Sandpoint, ID Real Estate News

By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Idaho Home, Acreage with Horse set up Sold CONGRATULATIONS to Brandon and Julie!  Much time was spent in Bonner County looking for the perfect home.  Many different factors were taken into consideration.  Schools, driving time, bedrooms, animals, privacy, acreage.  The perfect Sandpoint Idaho Home, Acreage and Horse set up was found and purchased just before the end of October.     Three bedrooms and two large baths with an absolutely beautiful kitchen looking out to the huge back yard and fenced acreage beyond.  A covered patio area just outside the dining area perfect for summer get togethers or just sitting to enjoy the late summer sunsets.  The coming snows will bring a peace and tranquility of its own.  If that were not enough there is also a very nice 4 stall barn with s...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint home and acreage SOLD just in time for Thanksgiving Congratulations to sellers and buyers alike of this wonderful 3 bedroom home with detached shop in Sandpoint, Idaho.  As I have stated a few times, this year has brought some very satisfying transactions.  The recording of this Sandpoint home and acreage just in time for Thanksgiving is the most recent of those.  This now gives my sellers peace of mind through the holidays and coming winter.  Allows them to make plans for their future, without the question mark of a home for sale.  Close to Sandpoint and yet far removed from your normal 'City' activities.  In fact a recent post emphasized the homes seclusion.   The rewards of this business go way beyond that of a paycheck when you consider how much trust someone has bestowed ...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Schweitzer Ski Resort opens as scheduled this weekend Schweitzer mountain was able to open this week albeit with very minimal runs and lifts.  That does not stop the skiers and boarders who have been waiting and watching closely every cloud and temperature reading since fall has arrived.  So even with the lack of snow, Schweitzer Ski Resort opening as scheduled this weekend, the 22nd of November is a welcome sight.  The stage has been set for a great winter.  The abnormal warm temperatures on the valley floor did not stop the 'snow gods' on the upper elevations.  The stores, restuarants and lodging are open and in full swing.  Looking for somewhere to enjoy some time this Thanksgiving.  Think about Schweitzer Ski Resort. SNOWFALL FRIDAY 11/21 1" SATURDAY 11/22 6" TODAY 11/23 0" MONDAY 1...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Selkirk Association of Realtors'® picture contest Calandar As most of you know by now I enjoy taking photos and especially so of our American Flag. Selkirk Association of Realtors® (SAR) asked any members who cared to submit a picture, for this years first SAR's Annual Calandar.  It will be comprised of local area shots by members of the Selkirk Assoctiation of Realtor's®.  I must say I am quite pleased that my flag photo entry will represent Selkirk Association of Realtors' picture contest Calandar for the month of July 2015. Rainbow and Flag shown below. SAR represents both Bonner and Boundary Counties.  I feel quite lucky in being chosen for one of the representing pictures.  (every squirrel finds a nut every now and then)  There are some incredibly gorgeous and special shots of the ...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint's 'Chocolate Bear' with handcrafted Chocolates and Fudge With the holiday season upon us I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share, with you, a very special shop in Sandpoint Idaho.  The Chocolate Bear located at 204 North First Ave, or downtown Mainstreet in Sandpoint.  They do Gourmet Chocolates.  And I must tell you Halley probably gets walked a bit more often in a direction that takes me by main street so I can sample 'just one' of Sandpoint's 'Chocolate Bear' Handcrafted Chocolates.   The selection is fantastic.  Enjoy inside or take with.  You can also order to ship.  Carmels, Toffee's, Truffles, fudge.  All made from scratch and absolute delight to the taste buds even with the smallest of bites.  My favorites are the truffles.  Flavors from Key Lime, Chee...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Mockingjay Movie at Bonners Mall in Ponderay Idaho I had another post planned and decided to give a little two for one movie review this evening.  I have carried my passion for movies since the old double feature days, with intermission drawings, when I was a kid.  Today I still enjoy escaping to a good movie.  I have so been looking forward to "Mockingjay - Hunger games".   Not because of all the hype but because I really enjoyed the first two and have no idea which way the movies are going for I never read the books.  The Mockingjay Movie at Bonners Mall was not as good as the previous two, in my opinion.   It seemed to be setting the stage for the next movie.  It also was filmed in that 'Batman' dark or gray type depressing manner found in a few popular movies of late.  Not that it w...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Auto Repair and Tire Shop knows the value of customer service! As a Realtor®, I know the importance of referrals.  Any Real Estate agent can tell you the importance of someone being referred by a client.  I don't understand why it seems so many businesses do not understand.  It is not just in Sandpoint that customer service is an important part of business, it is anywhere someone is doing business, no matter the type business.  