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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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A few years ago when the Sandpoint Film group needed a website, I built one for them. We have some great film personnas in our town, including the likes of Ted Parvin and Academy Award-winning documentarian Eric Daarstad. These great writers and filmakers came together to form the Northwest Film ...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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So, in the post below we talked about Sandpoint being featured in Country Living Magazine's June issue. USA Today also featured Sandpoint in its Great Deals segment on April 15th, 2010. Read all about the article titled: Second Homes: Having it all in Sandpoint, IDaho Gary Lirette, featured in Wh...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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A beautiful spring day in Coeur d'Alene. Gary Lirette, featured in Where To Retire magazine and host of the Tuesday noon local radio shows: North Idaho Business as well as North Idaho Arts. E-mail Gary or call 208-610-1384Read Gary's BlogFor more detailed local info & real estate   Tomlinson Sand...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Saw this young moose up Baldy Mountain Road last week. Pretty cool. Gary Lirette, featured in Where To Retire magazine and host of the Tuesday noon local radio shows: North Idaho Business as well as North Idaho Arts. E-mail Gary or call 208-610-1384Read Gary's BlogFor more detailed local info & r...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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I think it was the movie, "WEIRD SCIENCE" where my favorite line was revealed..."Don't F#%* with the fantasy!".  Moving to Sandpoint (full-time, that is) in 2005 was the answer to all my searching..."most" of my fantasies.   Today I rode the BMW to the Sandpoint/Post Falls tennis match (I coach t...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Schweitzer Has Record Snow Two Years in a Row! Another record ski season for 2009, even with the difficult economy, and 2010 beat last year. What a great season Schweitzer had in 2009, but in news reported by the Bonner County Daily Bee April 18, 2010, this year was even better with a 7.5% increa...

By Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene)
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Every week 9.4 million viewers tune into ABC's Extreme Makeover.  They watch as a struggling family with a heart-tugging story is wisked off on a vacation while an army of volunteers transforms their humble home into a spectacular showplace.  For most, the experience has been a dream come true. B...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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GOLD HILL ON KOOTENAI BAY       Not a bad view looking across Kootenai Bay here in Sandpoint, Idaho.  Kootenai Bay is one of the "smaller" bays on Lake Pend Oreille.  It is about 3 miles across and 2 miles wide.  Now that Schweitzer Mountain is enjoying the LAST day of the ski season today, I'll ...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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This photo (the view I see every day driving away from my house here in Sandpoint) ALWAYS puts things in perspective.  As I write this post, once again this view serves to calm the nerves.  ...I've been trying to post this photo for two hours without much luck.  I find myself involved in a major...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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THE FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER TAX CREDIT IS STILL ATTAINABLE!   The home buying process can be a convoluted and even difficult process.  With the April 30th deadline fast approaching, it is imperative to be prepared and organized  to insure a successful closing and to insure first-time home buyers wi...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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WHISKEY JACK CIRCLE, SANDPOINT, IDAHO – A WATERFRONT COMMUNITY Most of us want to be a integral part of everything around us.  Not only a member of a community, but a member of the natural order of things.  When living in a town like Sandpoint, it seems to me that to be removed from the energy of...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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One of the great things about Sandpoint is that when hippies started moving here in the 1970s, it became a mecca for forward thinking. Our area, incredibly beautiful and natural, attracted the very highly educated and successful. With 148 square mile Lake Pend Oreille and Schweitzer Mountain Ski ...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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Sandpoint, Idaho..."America's Coolest Small Town"?   Once again, Sandpoint is getting noticed.  Budget Travel Magazine has a poll for “America’s Coolest Small Town” and Sandpoint is in the running.  (http://www.budgettravel.com/bt-srv/coolestsmalltowns/CST2010.html).  If you have been reading my...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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I have hesitated to update this blog with an economic page due to the downturn in our national picture as well as local doldrums. In a meeting last fall with Mel Dick, former CFO of Coldwater Creek, and David Keyes, editor of the Bonner County Daily Bee, the question was asked of how many restaur...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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So, as I wrote in my previous blog, besides being featured in a 6-page article in Where to Retire magazine, Country Living has asked me for photos of Sandpoint. They specifically wanted Main Street, but I let them know our main place of happenings is First Avenue. So, I took these pics this morni...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Pretty cool huh! Country Living spent a couple of days here last fall, and we have been looking for the article ever since. They kind of headquartered themselves at Dish Home Cooking during their stay, and though I never came into contact with them, I received an e-mail Friday from the magazine a...
Yesterday was another epic day of skiing at Schweitzer Mtn. Ski Resort in Sandpoint, Idaho. As I was riding the chair  I was thinking about how lucky I am to live in such a great place and what a great opportunity to own a home at Schweitzer right now. We have all heard the mantra, prices and int...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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Why I love Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint, Idaho I have had many requests over the past several months to reveal exactly what my ActiveRain profile picture is all about.  I have decided that now is the time to answer those requests.  Especially since I just was emailed this great new photo ...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Today in a training class put on by Sotheby's, we reinforced several tools that Sotheby's has that other agencies just can't compare to. Among those are Presentation Studio, our print materials, our web presence, and information that does something other companies are finding difficult in this do...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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As recently as last summer, fall, and winter the news pundits touted the apparent recovery of our national housing market. With the various government programs feeding the market, such as first time home buyer credits and loan amelioration programs, mainstream media found no end to positive spins...

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