The Story Behind the "M"

The "M" is 620 feet above the Missoula Valley floor. It is 125' feet long and 100' feet wide. University of Montana forestry students cut the switchbacks into the side of the hill in the early 1900's. The first "M" was assembled out of whitewashed rocks in 1909, and given a fresh coat of paint by freshmen every year, until 1968, when all those rocks were cemented together with concrete.

Photo by Nelson Kenter, kenterphotography.com

Archive for the ‘Housing’ Category

Buyout Of Flood Victims’ Homes Planned, But All Residents Need Flood Protection

Missoula County plans to  apply for a $4 million grant to buy out homeowners whose properties are prone to flooding in the west of the city.... more

The Difference Between Renting A Dumpster And Hiring A Junk Removal Company

Here is the difference between getting a dumpster and hiring a junk removal company:... more

Seven ways to get a down payment for your first home

Here are some options for getting a downpayment for your first home. ... more

Things Nobody Tells You About Being a Property Agent

Here are some of the things you should know about being a property agent.... more

Frequently Asked Questions About Home Improvement

Here are the most common frequently asked questions about home improvement. ... more

Home Renovations to Sell Your House Faster

Here is a list of affordable and straightforward renovations that you must consider for the home you are about to place on the market. ... more

5 Ways Millennials Can Prepare for Home Buying

If buying a home is your goal, you can make it possible with the right preparation. Here are five tips that will get you ready to buy your dream home:... more

7 Major Risks Every Real Estate Investor Should Be Aware Of

Before you get excited and take unnecessary risks, carefully read the following to know the common risks that the real estate sector entails.... more

How to Find How Much Your House is Worth

Here are some ways to help you determine how much your house is worth.... more

7 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Property Management Team For Your Real Estate Business

Perhaps it is time for you to hire experts to deal with your real estate. Take a look at these points to know more about the advantages of having your own property management team. ... more

Practical Tips That Will Help You Save Money For Next Month’s Rent!

Here are a few tips which will help you save money for the next month’s rent.... more

7 Reasons To Install A Gas Fireplace in Your Home

If you're looking to install a fireplace in your home, there's a myriad of reasons why you should install a gas fireplace.... more

Every Home Needs Protection, Are You Protected?

The following are a few things every home need to feel protected. ... more

Tips for a More Serene Living Space

If you're looking to create a serene living space there are a few quick tips (reminders) you can follow to change the room entirely.... more

Why You Should Hire Professionals When Replacing Your Windows

Before you decide to do it yourself, consider looking over some points on why you should hire a contractor offering a professional service.... more

What are the Advantages of Buying Distressed Properties?

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18 Home Improvement Ideas

Most of these home improvement ideas can be done in a very short time.... more

Flooring Styles That’ll Surely Be Still on Trend in 2020

You can transform your entire space with the help of our vision that sees into the future of the latest trends and presents to you the most popular types of flooring for 2020.... more

“Equitable Homes for All” Subject of Two Public Meetings

“In My Backyard: Equitable Homes for All” is a two-part series of free public meetings to explore: How do we finance housing to bring down the cost and where do we put it? ... more

Great Reasons For Getting a Home Loan

Getting the house of your dreams may just be at the tip of your fingertips.... more

4 Essential Tips for a Successful House Renovation

Whether you are renovating a whole house from top to bottom or a couple of rooms to bring them up to a modern standard there are a few basic principles that you should follow,... more

What To Look For When Renting A House

With this guide, you’re going to learn about the top things to consider when attempting to rent a house.... more

Why Should You Buy a Central Air Conditioner for Your Home?

There are dozens of benefits associated with adding air conditioning to your home. Here are just a few:... more

First Time Home Buyer in Montana: 5 Words of Wisdom

If you are buying a home in Montana, you will appreciate these pieces of advice. Welcome to this introduction for the first time home buyer in Montana.... more

How to Reduce Non-Biodegradable Waste and Recycle More Effectively

Besides recycling waste, you can considerably reduce it by adopting various healthier alternatives to non-biodegradable products. ... more

Things You Should Know Before Selling Your Home

When preparing to sell a home, it is important that you know what to expect and prepare well.... more

Is it Possible to Pay Your Mortgage with a Credit Card?

