real estate: Despite the economy, Schweitzer Mountain Real Estate is trending up! - 12/14/12 07:20 AM
Maybe the accolades are actually taking effect!  Sunset Magazine has named Schweitzer Mountain a Top Twenty U.S. Ski Resort in its latest poll AND names Sandpoint, Idaho one of the Top Ten Ski Towns in the West! Powder Magazine is currently holding their Ski Town Throwdown Event where they have set up 32 brackets (similar to the NCAA Basketball Tournament) with the top ski areas/ski towns in North America.  The public is asked to vote for their favorite town.  Sandpoint/Schweitzer is in the FINAL FOUR! (Please feel free to join in the fun & vote - for Schweitzer, obviously - on Monday).

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real estate: Garfield Bay-A Day in the Life of a Sandpoint Realtor. - 05/28/12 03:47 AM
 
I'm happy to report I have a new listing!

My new listing (1769 Garfield Bay Road) is located 13 miles from my front door (a 3-mile drive to Sandpoint, another 3 miles across Lake Pend Oreille and the Sandpoint Long Bridge to the town of Sagle and, finally, 7 miles east on Sagle Road to the community of Garfield Bay).  I DO NOT take this journey for granted.  It would be hard to imagine a more beautiful 13 mile trip and I will make this sojourn as often as possible...if for no other reason than to just enjoy life … (2 comments)

real estate: Speechless Sunday: The Moose are out in Sandpoint, Idaho. - 03/04/12 03:57 AM

342 W. Shingle Mill Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho (MLS#20120444)

My new listing at 342 W. Shingle Mill Rd (MLS#20120444) comes complete with a family of moose.  While out taking pictures on a sunny day, I asked the owner what kind of wildlife they see on their 20 acres.  Before long, I got a close-up of Mrs. Moose looking out toward the driveway.  No extra charge for you home-buyers out there!
"Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose..." -Woody Allen

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real estate: Schweitzer Mountain 2012, Sandpoint, ID - The Immaculate Winter? - 01/06/12 09:46 AM
If you look around the ski world, races and events are being canceled on a regular basis.  Snow coverage is shockingly low and, in Europe, almost non-existent.  Schweitzer Mountain is the exception and I, for one, am happy to ride this wave as long as I can.  As of this post, Schweitzer has the 9th deepest snowpack in North America and has enjoyed 2900 acres of skiable/open terrain since the first week in December.
Today marks the 2nd day of the SCHWEITZER NORTHWEST (FIS) CUP, a high level, FIS licensed giant slalom running January 5 - 8.  The racers are getting … (0 comments)

real estate: The Ridge At Schweitzer Mountain just got more affordable! - 12/01/11 02:35 PM
Seriously.  This is one of the Rockies most phenominal settings.
 
The Ridge At Schweitzer Mountain is located 1 mile up the mountain from Schweitzer Mountain Resort.  I'm incredibly biased, I admit...but you just can't do better than Schweitzer.  Today is December first...I've already had three days of mid-calf powder skiing so far this year, one day of bright bluebird skies, no rocks and Schweitzer hasn't even opened fulltime yet!  Plus I mowed the backyard yesterday at my home in the valley (Sandpoint, Idaho) 10 miles from the lifts.  In other words, the best of all worlds.  ...and now the best … (3 comments)

real estate: Another listing in Utopia! 750 Rustling Leaf Road, Priest River, Idaho - 08/30/11 11:35 AM
This is getting ridiculous.  My listings are looking like a travelogue in Utopia.  Here is another one:
750 RUSTLING LEAF ROAD
(CLICK HERE TO VIEW MLS LISTING)

