Mar 13

Whether you buy or rent, who’s equity are you building?

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Mar 02

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR REAL ESTATE MARKET?

Our market has improved steadily during the past two years and although price increases appear

to be slowing some, we still see appreciation consistent with a healthy market.

2015 Statistics:

19% Improvement in total number of Residential Homes sold in Kootenai County 2015 vs. 2014!

8% Increase in average sales prices! Active Residential Inventory is down 7.8%.

REO and Short Sale transactions drastically down, and was only 8% of our market!

Contact me if you want a full report, which includes other areas in North Idaho!

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Many Blessings to you in the New Year!

Let us make today’s dreams tomorrow’s reality!

2015 North Idaho Statistics

2015 North Idaho Statistics

 

May 02

Gorgeous Spring Season at Sanders Beach!

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What a gorgeous Spring season we’ve had!   I took the dog for a long slow walk to the beach and around Lakeshore Drive!  We chose this neighborhood 21 years ago. I live and work in this quaint neighborhood, with an office located on Lakeshore Drive. I also play here, paddle boarding in the summer, enjoying the beach, and wandering the tree-lined streets.

Sanders Beach is a walking neighborhood and it’s warm evenings like this that is the reason I moved here and I really appreciate this area!  Call me, I would love to give you more about information about Sanders Beach!

Feb 04

What is happening in our local Real Estate Market?

Our market has improved steadily during the past two years and although price increases appear to be slowing some, we still see appreciation consistent with a healthy market.  6% Improvement in total number of Residential homes sold in Kootenai County 2014 vs. 2013!  8$ increase in average sales prices!  Contact me if you want a full report which includes all areas and types of property sales in North Idaho!  “This Coeur d’alene MLS information is based on data from years 2013 and 2014 and may not reflect all real estate activity in the market”.

Of course, as you are all aware, there is still plenty of inventory to choose from, lower in winter months, increase in the Spring and Summer seasons. Whether you are in the market for a home, office, land or a home with land, you will still find plenty of bargains when compared to recent years. Our data indicates though, that our local market demand is up slightly from last year as interest rates continue to remain low.

Current rates showed a 30-year conventional loan with interest at 3.50 percent, 15-year fixed at 2.75%.  FHA, 30-year fixed rates at 3.25%.  This, no doubt, is a contributing factor in the movement of real estate.

It’s a good time! Thinking of buying or selling, please call me! Your local “Realtor of the Year”!

 

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Dec 15

Neighborhood of the week – Sanders Beach!

I chose this neighborhood 21 years ago. We created a lifestyle, and this is the area for it. I live and work in this quaint neighborhood, with an office located on Lakeshore Drive. I also play here, paddle boarding in the summer, enjoying the beach, and wandering the tree-lined streets.

In the 21 years that I’ve lived in this neighborhood, I’ve seen a lot of improvement, with vintage homes being updated, remodeled and replaced with new homes. We have several condo options and a few duplex units.

One of the main assets of this neighborhood is the location. It lies at the foot of scenic Tubbs Hill, with its beaches and hiking trails. You’re walking distance from the shops, cafes and restaurants downtown. Then there are the events on Sherman Avenue, from Car d’Lane and Live at Five to parades and the Christmas lighting ceremony. The facilities of McEuen Park are minutes away. And, of course, there’s the lake.

It’s a walking neighborhood.  The maple-lined streets wind past beautiful vintage homes that show a pride of ownership. Jewett House perches on the edge of the beach, and is a popular place for weddings – when it’s not being used as a senior center. In the winter, kids sled down the hill at 14th Street and Lost Avenue. And throughout the year, you’ll see wildlife such as deer and turkey silently passing through.

The Centennial Trail runs through Sanders Beach, so you can hop on your bike and be, in minutes, at Riverstone, the Kroc Center, or winding your way along the Spokane River or the lake. In June, the streets are filled with spectators as the Ironman triathlon route passes through the neighborhood.

Speaking of downtown events, why not join those hardy souls meeting on Sanders Beach at noon on Jan. 1 for the annual Polar Bear Plunge, an event which draws scores of onlookers who watch their supposedly sane friends and neighbors jump into the icy waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene?

 

Did you see the 12/14/14 Coeur d’Alene Press article about Sanders Beach?

 

Cindy Sweeney Sanders

 

Nov 15

Coeur d’Alene just made another top 10 list!

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Coeur d’Alene just made another top 10 list! It’s about “real, authentic American small towns… where nature is beautiful, shops are unique, and smiles are genuine.”

Yes, we are beautiful here and the secret is out! I have mixed feelings……….we want to stay small and authentic, but with the word spreading we may grow too much!

 

Writing for World Property Journal, travel and tourism journalist Steve Winston on Friday named the Lake City one of his top 10 “authentic” small towns in America. He talked about our beautiful downtown, the lake activities, Tubbs Hill and friendly atmosphere!

 

Nov 13

Sanders Beach sunset!

Sunset-SandersWe have had such beautiful sunsets these last few months! In Sanders Beach at this time of year, we tend to be shaded by Tubbs Hill early, so we miss the sunsets. When I’ve been out on the boat or out and about in the car, I’ve caught some! When downtown last week leaving a store on Sherman, I stopped and parked at the park to take in the views! This sunset was taken from the Resort Golf Course first of October looking back at Sanders Beach! I was with a group of Realtors, as it was the Idaho Realtor State Convention. It was fun to hear the 150 visitors exclaiming how beautiful our area is! After this evening event, I must have seen 3 dozen sunset pictures posted on Facebook! We live in a gem of an area!

Nov 07

Home inspection on this beautiful Friday!

Beautiful day for a home inspection! Love these views on the Spokane River!

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Nov 02

Lake Coeur d’alene summer 2014

It must have been a great summer if I haven’t posted one blog since the first of June! I think this was the best summer weather we’ve had in years, but I bet I say that every year!  My family and I enjoyed it to the fullest with all of our outdoor activities.  My husband ventured motorcycle riding every Sunday, while I chose to paddle board!  I gathered up some neighbors and girlfriends at least twice a week to meet at Sanders Beach!  The best times were early mornings on the weekends and evenings during the week, mostly avoiding the choppy water from the boat traffic!  I ventured over the Lake Fernan and also the Cd’A River a couple of times!  Sanders Beach, at 12th street was uncrowded and smooth waters!  Hope you enjoyed your summer as well and I promise to blog more often.  Cheers to our lovely fall season!

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Jun 14

Car d’Lane 2014 in downtown Coeur d’Alene!

We had great views and front row seats curbside!  As always, we enjoyed the Car d’lane cruise on Friday night in downtown! I have not missed one in the 20 years that I’ve lived here! The weather was threatening a down pour, but actually eased up right at the start of the cruise and, started raining at the finish, how convenient!  I sat outside at the Moose lounge with a group of friends for awhile and then moved to my chairs right at curb side!  My 18-year son and his friends participated for the first time, and drove a white 1971 Chevy long bed.  In years past, I remember this event going until 10:00, and I wish it still did!  At 9:00, it is just getting dark and the flame throwing is just getting started.  Why finish at 9:00?

Antique car cruise!

Antique car cruise!

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