Homecoming MSU Bobcat Tailgate!

Posted on September 20, 2019 by brookew

Park at Big Sky Sotheby's International Realty (on the corner of Willson and Kagy) and join us for a taco bar and custom Bloody Mary before the Bobcat Homecoming game on October 12. 11-1:00 we will be here to support you in supporting the Bobcats!


Artist Reception: Meet Abby Pittman

Posted on September 10, 2019 by brookew
When you walk into the Bozeman office you will are immediately greeting by the colorful paintings by local painter, Abby Pittman. Her wildlife and landscape paintings are lively and complemented beautifully by her bright personality. You will be delighted to experience her work when you join Big Sky Sotheby's International Realty in Bozeman for drinks and appetizers while celebrating Abby and her work.
“I hope my paintings will remind people to slow down, notice the little details, and appreciate the amazing world we live in and the incredible creatures who share the earth with us." -Abby
Abby’s original art is guaranteed to brighten your day - and your home if you choose to take one home to make your own.
Earl the Eclectic

Common Types of Deeds

Posted on August 22, 2019 by First American Title Company

Common Types of Deeds

A WARRANTY DEED…warrants to the Grantee:

A. That the Grantor has not previously conveyed the estate or any interest therein to anyone except the Grantee; and

B The estate is free from encumbrances.

The General Warranty Deeds if the deed most used in insuring titles to real property and give the most protection to the Grantee.

A SPECIAL WARRANTY DEED…limits the warranty to: “by, through or under the Grantor but not otherwise.”

These deeds are often used when the conveyance is from an executor, administrator, trustee, guardian, etc. There must be a valid reason for the Grantor to be limiting the warranty. We want to be certain that the Grantor does not have knowledge of some defect I the chain of title that is not being acknowledged.

A QUIT CLAIM DEED…does not contain “grand and convey” language.

Quit Claim Deeds are not acceptable in the direct chain of title and are normally used only for  curative matters. An example would be where a Divorce Decree properly divest one spouse’s interest in the property to the other-a Quit Claim Deed may be used to satisfy disposal of the spouse’s interest in the real property records.

You can rely on your title company’s knowledgeable professional to work diligently to ensure the orderly and efficient transfer of real estate.

Contact Amanda Harris with First American Title Company with any of your questions today (406) 682.5337.

Categories: Real Estate

Mountain Mall Remodel - Summer 2019

Posted on July 22, 2019 by Lindsey Bedell

Construction is well underway on the Mountain Mall at the base of Big Sky Ski Resort Village. The Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty team was invited to get a sneak peek at the recent renovations. An open concept and new structural steel bring a much needed upgrade to the space, thus creating a natural flow for incoming and departing skiers. Grab a coffee before heading out to the slopes for the day, or sit down at the new Apres Bar after a day of adventure and enjoy the view of Lone Peak from the large picture windows.

You can expect expanded dining options in the new Mountain Mall that includes sushi, stone-fired pizza, coffee shop and breakfast stop, along with cafeteria-style food options. There will be additional restrooms and sitting areas added- both indoor and outdoor with views of Lone Peak. The large, beautiful fireplaces offer a feeling of solitude and create a place to warm up before heading back out to the slopes.

The construction will also offer the option to host an array of events and will boast a wedding venue, conference and events center and offer additional outdoor space to increase capacity to accommodate 750 people.

The option to enter through the lower level and use the changing area and rent day-use cubbies to store your belongings before hitting the slopes is a huge bonus! Take advantage of the new elevator that will take you to the central core of the building to access retail and restaurants; in addition to the elevator, a new staircase, accessible on the exterior, will be great for those people coming in from the slope side.

Jamie Daugaard, Centre Sky Architects and Rocky Mountain Rustics have been working hard to get this project up and running for opening day in November! We hope to see you on the slopes and enjoying this awesome new upgrade to the Mountain Mall!


Categories: Big Sky Culture

Big Sky's Market Report - Q2 2019

Posted on July 19, 2019 by Amy Sand
Big Sky Sotheby's International Realty provides the latest real estate statistics for Big Sky and it's surrounding areas. Get the stats Q2 2019 Market Report and stay informed.
Seller’s Market

We are definitely still in a seller's market! 

In Big Sky overall Q2 2019 vs Q2 2018, sold volume increased 18% and average days on market decreased 21%. Prices moved upwards with average sold price increasing over 30%.

Buying a house in a seller's market

To compete against other buyers in a seller's market, you need to be prepared. First, you’ll need a mortgage pre-approval letter if you are not paying cash before you start shopping, that way a seller knows you can afford to purchase.

You may also have to waive some contingencies to edge out other buyers—or widen your search to neighborhood with less demand.

Other ways to make your offer more attractive include increasing the amount of earnest money that you'll put into the escrow deposit, writing a personal letter to the seller and, of course, offering above list price. 

