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Old 06-17-2013, 11:08 AM
Location: El Paso, TX
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Hello All,

I have been researching for the past 3-4 months in regards to moving to Montana. I recently found out I am the father of twin girls from 5 years ago when I was in the Army. Took me quite a while to find my ex and get a DNA test done.. however that is a long story and besides the point really.

In order to be closer to my daughters and catch up on the years taken from me I am considering the Conrad, Shelby, Cut Bank, and Great Falls Locations.

The closer to the Canadian border the better in regards to driving distance to see my daughters. I am having a very hard time locating rentals in the Shelby and Conrad locations. I understand these are smaller communities and there probably isn't a lot of turnover when it comes to rental properties.

I understand jobs in Montana are far and few between (especially for my profession) however I will continue work with my job as a Systems Architect remotely.

Is there a list of apartment complexes / town homes or other available properties for the smaller communities mentioned above? My move in date would most likely be late August or Early September depending on how long it takes for me to get my home rented here on the east coast.

I appreciate any insight / feedback / suggestions.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:00 PM
Location: North Dakota
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Check the local newspapers. Great Falls will probably be the easiest one to find rentals in due to its size.
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:51 PM
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Be sure to check internet availability and quality in the smaller communities before moving. I would choose Great Falls to start. The internet will be fast and an airport is available.

You can always move to one of smaller communities if a rental becomes available later. In towns that size rentals are likely filled by word of mouth, sign in rental window, or a bulletin board at the bank, post office, or library. Good luck.
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:24 AM
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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I agree that Great Falls would be the best choice for having more community resources and internet access, but you could also check out Havre. Havre is small, but home to one of the campuses in the University system.

hope that helps
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:26 AM
Location: Moscow
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Happiness Is beat me to it. You might check out Havre. Much smaller than GF, but much larger than your other possibilities. Large enough to have anything one REALLY needs. Pop. of about 10k. Should have way more rentals than Shelby or Conrad.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:52 PM
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I'd choose Cut Bank. The location is great, near the Canadian border and Glacier National Park. It's a nice town, nice people, and has just about everything you need, and there's always many choices of something to do. There are a number of medical facilities, a great library, school system, churches, and the shopping choices are excellent. Many other services are available, too, with more on the way. Cut Bank is larger than Conrad or Shelby.

The housing market is growing. Check out the CB Chamber of Commerce and/or CB Pioneer Press for info, rentals, etc. I think the main thing Cut Bank has going for it is its "can-do", forward-looking attitude. It's a progressive, diverse town, and has something for everybody, and has been dubbed "The city with the bright future". I believe it.
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