Montanans were VERY busy this Summer and Fall with home improvement projects. Ask any contractor or hardware store employee. We always has some project in the works for the last 18 months, to be honest.
Sure, you'll only find 'reasonably priced' homes in much smaller towns than Missoula, Bozeman or Billings but THEY DO EXIST in Montana. You just need to know where to look...and be a bit flexible with your home location. Joplin, anyone?