I was having having problems with my vehicle.  (I will not use names in order to protect the inno...guilty)  One business pulled my front drive line and called the next day saying they were able to find a replacement part for what I felt was a hefty amount.  I declined.  I then had my oil changed by yet another business and asked them specifically to ch...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Ponderay area Transit bus stop compliments of Rotary There  are many service clubs in and around all of North Idaho, the nation for that matter.  If you are not familiar with them or do not belong to one you will be amazed at the work they do for local communities.  Ponderay Rotary headed this bus stop project up with local high school welders and suppliers donating time and money.  All these people teamed up for the new Sandpoint Ponderay Transit bus stop.  The transit is also known as "SPOT". A main stop for 'SPOT' (Sandpoint Ponderay Transit) is at Bonners Mall in Ponderay.  Prior to this project the stop consisted of either standing in the planter or in the parking lot near the exit/entrance.  A portion of the planter was removed, new curbing and concrete added with of cou...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Waterfront Home with Price Reduction! This lovely Sandpoint area secondary waterfront 3 bedroom 3 bath home is located in Garfield Bay, Sagle Idaho.  3 levels with the 2 car garage on lower level.  Second level is main living with wonderful great room with fireplace and hearth, large dining area and beautiful user friendly kitchen.  Also found in the kitchen is a tiled island with separte sink.  Exit the living room, from the sliders, and enjoy the bay, Lake Pend Oreille, and sunsets on the nearbye ridges.  Bedroom, bathroom and laundry are also found on second level of this Sandpoint Waterfront Home with Price Reduction.  The third level has two huge bedrooms with two bathrooms and den or bonus room.  Vaulted ceilings add to the feel of the already oversized rooms.   Garfield...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Realtor's education plays major role in professional services offered. An agents education after becoming a Realtor® greatly influences counsel and advice given while working with a client during the purchase/sale of land or home.  Yes there is a minimum amount required to maintain your license.  Is that really sufficent in this day and age?  A Realtor's® education should be based on professional service to his clients, not just keeping up with requirements for their license.   It is not always easy and sometimes classes seem to fall on days that everything else under the sun is happening.  The importance of keeping up to date with changes, in this market place,  is critical to a Realtor's® buyer or seller.   Four important classes all scheduled this week for me.  Some with work to be d...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Everyone could learn a little from USAA insurance for Veterans. I am sure we have all experienced it.  The big companies only worried about how much money they can squeeze out of you while smiling and saying how much they appreciate your business.   Calling to cancel a Satellite service, or web site, or phone service because the costs are just too exorbitant.  Only to have a representative tell you how happy they are that you qualify for a good size discount because they appreciate you as customer.  Where was that discount before I decided to quit the service?  Or being late on a payment and then having to not only pay a late fee but a hook up charge, reconnect fee, re install fee.  What about the fact I have faithfully paid you 10 years now?  We all can learn a lesson from USAA Insuran...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Final days of Fall at Schweitzer Ski Resort in Sandpoint, Idaho With the hard rains today I thought it would be appropriate to give a last look at Schweitzer Resort before the white storms show up.  I was up there just the other day and quite beautiful.  The fall colors were still trying to hold on while a light dusting of snow was on the upper ridges.  All this only emphasized the final fall days at Schweitzer Resort as skiers and boarders alike anxiously await the white magic. The main Village itself was looking more like a ghost town that anything else.  The clouds dark and gray for the most part.  Smoke was seen on distant hills from ignited burn piles that had been given okay's due to the rains.  Even the view from 'turn 7' gave cold and chilly looking views of Lake Pend Oreille an...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint West Athletic Club (SWAC) is located near all in Sandpoint, Idaho.  This is a "four star" athletic club in my opinion. And coming from Newport Beach and San Fernando Valley areas, in Southern California, I feel I know of what I speak.   A unique Health Club in the heart of North Idaho! SWAC is kept immaculate daily.  Never have I walked in and seen the least bit of untidiness.  Owned by Don and Sue for almost 20 years now it is a well oiled operation.  A couple of staff members have been there since Don and Sue took over.  That says so much about the managing style of this couple.  It is very seldom that I see Don that I do not thank him for such a nice athletic club here in Sandpoint. No matter your work out preference you will be able to find it here.  Aerobic classes for al...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Most anybar will have a TV of sorts anymore.  That does not automatically classify it as a sports bar.  Having a big screen with the game on and no sound does not really make for enjoyable game watching.  Sitting in a corner with you neck crooked up to see a Screen almost ceiling high is not going to work.   Lou's Bar & Resturant is a great choice. With  21 Big Screen TV's and cable feed there is little chance you will miss any game you might want to watch.   Log built with very high vaulted and beamed ceiling with wood accents thru out.  Stained concrete floor with moose and bear tracks embedded as you enter.  This has the North Idaho feel that you expect, and want, of a restuarant  in the northern region of the Panhandle.  Lou's in Sandpoint is the 2nd "Lou's" Resturant in the area.  ...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
