North Idaho Real Estate: A Modern Day Gold Rush

By: Art Gib

North Idaho real estate has always carried a high premium. Before Idaho was a state and before it was even a recognized U.S. territory people have literally rushed to get their hands on North Idaho real estate. Is it the mountain scenery that calls to people? Is it the wildlife, the rivers, fertile farmlands or the beautiful frosty winters? Perhaps those things are reasons why people stayed, but historically the real draw to snatch up North Idaho real estate has been gold.

In 1860 gold was first discovered on the Clearwater River, an event that prompted a mass migration to North Idaho, causing the population to surge from less than 10,000 to 89, 000 before 1890. Few people actually found the gold they were looking for, more people were lucky with finding and mining silver, but even as hopes of striking it rich with gold or silver began to die, people didn't leave Northern Idaho.

Today Northern Idaho is still a beautiful place to live, attracting tens of thousands of new residents every year. The Idaho economy does not seem to be slacking like the rest of the country, and the housing market is booming. In this exciting atmosphere hiring a North Idaho real estate lawyer could be remarkably helpful.

North Idaho real estate lawyers are not real estate agents. They are not there to help you find a house, to talk you into buying a house you can't afford, or to barge into your home at all hours to show people around. North Idaho real estate lawyers are there to answer legal questions you may have regarding the sale of your property, to help you to negotiate the sale, to properly document the transaction, and to advise you as you go through the sale process. The services of North Idaho real estate lawyers are most suited to independent home sellers or buyers who don't want to pay commission fees to real estate agents, but need some assistance with the legal ins and outs of selling real estate.

Of course finding a good North Idaho real estate lawyer takes a little research; you don't want to trust just anyone with a law degree to serve your best interests regarding such an important sale or purchase. Following are a few tips that may help you find the right North Idaho real estate lawyer.

Talk to friends, family members and co-workers, or your state's Bar Association for referrals.
You can also call a local realtors association for referrals.

Prepare a list of questions pertaining to your situation. Most North Idaho real estate lawyers will answer simple questions over the phone for free. Identify a number of possible attorneys and call each one.

Ask how much each lawyer charges per hour, and request an estimate of the time required to complete the tasks you require - looking over contracts, handling disclosures, and helping with the closing.

Using this process should help you identify the best North Idaho real estate lawyers to suit your needs and facilitate the purchase or sell of your North Idaho property.

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