Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Upward creep in home prices

Home prices are creeping upward nationally, according to a CNN report, but they remain substantially lower - as much as 35 percent - compared to five years ago.
The report looks at home prices in the nation's 20 major cities and shows a - hold on! - .2 percent rise in prices in places such as Minneapolis, Atlanta and Chicago.
That may seem like a small margin, yet the gradual increases account for as much as 2.4 percent over time, according to the report.
Overall, however, the market is still floundering and probably will be for a while, according to the report.
"Even though the year-over-year rates are improving, national home prices are still below where they were a year ago," said David Blitzer, a spokesman for S&P/Case Shiller Index which tracks home prices nationally.
The home price report follows recent changes in HARP (the Home Affordable Refinance Program) that are supposed to make refinancing of high-interest mortgages easier.
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Ralph Bartholdt
Agent Keller Williams Coeur d'Alene

Friday, October 7, 2011

Autumn coming; time to get your home on the market!

It's easy to get caught in the whirlwind of activities that North Idaho offers. It's that kind of a place.
And if you like your occupation - as many of us here do - it's easy to get immersed in that as well.
Keller Williams Realty in Coeur d'Alene,  the company under whose umbrella I work, set records most of the summer: Listings, home sales - buying and selling - and pending properties.

 Despite an economy that has been bumped and bruised, many people who live in the Panhandle of the Gem State, or those new to the area, have decided this is the place to look for a home, buy a home, or sell a home and buy something else - bigger or smaller, out of town with acreage, or a property closer to town, maybe in Coeur d'Alene's Midtown and near the lake.

This past summer was a short one for us here in the Panhandle, because we got hit with rain through June and the warm weather didn't settle in until the Fourth of July.

Summer was concentrated.Business was often interspersed with something other than business.
Family and friends came to visit to awe at our mountains, trees, wildlife and plethora of scenic trips on and off the water, and invariably they asked to fish.

It's something a lot of us here have in common.We like to fish the Panhandle's many lakes and streams.

I was more than happy to oblige, spending time on the rivers and lakes with fly rods and heavy pike poles, paddling, cruising and pointing at show stoppers like the bald eagle that came down, talons drawn, to spike a fish from the surface, thanks to Rich Lindsey and his Priest Lake Guide Service

North Idaho is rich in all of that.
Its big three lakes, Priest, Pend Oreille and Coeur d'Alene, are all right here, out our back door, and many of its fabled trout streams including the Blue Ribbon Kelly Creek, and the St. Joe River are a short jaunt away.

So, in addition to helping owners and want-to-be-owners buy and sell homes and property, much of what we did this summer is fish.

We're pretty fair at it.

If there is one thing we enjoy more than stalking and catching fish on the many rivers and lakes of the Panhandle, it is GUIDING first-time home buyers AND sellers, as well as experienced buyers and sellers through the moving water of REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS.

Let us help you make your NORTH IDAHO DREAMS come true. 

If want to list a home or buy a home, or if you know someone who wants to list a home, buy a home or invest in North Idaho real estate. Call us at (208) 582-1867, or visit
Tight Lines!