northidaho: '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)

northidaho: 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)

northidaho: 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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northidaho: There Is Always a Price to Pay - 02/11/17 01:08 PM
There Is Always a Price to Pay
Today is absolutely gorgeous in Sandpoint North Idaho.  Partly cloudy skies with the crisp clear blue skies one only sees shortly after stormy weather clearing.  The price we are paying in Sandpoint Idaho?
What was already a pretty good task of snow removal has now turned to Snow and ICE removal.  Our weather turned from low 20's and snow to mid 40's and rain within 24 hours.  Ever try snow blowing iced ruts?  
Add to that the fact that due to the amount of snow we have had this year it is becoming more and more … (16 comments)

northidaho: 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)

northidaho: 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)

northidaho: 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)

northidaho: 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)

northidaho: 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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northidaho: Do you know the similarity between 500 and 86,400 ? - 11/22/16 01:37 AM
Do you know the similarity between 500 and 86,400 ?
While one is able to find some basic numeric similarities these two numbers, they actually represent something much larger.  We ALL have personal bank accounts that at exactly 12am EVERY DAY the same amount is deposited.  These two figures represent but two accounts of each of our separate lives here in Active Rain.  
86,400 are the number of seconds deposited into our life each day at midnight. We may use those in any fashion we want but they can not be saved, stashed, borrowed.  That is all we get everyday of our … (6 comments)

northidaho: Grateful in Sandpoint Idaho for my Mentors - Day 5 - 11/19/16 08:12 AM
Grateful in Sandpoint Idaho for my Mentors - Day 5
From my high school football days to present I have be fortunate to always seem have someone willing to teach, advise, motivate and guide me.  While that may sound simple it has come with many different moves both location and career wise.  
From Southern California with football, to Navy, construction in San Fernado Valley California, Snow Making - Northstar at Lake Tahoe, Transportation and Parking manager Northstar at Tahoe, Highway paving Reno Nevada, Road Maintenace at Schweitzer Ski Resort, Stocking Groceries Bonners Ferry Idaho, Head Rig Operator Naples Idaho Mill, to Realtor Idaho. … (8 comments)

northidaho: As the Temps Drop the Speedometers Should As Well ! - 11/19/16 07:23 AM
As the Temps Drop the Speedometers Should As Well !
I consider this time of year some of the most dangerous on the road.  Maybe no snow falling, definitely none holding on Highways.  Terperatures may be showing mid to high 30's.  Certainly nothing to be concerned about.  Wrong !
While road conditions may look to be ok temps most likely have dropped to freezing the night before.  A thin sheet of black ice early morning will show itself only as wet pavement, if one sees it at all.  While it appeared no injuries or other cars involved at this accident, between Sandpoint and … (6 comments)

northidaho: An Eye Opening Experience with much learned - 11/14/16 10:14 PM
An Eye Opening Experience with much learned
Through unfortunate circumstances I recently helped my brother in choosing an agent to list a home in another state.  He was distraught and asked for me to help with input.  I set up four appointments.  They proved to be quite enlightening.  Made me evaluate my own listing presentations.
I was surprised that all 4 were actually very punctual.  That is pretty much where the similarities ended.  While, with the present market, all 4 probably would have ended up selling the house, I believe actions and timing would have been drastically different.  
Both ladies were dressed nicely.  Although … (56 comments)

northidaho: Sandpoint Idaho Early Morning with Halley - 11/13/16 02:01 AM
Sandpoint Idaho Early Morning with Halley
Early mornings in the North Idaho area presently seem to be partially cloudy with the rains rolling in late morning to early afternoon.  I thought I would take advantage of an early morning walk with Halley in Sandpoint Idaho area to see if I might get lucky with a few good pictures.  I was not dissappointed with either the walk or the pictures.
Windbag Marina Sandpoint Idaho with full moon and Halley
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Sandpoint Idaho Mainstreet soon to be a Winter Wonderland
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Northwest Sandpoint with Cabinet Mountains for Backdrop
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I could not go without a Locomotive and Sunrise
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northidaho: Custom North Idaho Home for Sale with Lap Pool - 10/19/16 05:25 AM
Custom North Idaho Home for Sale with Lap Pool
Newly listed home in Clark Fork Idaho has custom features through out, the least of which not being the dedicated enclosed room for the lap pool.  Also as a special bonus check out the "SECRET" hidden doors to the master bedroom on the You Tube Video.
 
Craftsman details Hand Peeled Logs, tongue and groove Ceilings, Wood Floors. Energy efficient hydronic heat, outdoor wood boiler, air exchange and radon abatement system. Walkout basement, den overlooking great room, pool room with waterfall mural, spiral staircase, fantastic mountain views, fenced garden with arbor and raised beds, fruit … (10 comments)

northidaho: Bonners Ferry Idaho surrounded by Snowy Mountains - 10/11/16 12:09 PM
Bonners Ferry Idaho surrounded by Snowy Mountains
With heavy rains over the past few days North Idaho woke to snow covered peaks in every direction.  With a couple of days of clear skies we will be able to enjoy these views for a bit before more predicted rain and cooler temperatures still.  I hope you find these photos as beautiful as I found the actual views as walking Halley this evening in Bonners Ferry Idaho.
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Experience the change of pace Living In North Idaho will make.  Contact me for you local North Idaho Real Estate Resource.
 
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northidaho: Fall Colors Vibrant in Sandpoint Idaho - 10/10/16 04:09 PM
 
Fall Colors Vibrant in Sandpoint Idaho
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Fall colors were not the only contrasts to be seen in Sandpoint Idaho today. Reports of heavy snow at Schweitzer Mountain Resort and snow seen on the distant Cabinet Mountains was not representative of the mid 50's weather on the valley floors.  
Experience the change of pace Living In North Idaho will make.  Contact me for you local North Idaho Real Estate Resource. 
 
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northidaho: Not Already ! ! - 09/04/16 04:09 AM
Not Already ! !
While in a chain store yesterday picking up paint I was so very disaapointed to see this.  Not just a nick nack or two but a FULL section dedicated.  I will not even mention the store name to do them recognition .
 
Experience the change of pace Living In North Idaho will make.  Contact me for you local North Idaho Real Estate Resource.
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northidaho: It's not all about Business ! - 08/08/16 10:33 AM
It's not all about Business !
I am fortunate in being able to step back every now and then to spend some time with my favorite girl.  She keeps me grounded and from getting too full of myself.  I am very lucky to have such a loyal and special lady in my life as Halley.  
I sincerely do my best everyday, as a Real Estate Agent, to afford others the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate their lives in North Idaho as well. 
Experience the change of pace Living In North Idaho will make.  Contact me as your local North Idaho Real Estate Resource. … (17 comments)

northidaho: Wait 5 minutes ! - 08/07/16 02:16 PM
Wait 5 minutes !
It was a wonderful morning in North Idaho.  I had checked at two listings, in Bonners Ferry, to be sure both were secure and locked.  Stopped in at Super One Grocery to get Halley an 'in the cup' Ice Cream Cone.  One of her favorite treats.
I just could not help but appreciate how beautiful the day was so I tweeted:
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It was shortly afterwards the temps had dropped to 71 and this was moving in.
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And about 1/2 hour later while waiting at office to write an offer I took this. 
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