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NAR technology report

For years you have all listened to me tell you how big a role the internet plays in all business, large or small.  Real Estate is no different and I urge all Realtors to learn more about computers and make use of these tools. 

NAR just released the 2008 technology report in PDF format.  It covers Social networking, technology sourcing, lead generation, relationship building, mapping, forms & contract software, transaction management,  If you are still a bit computer shy I encourage you to take the leap and learn how the internet age can help you.

$275K Below Appraisal Waterfront home. 85 Quinns Cocolalla Idaho

Waterfront below appraisal

EXTRAORDINARY CUSTOM HOME with 198′ of waterfront.  Enjoy boating and fishing on lake Cocolalla. Sweeping lawn to waters edge, gourmet kitchen, open floor plan, radiant heat house & garage, 2 masters, huge master shower & closet, 16X64 & 8X45 covered porch, rec rm w/bar, card rm and pool table, sprinkler sys, and much more! Owner/Agent 

Offered at $599,750

Call Rain Silverhawk (208)610-0011 to set up an appointment to see this home.

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Horse Property! 2 septics, 1 well, paved road, power, and one almost finished cabin

9.6 acres fenced and set up for horses and fronting paved county rd. 80% finished cabin, two septics, well & power. Land is level w/2 small meadows, very private, treed, garage w/concrete floor & power, several outbuildings, two large dog kennels. Ideal place for mini-ranch yet minutes to town. Near USFS entrances.

Offered at $190,000

Call Rain Silverhawk to see this listing  (208) 610-0011

3 bed 2 bath overlooking Lake and private pond. 111 Hawkins Road, Sagle Idaho 83860


Below Appraisal

Quality built 3 bd 2 ba home on 4.5 acres with pond, overlooking Lake Pend Orielle and the Long Bridge. Complete with sunroom, 3 car garage and wrap around trex decking. 4,340 sq ft includes full basement. The home’s grand entrance is tiled, and its foyer opens up to cathedral ceilings, chandelier lighting and beautiful arched doorways. The cedar sunroom is plumbed for hot tub. Tile counters in the kitchen with center island and plenty of storage. Office /den located by kitchen and grand living room overlooks private pond. The second story bedrooms and bath open to balcony. Plenty of room for horses and may be subdivided. Virtual tour at  Call Rain Silverhawk to see this listing. (208)610-0011

Offered at $539,900

Grant Programs


Each year the Selkirk Association of Realtors holds fundraisers for their grant application and scholarship programs.  Please show your support for these wonderful functions.  If you know of a group that could benefit from the SAR grant program be sure to fill out and application in 2009. 


The 2008 grant recipients were:


City of Clark Fork Non-profit Service Organization – Reconstruct baseball diamond, consession and bleacher/dugout repairs

Hope/Clark Fork Food Bank – Facility maintenance

Community Cancer Services – Funds for adjacent space for clients with shut off utilities

Disabled American Veterans, Chapter #15 – Funds towards van replacement

Sandpoint Teen Council – “Bags of Love” for children affected by meth

Transitions in Progress Services (Formerly BC Homeless Task Force) – Lawn tractor / snow blower funds

City of Sandpoint Parks and Recreation – Sports Program Scholarships

Lost in the 50’s – Traffic control for parade

Love, Inc. – Provide new shoes for children in need

North Idaho Area Agency on Aging – Snacks for Bonner Adult Day Center

Panhandle Special Needs – Funds towards renovating Life Skills portion of building

Veterans of Foreign Wars – Funds for furniture replacement and addition of insullation

W. Bonner County Food Bank (Priest River) – Conveyor / roller

Free Classifieds for Sandpoint Idaho

There is a new online classified ad site for North Idaho. It centers around Sandpoint, but anyone from Sagle, Clark Fork, Hope, Laclede, Bonners Ferry, Naples, Priest River, Priest Lake, CDA and Northern Washington and Montana are welcome to post. While craigs list in Spokane and the Nicklesworth in CDA have been great, We have needed a free ad system for North Idaho for a long time.