We look forward to being of service in 2019 - wherever your real estate requirements take you.

Categories: Real Estate | MARKET TRENDS

Do You Need A Survey?

Posted on July 19, 2019 by Erin Mandeville

According to First American Title Company, one of the Top 10 Title Problems Sellers encounter during the home selling process is Boundary, Survey Disputes. “You may have seen several surveys of your property prior to purchasing, however, other surveys may exist that show differing boundaries. Therefore, a neighbor or other party may be able to claim ownership to a portion of your property.” That can be scary stuff!

Further, did you know that Title Insurance (provided by the Seller at closing on behalf of the Buyer to ensure clear title) doesn’t insure a Buyer against proper fence placement? Without a survey, you may think you own more, or less, property then you actually do if you rely on the fence placement as your guide. Particularly in Montana, it is important to check the location of the fence as often we see them installed without surveys, or locating the corner pins.

In my own neighborhood, I am watching a neighbor go through the struggle of assuming they knew where the fence should be located; as they relied on the location of my fence, and continued their installation in a straight line. Fun fact, our lots are not all parallel on the south side. In the distance between three homes, there is a nearly 5’ of difference between my properly placed fence line to the neighbors improperly placed fence. Can you imagine the cost of moving a gazebo, concrete pad, and fencing?

fence  fence

You know that phrase “the Devils in the details”? The details are what will set your real estate experience apart. At Sotheby’s International Realty, the details are our speciality. Are you thinking a survey might be appropriate for you? Give us a call, let us connect you with the specialists in our area, that’s what we do!

Montana Home Sellers Guide: http://www.gofirstam.com/resources/montana-homeseller-guide.html

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The Collection - Summer 2019

Posted on July 17, 2019 by Amy Sand
Our collection of real estate listings
Explore real estate in The Collection of Big Sky, Bozeman and the surrounding area's listings magazine. Browse market statistics and our most recent significant sales.  Find out what is happening in Southwest Montana!
Categories: The Collection | Real Estate

All In. Big Sky Community Center – A Space for Everyone.

Posted on June 26, 2019 by Kali Gillette

Big Sky Community Center – A Space for Everyone.

by Kalli Gillette

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller.

When the people of Big Sky embrace an idea, they go big. It’s been a long-time dream to have an indoor community center, and today a space for recreation, eduction, arts and culture is becoming a reality.

Three years ago, Big Sky brought in a consultant to work with the Big Sky Community Organization (BSCO) and the Parks and Recreation District to assess the parks, open spaces and recreation in the area. The study found the only standard amenity missing from the community was a multi-use, public, indoor center.  As it turned out, the study also found this to be a top priority for both full time residents and second home owners.

Once these priorities were identified, the vision became clear; develop a permanent, year-round space where locals, visitors, organizations and clubs can connect and recreate. A community asset for culture, recreation, education and work space. A place that supports healthy lifestyles; physically, mentally and emotionally. A gathering place.

BSCO took the lead and set the wheels in motion. Philanthropic dollars were used for a cost analysis to identify 3.3 acres as the future site for this place. This land acquisition would also dedicate the existing well-loved Town Center Park as parkland in perpetuity. The plan made sense and a Founders Circle of 16 individuals donated money to purchase the parcel, which was then rezoned into dedicated open space.

The Founders Circle also funded the architectural design of the building. The center will house community learning and fitness rooms, an arts and cultural center, a gymnasium, a climbing gym, and office spaces for local non-profit organizations. Ciara Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer for BSCO explains, “Every space can be multi-use and utilized by all age groups. Whether it’s an after school program or a group of retirees, the space will be available for different ages at different times.” The master plan also includes an improved outdoor amphitheater and a refrigerated outdoor skating rink.

Another benefit of the plan is increased access to the trail system. During the study, 80% of residents said better connectivity to the vast amount of trails was highly important and the new project will provide a 43% increase in parkland.

Thus far, private funds have paid 100% of the cost. A capital campaign to pay for the building raised $12.5 million in philanthropic dollars. From there, the BSCO rolled out the public campaign, All In, to raise the remaining $5 million needed. “Every bit helps,” “Wolfe says, “From $20 to large donations, it’s important that this is a community-owned project.”

Tallie Lancey, BSCO Board of Directors and Chair of the Pubic Fundraising Committee, says, “At the Big Sky Community Organization, one of our guiding values is inclusivity. Our vision for the facility and its surrounding park space is to provide a safe place for our entire community to connect with each other, regardless of your background or ability. Furthermore, we are striving to build a Platinum LEED Building which would be the first of its kind in a Big Sky commercial application. Personally speaking, I'm delighted that BSCO is taking the bold step show the rest of the community how to create a healthy, sustainable building. Here's hoping that the residential marketplace will subsequently appreciate the benefits of healthy, sustainable spaces." 