The North Idaho Panhandle has been getting much needed, and dreaded by many, rain for the past week.  Weather channel shows we can expect much the same for the next week.  With Sandpoint sitting at the base of Schweitzer this is a welcome site for Boarders and Skiers.  While not cold enough for snow it is giving plenty of moisture to the slopes for soon to be freezing temps. Click Here to view Sandpoint Schweitzer Ski Condos for the winter season   " Your Realtor® for Life, everyday - Mark my Words! "
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
The clouds would clear just enough today to give peeks of Schweitzer Ski Resort. I was not sure but thought I might be seeing snow up there on the upper ridges.  I decided to take Halley for a walk.  I was fortunate to run into someone and asked for a picture.  I have always said Schweitzer has better views from its parking lot than 90% of ski mountains have from their peaks.  This shot of Halley and I are on an access run to the ski village, looking back to Lake Pend Orielle and Sandpoint.  Gorgeous.    Click here to search Schweitzer Condos and Single Family Homes   MARK DON McINNES YOUR LOCAL NORTH IDAHO REAL ESTATE RESOURCE Contact direct phone or text:   208 255-6227   or email:   Mark@SellingHomes-Land.com Keller Williams Sandpoint   An Affiliate of Keller Williams Coeur D' Alene ...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
We all have been to garage sales.  I have not out grown the habit.  Years ago when in Truckee, Lake Tahoe area, they would have community garage sale days on Memorial Weekend and Labor Day Weekend.  People would, through out the area,  plan their garage sales for that weekend.  Local businesses joined in with huge sales on seasonal items that would have to be stored, if not sold.  This grew in popularity creating large numbers of individual garage sales.  My former wife and I would get up early and make our way to our favorite coffee shop. Everyone inside secretly checking out the other patrons.  Sizing up who would be their stiffest competition at 'garage sale bidding wars'.  With mocha and bagel, of course cream cheese added, in hand we would start our adventure.  Mostly it was just i...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
I believe we all have those sales that are just a bit more important or gratifying than others.  The sale of this condo happens to be just that way for both parties.  The sellers have waited years and two other agents prior to me.  Not over priced in fact lowest on the mountain.  Sellers would not reduce their price and I did not request them to because I saw the value where it was priced.     Prospective buyer asked me what was wrong with the condo because it was so low priced and had been on the market for so long.  Spoke for quite a while and honestly explained that the condo was in perfect condition with new appliances and everything someone would look for in a Ski Resort getaway.  I told her I had YouTube and Tour Factory that would help show the layout of the small studio even bet...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
I recently visited my friend Heather Mehra-Pedersen at her upscale B&B Talus Rock. For the better part of a decade I've been hosting and cooking for the Winemaker's Dinner at the Festival at Sandpoint Grand Finale. We were meeting at Heather's retreat to finalize plans. Let me tell you right here before you read further, there is nothing else like Talus Rock in Sandpoint or Bonner County. It really is extraordinary. Like many projects, TRR had it's rocky start. I was a REALTOR for Sotheby's then, and all too familiar with the road. Disgruntled neighbors, governmental road blocks, and the very real chance that this fantastic property might not come to fruition. That was 2010, and there was a bevy of articles detailing their travails. Flash forward to 2013. While the Bonner County Daily B...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
While walking Halley downtown yesterday I could not help but notice the people enjoying the wide variety of resturants offered in Sandpoint, Idaho.Even more fantastic is the number, of establishments, with outdoor seating enabling people to enjoy not only their food but the ambiance of Sandpoint on these wonderful summer days.  The food menu's vary from the simple cup of coffee to a full steak dinner with most everything in between. The list is impressive so not all are pictured. Unless a different city is stated all restuarants are in Sandpoint and within 4 or 5 blocks of one another.  I am sure I have unintentionally missed a few.  Know this is not ALL the resturants in town.  Only those with outside seating in no particular order. Trinity's at City Beach, Ivano's, Starbucks, Spuds', ...
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