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Bonner County Idaho Lush forests, majestic views and current homes

Northern Idaho is one of the prettiest places on the face of the earth. Lush forests, an abundance of wildlife, clean air, low crime, majestic views, lakes and rivers everywhere. A true sportsmans paradise with skiing at Schweitzer, boating on one of the many lakes like Lake Pend Oreille or Canoeing on Priest Lake or the Clark Fork river. Hunting, fishing, and snow mobiling in the Kaniksu national forest. Or take a scenic drive on the Selkirk Loop scenic byway. Idaho is a great place to raise a family, or to live out your days on your slice of paradise. See the current Bonner county Idaho homes for sale between $200,000 and $400,000
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rain@lakeandhomes.comRain Silverhawk RealtorKeller Williams  Realty Coeur d’ alene Sandpoint Idaho120 S. Second Ave. |  Sandpoint, ID. 83864 Phone (208)  610-0011  FAX 800-760-1936

Your life deserves all the enthusiasm and energy you can give it.

The words are from the KW CEO Chris Keller but the motivation and impact is for each and every one of us.  I hope this helps you find a moment of Enthusiasm and Energy as you start your new week.   here is a thought I shared with my team and wanted to pass it on… Enthusiasm and energy +++++++++++++++++++ Your life deserves all the enthusiasm and energy you can give it. So without waiting another moment, give it, and keep giving it. Be a positive presence in your own life, your own thoughts, your own actions. Be a positive influence for people and situations you encounter. Imagine the best that can happen, and then take vigorous steps in that direction. Visualize pure, unrestrained joy and then let that joy emerge from your vision out into your life. Let go of the tired old thought patterns that keep you feeling worried and hesitant. Think of what it would mean right now to live with boldness and enthusiasm, then do it. Your time is too precious to let even a few moments slip away without putting all of yourself into them. The possibilities are too splendid to ignore. You have the power to energize your whole world. Activate that power, create that energy, and do all the great things today you know you can do.
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rain@lakeandhomes.comRain Silverhawk RealtorKeller Williams  Realty Coeur d’ alene Sandpoint Idaho120 S. Second Ave. |  Sandpoint, ID. 83864 Phone (208)  610-0011  FAX 800-760-1936

Home renovation. Is your basement a hidden gem?

We have all seen these little gems waiting to be discovered.  That wonderful space that can either be viewed as a wonderful home addition ready to be enjoyed by one and all or that dark damp space that we avoid going to and that horror movies are made of.  Here is a great example of  a finished product done by Home Scene Renovations.  For over 15 years this basement was a dark, dreary space and used only for storage. Now it is fully developed with great lighting, soothing colors and enjoyed by its owner!! What spaces in your home do you have that can be developed into a warm and friendly place for your family to enjoy?  #basement #homeimprovement #homescenerenovations #build #design #houseandhome #benjaminmoore
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rain@lakeandhomes.comRain Silverhawk RealtorKeller Williams  Realty Coeur d’ alene Sandpoint Idaho120 S. Second Ave. |  Sandpoint, ID. 83864 Phone (208)  610-0011  FAX 800-760-1936

purchase a home this year, buying sooner could lead to savings

The seasons are changing and with them bring thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get-togethers, and planning for a new year. Here are a few great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseThe price of homes across the nation have been steadily rising for the last year. The bottom in home prices has come and gone and home values will continue to appreciate. Waiting no longer makes sense like it did a few years ago.2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to IncreaseThe Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison projecting that rates will continue to rise.An increase in rates will impact how much home you can afford and your monthly mortgage payment. Your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home.3. Either Way You are Paying The common way of looking at rent versus a mortgage is that when you pay rent, it is simply gone and you have nothing to show for it. When you are paying a mortgage you are spending money each month for something you will actually own. In many areas it is actually cheaper to pay a monthly mortgage than it is to pay rent.The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. Both are on the rise and if the right thing for you and your family is to
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rain@lakeandhomes.comRain Silverhawk RealtorKeller Williams  Realty Coeur d’ alene Sandpoint Idaho120 S. Second Ave. |  Sandpoint, ID. 83864 Phone (208)  610-0011  FAX 800-760-1936

How will you leave your indelible mark on someone elses life?

