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

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Residential Water Conservation

Conserving water in your home is much easier than you think. By taking just a few simple steps, you can save water and decrease your water bill!... more

The Benefits of a Water Softener

Hard water can make you spend more on repairs, maintenance and energy. Did you know A water softener can improve your skin, make your clothes and appliances last longer, and soft water heats quicker.... more

Missoula Housing Market Continues Steady Recovery

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Low inventory, higher interest rates and a harsh winter have contributed to fewer home sales and a higher median sold price in Missoula this year compared to last year.... more

When it Comes to Mortgages, What’s in a Team?

By TRINA MURPHY - It's college basketball time...and the parallels between basketball and the team work required to get a home mortgage are really quite uncanny. Here's why: ... more

When it Comes to Mortgages, Just Say NO to Acronyms

By TRINA MURPHY - APR, LOE, VOD, TILA, LTV… No wonder folks applying for a mortgage are dazed and confused. Who can blame them? OMG!!!... more

Holiday Safety Tips to Keep the Season Merry

By DIANE BECK - Holidays are a time of celebration and fun. However, they have the potential to be a time of increased accidents. Here are some safety tips to keep your holiday season merry.... more

Four Leaf Removal Tools that Clear Yards of Fall Debris

You only need a few essential leaf removal items in your landscape tool collection to accomplish your autumn goal — removing the heavy leaves that smother grass and make your lawn a splotchy mess in spring.... more

Tips for Avoiding Rental Scams

A trend that has developed in the past several years is for these scammers, most often residing overseas, to skim rental property ads or vacant homes for sale and list them for rent at unbeatable prices. ... more

Renting vs Buying: What You Need to Know

The excitement and energy that Missoula’s University of Montana brings also comes with a tradeoff. As a community, we have far more renters than the national average, making the rental market even more compe... more

Water Damage: 8 Ways to Dry Out and Move On

Thanks to heavy snow pack and a wet spring, many of our Missoula neighbors have been dealing with water. While severe cases of flooding will most likely require professional assistance, homeowners can take step... more

Waters Rising in Western Montana

Every few years or so, it seems that Western Montana is in danger of flooding. Many homeowners combat this problem only when waters start to rise but do little to actually prevent the floods from happening or ... more

Protecting the Greatest Investment

Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetimes. Considering the upside cost and the large downside risk, it would be foolish to consider a de... more

Missoula Seeing Spring Thaw in Real Estate!

While spending is still more responsible than it was prior to the crash, consumers are beginning to feel more confident in their financial security. Folks are shopping, and eating out, and even looking for upg... more

Putting Down Roots

Recently, some have suggested that home ownership is detrimental to families because it makes homeowners less mobile and hinders their ability to move for a new job. Not true.... more

Can You Feel the Buzz?

Perhaps it is the chill in the air, the sunshine, or the wrap up of holiday’s spent with families and loved ones, but members of the Missoula community are experiencing an unmistakable buzz in the air.... more

All Real Estate is Local – Even in Montana

We’ve all heard the national news about housing prices plummeting and foreclosure rates soaring. Fortunately, in most of Montana, we have come through without the astounding foreclosure rates and falling home... more

21st Annual Missoula Parade of Homes

Each September Missoulians anxiously await the Annual Parade of Homes & Remodeling Tour. Sponsored by the Missoula Builders Industry Association, the 2010 Parade of Homes runs Thursday – Sunday, September... more

Moving with Pets

Planning a move to Missoula? Whether here or anywhere else, moving is never easy. Moving with a pet means extra stress for -- you and your pet. Because pets rely on routine, the disruption caused by a move can ... more

Moving with Children

Whether you're moving to Missoula or anywhere else, it's a very stressful time. Even though the adults are responsible for most of the move, moving with children brings its own set of challenges because moving ... more

Pet Licenses

Have pets? City and county ordinances require all dogs four months and older to be licensed. Licenses are timed to run concurrently with dog’s rabies vaccinations. New residents must purchase a dog license... more