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Because I am busy and do not always have the time to reach out to each of my contacts personally as often as I would like I started sending a monthly update in May of 2009 as a way of keeping in touch and to offer helpful information. Here are links to those Newsletters as they appeared at the time. Please note that some of my contact information has changed since the early issues and that using the links in the newsletters will navigate you away from my site. Please enjoy and use these cached pages as reference!

January Newsletter * Happy New Year!

January Newsletter * Happy New Year!

Kris@KristinaKingsland.com * KristinaKingsland.com Check out My Listings: Home with Schweitzer Views on 42 acres * Vintage Farm in Selle Valley * 40 acres bordering state land * 5 parked out acres * Short Sale-5acres w/frame 4bed2.5bath-$129000! * 21 schweitzer view acres in the Selle Valley * 40 acres in Clark Fork If you do not see what you need here call me, I have access to unlisted properties and everything offered on the Multiple Listing Service! Happy New Year! 2010 is here and Great things are happening at Keller Williams Realty! We have opened an office at 212 N. 1st Ave in downtown Sandpoint, we will be celebrating our Grand Opening in early February. Real Estate Market numbers are starting to trend upward and forecasts for 2010 look good! Keep in mind Homebuyer Tax Credits available through April and lock in your low Interest Rates soon because some analysts predict that interest rates are on the rise. Buyers and Sellers this is a great time to take action, let me know how I can help! Keller Williams Realty and The Arts Alliance team up to present Karen Robinson Local Artist Karen Robinson has her work on display and for sale at the Keller Williams Realty office 212 N. 1st Ave downtown Sandpoint as part of the Arts Alliance “Art Around Town” program. The Arts Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in the greater Sandpoint area. They offer classes in visual and performing arts for all ages, connect artists with various locations to exhibit their art, as well as many other valuable services to promote arts... read more
December Newsletter * Happy Holidays!

December Newsletter * Happy Holidays!

Kris@KristinaKingsland.com * KristinaKingsland.com Check out My Listings: Home with Schweitzer Views on 42 acres * Vintage Farm in Selle Valley * 40 acres bordering state land * 5 parked out acres * Short Sale-5acres w/frame 4bed2.5bath-$149000! * 21 schweitzer view acres in the Selle Valley * 40 acres in Clark Fork If you do not see what you need here call me, I have access to unlisted properties and everything offered on the Multiple Listing Service! Happy Holidays! 2009 is winding down and 2010 is right around the corner, I wish you all a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy, Healthy, Joyful and Prosperous New Year! Every one celebrates this time of year a little differently, for me Christmas is a time for giving. Giving to those in need, giving to those I love and mostly for giving thanks! I have so much to be grateful for and so much of that is due to the continued support and appreciation of my family, friends, customers, clients, and colleagues. Cheers to You! Thank you so much! Powder Skiing Got You Down? Schweitzer Mountain has so much terrain and so many different snow conditions it offers something to challenge any skier. Ski Tip #2 for 2009: Brush up on your ski or snowboard technique with Nice Turns! This multi week adult improvement program taught by Schweitzer’s top instructors, builds on a foundation, teaching basic skills, and then slowly integrating more complex skills. You will see steady improvement of your skills and the ability to reach the level of skiing or snowboarding that you want and are comfortable with. Whether you want... read more
October Newsletter

October Newsletter

My Residential Listings * My Land Listings * Investment Property * If you do not see what you need here call, I have access to unlisted properties and everything offered on the Multiple Listing Service! Kris@KristinaKingsland.com * KristinaKingsland.com Planning on a lift to the top this winter? Schweitzer Season Passes are on sale and the prices are going up October 31st so get yours now! Schweitzer pass info on line Is it time to burn that slash pile you have been adding to all Summer? Keep in mind that permits are required between May 10th and October 20th for a Free permit call 800-974-2373 For more information on who to call if you have questions about waterway encroachment, slash burning, timber harvesting, waste management and all environmental issues here is a list of Idaho Environmental Agencies Bank Owned lots near Lake Pend Oreille, starting at $49,000 There have been many Real Estate forclosures and the banks taking these properties back are motivated to get them sold! Like this beautiful lot I just listed for a local bank. This has driven prices down creating an excellent opportunity for buyers! Keep up on this segment of the market by getting my Distressed Property Watch list! Here are links to Vacant Land * Residential Properties * Commercial Properties (Links navigate away from this Page and are only Valid until 10/15/2010) Thank you for your continued support and appreciation, as friends, family, clients, and colleagues you are my business and serving you is my privilege! Helpful Links For Your Convenience Info link page on my website • Search the entire MLS for Real... read more
September Newsletter

