26 PM
Comparing Sandpoint City to Bonner County's Sq. Mi.It is difficult to grasp how small the town of Sandpoint actually is when comparing to Bonner County, much less the state of Idaho.  Hopefully these maps and basic figures will help put in perspective Sandpoint City and 83864 Zip Code Square Miles compared to the surrounding area of Bonner County, of which Sandpoint is the largest city.  City outlined below.
The zip code for Sandpoint City is 83864.  That tends to be very misleading to many people who do not realize the expanse of zip code 83864.  83864 zip code is stated as 500.1 … (6 comments)

markdonmcinnes: January 2017 Condos for Sale, Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort - 01/27/17 11:59 AM
January 2017 Condos for Sale, Schweitzer Mountain Ski ResortWe Are about half way through the 2016/17 Schweitzer Mountain Resort Ski Season. Having just enjoyed the MLK weekend with the Northern Lights celebration there is still much to look forward to on Schweitzer Mountain.  Timing is just right to have your own condo in time for spring skiing end of this season.  There is a wide variety to choose from.
Presently there are 13 Schweitzer Condo's for sale listed under, $300,000.   Prices range from low of $81,500 to high ( in this search bracket ) of $279,500.
Search results for:  Schweitzer Ski Resort … (6 comments)

markdonmcinnes: 'Ice Damns' and Possible Damage to Your Home - 01/23/17 10:01 PM
'Ice Damns' and Possible Damage to Your Home
We all love the pictures of those warm and cozy living rooms, with a fire burning, and the reflection of the flames dancing on the ice cycles hanging from the roof in front of the living room window.  The dangers to your home behind the seemingly innocent beauty is quite real, and probable.  
The basics of an ice damn is moisture on the roof freezing at the edges of the roof where the warmth of the home no longer is heating.  An older home, or poorly insulated home is not automatically the reason.  A … (10 comments)

markdonmcinnes: North Idaho Forecasted for Snow - Wordless Wedneday - 01/18/17 03:32 AM
North Idaho Forecasted for Snow - Wordless Wedneday
Not all preparations will be the same !
Experience the change of pace Living In North Idaho will make.  Contact me as your local North Idaho Real Estate Resource. 
Click here for Sandpoint Idaho Home Search $200,000 to $500,000
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markdonmcinnes: Weltanschauung: the guiding principles - 01/18/17 02:59 AM
 
Weltanschauung: the guiding principles#5:  We believe that the constructive dialogue at ActiveRain fosters transparency among consumers about the industry. We understand that ActiveRain plays a key role in demonstrating the integrity and professionalism of those engaged in our industry.
In my opinion this principal applies to life in general as well as AR culture.
Communication is critical to any business, not just real estate.  Understanding
and realization does not usually come from a one time conversation.  
Especially with someone not familiar with a particular industry or subject. It 
 is in multiple visits to a subject that one grows knowledgeable.  
 
To validate that knowledge to a … (15 comments)

markdonmcinnes: Schweitzer Mountain Resort MLK Celebration - 01/16/17 05:19 AM
Schweitzer Mountain Resort MLK Celebration
Martin Luther King weekend at Schweitzer Ski Resort is filled with activities.  The highlight of which being the Northern Lights Fireworks display on Saturday night.  The high level energy made for a great evening and show.  
Kicking off the annual Northern Lights Fireworks Show is the torch parade, as shown below.  Night skiing open for those willing to brave the low teen temperatures.
 
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As an added bonus I was able to enjoy this years Christmas Tree that is 
center in Schweitzer Village, and was still up for visitors to enjoy.  I was
especially pleased because prior to Christmas this season … (16 comments)

markdonmcinnes: Top Ten Things to Do Before Listing Your Property for Sale - 01/16/17 03:26 AM
I am a big believer in the 'KISS' method.  Vegas Bob has put together some important basics in preparing a home for it to go on, and be on, the market for sale.  Not enough can be said for clean and uncluttered.

