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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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After losing the former Sandpoint Music, to get quality guitars and equipment, we now found ourselved having to drive to Coeur d'Alene. Sure, Nieman's Florist sells some stuff, and you can get a few things related to playing music at other places, but c'mon, we need a music store in Sandpoint. La...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Sandpoint Upcoming Events - This Week in Sandpoint from the Sandpoint Chamber Coeur d'Alene Upcoming Events - from the CdA Chamber Check out all daily Sandpoint Events in the Bonner Daily Bee Bonner Mall Cinema Movie Schedule - click here! April 1-2: Schweitzer - 24 Hours of Schweitzer Schweitzer...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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We all know some of the various methods sellers and REALTORS® use to close the sale. In this market, it can be frustrating. How do you get buyers to even notice the home, much less put pen to dotted line? Some things are pretty standard, such as holding an Open House. However, in our area, so spr...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Idaho 360 Virtual Tours There are six 360º Virtual Tours showing landmarks from our area. They are pretty cool, but a couple are questionable, even lame. Still, here they are: Sandpoint Long Bridge Sleep's Cabins Lake Pend Oreille Cruises Western Pleasure Guest Ranch Sandpoint City Beach Pend Ore...

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News April 29 Three years ago I met Heather Kra who was here to try an pave the way for use of bio controls (weevils) to be used to combat milfoil in Lake Pend Oreille. The hurdles then were virtually insurmountable. I interviewed that company on my radio show. One of my questions that somewhat r...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Wanting to get away from it all, I drove just one minute from downtown Sandpoint to the Sandpoint City Beach. While the park will become the center of town life this summer, right now, while the temperatures are in the high-50s approaching 60 degrees, there is a certain silent solace overlooking ...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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On March 10 I posted this blog: Is a flood of shadow inventory on the horizon? I included the sources, and explained why we might see things get worse before they get better. The financial institutions may be banking (forgive the pun) on having one result: an increase in their stock values. If t...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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While videos are great for selling things, in our case real estate, it is paramount to promote the communities you are targeting. In my case, I love my community. I want others to love it. Showing what our town and region is all about helps get that sentiment across. Pictures sell a listing, but ...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Panhandle Artists http://www.panhandlearts.org/ Artist Bulletin Board A Web Gallery Show and sell your Art with Gallery Events   Workshops for the artist From the Artist, For the Aatists, To the ARTS It's an Art Guild  We are here for the artist We are not a community organization We show our art...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Mandy Evans appeared on the North Idaho Business radio show I host on Tuesdays at noon. She is the new Executive Director for the Panhandle Animal Shelter. Mandy was on the show to talk about upcoming events and goings on at the no-kill animal shelter. Before she got the job she had organized two...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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The Blue Heron Café is this great little place almost halfway between Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint, Idaho. Now, you may think, had you ever passed this place not far from Naples, Idaho, "How can a café attached to a gas station be any good?" In fact, one review on Yelp gave it four stars, but wond...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Four years ago I had the Garden Show appear on North Idaho Business. It was the first year the show was to be at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Sean Gavin of Mountain View Construction was on that show, and he appeared again with John Knowles, Construction President of the Panhandle Building Cont...

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Various pictures along the Pend Oreille River, through the Panhandle Historic Rivers Passage Scenic Byway, near Priest River, Idaho. Pend Oreille River near Priest River, Idaho Pend Oreille River near Priest River, Idaho Pend Oreille River between Sandpoint and Priest River, Idaho The Priest Rive...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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We all have learned about social media and YouTube. Are you using these new tools. I have used them in minor efforts for seven years. I am stepping up my game and trying to post videos, blogs, messages, and use things like Activerain and Facebook on a daily basis. Here is a little video tour of S...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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sIn our weekly meeting at Tomlinson Sotheby's International Realty, Merry Brown-Hayes, Associate Broker, just related a meeting she had with US Bank yesterday. Land loans have been very difficult to get lately. Certainly, in our resort area, we have seen a lot of owner-carry and cash buys. US Ban...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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On St. Patrick's Day I went around town a few spots a to see what was happening in Sandpoint, Idaho. Here are a few pics, and check out the link below for the video: MicDuff's on St. Patrick's Day in Sandpoint, Idaho Forty-one South Restaurant on the south end of the Long Bridge in Sandpoint The ...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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This last two weeks Sandpoint, Idaho had lots going on. The Follies wowed audiences, like usual. I had the good fortune to perform a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis with Lars Larson. (See the video here, and understand, it is not for the easily offended.) The event raises c...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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In a quick search for St. Patrick's Day parades on the www.st-patricks-day.com website, I noted that there were none in North Idaho. What! I may not be remembering my history well, but don't the Irish have this thing for potatoes? Where are the best potatoes from? It just seems a natural that wi...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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A great website for Idaho is the Visit North Idaho website. While there are plenty of resources, such as events, interactive maps, and loads of ideas for things to do in North Idaho, I particularly enjoy this new feature of videos about different areas of interest. I will post all of them, but in...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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In the Five to Watch segment of the March 2011 issue of REALTOR magazine, the report showed how banks are getting ready for lower credit score buyers to buy this new, lower-priced inventory. In the story Wells Fargo Says Credit Score of 500 OK, WF announced that with a downpayment of 10%, borrowe...

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