Getting to Know You - Active Rain May Challenge

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sandpoint Realty LLC DB36113

I have tried to be as honest as possible. I am sure with different years I would have some different answers but for the most part, in rereading these, they ring pretty true and consistent over the years.


1. What was your first job and what did you learn from it?

At about 12 years old I washed, scrubbed, waxed kitchen floors. First for a few family friends and then word spread. This was during a time when you would actually apply wax to the floor and use a buffer for a high gloss shine. What I should have learned, but did not, was that people are willing to pay good money for things they can do, but prefer not to.

2. How long have you been in the real estate or related service industry?

15 years. In moving to Idaho, from California, I changed my career field to Real Estate. Little did I know it was but months away from being one tough decision to have made in 2007. Even with the tough times I managed to get my brokers license in less than 3 years.

3. What is your biggest fear and what have you done to try to conquer it?

There is little I can think of. Although relating to question #2. I NEVER again want to loose as much as I lost during the great recession. Move from paycheck to paycheck with bill collectors being every other phone call, and sometimes knocks on the door. I fight that single fear constantly, and to battle it, I work daily on trying to be a better me and taking complete responsibility for any of my actions.

4. What would you do if you knew you would not fail?

Would not some of the fun be taken out of trying something new if you KNEW you would not fail. Is not the greatest gratification in having successfully traveled a tough road to your destination?

5. What is a habit you would love to eliminate or change? Procrastination is something I have had since a kid. Recent years I have been successful in moving the needle away from the red line. Still not to the green yet but oh so much better.

        6. What is your favorite meal (forget about calories or what you shouldn’t eat)

I am a Steak and Baked Potato man (smother it with sour cream-butter-chives). Top Sirloin being my steak of choice. Large bowl of ice cream mixed (literally mixed - not to drink on the side) with either milk, or soda pop, to round it out!

7. What is something you wish you’d done?

I think we all look back on 'Y's in our road and the path we chose, or did not. I will often look back and wonder where my life would have lead if I had not sat back down, after having stood up when a Navy instructor asked who might entertain being a seal. He simply stated I was too small. lol - failed my first test. I often wonder where I would be now had I not sat down. No regrets, only curiosity.


8. Who has been most influential in your life?

I have been fortunate in my life to have had someone, a mentor of such, with every stage of my life. Starting with Mom, a rock of a woman, to paving supervisor, ski resort leader, RE coach-friend-example.


9. What are your favorite business-related books?

'Extreme Ownership' 'Compound Effect' 'The One Thing'


10. Other than business books what are your favorite things to read?

'Hobbit & The Trilogy' 'Jack Reacher' 'John Sandford "PREY" series and "FLOWERs" series'. I have always enjoyed fantasy with dragons, sorcerers, elves, and the like, so yes include 'Harry Potter'


11. What are your top 5 favorite movies?

I have enjoyed the movies since a kid so 5 top is tough. 'The Last Samurai' 'The Great Escape' 'Quigley Down Under' 'Bite the Bullet' 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off '

12. If I came to visit your city for one day what is the one thing I must do or see?

One has to visit Schweitzer Ski Resort. No matter the season, the views to Sandpoint, Lake Pend Oreille, and surrounding areas is nothing short of spectacular. And that is but a bonus to any of the seasonal activities that may be going on.

13. If I came to your city to visit for one day what is the one restaurant you would recommend?

Trinity's at the Beach. A wonderful setting at Sandpoint's Windbag Marina overlooking Lake Pend Oreille and the Cabinet Mountains stretching beyond Hope Idaho. The food fantastic with floor to ceiling windows, or enjoy the outdoor seating. A special memory for any who have enjoyed.


14. If I was going to relocate to your area what advice would you give me that is unique to the area?

Always be prepared for wildlife that may be crossing the road. This can include Moose, deer, bear, and of course turkeys. Wonderful to see but all can cause havoc on the roads.


15. Do you have any special talents?

Not that I am aware of to this point...


16 Do you have any quirks?

I absolutely hate a 5 minute fluff answer to a simple yes or no question. lol Guess that is a quirk.


