UM economists try to explain why housing prices are up across Montana
February 7, 2019
HELENA - Housing costs have risen across Montana in recent decades, to the point where residents are feeling the pinch between wages and their rent or mortgage payments, say economists with the Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
The unanswered question is: why?
"Housing the people is one of the most basic services, one of the most basic things we can expect our economy to provide," BBER Director Patrick Barkey told a crowd in Helena in a Jan. 29 presentation delivered as part of the bureau's 2019 Montana Economic Outlook Seminar tour.
"This is a daunting challenge, the challe...