How much is the view alone worth?  I guess it depends on what it is that makes us whole.  For some of us, this is all we need.  There is so much beauty here in North Idaho, but I was astonished when I first ventured out to 750 Rustling Leaf Road for my listing appointment.  It kind of takes the breath away.  That is the Pend Oreille River off in the distance as … (4 comments)

real estate: Amazing waterfront on Lake Pend Oreille, Sandpoint, Idaho - 07/23/11 12:11 PM
22 Crooked Ear Court in "The Cottages" on Kootenai Bay is a craftsman's masterpiece...a unique combination of native North Idaho stone hand placed to create 18 inch thick walls with authentic, doweled timber-frame infrastructure.  This is a one-of-kind family enclave that exudes warmth and security in every room.  The entire home is interwoven with organic shapes and finely detailed timber framing with dramatic metal connections and strappings.
Nestled in coveted Kootenai Bay just three miles from Sandpoint, 22 Crooked Ear Court is close enough to Schweitzer Mountain to be seen from any run on the frontside of this world-class ski resort! 
This true masterpiece offers main level … (9 comments)

real estate: WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: SANDPOINT SUNSET - 02/02/11 06:06 PM
The more often we can see the beauty in this world, the better the world will be.  Sandpoint, Idaho...it NEVER disappoints.
Sunset...February 2, 2011.  Up until this event happened, it had been a somewhat stressful day.  Coming home to this changed all that.  Life is good.
 
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real estate: Sandpoint, Idaho Market Trends through April, 2010. - 05/08/10 08:48 AM
Sandpoint, Idaho Market Trends through April, 2010.
The stats are in and there are some interesting developments in sales here in Sandpoint, Idaho. The City Planners focus this year has been on the revitalization of Sandpoint's city limits and appears it has been working.  The average price is now on the rise (up 2.6% from 2009 and almost 6% from 2008) and the volume is up 80% from 2009!  I would suggest the volume increase has a lot to do with the end of the first-time home buyer program based on the fact that "days on market" increased almost 50%. It … (4 comments)

real estate: Listen! ...or you'll be "LOST" in more ways than one. - 03/18/10 05:19 PM
It occurred to me the other night, that my listening skills/attention span can be pretty short, if not non-existent.  My wife, who is somewhat of a "Lost" junkie, was busy with some important projects around the house while "Lost" was airing.  Being the dutiful husband that I am, I took it upon myself to watch the program in hopes of filling in any gaps that she was bound to miss.  (I'm always looking for brownie points!)
Minutes after the program ended, she came running down from the upper level desperately seeking closure on the parts she missed.  It went something … (12 comments)

real estate: Now is a great time to buy, but BABY BOOMERS...YOU BETTER TAKE A VERY HARD LOOK! - 02/27/10 10:21 AM
 
Attention Baby-Boomers – Now is the time to buy your ski escape!  …but for a different reason than you might think.
Everyone knows the drill… 1) Prices are great (even if they do continue to self-adjust downward, the deals are still incredible today); 2)  interest rates are still at historic lows and, 3) lenders are looking for clients…believe it or not! But, You know what?  These are not THE most compelling reasons for you “baby-boomers” out there to take the plunge and invest in your skiing dream.
I had an epiphany on the slopes today (while skiing some more great - albeit heavy - “Schweitzer … (7 comments)

real estate: Sandpoint/Schweitzer Mountain Condo Stats - 02/05/10 10:28 AM
The stats are in for condo sales in Sandpoint. Idaho and Schweitzer Mountain!  As we can see from the graph below, prices have been holding fairly well (only 16% below 2007's "sold" prices).

The lack of volume in 2009 is alarming but not much of a diversion from what we have seen nationally.  Note the sale price/list price ratio and the days on market.  ...fairly solid.
North Idaho is a strong retirement/baby-boomer area and the numbers above support that.  Condos are one of the "homes of choice" for retirees and their value has held well through these difficult times.
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real estate: Can my blog make me millions? Yipppeeee! - 01/13/10 03:38 PM

5 Tips for Increasing Your Blog Readership I try to stay away from New Year's resolutions.  They never work...at least they don't seem to have any staying power.  This year, however, I'm going to take a leap of faith.  Let's call it a leap of faith by necessity...  My broker has asked me to present my 2010 business plan next week so I intend to center much of my plan around my internet presence.  (Can a strong internet presence translate to meaningful real estate sales?)  All I ask, is that I get a minimum of 750 comments on this blog … (6 comments)

