Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Finding Recession-Proof Ground

According to a recent article in Forbes headlined, "Recession-Resistant Cities For Real Estate," 25 U.S. locations provide solid ground to those battling shaky economic times. Spokane, Wash., at No. 5, is one that made the cut.

"These are the 25 metro areas ushering in a steady rise in home prices since the beginning of 2011, according to Zillow.com," Forbes wrote.

List-qualifiers were chosen based on home values both on and off the market; this includes logistics such as home sale prices, property histories and tax records.

Forbes ranked Spokane, with a median home price of $148,800 ahead of such cities as Pittsburgh, Destin, Fla., and Boulder, Colo.

Spokane, located in the heart of the Inland Northwest, is home to more than 200,000 people (citydata.com). Whether it's city life, a vivid outdoor experience, reputable school systems, or an easy-access airport as a launch pad for travel-enthusiasts, Spokane offers a variety of aspects that keep its real estate market steady and its residents coming back for more.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sandpoint, Idaho determined a national hot spot

In a country that includes varying landscape, numerous historical monuments, and picturesque scenery, it's tough to pinpoint the best places in America to spend your time.

Yet, teams participating in a "Best of the Road" contest may have found them. The contest, sponsored by Rand McNally and USA Today, evoked surprising findings recently chronicled in a USA Today article headlined, "The five best small towns in America." The task required each team to "start in New York City and wind up in Los Angeles, exploring the best of small-town America along the way," USA Today wrote.

And amongst the winners, dubbed the "Most Beautiful" by its surveyors, is Sandpoint, Idaho. Located northeast of Spokane, Wash. in the Idaho Panhandle, Sandpoint provides the scenery of Lake Pend Oreille, vast mountain expanse and outdoor activities galore.

"Sandpoint isn't just a 'drive through and let's stop here' place," the team that visited told the USA Today. "Its quaint downtown shops and restaurants welcomed us in, and its landscape kept us in awe."

Also included on the list were Walla Walla, Wash., Lafayette, La., Rapid City, S.D., and Glenwood Springs, Colo. The five winning towns "were chosen based on friendly people, great scenery, terrific food, patriotic fervor and just plain fun," USA Today wrote.