By following the tips provided, paying for your mortgage using your credit card can reap you some juicy rewards while enabling you to make timely payments.... more

Buying a Home with Bad Credit: Pros and Cons of Every Option

It’s a sad truth that buying a house with a bad credit score is extremely difficult. ... more

5 Common HOA Rules You Don’t Know About

Here are a few rules that are common among HOA's across the country.... more

How Yurt Housing differs from a Traditional Home

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Missoula in Motion Launches January Clear the Air Challenge

For the month of January, Missoula In Motion will challenge citizens to reduce the amount of C02 they emit into the air by trying to limit their solo driving trips.... more

How to Start a Green Team at Your School

You’ve finally decided your school needs an Eco-messiah, and you’re looking into starting a green team, but you don’t know where to start? ... more

3 Things to Consider Before Purchasing Commercial Real Estate

So, you’ve decided to buy some income producing property, and you’ve decided against residential property.... more

Why Land for Sale in Missoula is Your Ticket

With land for sale in Missoula and its best communities, now is the ideal time for you to start looking for your dream home here.... more

Tips on Getting Financial Help for Your First Apartment

Financing an apartment can be very expensive, and unless you’ve got plenty of savings in the bank, you’re going to need to think about financing this adventure.... more

What Are the Pros and Cons of Refinancing a Mortgage?

Choosing to refinance your mortgage is an often overwhelming decision. Examining the pros and cons can help you determine the ideal option for you and your family.... more

Affordable Housing Area For Missoula On The Way

By CINDY CUMMINGS - Missoula is a great place to live and work, and it’s one of Montana’s favorite cities for a day out too. ... more

How a Realtor in Missoula Can Help Accurately Price Your Home

One of the most important components of selling a home is pricing it right. ... more

Montana Homestead Declaration – Why it’s Important for Homeowners

By ALLISA WINBERG - The state of Montana has a wonderful Homestead Exemption Act that is designed to protect the investment you have made in your home. Here are the details.... more

Smell Makes Cents

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - Realtors are gearing up for the busiest time of the year. Smell, believe it or not, plays a big role in the whole process.... more

I’m Not in Love with the Reverse Mortgage

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - What can you do to protect yourself, your parents, or others who may be considering a reverse mortgage?... more

I LOVETT! Music Plays Again in an Old Company Town

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Lyle Lovett & His Large Band were the first show to take the stage at the new KettleHouse Amphitheatre in what was an amazing evening of entertainment.... more

February: LOVE Your House Month: Fire Safety

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Take a little time to learn what YOU can do to keep your home warm and toasty, while keeping yourself and your family safe during these cold winter months.... more

Missoula is Our Home for the Holiday

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Sit back and enjoy a little clip of scenes from in and around Missoula! Wishing you and yours a safe, wonderful and warm holiday season!... more

Growing Birds in the Garden City

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Why did the chicken cross Missoula Ave? Perhaps to say hello to the new neighbors, Quail and Duck!... more

Nesting in the Zoo: Storing History in Milltown

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Ask anyone in Bonner, West Riverside, or Milltown where they used to go buy groceries and more than likely you will hear a variety of responses: Milltown Market, Finky’s or Disbrow’s.... more

Nesting in the Zoo: Create a Great Learning Space

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -How do people create a productive learning environment at home? I'm convince it takes headspace, and physical space.... more

30+ Things for Kids to Do in Missoula, Montana

By LINDA McCARTHY - I am amazed at how many free and low cost things there are to do with kids in Missoula, Montana. My daughter and I compiled a list of more than 30 Things to Do With Kids in Missoula:... more

Trash Talk Missoula

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -On a bright Saturday morning, approximately 75 boaters, tubers, and divers met to talk trash! River trash that is. It was the 13th year of the annual Blackfoot River Cleanup.... more

Understanding Agency – Part III: Dual Agency

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -The annual Missoula Marathon: one of the highlights of the year for many locals and visitors to our town!... more