We have a million “first times” in our lives, each one having the capability of taking us on new adventures, new avenues and defining who we are.   This month Patricia Kennedy is sponsoring An October Contest: Your First Time – The Real Estate Edition! Patricia Kennedy has asked us to reveal one of our first time interactions in real estate that left an indelible mark on your psyche.  I first got my license in 1985, so many of my first time experiences as an agent are riddled with cobwebs. They say you never forget your first sale, although for the life of me I can not remember what that was. I do remember a quick very fuzzy orientation showing me where my desk was, the floor schedule and handing me a key to the office.  I remember the first phone call I got a positive response from only because it followed a healthy volley of bad phone calls.  Most of all though I remember that feeling of someone throwing you into the deep end of a pool when you don’t know how to swim. I was like most agents completely overwhelmed and wondering what I got myself into.   I was working for a very large bustling office of 200 agents and I am pretty sure I never learned all of the agents names. The brokerage had sponsored the real estate classes in the office so when I actually went to work I was thankfully familiar with my surroundings. I remember thinking that while I could calculate a mortgage payment or cap rate and knew the definition of estoppel nothing in my classes has taught me what I was supposed to do on a day to day basis. In the classes I had never even seen a listing form or a purchase and sale contract, had no idea what really happened during escrow and didn’t have a clue as to what I was supposed to do when I walked in the office each morning. Between youth and inexperience I was completely worthless on how to advise a client yet people liked me and trusted me anyways. I actually treated it like a job and jumped in with both feet. I pulled a farm of about 600 properties and spent 8 hours a day on the phone calling them. At the end of my first month I had 12 listings. Whoo hoo!!! What I didn’t know at the time was that as a new agent I let the sellers dictate the price and I had effectively gathered up a great group of over priced and unwanted vacant land listings that a more experienced agent would never touch. On the bright side I was off and running, had properties to advertise and was working on getting my name out there. The first office meeting I attended was very memorable and a major saving grace for me. Once a month the broker reserved a banquet room at a local restaurant for breakfast awards. There was probably a good 120 agents there and I have never been much of one for crowds and I was absolutely terrified and eager to fade into the background. I had never seen such a collection of designer suits and Rolex’s in my life. I was a wet behind the ears kid, completely out of my league and I wanted to be anywhere else. We went through the usual market reports, upcoming events, motivational speeches and then a round table of new listings and needs. By the time it was my turn I already understood that I would need to relay the information on my 12 new listings and had written notes about them all. I got through my list without any hitches and was busy planning my escape when it was time to hand out awards. The first one was for top listing agent for the month and they called my name and wanted me to give a speech. Yikes a what? We went through a round of jokes about beginners luck and the new kid on the block. I remember the broker telling me to just talk about what scripts I used to get the listings. Scripts? what scripts I haven’t had that training yet! I simply talked to people, listened to their needs and tried to help them sell their property. It worked for me then and still does to this day.  After the meeting a very respected and older agent come up to me with congratulatory praise. Her name was Fran and everyone just adored her, she knew everything and every one. She told me that she had never used a script in her life and she offered to take me under her wing. Fran did an outstanding job at teaching me what I needed to know and help develop the skills I needed to be a good agent. Since that time when we have new agents come to the office and I see that deer in the headlights look I try to extend the same kindness in mentoring that Fran showed me.

I would say anything that I can remember vividly a few decades later has indeed left an indelible mark in my life.  More importantly taught me a way to make a good difference in someone elses life.  None of us get through this life all alone and even some of the smallest kindness may make a big difference.Which bears the question….How will you leave your indelible mark?
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rain@lakeandhomes.comRain Silverhawk RealtorKeller Williams  Realty Coeur d’ alene Sandpoint Idaho120 S. Second Ave. |  Sandpoint, ID. 83864 Phone (208)  610-0011  FAX 800-760-1936

As the seller, you can control three factors that will affect the sale of your home:

Understanding the buyer

As the seller, you can control three factors that will affect the sale of your home:

* The home’s condition
* Asking price
* Marketing strategy

However, it’s important to note that there are numerous other factors that influence a buyer, and you need to understand these consumer trends when you enter the sellers’ market. The more your home matches these qualifications, the more competitive it will be in the marketplace. Your real estate agent can advise you on how to best position and market your home to overcome any perceived downsides.