Wolfe goes on to say, “The enthusiasm for this project speaks loudly for the values of the community. This is the most ambitious goal we have ever set. It shows a deep level of commitment to the people who live and visit Big Sky.”


Contributions can be made online at bscomt.org, or call Ciara Wolfe at ciara@bscomt.org.


Categories: Big Sky Culture

The Music Scene - Live from the Divide

Posted on June 19, 2019 by calliep

When it comes to the music scene, Bozeman lived with an unfair reputation for a long time. While natural beauty and adventure abound in Gallatin County, Bozeman suffered from a lack of good music venues, and the resulting stereotype that the county’s most populace city never supplied quality music.

Now, things have changed with the revitalization of several venues Downtown. If you ask a local, they’ll tell you that the stereotype simply isn’t true. Not only does Bozeman routinely ship in unique and excellent music that spans genre boundaries, there are also a number of exceptional and commensurately-unique venues in which to see some of this great music.

 For years now, Live from the Divide has been one of the hottest tickets in town.

 The Venue

Live from the Divide 

While Bozeman has seen unprecedented growth in the last 20 years, nothing typifies this turnaround better than the North Bozeman neighborhood, and more specifically, businesses like Live from the Divide.

30 years ago, North Bozeman was pock-marked with condemned homes, closed storefronts and shuttered industrial spaces. Now, it’s a magnet for the town’s creative entrepreneurs and small business gurus. Live from the Divide, in a lot of ways, sits at the center of this revitalized neighborhood identity.

Live from the Divide is as much a concept as it is a music venue. The venue is located in a 100-year old rail yard building just to the East of the Wild Crumb, and offers concert-goers a certifiably unique music listening experience.

LFTD puts on up to six acoustic Americana sets each month in a venue that’s limited to just 50 seats. This cap on capacity keeps each show intimately unique, and deeply personal.

Alcohol is BYOB, and each show is rebroadcasted on KGLT, the area’s alternative radio station, as well as on the LFTD website.

Even if you haven’t heard of many of the upcoming acts, we suggest choosing a show, buying tickets, and opening yourself up to the new experience. After all, LFTD has hosted the likes of Sturgill Simpson before he made it big.

Who will you see?


Upcoming Acts

Mike McLure June 19

Carson McHone July 2

Folk Revival Family July 17

All Upcoming Acts

The Details

Website: http://www.livefromthedivide.com/

Address: 627 East Peach Street, Bozeman, MT







Skiing in June - Beartooth Pass

Posted on May 3, 2019 by calliep

Summer Skiing in the Beartooths

Just because the snow in your backyard has melted away, doesn’t mean the ski season is officially over. In Montana, we’re blessed with a unique set of geographical features and elevations that allow for skiing when other states’ residents have long since hung up the winter gear. This season, save up some snow sliding momentum for an early summer skiing trip to Beartooth Basin. Not far from the resort town of Red Lodge, it can make a great weekend getaway, whether you're camping or looking for a cute B&B. The 2019 summer ski season is planned for May 26-July 7, snow and weather permitting. In addition to the ski area, there are other areas to ski in Beartooth Pass that don't offer lift service but provide excellent backcountry terrain. Travel through Beartooth Pass and you are bound to see skiers hiking and skiing in many different areas of the pass. For an incredible scenic drive back to Big Sky, drive Beartooth Pass all the way through, enter Yellowstone National Park through the Northeast entrance in Cooke City, enjoy the park scenery and wildlife along the way.

Summer Skiers Ready to Hike


About the Basin

Beartooth Basin Summer Ski Area was established in the mid-1960’s by three Austrian ski racers as a summer training location. As ownership has changed hands, the Basin is now a public ski area that offers a unique training space for ski racers, mogul skiers and freestyle athletes to keep their skills sharp late into the season. Beartooth Basin Ski Area runs two high speed Poma lifts that access 600 acres of terrain with a summit elevation of 10,900 feet. As a locally owned small operation, they are always working on how to financially make it worth spinning the lifts each year. If you are interested in donating to their Summer 2019 Operating Fund, please visit the GoFundMe site.

Nearby Red Lodge and Cooke City offer plenty of lodging and dining opportunities. Visit Beartooth Basin Ski Area’s website for more details on ticket price options and space reservation for ski camps and team events.


Beartooth Pass
Photos by Dave Pecunies Photography



New Release of 39 Branded Residences in the Montage Hotel

Posted on February 4, 2019 by Will Brunner

New Residences in the Montage Hotel at the Club at Spanish Peaks

I am excited to share with you the much-anticipated release of 39 branded residences in the Montage Hotel located within the boundary of the Spanish Peaks Mountain Club.  The Residences range in size from 2 bedrooms to 6 bedrooms, 2,244 to 7,603 square feet, and prices range from $5,760,000 to $17,870,000.  Within the 518,379 square foot ski in/ski out mountain luxury building there will be 150 hotel keys, 39 branded residences, 4 food and beverage outlets, world-class spa, fitness center, children’s center, event spaces and more.  Currently the anticipated completion date is late 2021.  Please reach out at your convenience should you or anyone you know have interest in learning more.