September Newsletter

My Residential Listings * My Land Listings * Investment Property * If you do not see what you need here call, I have access to unlisted properties and everything offered on the Multiple Listing Service! Kris@KristinaKingsland.com * KristinaKingsland.com Come see the Show! The pounding of heavy hooves, the squeak of leather harness and the whistles of drivers fill the air at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. It is time for the Idaho State Draft Horse and Mule International Show This is a fun event for the whole family! Walk around and meet the contestants for a hands on experience or settle into the grandstands to marvel at the driving skills and drama of the 8 up teams and the weight pulls! See you there! September 23-26, 2010 Back to School! September has come and school is in session, pat your dog goodbye and get on the bus! In North Idaho we have many schools to choose from, here are links to a few: Bonner County Public Schools * West Bonner County Public Schools * Boundary County Public Schools * Sandpoint Charter School * Sandpoint Waldorf School * Sandpoint JR Academy * Sandpoint Christian School * Bonners Ferry Cornerstone Christian School * Bonner County Home School Group Distressed Property- Bank Owned 20 acres, Pasture, Trees, Creek, 10gpmWell, $115,000 There have been many Real Estate forclosures and the banks taking these properties back are motivated to get them sold! Like this beautiful 20 acres I just listed for a local bank. This has driven prices down creating an excellent opportunity for buyers! Keep up on this segment of the market by getting... read more
April Newsletter

April Newsletter

Kris@KristinaKingsland.com * KristinaKingsland.com Check out My Listings: Home with Schweitzer Views on 42 acres * Vintage Farm in Selle Valley * 40 acres bordering state land * Home with Shop in Spirit Lake * Short Sale-5acres 4bed2.5bath-$108,000! * 20 schweitzer view acres in the Selle Valley * 40 acres in Clark Fork * Clark Fork Riverfront Home * If you do not see what you need here call me, I have access to unlisted properties and everything offered on the Multiple Listing Service! Do You Dream of owning a home of your own? Time is running out to take advantage of up to $8000 in Tax Credits for Home Buyers! Homebuyer Tax Credits available through April 30, 2010! Interest Rates are low, now is a great time to buy! click on the blue links for full information Sophie Loves Bunnies! My daughter Erika recently got pet bunnies Luna, the black Netherland Dwarf and Willow, the gray Holland Lop. They are tiny and cute! They like to run in the yard and eat grass just like wild bunnies. At first I was worried about what the dogs would do, but… Sophie Loves Bunnies! Our 3 year old Bernese Mountain Dog Sophie likes to sit and watch them play! You see Distressed property, I see Opportunity! There are many pre-foreclosure “short sale” and post Foreclosure lender owned properties on the market right now. This is having a big impact on the real estate market by driving prices down. The lower prices provide an excellent opportunity for investors and home buyers who had previously been priced out of the market. For example... read more
June Newsletter

June Newsletter

Check out My Listings: Beautiful acreage outside Clark Fork * 10 acre Farm just North of Sandpoint * Waterfront Home on the Clark Fork River * 1.4 acres and a 2 bed 2 bath home very close to Sandpoint * Spirit Lake Home with Shop * Custom Home on 22 acres 10 miles North of Sandpoint OR: My Residential Listings * My Land Listings If you do not see what you need here call me, I have access to unlisted properties and everything offered on the Multiple Listing Service! Kris@KristinaKingsland.com * KristinaKingsland.com Black Bears: Entertaining Wildlife or Terrifying Pest? Black Bear are common in North Idaho, recently we have had a mother and her two cubs frequenting our neighborhood. This always results in an all night barking session from our dogs followed by a trip to the dump and a thorough clean up of anything a bear might eat…and they are not picky! Once a bear starts to associate people with food they get more and more bold about raiding trash cans and dog dishes for food, pretty soon they are a pest and well on their way to a bear vs. human conflict of interest they will not win! If you love them, enjoy them from a distance and be diligent in your efforts to keep your trash, bird food, dog food, compost, any and all edibles out of their reach! To learn more about Black Bears check out these web sites: Washington Fish and Game-Living with Wildlife Revelstoke Canada-Bear Aware Idaho Fish and Game-Wildlife Newsletter The colorful live links embedded in this page offer more information but... read more
February Newsletter * Happy Valentines Day!

