Why I Love Coeur d’Alene


When you’re a wanderer at heart, you don’t expect to suddenly see yourself putting down roots. I have spent most of my life traveling and certainly didn’t expect to want to settle down anytime soon, if at all. But once I moved to Coeur d’Alene for what I thought would be a one- to two-year stay, it didn’t take long before I realized I could be perfectly content here. I relocated to this beautiful little city in 2014 from the Midwest and, quite frankly, I’ve never looked back. I’m still living in the same snug little basement apartment I obtained when I first moved here, which is much smaller than my old dwellings in the Midwest, but I don’t regret it for an instant. This town is gorgeous year-round, and I’m often able to bike to work in relative safety all the way to Sherman Ave., the heart of Downtown Coeur d’Alene, during all but the very coldest months of the year (and there are some die-hard cyclists who ride their bikes everywhere even then).

My goal is to invest in real estate here, and since I’ve experienced no shortage of job opportunities in this area and in Spokane, saving money and preparing for a big investment has proven to be much easier than I ever would have expected. I’m not there yet, as real estate in Coeur d’Alene is rather expensive, but I know it’s going to be worth it because the value of property here only continues to grow, so any investment I make will be worth it in the long run.

Coeur d’Alene is the perfect place for several types of real estate property investments, especially residential and commercial rental properties. Because I come from a long line of do-it-yourself handymen, I’m not afraid to invest in a dump and put a little sweat and blood into flipping it into a dream home, and Coeur d’Alene has no shortage of the cutest little homes near downtown that are just in need of some TLC. There’s also a lot of beautiful acreage both within and outside of the city limits, which is perfect for hobby farmers and animal enthusiasts (of which I am proudly both).

Once I find that perfect piece of real estate for all my needs, I’ll always have somewhere to come back to after a long hiking trip or a stint in Europe (I’ve done both and almost always feels the itch to do either one again). Coeur d’Alene is the perfect place to invest in rental properties because if I make the right investment, it will pay off in the long-run and I’ll be able to make my money work for me. That’s the plan, anyway. And if my experiences so far have been any indication, I have no doubt that Coeur d’Alene will deliver.

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3 Reasons to Live in Coeur d’Alene

Considering a move to Coeur d’Alene, ID? There are a lot of great reasons to put down roots in this beautiful lake town. Aside from the fact that it is indeed a beautiful lake town, anyway. Whether you vacationed here and fell in love with the area or are looking for relocation options for a change of pace, here are just a few reasons Coeur d’Alene real estate is worth its weight in gold.


  • The Lake. This may seem like a no-brainer, but any piece of property worth investing in grows exponentially when it’s situated on or near a lake, and there are few places within the continental US where this is truer than on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Surrounded on all sides by rolling mountains and bordered on the northernmost end by scenic downtown Coeur d’Alene, this lake has been rated one of the clearest and cleanest lakes in the US. With over 100 miles of shoreline, you can be sure there’s plenty of room for all to enjoy its beaches and water recreation.


  • The Town. If you want to get that rural hometown feel without sacrificing the downtown scene, Coeur d’Alene is the place for you. Here you’ll find properties that give you the luxury of a spacious home and yard with excellent parks and schools nearby. You’ll still live just a brief drive or walk from some of the best restaurants and bars in town along Coeur d’Alene’s bustling Sherman Ave., which is just a block from the lake shore. And the best part is, there’s really no bad part of town. Any real estate you consider investing in within the city limits is going to be a good investment because there are no dangerous of less desirable neighborhoods to live.


  • The Big City. It’s cliche, I know, but location really is the key here. If points #1 and #2 make Coeur d’Alene seem a little too quaint and peaceful, don’t panic. Do you like buildings that rise a little higher and a nightlife that boasts a little more excitement? Spokane is just an easy half-hour drive due West of the Idaho/Washington state line. Still not enough? No problem! If you’re up for a short road trip (or an even shorter flight out of the Spokane Airport), the glittering, towering city of Seattle is close enough for an easy weekend getaway. All without breaking the bank or traveling across the country. Spend your work week in the relative quiet of rural Coeur d’Alene and then party all weekend in the big city. Or vice versa! Work in the big city and spend your weekend relaxing on Coeur d’Alene’s beautiful lake shore.

There’s never been a better time to invest in real estate in Coeur d’Alene, ID. The housing market continues to grow every year, so your property investment will only gain in appreciation from the moment you invest onward. So what are you waiting for?

