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What’s Up with Interest Rates? (And what does that mean for builders?)

One of the biggest factors in housing affordability is mortgage interest rates. Mortgage rates increased from 3.11% at the end of 2021 to 5.25% as of May 2022. The last time interest rates were this high was in 2009. A substantial interest rate increase has a significant impact on how much a family or individual …

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Montana Development: Butte, Billings, & Kalispell

What’s up with Butte and Billings development in Montana? Check out what’s new! As 2021 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at Montana’s big development news. Here are some of the major commercial projects from across the state this year. While Missoula and Bozeman have long been hubs for commercial investment, we’re …

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Montana Click-to-Brick Marketing Strategies

Montana retail expert Connor McMahon takes questions on click-to-brick marketing strategies. Q: What’s a big trend you are seeing pop up for retailers? A: Omnichannel marketing or this click-to-brick concept. This is a fusion of online and brick-and-mortar shopping that leverages every channel available to the consumer, including social media, web, and mobile avenues, to …

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Recreational Marijuana in Montana

Commercial Building Owners, Interested in Jumping into Recreational/Adult-Use Marijuana?  There’s no doubt that some Montana CRE owners see the potential for recreational marijuana (AKA “adult-use” marijuana). Read on for a breakdown of the CRE considerations within the laws in place governing how the industry. In many Montana cities counties, work on adult-use recreational marijuana policies …

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Recreational Marijuana Policy in Missoula

Missoula Recreational Marijuana Policy White Paper Outlines Possible Zoning Recommendations Back in November 2020, Montanans voted to legalize the adult use of marijuana. After some hemming and hawing at the state level regarding the regulation of the formerly controlled substance, cities are now forging ahead to shape municipal policy for marijuana use.   On September …

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Montana Master-Planned Communities

As Montana Master-Planned Communities take shape, people have started asking us: what is a master-planned community? How does that work? Master-planned communities are large residential developments that offer residents a lot of different housing types and amenities. It’s different from a traditional subdivision in that it’s really selling a lifestyle that comes with the property …

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