February Newsletter * Happy Valentines Day!

Kris@KristinaKingsland.com * KristinaKingsland.com Check out My Listings: Home with Schweitzer Views on 42 acres * Vintage Farm in Selle Valley * 40 acres bordering state land * 5 parked out acres * Short Sale-5acres w/frame 4bed2.5bath-$129000! * 21 schweitzer view acres in the Selle Valley * 40 acres in Clark Fork If you do not see what you need here call me, I have access to unlisted properties and everything offered on the Multiple Listing Service! Great things are happening at Keller Williams Realty! We have opened our office at 212 N. 1st Ave in downtown Sandpoint. Here we are cutting the ribbon for our grand opening with the Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce and many of our supportive affiliates. Real Estate Market numbers are starting to trend upward and forecasts for 2010 look good! Keep in mind Homebuyer Tax Credits available through April, lock in your low Interest Rates now! Buyers and Sellers this is a great time to take action, let me know how I can help! The Times They are a Changin’…. It was a grey day in early February when I stopped to get a good look at the byway construction. Ironically with the low water level at this time of year I could see the remains of the old railway bridge across Sand Creek and reflect on the many changes that have taken place over the years. What will this latest improvement look like? Check out the Idaho Transportation Department web site for artist’s concept drawings of the US Hwy 95 Sand Creek Byway project and monthly construction updates. Come on up! There is not... read more
August Newsletter

August Newsletter

Check out My Listings: Beautiful acreage outside Clark Fork * 10 acre Farm just North of Sandpoint * Waterfront Home on the Clark Fork River * 1.4 acres and a 2 bed 2 bath home very close to Sandpoint * Custom Home on 22 acres 10 miles North of Sandpoint * 10 acres with septic and driveway OR: My Residential Listings * My Land Listings If you do not see what you need here call me, I have access to unlisted properties and everything offered on the Multiple Listing Service! Kris@KristinaKingsland.com * KristinaKingsland.com It’s Festival Time! The weather is beautiful the lake is inviting and the evenings are warm! It is a great time to sit in the moonlight and enjoy another great season of The Festival at Sandpoint Check out the great 2010 line up! If you have not already purchased tickets, they are available on line and at the gate for shows not already sold out and don’t forget that your favorite Sandpoint restaurants will be there offering up a wide assortment of mouthwatering food and drink! Summer is in full swing and the water is warm Whether you prefer the “Big Lake” Lake Pend Oreille Or a high mountain lake like Roman Nose Lakes there is ample room for all to enjoy! Locating property, selecting your high mountain destination or searching out single track trails? You need the Kaniksu National Forest Map! This great map covers both Bonner and Boundary counties showing roads, recreational access, section township and range designations, State and Federal lands and so much more! Stop by and pick one up or order... read more
July Newsletter

July Newsletter

Check out My Listings: Beautiful acreage outside Clark Fork * 10 acre Farm just North of Sandpoint * Waterfront Home on the Clark Fork River * 1.4 acres and a 2 bed 2 bath home very close to Sandpoint * Spirit Lake Home with Shop * Custom Home on 22 acres 10 miles North of Sandpoint * 10 acres with septic and driveway OR: My Residential Listings * My Land Listings If you do not see what you need here call me, I have access to unlisted properties and everything offered on the Multiple Listing Service! Kris@KristinaKingsland.com * KristinaKingsland.com ArtWalk 1 Was a great success thanks to the vibrantly colorful art of Amber Kohal and the musical talents of Scott Wilburn and his lovely wife Dawn. Join the party for Art Walk 2 coming to Sandpoint July 30th At Keller Williams Realty Sandpoint 212 N 1st Ave we are proud to partner with the Arts Alliance to highlight local artists by offering our walls to display and SELL their work. Come in to see the art anytime! Go Play Outside! Tom can’t stop smiling while he zips through the trees on his mountain bike. Farragut State Park has great bike trails for all abilities from challenging rocky shore line track along the lake to smooth, level, winding singletrack through the pines. Fun for the whole family! Locating property, decorating your walls or searching out single track trails? You need the Kaniksu National Forest Map! This great map covers both Bonner and Boundary counties showing roads, recreational access, section township and range designations, State and Federal lands and so much... read more