WASHINGTON — Consumer spending has soared since the Great Recession ended five years ago in U.S. states with oil and gas drilling booms and has lagged in states hit especially hard by the housing bust.
Designers see many of the same decorating “don’ts” over and over in people’s homes. The mistakes often stem from a fear of making a design mistake in the first place.
Sparkling new kitchens and spa-like master bathrooms still sell homes, but homeowners looking for the best return on investment should more often consider minor updates that won’t break the bank, real estate experts say.
When remodeling or preparing to sell your home, getting the biggest return on your investment is not always easy to figure out. Deciding what project, budget and scope of work are all things that will determine what value or return you will get from the project.
The Montana Auditor’s Office is reviewing its records after learning that Christa Ann McClure, a former employee, is facing federal fraud and theft charges in connection with her previous work as director of a Billings housing organization.
BOZEMAN — Incoming students at Montana University, combined with a growing general population, have left Bozeman with a skintight rental home market, a development that's led to a competitive culture among those seeking to get into a lease.
Mike Lehman, of Grounds to Gable Home Inspection Services, inspects a home on Santa Fe Drive. His wife, Billie, checks out interiors during their inspections.
New homes are being built on the west side of 56th Street West south of Grand Avenue.
Carpenters frame a new home near the intersection of North Castle Stone Square and South Sundance Mountain Trail.
Mike and Kim Getlinger are shown with their children, from left, Amelia, Charlie and Maxwell. The family had to rent for three years to establish a job history to get another mortgage.
Jim Dawson of Dawson Builders, Inc., left for North Dakota when home building virtually stopped in Billings. Now he’s back building spec homes, including one for the Getlinger family at 1111 Matador Ave.
New foundations wait for framing crews as houses along Twin Oaks Drive and Shaw Circle in Billings Heights take shape.
CASPER, Wyo. — Kim Summerall-Wright became the head of the Casper Housing Authority in January, but her appointment wasn’t announced publicly until last week. The former director of the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, she now takes the helm of the agency responsible for overseeing Casper’s…
MISSOULA — In 2013, Missoula County’s economy will be almost idle again, with small growth in long-depressed industries tempered by national question marks and consumers who remain wary of spending.
At one point in his life, Jacob Swecker couldn’t see himself having a job or place to call his own and raise his 6-month-old son.
MISSOULA - Like a broken record, the economic outlook for Missoula in 2012 is a message residents have heard over and over for the past several years.