Now is a great time to buy, but BABY BOOMERS...YOU BETTER TAKE A VERY HARD LOOK!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho SP37235


SELKIRK LODGEAttention 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 Mountain powder”) ...BABY BOOMERS, YOUR WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY IS SHRINKING and it would be wise to make your move NOW!

I do not rely on baby-boomers to fund my income stream, however, they are certainly a target market here at Schweitzer.  The problem with the “baby-boomer/alpine skiing”  relationship is…the clock is ticking.  As a “baby-boomer” myself, I understand this relationship.  It is a little harder getting up from the lunch table after a morning of skiing.  The bump runs don’t look as appealing as they once did to me.  I figure I have a finite amount of falls left in me and this does moderate how I attack the mountain each day.  My "baby-boomer" message is obvious: …golf is a wonderful pastime but skiing is BETTER.  Waiting does not work.  We are at that age where “the dream” is now…there can be no more procrastinating. 

Life as a “local” at your favorite ski area is different than vacationing at your favorite ski area.  Ownership changes the dynamic and enhances the experience exponentially.  Skiers understand this.

SCHWEITZER SKIERIf you have the “ski-bum” mentality still coursing through those “ageing” veins from that 1970’s trist in the Rockies you enjoyed so much, do not wait.  The excitement, joy and total exhilaration of arcing down White Lightning or the Schweitzer Headwall still awaits.  The greatest ski years still lie ahead and the youthful energy you felt in those ski-bum years WILL BE UNLEASHED! Powder is KING at our age, and the Powder-Gods reign supreme here in North Idaho as they take us in their arms and guide us down the untracked slopes of Schweitzer Mountain.  Trust me, your best years await you.

SAILBOATS ON PEND OREILLE(Oh by the way, when you’re not skiing Schweitzer here in Sandpoint, Idaho, you’re enjoying Lake Pend Oreille, one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in the world.  It’s a “no-lose” deal).









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Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Kent, I love the call to action - you're right, we can't ski forever.  We might as well get as many runs in as we can :-)  and as I have mentioned before,  Lake Pend'Oreille has got to be one of my most favorite places in your neck of the woods!

Feb 27, 2010 11:08 AM #1
John Howard
Century 21 LeMac Realty - Mountain Home, AR
GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614

Kent, I would love to visit your neck of the woods...Sure sounds beautiful.  I enjoyed your post!  Have a Great Week!

Feb 27, 2010 11:42 AM #2
Jerri McCombs
Hendersonville NC Relocation - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville NC Relocation

You are so right. Time is running out for all of us 60's and 70's babies. Get out and do it before we can't.

Good reminder. And great post.

Feb 27, 2010 12:08 PM #3
Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake

Hi Mary - Great to see your smiling face again.  Seriously, you would not believe the day we had today on the slopes.  I just get all wound up and have to blog about it.  Have a great weekend!

Hey John - You know, I've lived all over the West, but Sandpoint is something really special.  As weird as 2009 was, it turned out to be the best year of my life.  When I was 30 (a long time ago), I don't think I could have guessed that those words would come out of my mouth.

Hi Jerri - (Great name...that's my wife's name and she spells it the same, too).  Yep, it is NEVER too late to embrace your life.

Feb 27, 2010 01:27 PM #4
Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty
Leolinda Realty - Surprise, AZ
Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona

Knees, eyes, bones, arthritis all starting to set in, so you are right, Baby Boomers need to do it now!  My only complaint is that it is cold out there.  :)

Mar 01, 2010 03:26 PM #5
Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake

Hi Leolinda - You're right...we need a certain amount of cool weather to keep those slopes white, however, we had our first High School tennis practice today (I coach the team) and it was a balmy 58 degrees on the courts.  Not bad.

Mar 01, 2010 03:37 PM #6
Steve Kirby

Great article today---I am a Boomer myself, and the new ski equipment allows me to ski more and varied terrain, I agree, dont take it for granted, we are spoiled in Sandpoint! Pick up some ski in/out property now and enjoy these golden years.


Mar 02, 2010 05:28 AM #7
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