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Old 02-04-2011, 08:05 AM
 
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I was contacted a executive recruiter about a job in Missoula this past week. Currenty living in the midwest so I don't know much about Missoula. Been doing some research online but wanted to get some first hand knowledge. My wife and I have two boys, one 13 the other 10. The 10 year old loves baseball.
We are currenlty in a 3500 sq foot 4 bedroom home on 1.5ac. What is the the currenlty housing market like?
How is the public school system?
Thanks
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:01 AM
 
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Hi and welcome to the Montana forum on City-Data.
I have heard that the Missoula schools are good but I have no firsthand experience.
I believe the housing market has already hit bottom in most of the western Montana market zones but if you are buying there still may be a lot of wiggle room for beating the asking prices down further.
I do not have a crystal ball though and may be wrong. Many realtors will not return calls to looky-loos and in some cases one needs to get a pre-qualifying note of some sort from the bank before a realtor will show a place.
If you live in the mid-west then you may be surprised how nice the climate can be at times in the Missoula area.
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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Missoula schools are generally considered good. If you're looking for a place on an acre or so, you would probably be in one of the outlying school districts, and they can vary in quality. Missoula has some active Little League organizations which include kids from the outlying districts.

Housing prices have finally been dropping and it's definitely a buyer's market, but depending on the values where you are currently at, they still might seem high (Missoula home prices have always been high for the wages around here). The best place to get a feel for the housing market is to check out the local Multiple Listing website at:
http://www.missoularealestate.com/
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:34 AM
 
Location: western montana
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There's so many sports in Missoula for your boys to participate in once you get up here, they won't be disappointed. It's similar to what you would have in the midwest. Baseball, softball, football, soccer, lacrosse, and tennis, just to name a few. The YMCA is pretty active in Missoula if the school isn't sponsering the same thing already. But I have a fealing once your boys are in Missoula, they're going to discover a new sport called snowboarding that's going to take them on a new tear! Good luck on your new job!
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Old 02-06-2011, 06:57 PM
 
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Montana prices haven't bottomed out at all ! Renting is expensive, over a thousand a month. 4 bdrm, probably 1400. a month. Cripes,if you want cheap you are going to have to go to a small town. Maybe Drummond. Schools are alright, but drugs are on the rise. We have alot of meth trouble in Missoula and all across the state. Now mary jane is easy getting, Alcohol in MT is huge!! The teens party hardy here and lots of accidents driving drunk
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:10 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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Montana prices haven't bottomed out at all ! Renting is expensive, over a thousand a month. 4 bdrm, probably 1400. a month. Cripes,if you want cheap you are going to have to go to a small town. Maybe Drummond. Schools are alright, but drugs are on the rise. We have alot of meth trouble in Missoula and all across the state. Now mary jane is easy getting, Alcohol in MT is huge!! The teens party hardy here and lots of accidents driving drunk
You just described almost every place in the nation.
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Old 02-07-2011, 11:00 PM
 
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I wouldn't say every place. I took these facts from the Independent Record and rated on per capita, so on..
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