Best Regards, 

Will Brunner, Broker

Rendezvous Cross Country Ski Trails - West Yellowstone

Posted on December 26, 2018 by calliep

Rendezvous Ski Trails: A Southwest Montana Legacy
West Yellowstone, Montana

Not only is the Rendezvous Ski Trails system of groomed ski track extremely popular throughout the state of Montana, it’s also a cherished skiing mecca worldwide, where Olympic hopefuls, amateur racers, and total beginners congregate yearly to ski, brush up on their skills, and share in some of the best and most consistent Nordic skiing on the continent.

Rendezvous ski trail map

But what makes Rendezvous so consistently great is more than just the impeccable grooming and abundant trails. Located right in the heart of West Yellowstone, Montana, the Rendezvous Ski Trails network sits just outside of Yellowstone National Park at an elevation of 6,667’. This location and elevation combine to provide West with early cold temperatures that routinely linger around for longer than neighboring areas.

Rendezvous ski trail sign

This consistent cold and snow means that Rendezvous is often one of the earliest available training grounds for American skiers, and also the site of the Yellowstone Ski Festival over Thanksgiving, and the SuperTour season opener over the first weekend in December, where current and aspiring World Cup skiers and Olympians alike compete head to head.

During the winter season, enjoy XC skiing into Yellowstone National Park for a unique perspective of the area along the Riverside Ski Trail that begins near the West Yellowstone park entrance.

Riverside Trail Map

To learn more about Rendezvous Ski Trails, the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation, and upcoming Nordic skiing events at Rendezvous, visit their website here, and be sure to schedule a weekend trip soon.

Rendezvous Stats:

Distance from Big Sky: 51 miles (Including through 22 miles of Yellowstone National Park)

Total Trail Length: 35 km

Grooming: Trails groomed daily (weather permitting)

Classic/Skate: Both

Gear Rentals and Sales: Free Heel and Wheel

Side note - Rendezvous trails are also excellent for mountain biking and trail running during the warmer seasons!


Photos: skirunbikemt.com, Dave Pecunies Media, visitmt.com


Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Posted on October 23, 2018 by calliep

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The Big Mountain Out Our Backdoor: Lone Mountain Geology

Posted on October 2, 2018 by calliep

The Big Mountain Out Your Backdoor

Even to a hardened alpinist, Lone Peak is a stunning sight. Nestled in the heart of Montana’s rugged Madison Range, Lone Peak, home to Big Sky Resort, is solitary, hulking and gorgeous to behold throughout Montana’s distinct four seasons. But its unique beauty begs a lot of questions. Like, why is Lone Mountain so, well, lonely? And what makes it such a perfect venue for one the the country’s best ski resorts? The answers to these burning questions lie in the faults.


Our backyard, including Lone Peak and the Madison Range, is made up of 1.7 million year old deposits left over by the Yellowstone Caldera’s last explosion. As you drive north from Big Sky along the Gallatin River towards Bozeman, take note of the towering rock fins. Beloved by climbers and hikers alike, much of the exposed rock throughout Gallatin canyon is some of the oldest on the face of the earth.

Big Sky and Fan Mountain


Lone Mountain itself is a volcano that never erupted. While we enjoy skiing, biking, golfing and fishing in Big Sky, our home was a volcanic battle zone some 50 million years ago. The stunning scenery we love is the result of this chaotic geologic period in earth’s history. What was once a burning hot hell-scape is now a powder skiing mecca.

 Lone Peak at Big Sky Resort

Much of Lone Mountain is made up of an igneous rock called Dacite. Dacite is crystalized magma that spread throughout the cone of Lone Mountain all those years ago, giving the peak its solid shape. The hard minerals and rocks in Lone Mountain survived weathering and erosion, unlike the soft sedimentary rock that once surrounded the peak, leaving our beloved ski resort standing tall.


Whether you’re skiing Big Sky as a visitor, or gazing at its flanks from inside a Big Sky Sotheby’s represented home, understanding the geology at work inside Lone Mountain helps enhance our appreciation for our home.


Sunset in Big Sky

 Photos Courtesy of Dave Pecunies Photography








Meet the Artist: James Weikert

Posted on September 27, 2018 by amys

Event Details:

Join us in celebrating James Weikert's art which has been created from with memories of his explorations; snapshots of static landscapes converted into living, moving compositions. Enjoy light libations and appetizers and explore our Bozeman office all at once!

Date & Time:

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 from 4 - 6 PM

Hosted by Big Sky Sotheby's International Realty - Bozeman and Tory Cyr, Broker

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