Listings and Refis

Lately I have had several home sellers who wish to refinance their homes but are being told that their homes can not be listed for sale. The time frame that the homes need to be on the market has varied between 3 to 6 months. Needless to say this has been disheartning to many homeowners that need to sell. I have made a ton of calls and so far have 2 companies that will refinance homes while they are on the market. If you wind up with clients in this predicament, have them check with Countrywide and Met life are both willing to refinance mortgages for homeowners that want to continue marketing their properties.

nationwide financial leads. Scam or legit


I was contacted by Nationwide Financial services with a buyer referral program.  I am trying to figure out if they are legitimate or just another lead generation scam.  If you have dealt with this company I would appreciate hearing about your experiences.  Any advice you have to share is very welcome .

Thanks in advance,


The Wolves Within

An old Grandfather, whose grandson came to him with anger at a schoolmate who had done him an injustice, said, “Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times.”

He continued, “It is as if there are two wolves inside me; one is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.”

“But the other wolf, ah! He is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit.”

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather’s eye and asked, “Which one wins, Grandfather?”

The Grandfather solemnly said, “The one I feed.”

National Geographic Idaho’s Last Stand

Idaho’s Last Stand

Lakefront living in a tight-knit mountain retreat.

Text by Sarah Tuff

The only drawback to life in an idyllic adventure haven is that, inevitably, some glossy magazine comes through town and blows its cover. But we wager to say that, given the local character, quiet Sandpoint (pop. 8,100) will continue to fight off land rushes and unsightly sprawl. Anchored in Idaho’s wild panhandle between 40-mile-long Lake Pend Oreille (pon-duh-ray) and the 8,000-foot Selkirk and Cabinet Mountains, Sandpoint today is much as it was 20 years ago, when civic-minded residents made a stand and saved the mission-style Panida Theater in the waterfront city center from demolition. These days, foreign films at the Panida, back-alley canine keg-pulls behind the brewpub, and a summertime bluegrass festival keep the town buzzing. “I scoured the West for an affordable place that was surrounded by untapped trails and had a strong sense of community,” says mountain biker and spa owner Suzanne Kaplan. “That’s exactly what I found in Sandpoint.”

Ninety minutes northeast of Spokane, Washington, Sandpoint sits among 470,000 acres of national forest, which fed a thriving timber industry from the late 1800s until the 1980s. Locals today are more likely to be cutting work short to ride the lifts on Schweitzer Mountain’s 2,900 acres of skiable terrain, given over in warmer months to prime singletrack. Or they’re swinging through the twice-weekly farmers market before sailing, fishing, or paddling Pend Oreille. The lake is just 30 miles south of the Canadian border but is bathwater warm in summer. And rain gear is an afterthought in these parts: Sandpoint gets only 33 inches of precipitation a year—most of it in the form of fresh powder. “A lot of us here are able to work our schedules around our playtime,” says Suzanne Pattinson, an environmental consultant who telecommutes from her Schweitzer Mountain home. “That’s why we moved here in the first place.”

Weekend Scouting Trip

Playgrounds: Late summer means huckleberry season on Schweitzer. Gathering grounds are reached via the two-mile cedar-lined trail to Colburn Lake. Fat-tire-friendly 4.66-mile Overland Trail Loop is accessible from Schweitzer’s base, while the Great Escape Quad serves screaming downhills ($15 for a lift ticket; On Lake Pend Oreille, sand-volleyball teams duke it out and telecommuters phone it in at City Beach, paddlers ply 111 miles of shoreline ($25 for a two-hour rental;, and bikers hit the waterside singletrack. After hours, Eichardt’s Pub is the go-to choice for burgers and brews.

Where to Stay: The Inn at Sand Creek is a renovated 1890s bank ($140; At the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, a log cabin north of town, wranglers guide horse trips into the Selkirk and Cabinet ranges ($200;

Want to live here?

-The median home price is $289,600.

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