17. What is your best character trait?

Persistence, in my opinion. Some call it Stubborn.


18. Have you ever done anything you would never do again because it was too hard or too dangerous?

I got stuck, by myself, in some huge surf at the Newport Beach Wedge while body surfing. 15 foot plus. Spent minimum 30 minutes swimming to dive under what I thought could be my last wave ever seen. When I finally caught a wave in towards shore it was my last day of body surfing. I was shaken to the core.


19. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

Read or watch a Movie


20. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you want to live?

My worldly experiences rather limited. With so much to see right here in the USA I have always preferred keep my travels here.


21. What is something that we don’t know about you that would surprise us?

Terribly Shy ! Found that people read that wrong, and I worked hard not to show it. At times feel myself wanting to slip into it again, normally when around crowds. I have to make a focused effort to fight it off.



'Experience the Difference' in working with a full time Professional Sandpoint Idaho REALTOR®.  Your wants and needs will always be my priorities.  


Mark Don McInnes

Broker - REALTOR®

208 255-6227 - North Idaho Home & Land Searches


Sandpoint Realty LLC

1205 Highway 2

Sandpoint, Idaho 83864

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208 255-6227

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Comments (13)

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Hey Mark, I enjoyed your read and your steak and potatoes answer....Hey that sounds good think I will do that tonight! Take care amigo. Jeff

May 31, 2022 02:53 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Mark that had to of been a very scary experience body surfing. 

May 31, 2022 03:55 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Mark good to learn more about you.  I wouldn't have guessed that your shy. Not at all.  You've always seemed like an open and very friendly guy!  That surf story did sound scary.  Glad you made it back. Wow!

May 31, 2022 04:21 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Your description of steak and potatoes slathered in sour cream, butter and chives got my attention.  Now I'm hungry.  That top photo of you riding your bike against that ominous sky is amazing!

May 31, 2022 05:08 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Mark, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

May 31, 2022 05:09 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Mark- I am so happy that you participated in this month's challenge!!! I remember when I was a kid waxing and buffing the hardwood floors in our house. That's not easy!!  I  sometimes wonder what would have happened if.... and have to conclude that I am where I was meant to be. I have seen The Great Escape no fewer than 2 dozen times and love books by John Sanford. 

May 31, 2022 05:29 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Mark learned a lot from these 21 quick questions... had no idea about the SEALS curiosity..... FYI I was in Airborne School and there were a couple SEALS who were in my class tough as nails and fun guys to be around:)Endre

May 31, 2022 09:52 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Mark - you and I share the first job.  I used a floor machine as a teenager and was quite good at it.  Yummy, steak and potatoes with sour cream!

Jun 01, 2022 03:33 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you for your entry in the challenge! Shyness can be debilitating. Kudos to you for continuing to work on that!

Jun 01, 2022 05:09 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Mark... happy to have had the chance to get to know you a bit better. I'm with you on the persistence/stubborn spectrum... as my mother once said, I'd walk through a brick wall to make something happen that I wanted to happen. I make no apologies for it! And you shouldn't either.

Jun 01, 2022 05:23 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Mark. Must say I envy you on your bike. I was cured of liking to ride when I moved to downtown Chicago and tried it in traffic. No real fear just common sense said no more. Like steak and a loaded baked potato but still favor the BLT loaded with Miracle Whip on white toast. By the way, body surfing not for me! Thanks for participating. Enjoy your day.

Jun 01, 2022 05:42 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Mark
You do live in a beautiful part of the country. I'm in Wenatchee and have a daughter that lives in Spokane. I had the pleasure of skinning at Schweitzer one day and it was a day the lift stopped for quite a while. I don't recall the reason. Anyway, the grandkids were frozen when we got down and we spent the rest of the day warming them up.  

We do share a few things in common including being naturally shy and having to fight procrastination.  Thanks so much for participating in our challenge!

Jun 01, 2022 05:57 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Mark:

I really enjoyed learning so much about you. That experience in Newport must have really been scary! I like being at the ocean, but not in it very much.


Jun 02, 2022 03:35 PM