real estate: Bad Weather Makes Good Neighbors. - 01/03/10 05:52 PM
My blog ("KENT'S SANDPOINT, IDAHO / SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN BLOG") centers around the uncompromised attributes of Sandpoint and the rest of North Idaho.  There is a part of me that feels a little guilt about exposing what we have here to anyone who is willing or able to read about it.  I have to say, I'm over it.  In a weird way, it seems that what is wrong with North Idaho is the very thing that makes it such a great place to live.
Our weather is definitely questionable.  If you are looking for bright sun, low humidity, moderate temperatures and calm … (26 comments)

real estate: BEWARE OF THE SECOND "BUBBLE"! - 01/02/10 05:59 AM
Is it a bad thing that home prices continue to slide?  I know that, over the summer, prices seemed to have stabilized (at least according to the media and some of the AR bloggers).  Unfortunately, I didn’t notice that trend here in North Idaho.  In fact, according to the recent S&P Case-Shiller Index data, home prices are slipping again;
 
“…Coming after a series of solid gains, these data are likely to spark worries that home prices are about to take a second dip…” 
 
I am in the camp that believes continuing falling home prices are a necessity to … (9 comments)

real estate: I don't want a million customers. - 12/19/09 09:54 AM
I just read Chad Weber's latest post about the importance staying in touch with everyone who visits your web site in a timely manner:
Every Realtor Needs an Autoresponder! Every serious Realtor or salesperson should have an email autoresponder in place. An autoresponder is a pre-written email, often times a series of emails, saved online and then used when someone opts in to your website. The purpose is to utilize it to stay in touch with you clients. an autoresponder can be used to broadcast TONS of emails to your target audience, with out have to do it all manually. Often … (12 comments)

real estate: SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN REAL ESTATE. I’d love to get a sale from this, but… - 12/01/09 02:12 PM
SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN REAL ESTATE.  I'd love the sale from this, but...

Here’s the deal. I just got off the mountain.  You can see from the pictures what I was dealing with.  No clouds, no wind, bright sun and some of the most breathtaking views in the world.  Sandpoint, Idaho and Schweitzer Mountain have, once again, lived up to all of my lofty expectations.  …So, as a Realtor®, I have a dilemma.

Do I blatantly promote the area and reveal to the world what we have here in North Idaho so I can selfishly profit from the ensuing real estate sales … (12 comments)

real estate: First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Extended Into 2010 in IDAHO! - 11/06/09 04:01 PM

First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Extended Into 2010! Plus...A New Tax Credit for Certain Existing Home Owners!


It's official. President Obama has signed a bill that extends the tax credit for first-time homebuyers (FTHBs) into the first half of 2010. This program had been scheduled to expire on November 30, 2009.
In addition to extending the tax credit of up to $8,000 through June 30, 2010, the extension measure also opens up opportunities for others who are not buying a home for the first time.
So Who Gets What? 
The program that has existed for FTHBs remains intact with the … (2 comments)

real estate: This isn’t what I signed up for when I became a Realtor®…I don’t think. - 10/31/09 04:01 PM
This isn’t what I signed up for when I became a Realtor®…I don’t think.
"The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences."
— Chris McCandless, (Super Tramp from “Into the Wild”)
 
The above quote quite adequately sums up my involvement with the Sandpoint Association of Realtors (SAR) HARVEST PARTY last night.  Long story short…I played the role of Dracula in the Haunted House portion of the event and, in so doing, stepped far out of my comfort zone.  The fact that my wife was on the HARVEST PARTY committee and is also the vice president of the SAR MLS … (70 comments)

real estate: SANDPOINT TENNIS...FALL EDITION - 10/21/09 06:50 PM
SANDPOINT TENNIS...FALL EDITION
If you read my blog with any regularity, you'll find I am pretty impressed with North Idaho and Sandpoint, in particular.  There are many reasons for being such a "Babbit" for the area...world class skiing (SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT), world class lake (LAKE PEND 'OREILLE - 5th deepest lake in the U.S. and not overly cold), spectacular mountains (SELKIRKS, CABINETS, BITTERROOTS) and unlimited activities for sport enthusiasts.
...But you know what is really cool?  Sandpoint Middle School is one of the VERY few Middle Schools in North Idaho to have an organized tennis program.  This is just another reason … (6 comments)

 
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