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Order in the Home

The space-crunched bathroom. The cluttered kids' bedrooms. Your overburdened and much-used home office. Even if you don’t have time to go over every spot of your home—or can't seem to convince your little ones of the virtues of total tidiness—you can get more...

Montana’s Public Lands

Montana's public lands consist of about 28 million acres. Their administration is divided between the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, State Forestry Office, and the Montana Department of Fish...

Don’t Overlook Eastern Montana

The horizons are wide, the views sweeping; this is Montana east of the Rocky Mountains. A big country that takes up approximately two-thirds of the state. On the north it stretches 460 miles from Browning and the east slopes of Glacier National Park, to Sidney near...

Exploring Western Montana

As you're heading west through the prairie, suddenly, out there on the horizon, something is shining. Other travelers before you, the first white men to explore Montana, were told of this phenomenon by the Indians. They called the sight the shining mountains. Montana...

An Introduction to Montana

Montana has many names. It's “The Land of the Shining Mountains”, “High, Wide, and Handsome”, “The Treasure State”, "An Uncommon Land” and other things. It is, in sum, a land of beauty and extreme contrast. Chaos in the earth 's crust millions of years ago was indeed...

Issues Around the Household

Fixing things yourself has two big advantages: you save time and you save money, after all, who has the leisure—or the inclination—to wait all day for an expensive repair person to stop by? Of course, you probably shouldn't attempt to rewire your house or re-tile your...

Learning About Mortgages

OK, you've found the right house without having to use a buyer's broker, you've seen past the cosmetic repairs made by the seller to market his house, you've had your house inspection and your inlaws approve. Now, how do you finance the purchase? WHERE DO YOU START?...

Making Short Work of House Cleaning

With work, kids, and leisure pursuits all competing for your attention, cleaning house understandably may not be your priority. Still, if you're like most people, you consider a reasonably clean home to be one of life's essentials. So with limited time available, why...

Glossary of Real Estate Terms

Real estate can be quite overwhelming and confusing at times. Here is a list of every real estate related term you could ever want to know in alphabetical order: ABSTRACT OF TITLE: History of title and ownership of a parcel of land culled from a search of public...

Home Inspections

How do you protect yourself and your family from the horrors of structural defects, radon, lead, asbestos, water contamination and the like? Obviously, by having a strong inspection contingency provision in the contract of sale. This clause should include a...