Location
Unfortunately, the most influential factor in determining your home’s appeal to buyers is something you can’t control: its location. According to the National Association of REALTORS(r), neighborhood quality is the No. 1 reason buyers choose certain homes. The second most influential factor is commute times to work and school.

Size
While some buyers want to simplify their lives and downsize to a smaller home, home sizes in general have continued to increase over the decades, nearly doubling in size since the 1950s. Smaller homes typically appeal to first-time home buyers and “empty nesters,” or couples whose children have grown up and moved out.

Amenities
Preferences in floor plans and amenities go in and out of fashion, and your real estate agent can inform you of the “hot ticket” items that are selling homes in your market. If your home lacks certain features, you can renovate to increase its appeal, but be forewarned: That’s not always the right move. Using market conditions and activity in your neighborhood as a gauge, your agent can help you determine whether the investment is likely to help or hinder your profit margin and time on the market.

Log Home sold in Clark Fork Idaho Rain Silverhawk

Kim and Troy it was an extreme pleasure to help you sell your Clark Fork home.   I wish you both many wonderful years on your new path in life.  Thank you Spencer Millsap of Keller Williams Realty in Spokane Washington for your referral.  Spectacular North Idaho log home on 5 level usable acres of mature trees, pasture and privacy. This 3 bedroom 2 bath log home has a covered front porch, beautiful wood floors large kitchen and open floor plan plenty of windows. 2 car garage with shop, chicken coop, deep frost free water lines, fenced yard for dogs, partially fenced pasture for horses Rv parking, and circle drive-way with electronic push button gate opener with bell. A jetted tub in the master suite and main floor bath is handicap accessible with walk in tub and grab bars. Woodshed, flower beds and large fenced garden with raised beds. Close into Clark Fork and thousands of acres of USFS to play around on. Looking for a home just like this, call Rain Silverhawk 208-610-0011
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Congrats on your new home in Sandpoint Idaho sold by Rain Silverhawk

Congratulations Patrice and Webbo on your new home in Sandpoint.  We have been through alot of real estate transactions together and it is always a pleasure to help you with each new real estate step.  Wonderful 3 bedroom 2 bath home with a 2 car garage situated on nearly half acre at the end of the cul de sac. The home features an open floor plan spacious living area with cathedral ceilings and a loft for overnight guests. Decks off the front and the back of the home for outdoor entertainment and a “tree house” in the back yard for play. Acres of common area that includes Sand Creek and a pond. Sandpoint home sold by Rain Silverhawk of Keller WIlliams Realty.
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Another land parcel sold in Boundary County Rain Silverhawk

Thank you Ed for putting your faith in me to sell your parcel of land.  Picturesque meadow edged with trees and graced by breathtaking mountain views. Private 10 acre parcel with seasonal creek area of nice luxury homes and cabinet water hook ups, electric, phone are all available. A perfect place to put your North Idaho dream home and enjoy the elk and deer that already call this home.
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SOLD! Closed Escrow on 20 acres with creek

Congratulations Tino and Gina for selling this parcel as well as  to some very patient and persistant buyers for getting a beautiful place to build their getaway.  USFS borders two sides of this beautiful 20 acres of trees, views, outcroppings and meadows. Quiet and peaceful with easy access with driveway in to a natural building pad overlooking the meadow. You can also develop the road up to the top for some spectacular views of the mountains, valley and river from the upper levels. The Creek flows in two directions on this property. Electric, phone and DSL to the property plus cell phone coverage and it passed a perc test in the past. Minutes to Sandpoint and walking distance to a State Park.
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rain@lakeandhomes.comRain Silverhawk RealtorKeller Williams  Realty Coeur d’ alene Sandpoint Idaho120 S. Second Ave. |  Sandpoint, ID. 83864 Phone (208)  610-0011  FAX 800-760-1936

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