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Sandpoint Idaho is one of the best kept secrets when it comes to a quality lifestyle.  Sandpoint Idaho is a small town in the panhandle of North Idaho nestled along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille and is surrounded by the convergence of three mountain ranges.  Real Estate opportunities abound amidst the spectacular vistas provided by scenic mountains, lakes, rivers, and valleys.  The mild four seasons provide a climate that allows a tremendous variety of outdoor activities.  The small town warmth and atmosphere is strengthened by its strong cultural, arts, and community activities.

I am proud to be among the top real estate agents for Tomllinson Sotheby’s International Realty, the Inland Northwest's & Bonner County's (Selkirk MLS) Number One Agency.  Although luxury homes, waterfront, and view properties are my specialties, I am familiar with all aspects of the local real estate properties and their development in North Idaho.   I am not a new kid on the block; having been a Sandpoint resident of 40 years, and a Realtor of 22 years.

Welcome to the premier resource for all real estate information and services in the area. I encourage you to use this site to search the entire Selkirk MLS and Kootenai MLS catalog which services Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate and the northern Three Idaho counties, including Sandpoint Idaho and Coeur d'Alene Idaho.  Sign up to save your search parameters so you will be automatically notified by e-mail of any new listings that might interest you.  You may also enjoy my slideshows of the scenic beauty and the abundance of wildlife the Sandpoint area has to offer.

 I hope you enjoy your visit and explore everything my realty website has to offer, including Coeur d'Alene, HopeSandpoint & Bonner County real estate listings, information for homebuyers and sellers, and more About me, your professional Sandpoint , Coeur d'Alene, Hope,  & Bonner County Realtor.

Looking for a new home? Use Quick Search or Map Search to browse an up-to-date database list of all available properties in the area, or use my Dream Home Finder form and I'll conduct a personalized search for you.

If you're planning to sell your home in the next few months, nothing is more important than knowing a fair asking price. I would love to help you with a FREE Market Analysis. I will use comparable sold listings to help you determine the accurate market value of your home.

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Infrastructure Improvement Means Real Estate Activity

When the Trump administration released its $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan last month, it set in motion a multi-year process that could eventually lead to considerable investment in communities. Of course, Congress must pass legislation to make much of it happen. Although there are some parts that the administration can do on its own, a lot of the plan will require both authorizing and funding legislation, so how close we get to that $1.5 trillion goal is dependent on what lawmakers can agree on in the next year or two.

Regardless, with the country’s roads, bridges, waterways, dams, and other public projects aging, some projects will be getting funds in the years ahead whether or not the plan is all or partly enacted. The question for you is, how will you get involved? Will you get involved upfront, when projects are in the planning stages, or will you get involved after projects get going? Often, bridge replacement means land transactions, because it’s not unusual for a replacement bridge to be built alongside the existing bridge. That means government might have to acquire or condemn nearby property. Or if a road is widened—will that involve acquisition or condemnation of land?

Property values tend to go up after infrastructure improvements are made. In northern Virginia, expansion of the metropolitan subway system had a tremendous impact on property values along the new tracks. Huge condo, apartment, retail, office, and mixed-use projects followed. It triggered a real estate boom.

The administration’s infrastructure plan is featured in the latest Voice for Real Estate news video from NAR. Access that segment now.

The video also looks at why NAR supports the banking reform bill that passed the Senate a couple of weeks ago, why passage of long-term reform of federal flood insurance is just as much about improving communities as it is about continuation of insurance policies, and why Congress needs to make mortgage debt forgiveness relief a permanent part of the tax code. Cyber crime and association health plans are covered, too.

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Audio: Dealing with Cyberthreats

Steve Spano, president and chief operating officer of the Center for Internet Security, recently visited NAR’s Washington offices to discuss techniques real estate professionals can employ to stay safe online. Listen to his comments below.

Yes, Interest on Home Equity Loans is Still Deductible

There’s been confusion since the big tax law was enacted over the deductibility of interest on home equity loans. NAR has been saying that the interest is still deductible for the part of the loan that’s used for home repairs, renovations, and additions. And that’s the correct interpretation, according to the IRS. The agency confirmed that in a memo about a week and a half ago.

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The part of the loan that’s used on the house to fix something or improve it remains deductible under the new tax law. Loan proceeds that are used for personal living expenses or anything not related to improving the home are not deductible.

The clarification is looked at in the latest Voice for Real Estate news video from NAR.

The video also looks at an important vote in the House on so-called drive-by lawsuits. These are lawsuits filed by people who are using accessibility requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act to extract fees from small property owners. People are sending letters to property owners alleging they have an ADA violation and threatening a lawsuit unless the owner reaches a settlement with them. The person sending the letter typically doesn’t even say what the alleged violation is. The only way the owner can find out is by going to court. Most owners end up settling as the cheaper alternative and if there was ever any violation the owner never finds out what it is.

The House passed a bill requiring people who send these letters to identify what the alleged violation is and to give owners a chance to correct the problem before taking them to court. It’s a solution that addresses a clear abuse of an important law and NAR supported its passage. The bill still has to be taken up in the Senate.

Other topics in the video include NAR’s Commitment to Excellence initiative, which will roll out later this year, to give NAR members a chance to voluntarily assess how well they perform on key aspects of their business, including technology, the Code of Ethics, and the forms and contracts they use.

The video also gives an update on home sales—they’re off to a slow start this year, mainly because of inventory shortages in many markets, especially among lower-cost starter homes—and what’s happening in commercial real estate. Briefly, transaction volume on small cap properties is doing okay but volume on large cap properties is slowing down.

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    Bill Schaudt
Tomlinson Sotheby's International Realty
200 Main ST
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Phone: 208-265-1506, 877-598-1506
mobile: 208-255-6172
Email: Bill@SandpointRealEstate.com
fax: 208-263-3888

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