Big Sky School District 72 Reopening

Posted on August 11, 2020 by amys

What Does School Reopening Look Like?

The Big Sky School District has worked tirelessly with their Board of Directors and a task force consisting of teachers, administrators and working parents with school aged children to determine the best course of action for reopening the district schools for learning this year.

Results of the Parent Re-Opening Survey:

At this moment, the plan is to work on a learning model that is 50% in person and 50% distance/virtual on a rotating basis to help facilitate social distancing. The specifics of that are still being ironed out and this is always subject to change depending on the level of community infection. There is an option for virtual/distance learning to any student that feels more comfortable off campus with some restrictions.

The school will be implementing additional safety practices, updates to their facilities and a plan for testing.

Here are all the details.


Have you been dreaming of owning a home with river frontage where you can walk out your back door and wet a line?

Absarokee is a scenic, small community serving as a gateway to fishing, hiking, camping and outdoor exploration along the Stillwater and Yellowstone rivers and the nearby Absarokee-Beartooth Wilderness.  Secluded but accessible to the Billings Airport (65 miles) and Red Lodge Ski Resort (48 miles).

Stillwater River Ranch

This 1,365 acre ranch is a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 3,196 sq.ft. ranch style home with large bonus room over the 3-car garage, an expertly rebuilt square log guest cabin, a large restored barn and riding arena/corrals. The ranch also has perimeter fencing, a stock watering system and water rights.

If you are interested in buying or selling riverfront property contact Laura T. Sacchi today for a property valuation.

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Categories: Significant Sales

What is Virtual Home Staging?

When you’re trying to sell your home, especially in a hot housing market like Big Sky and Bozeman, effective home staging can make all the difference in how quickly your home sells — and for how much. Unfortunately, staging a home can be time-consuming, expensive and stressful. Homeowners are usually too attached and biased about their home to avoid making choices that distract potential sellers, and not everyone can afford to hire a professional interior decorator to make those choices for them.

That said, technology has a way of presenting new solutions that we wouldn’t even have considered before. Such is the case with the advent of an innovative process called virtual home staging. Now being touted as an affordable alternative to traditional staging methods, virtual home staging allows potential buyers to visualize their new home with their own furnishings and decorating style through an Augmented Reality-based app. By taking the staging experience online, sellers have a more powerful tool for helping buyers see the potential in their home, while reducing dependence on in-person viewings as the sole opportunity to make a good impression.

How Virtual Home Staging Works

Since virtual staging occurs online via an app, photographs become the primary tool in helping buyers visualize the home. The main requirement for sellers is to provide high-quality photos of the vacant rooms in the home. This is easy enough if the house is already vacant, but even temporarily moving furnishings out of the room for a photo is cheaper than professional staging – virtual staging also makes it much easier to sell vacant homes without the extra cost of physical staging.

By using the app, home sellers can utilize Augmented Reality (AR) to superimpose a variety of staging designs (consisting of furnishings and décor) over the photo so prospective buyers can see what the rooms will look like. Swapping out pieces and designs is as easy as a click or tap, allowing buyers to view a variety of staging options for the same space.

Benefits of Virtual Home Staging for the Seller

  • May reduce or eliminate the need to stage the home physically
  • Can use virtual staging as a supplemental tool to entice buyers to visit
  • Allows the buyers to see their own style and furnishings in the space, making it easier to convince them to make an offer

Benefits of Virtual Home Staging for the Agent

  • Enables the agent to store and show clients multiple properties from the palm of their hand
    Empowers agents to customize the staging experience to the client’s wants and needs using AR technology
  • Increases interest in advance of on-site viewings
  • Increases sales

Benefits of Virtual Home Staging for the Buyer

  • Using an app allows a buyer to view multiple homes at once, fully staged, before ever making an on-site visit to properties
  • Enhances the buyer’s ability to see what the home would look like decorated in their style and sensibilities
  • Even after making an offer or closing the deal, buyers can use the app to assist in making decorating decisions for their new home.

Sotheby’s International Realty® is proud to offer an AR-based app called Curate to assist buyers, sellers and agents with the process of visualizing prospective properties. To learn more about how virtual home staging can help enhance the buying and selling experience of your Big Sky or Bozeman home, call Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty today Big Sky - 406.995.2211 or Bozeman - 406.586.6688.


