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Waterfront home with horse set up and pool Bank Owned Deal

Great deals come in all different sizes.  I have always loved this home and now it is on the market as a bank owned foreclosure. Once listed for 1,9 million it is now on the market for $829,000


Randal Franz at remax has this waterfront estate  complete with a 4588 square foot Caribou Creek log home, indoor pool, garage, horse set up, shop, barn, dock on 24.60 acres. It is rare to find a waterfront parcel so large.


This magnificent 3 Bedroom/2.5 bath Caribou Creek log home has so much to offer, with exquisite custom detail in every room. When you enter through the main entrance the wall of windows looks straight through to the lake, with beautiful log beams in the high ceilings. An amazing gourmet kitchen with plenty of dining space to entertain. Granite counter tops, built in fridge and dishwasher and double oven. A spacious master room with a dream bathroom including jetted tub, double: closets, vanity, and shower heads. The other two bedrooms share a large Jack and Jill bathroom and each have a loft space above the room. Great office space with built in desks, bonus/workout room on the other side of the house. Year round fun with large beach frontage with dock as well as a beautiful indoor pool overlooking the river. Lots of patio and covered deck area for year round enjoyment of this peaceful river front setting. Two separate large storage buildings with shop and horse set up. This home was on the market for 1,995,000 and has been reduced down to $829,000



Biggest home seller mistakes



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Survey of 1,000 Real Estate Agents Reveals the Top Six Ways to Sabotage the Sale of Your Home


Sandpoint, ID: The most common reasons that a house will not sell in a good market are often well within the control of the home seller according to a recent survey by the ActiveRain online real estate community. In a poll of over 1,000 real estate agents, it was revealed that the top six ways home sellers turn potential home buyers away are:


  1.  1.   The home is overpriced
  2.  2.     It is difficult to set a showing time
  3.  3.   The seller is unwilling to depersonalize or de-clutter the home
  4.   4.  Unpleasant odors
  5.  5.   The seller is unwilling to negotiate with buyers
  6.  5.   The seller refuses to make repairs


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Rain Silverhawk, a local REALTOR® with Keller Williams Sandpoint, confirms that these same findings hold true for homes in the North Idaho region. “It is up to the agent to educate the seller on aspects of the home selling process that can instantly turn off a potential buyer,” stated Rain Silverhawk. “However, some sellers get on the defensive when you point out pets, odors, and housekeeping, so it is a very fine line to walk!”


“When we place our homes on the market we want them sold quickly and for top price.  Paying attention to those things that can affect the sale is of the utmost importance. Buyers follow through the whole home buying process like detectives on a case deducing that if they find one thing wrong that it leads to many more hidden problems.  Most of us live in our homes and they are typically not showroom perfect.  I feel it is important to share the stumbling blocks with my sellers. It is much better to tell my sellers that the cat box smells than to have a whole group of buyers remember it only as the stinky house that must have a lot of maintenance problems if they didn’t change the cat box regularly”.


“I wish stories like this weren’t common in my line of work. A good real estate agent spends plenty of time with their sellers before their house ever goes on the market to avoid these expensive mistakes.”


Infographic: Biggest Home Seller Mistakes


About Rain Silverhawk: Rain Silverhawk is a licensed REALTOR® with Keller Williams in Sandpoint Idaho ( and has been a member of the ActiveRain real estate community since 2011.  Rain Specializes in a large variety of properties from Short Sales, Bank owned properties to luxury waterfront estates.  Each home listing is syndicated to almost 3000 websites, showcased with a virtual tours, advertised in feeder markets and in investor pools.  Her aggressive marketing plan gets homes sold quickly.


The “Biggest Home Seller  Mistakes” infographic was create by ActiveRain, an online community of real estate professionals who exchange best practices, write real estate blogs, and get free education from the industry and their peers. Find the infographic at


Anglers Paradise North Idaho

North Idaho is an anglers Paradise filled with Rivers, Creeks Ponds, lakes, sloughs and waterways. No matter if you are a serious Angler looking for the Big One or you just want to take the kids for a sure fire fishing experience, North Idaho is the place for you.  You can get out the down riggers for those big fish in the depths of Lake Pend Orielle, cast your fly fishing rod on the many streams, or bundle up in the winter months for a little ice fishing.  No matter what your fishing style, Idaho aims to please.  The Panhandle Region has world class fishing and has produced 1/3 of the states record fish. Idaho is the only inland western state with ocean-run salmon (Right now the state record 54 lbs) and steelhead (record 30 lbs 2 oz.) The state record chinook salmon (42 lbs) came from Lake Coeur d’Alene and a whopping lake trout exceeding 57 lbs was caught in Priest Lake.

Lake Pend Orielle has a quite few all time state fish records such as the record for A 32 pound Dolly Varden,   A 37 pound Kamloops trout  and 6 pound 8 ounce Lake White fish all taken from Lake Pend Oreille.

northern pike

A 40 lb Northern Pike was caught in Lower Twin Lake beating out the old records for a 38 plus pounders in Hayden Lake and Lake Coeu r d alene.  Hauser Lake produced a Tiger Muskie weighing in at 38 lbs 7 oz.
Large Mouth Bass caught in Anderson Lake weighed in at 10 pounds 15 ounces.