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Everyone Dreams of a Summer Home

The dream home. Everybody has one. Whether it’s a rustic cabin in the woods, an ultra-modern condo in the city, or an open-air beach house, everybody has that one type of home that they can see themselves being completely happy in. For me, it was always a cozy lake house on Lake Coeur d’Alene. If you’re not familiar with Lake Coeur d’Alene, or perhaps you’ve heard of it and seen a few photos, I highly recommend adding this beautiful town to your summer vacation destination list. The lively downtown scene is just a stone’s throw from the lake, with a sprawling public beach and a favorite local haunt, Tubbs Hill, famous for its lakeside hiking trails. With over 100 miles of natural shoreline, Lake Coeur d’Alene boasts some of the most pristine lake cabin spots in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you live there year-round or only visit during the summers, the possibilities are endless when it comes to real estate along the lake.

Intrigued yet? Not sure where to start? If, like me, you’ve found yourself fantasizing about waking up to watch the sun rise over pristine blue waters or walking out your back door to jump right into the lake, then here are a few tips to get you started on your search for your dream home.


  • Know what you’re looking for. Before you even begin your search, it’s good to have a few parameters to help you narrow in on that perfect piece of lakeside real estate. What is your overall budget? What kind of borrowing power do you have (i.e. how good is your credit, and is it good enough to help you qualify for a home loan)? Once you’ve determined those things, you can realistically figure out what types of real estate are available to you, the size and style of housing options you have…etc.


  • Check local listings. This can be done the old fashioned way by browsing the local newspapers, or by looking up local real estate ads and agencies online. You can even call a few different real estate agencies and speak with an agent about the current housing market trends, what you’re looking for, and what’s available.


  • Use real estate apps like Zillow and Trulia. This will allow you to search using custom filters and geographical locations. You can also use these websites to set up email or text alerts whenever real estate within your search parameters comes up for sale. Use generic search keywords like “Coeur D Alene real estate listings” or “Coeur D Alene real estate for sale” and then use the map tool to find real estate investment opportunities in the locations you want. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a handful of properties, contact the realtor or owner and set up a time to actually go out and tour the property.

Remember, be patient. Finding the perfect piece of investment property, especially on Lake Coeur d’Alene, is going to take careful planning, time, and energy. If you’ve already been looking for a while and still haven’t found that perfect lake house you’ve always dreamt of, just wait. Be patient. If you rush into an investment, it may prove to be more of a nightmare than a dream home. But if you wait and watch, you will eventually find that dream home you’ve always wanted at just the right price for you.

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Getting Started In Real Estate Investing

Getting Started In Real Estate Investing

Everyone wants to invest wisely to get great returns. However, too many people go into investing without fully understanding and applying good investment strategy. When they do this, they risk losing a lot of money. Avoid letting this happen to you. Read this article to learn more about how to be a smart investor.

Make sure that you create a game plan for what you desire to accomplish. Figure out how much time the process will take and if it will be worth your while. When you have developed a plan, meet with the necessary parties to discuss the deal that you want to achieve.

Make sure that you set realistic goals based on the budget that you have. You should not set a goal to buy ten houses in the span of a month if you only have a hundred thousand dollars to your name. Set reasonable expectations to avoid setbacks at all costs.

Make sure you have a budget when you invest in real estate that includes how much you’re going to have to pay to fix the home you’re buying up. You don’t want to blow all of your money on getting real estate just to find out that you can’t afford to fix it up.

If you purchase a property and need to make repairs, be wary of any contractors who ask for money in advance. You should not have to pay before the work is done, and if you do, you run the risk of getting ripped off. At the very least, never pay the full amount ahead of time.

When purchasing an investment property, it is a good idea to have an affordable handyman at your disposal. If not, you might find your profits are eroded by having to pay for pricey repairs. A reliable handyman is great for tenant issues that may arise during the day or night.

Figure out what your time is worth when investing. It may be enjoyable to fix up interesting properties; however, you must consider the value of your time. Or, are you better off handing off the work and spending your time hunting new opportunities? Whatever you can outsource, do it. It’s worth freeing up your time for the more important aspects of your business.

When considering what real estate to purchase, the word “location” should come to mind. However, many people forget to think about all the concerns that are factored into “location.” Find out all the information you can about the neighborhood, such as surrounding home values, crime rates, schools, employment and more.

If you have an investment property, one of the most important things to have is an emergency fund for unexpected repairs or emergencies that might come up on the property. One way you can do this is by putting aside some of the monthly rental money you collect for this purpose.

Be careful not to totally leverage yourself during a real estate deal. You must make wise choices that allow you to retain cash reserves for emergency needs. If you don’t do this, you may fail in the future.

Know what the laws and regulations in your zoning area are. Local regulations can vary from place to place, so it is important to know these rules ahead of time. Get in contact with officials to make sure you’re completely aware of anything you might need to know before making an investment.

Investing is not a way to gamble your money. You invest based on sound information and a clear head. You work hard to earn your money, and you would not want risk it on any investment that you do not understand. Therefore, continue learning about investing, and you will realize great returns.

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