Sunday, January 15, 2017 Top Ten Things to Do Before Listing Your Property for Sale  


 Top Ten Things to Do Before Listing Your Property for Sale

1. Before you put your house on the market, even if you think it is in pristine condition, contact Real Estate agent Robert "Vegas Bob" Swetz  to … (9 comments)

markdonmcinnes: Bonners Ferry Rotary Recipient of Nice Thank you from WaCanId Ride - 01/11/17 05:15 AM
Bonners Ferry Rotary Recipient of Nice Thank you from WaCanId Ride
Those of you who follow me know of my involvement with both Rotary and WaCanId International Selkirk Loop yearly Bicycle Ride.  Yesterday I was quite proud to present Bonners Ferry Rotary a $1,700 check for their part in making this years ride yet another success.  
With eight clubs participating around the 371 mile route of the International Selkirk Loop, the WaCanId was successful in raising over $11,000.00.  With 20 riders already having already signed up for the September event we are looking forward to our most successful year in 2017.  
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markdonmcinnes: New Year's Resolutions and Real Estate - 01/08/17 08:03 AM
New Year's Resolutions and Real Estate
We all have done it.  Not so much the setting of goals, or wanting to get back into shape, or find new work out plateau's.  But the setting of those goals and starting on January 1st.  That in and of itself is not a bad thing.  Actually very comendable.  Where it goes bad is in wanting to accomplish it all in the first week!
Even if you don't belong to a Club just drive by one the first week or so of January.  I am betting you will see a parking lot that is jammed with cars. … (12 comments)

markdonmcinnes: Singing in the Rain with Maria Sopia - 01/08/17 06:56 AM
Singing in the Rain with Maria Sopia
Debbie Reynolds is having her 'Singing in the Rain' contest again this month.  I found this the perfect opportunity to call someone that I started following after reading only one post from them.  Maria Sapio .  I have been intrigued.
Maria seems to have a deep passion for life that shows in her every written word, as confirmed by her already having 10 featured posts.   I was not disappointed in speaking with her.  Found her passion to be part of her, not just of her writing.  
Maria is new to Real Estate, within months,  although has come … (10 comments)

markdonmcinnes: 2nd Try With a Shift in Thinking and Focus - 12/01/16 08:56 PM
2nd Try With a Shift in Thinking and Focus
I must admit that '2nd Try' is far from accurate yet all the previous efforts were all the same with just different numbers, or numbers in different areas.  After years in Real Estate and being bombarded with #s, how many calls to make, how much to make each month for the year end, and the #s list can go on and on.  Problem was I was like the preverbial fly that kept knocking itself on the window to get out.  
Last year I completely stepped back and took a very close look.  What … (28 comments)

markdonmcinnes: North Idaho Kids - Stepping back to a good place - 11/30/16 10:41 PM
North Idaho Kids - Stepping back to a good place
I have such a good time at the Rotary Booth in Bonners Ferry for the Boundary County Fair.  It is just a matter of sitting on a saw horse and shooting a bean bag at holes in a painted farm mural.  Kind of a sling shot affair.  These two brothers look to have stepped back in time.  They portray the excitement and awe of what life was like without phones, ipads, technology.  I have always been happy I was able to catch this moment as one brother looks on just as the … (11 comments)

markdonmcinnes: Sandpoint Town Center Water Fountain - 11/30/16 07:16 AM
Sandpoint Town Center Water Fountain
Across from Farmin Park in Sandpoint Idaho is the Town Center water fountain.  Just last week was the annual Christmas tree lighting.  During the summer the water fountain springs to life.  Adults enjoy sitting and watching as children play in the alternating blasts of water.  This day a dog stole the show.  He was non stop chasing, and biting, geyser after geyser of sprouting water. 
Enjoy a short You Tube Video of his antics. Click Here
Experience the change of pace Living In North Idaho will make.  Contact me as your local North Idaho Real Estate resource.  
 
This is my 2nd … (6 comments)

markdonmcinnes: Cozy and warm with all the outdoors at a glance - 11/30/16 06:27 AM
Cozy and warm with all the outdoors at a glance
This Sandpoint Idaho home was approximately 3,500 square feet on over 10 acres.  All rooms were large and spacious yet they also conveyed a feeling of warmth and intimacy.  This is the living room with vaulted ceilings over 2 stories and windows covering one full wall.  All that is missing is the fire.
Experience the change of pace Living In North Idaho will make.  Contact me for your local North Idaho Real Estate Resource.
I am entering this into this months photo contest as 'Real Estate' 'Interior' 
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