What fish will I find in North Idaho

The most common game fish in Idaho include:
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Chinook Salmon
Cutthroat Trout
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Rainbow trout
Redband Trout
Smallmouth Bas
Tiget Musky
White sturgeon
Yellow Perch

Here is a  fish identification guide

Also check out the Angler Guide


What North Idhao waterways are stocked by fish and game?

While your favorite fishing spot may be places like the Clark Fork River, Pack River or Priest lake if you are looking for a stocked waterway there are plenty to choose from.

There are 56 waters in the PANHANDLE Region that are stocked with fish,
Antelope Lake
Big Talk Lake
Bloom Lake
Blue Lake
Bonner Lake
Brush Lake
Bull Moose lake
Calder Pond
Clark Fork Lodge Pond
Clee Creek Pond
Cocolalla Creek
Cocolalla lake
Coeur d alene Lake
Coeur d alene river
Crater Lake
Dawson Lake
Day Rock Pond
Devils Club Lake
Dismal Lake
Elsie Lake
Fernan Lake
Freeman Lake
Glidden Lake
Gold Creek Pond
Granie Lake
Grouse Creek
Hauser Lake
Hayden Lake
Heart Lake
Hero Lake
Jewel Lake
Kelso Lake
Lake Pend Oreille
Larkins Lake
L-P Slough
Lucky Friday Pond
Mirror Lake
Mud Lake
North bound Lake
Noseeum lake
Pnderosa Springs Pond
Post Falls Park Pond
Robinson Lake
Rose Lake
Round Lake
Sinclair Lake
Skyland Lake
Smith Lake
Solomon Lake
Spirit Lake
Steamboat Pond
Stoneridge Reservoir
Twin Lakes (Upper and Lower)

 Fishing Tournaments

April-May: Spring Fishing Derby, Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club. 264-5796
June: North Idaho Free Fishing Day
June-July: Panhandle Bass Anglers Tournament
June: Harrison Annual Kids Fishing Tournament
August: American Bass Tournament, Lake Pend Oreille. 659-8227
November: Thanksgiving Fishing Derby, Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club. 263-0424

 Fishing Guide Services

Seagull Charters
PO Box 217
Clark Fork, ID 83811
(208) 266-1861
(208) 290-7979

Blue Ribbon Charters
(509) 475-4828.
E-Mail at

Wilderness Charters of Priest Lake

Pend Oreille Charters
401 Mountain Creek Rd, Sandpoint, ID 83864
(208) 265-6781
Fishing Guides, Fishing Charters & Parties

Diamond Charters Fishing
47392 Highway 200, Hope, ID 83836
(208) 265-2565

Eagle Charters
PO Box 101, Hope, ID 83836
(208) 264-5274
Fishing Guides
More Info Website Directions

Go Fish! Charters
Sandpoint, ID 83864
Phone (208) 597-5020

Indian Creek
Priest River, ID 83856
Phone (208) 443-9024

Kootenai River Outfitters
Corner of Highway 2 and 56
Troy, MT 59935
Phone (406) 295-9444
Toll-Free (800) 537-8288

Trophy Trout Charters
PO Box 33
Careywood, ID 83809
Phone (208) 683-2960

Fins & Feathers Tackle Shop and Guide Service
1816 Sherman Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
(208) 667-9304

Castaway Fly Fishing
1114 N 4th Street, Coeur d’Alene ID 83814
Phone: (208)765-3133

Northwest Outfitters
2171 N. Main
In The Village at Riverstone
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814

7385 N Aaron St, Coeur D Alene, ID 83815
(208) 691-1737

Silver Bow Fly Shop
13210 E Indiana Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99216
(509) 924-9998
Fishing Guides, Fishing Charters & Parties

Panhandle Outfitters
12601 S Thunder Mountain Ln, Valleyford, WA 99036
(509) 922-8289
Fishing Guides, Fishing Charters & Parties
822 Bear Creek Road, Kingston, ID 83839
(208) 682-4257
Fishing Guides, Hunting & Fishing Preserves, Fishing Bait


Department of Fish and Game Contact
Coeur d’Alene Regional Headquarters (208)769-1414
Bonners Ferry (208)267-7629
Clark Fork (208)266-1501
Kellogg (208)682-4674
Moyie Springs (208)267-7629
Naples (208)267-4085
Priest River (208)448-2302
Rathdrum (208)265-8320
Sagle (208)265-8320
Sandpoint (208)265-8835
St. Maries (208)245-8100
Wallace (208)556-1513


Take me fishing!

Idaho Fish and Game’s “Take Me Fishing” trailers travel to local ponds across the state.

Get hooked on fishing

Get hooked on fishing

The fishing equipment can be checked out for free during the scheduled times listed for your area.
Reservations are not needed and equipment is checked out on a first-come, first-served basis.
Participants will be granted a permit to fish without a license.

Idaho children 13 years old and under, can fish for free.

Come to North Idaho, the fish are biting!

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