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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Word on the street is that USDA is out of money...  This is not true... yet.  USDA had a memo put out last week that states that around April 30, 2010 there will be no more funds available for the Guarantee or Direct Programs.  Though it is common for USDA to be out of funds every quarter with a ...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Carolyn at 2nd Avenue Pizza has her hands full just running her business, but for 25 years, she has also undertaken the considerable task of putting on one of Sandpoint's premier events: Lost in the 50's. For four great days, Sandpoint is transported to a time-gone-by, with dances and music, vint...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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A few years ago, a young woman touched the hearts of many of us in Sandpoint and on Schweitzer Mountain. Schweitzer named an event for her: A Day for Heather. The event is named in memory of Heather Gibson, a member of the Sandpoint community who did much to change the face of cancer in North Ida...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Last Tuesday, on my North Idaho Arts & Adventure radio show, I interviewed Erica and Breitta, two of the instructors for our local Nia Dance Studio at the Cedar Street Bridge. Nia is an innovative way of getting in shape and centered. According to Wikipedia, Nia (previously Non-Impact Aerobics, N...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Okay, so I know that it is totally a method to get people to look at their product, but still... pretty cool. Featured in http://kodakprinterink.com/blog_awards/index.php?id=14787  

By Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene)
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Janna Rankin Scharf, GRI, CSP, CLHMS - Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Last weekend was gloriously sunny and warm in beautiful North Idaho.  It was perfect for a day trip north to Bonners Ferry, through Sandpoint and across Lake Pend Oreille.  We headed out to meet up with my husband's sister and...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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Will wonders never cease?  We woke up to 25 degree temps and 4" of new snow on Schweitzer Mountain this morning.  Even though the Sandpoint valley warmed up to, a less than balmy, 40 after lunch, the slopes remained under 32 degrees and the snow was fabulous!  This was an unexpected gift after ex...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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  Attention 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 lo...

By Judith Ehlert
(Tomlinson Sothebys International Realty)
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The season was late summer, beginning of fall 2009 and I was supposed to head into the wilds of North Idaho, where you have no idea what you might run into (human or critter) and find a 3 ac parcel.  I kept putting it off until the client's irritation finally shoved me out the door.  I told Jim, ...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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While watching Tom Brockaw's tribute to Canada for the Winter Olympics I felt a kinship and the pang of family pride with my Canadian cousins to the north. In the 1640s, my first ancestor was among the explorers of Canada, and for generations, my French forebears were among the first to visit thi...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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For years, I was one of the few REALTORS that did REO in my area. There is only one REO specializing company, and I started locally with them. Short sales, bank repos, it all took a bit more skill than the rest of the agents in our market, and I finally decided to stop doing them. Still, every ye...
Cancer is still the scourge of our planet, with most forms having no known cure. Our own Sandpoint Mardi Gras culminates with the kickoff on Fat Tuesday of the Relay for Life Mardi Gras Kickoff Party, sponsored and hosted by our own local volunteers. Come and learn how you can get involved with t...
People think of Sandpoint as a tourist town, and that is true. However, tourism ranks way below the other main employers. In order, our biggest employment sectors are manufacturing, government, education, and then tourism. So, while tourism provides a healthy boost to our economy, without produce...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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I just can't get enough of this stuff.  We have had a magically mild winter here in North Idaho but, as if that wasn't enough, we have also been blessed with an endless stream of magnificent sunsets.  Today was no exception. As I started my evening walk with my wife today, we were intercepted by ...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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Last Tuesday, on my North Idaho Business talk radio show, I had the pleasure of interviewing two upcoming events. The first is the Moyie Springs Sno Cross. This event has Trophy Class snowbike racing and snowmobile races. Up there, past Bonners Ferry and north of Sandpoint is the Moyie Springs Sp...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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The first year I came to Sandpoint I was invited to putt-putt at the Downtown Golf Scramble. We had a blast. You golf on tiny courses set up at various businesses, several of which serve you cocktails, then end up at a restaurant where prizes for best round and such are handed out. It was a cold ...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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The stats are in for condo sales in Sandpoint. Idaho and Schweitzer Mountain!  As we can see from the graph below, prices have been holding fairly well (only 16% below 2007's "sold" prices). The lack of volume in 2009 is alarming but not much of a diversion from what we have seen nationally.  Not...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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For quite some time I taught adults. One thing we always made clear: it is best to be professional in all cases. Here is an example I used: When dining out, or working with a close associate in a transaction, such as purchasing insurance, it is common for the shopper/diner to ask the question, "S...

By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
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The numbers are in.  The Real Estate "market adjustment" is frightening (from a homeowner's perspective) but not surprising based on the stats we have been seeing nationally.  As you can see below, the median priced home is down 24% from 2007.  The massively daunting statistic, however is the sal...

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
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We continue to see many changes in the marketplace and some very large FHA changes coming down the line.  For those buyers that need low or no down payment, they should act now as there are still options available that are timely and beneficial for your buyers.  Please contact me with any questio...

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