Q2 Big Sky Market Watch

Posted on July 20, 2020 by Amy Sand
Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty Friends & Family,
As a result of the unprecedented social changes we’re experiencing, Big Sky notably, has seen unprecedented numbers of folks moving here. Buyers are out in record numbers seeking homes in our markets, while listings under contract and showings are surging over last year. If we thought it was a Seller's market before the pandemic it is now more than ever. The moment to list your home, condo or land for sale is now. The brokers at Big Sky Sotheby's International Realty continue to work for buyers and sellers as a result of continued interest in properties here in Big Sky, Montana. 
Under Contract
Our agents continue to communicate and present opportunities to our buyers and continue to be in contact with our sellers regarding appropriate protocol for property tours and showings. Our priority is keeping our families and clients safe and healthy, and we are taking recommended measures to accomplish this.
Click the link below to see what happened last quarter. Big Sky Sotheby's International Realty provides the latest real estate statistics for Big Sky and its surrounding areas.
It appears that this will not be a short-lived challenge for our country or the world, and social distancing may be an increasingly valuable benefit of property ownership in Montana. For those looking for a retreat away from high-density areas, we’re happy to assist you in finding a special place where you and your family can remain healthy and happy.
Be a good neighbor. Stay safe and stay healthy. 

Our Collection - Summer 2020

Posted on July 13, 2020 by Amy Sand
Our collection of real estate listings
Explore real estate in Our Collection - winter edition.  Explore real estate in Big Sky, Bozeman and the surrounding area's. Browse market statistics and our most recent significant sales.  Find out what is happening in Southwest Montana!
Categories: The Collection | Real Estate

Managing COVID-19 in Gallatin County; A Look Behind the Scenes

Posted on June 15, 2020 by Kali Gillette

When Governor Bullock announced the shelter in place directive on March 26, 2020 in order to flatten the curve of COVID-19, Gallatin County was already ahead of the game. Gallatin County Health Department, led by Health Officer Matt Kelley, had been watching the pandemic unfold beginning in December and had formed an incident command system within the Health Department to address the coming spread of the virus in our community.

Mid-March the first case arrived. Kelley took a look at what agencies were likely to be involved if the situation escalated. Realizing the Health Department didn’t have the capacity to sustain the operation themselves, he brought in other public safety agencies and formed a Gallatin County Incident Command System Structure.

Patrick Lonergan, Chief of Emergency Management and Fire became the Incident Commander for Gallatin County’s COVID-19 response and together, they sketched out what functions they would need to manage the situation. First, they looked at what positions the Health Department currently had, and where they would need more help. “If it turned into a situation where the hospital became overwhelmed or needed to move patients around, we would need a lot of additional players,” Lonergan explained.

There were a variety of duties to manage. A comprehensive group of local agency partners including, but not limited to, the City of Bozeman, Gallatin County and Gallatin City-County Health Department formed a joint communication infrastructure to educate and inform the public. Public safety agencies such as law enforcement, the fire department and coroner’s office all played a role in planning. Once the team was in place, they began a daily planning cycle, starting with a 7:30 a.m. call to create a 24-hour incident action plan.

Logistics such as sourcing and hands-on delivery of equipment and supplies needed to be coordinated. Operationally, the Health Department needed help managing quarantine, isolation and contact tracing. Simultaneously, larger entities such as Bozeman Health, the City of Bozeman and Montana State University all had internal structures in place. Gallatin County Incident Command assumed responsibility for the coordination of the incident to be sure everyone was on the same page and moving in the same direction.

Planning moved along at this pace for the next 60 days. Gallatin County residents took the directive seriously and did their part by diligently staying home and actively social distancing. And then, the curve started to flatten. The social action worked.

While the shelter in place directive was successful, it wasn’t sustainable forever. “People have to go to work at some point,” Lonergan said. He goes on to explain, “I think everybody recognizes that the virus didn’t disappear when we shut down our communities, but it was a lot harder for it to move around. As people start moving around more and the tourist season starts, there will be more transmission of COVID-19. We don’t know what that’s going to look like, but it’s obviously a concern.”

The group is now preparing for the summer season. “Bozeman and Big Sky have good infrastructure,” Lonergan said, “but West Yellowstone needs support, they don’t have a lot of medical infrastructure.” Plans are in the works to enhance their capacity to be able to adequately test people. “If someone comes through who is not feeling well or is symptomatic, we want to make it easy for them to get tested so if they do have COVID-19, they will know and can act appropriately,” says Lonergan. “Another concern is exposure to the workforce. We want it to be easy for workers to get tested and not spread it through the workforce.”

The system is set up to adjust with the demand. For example, the county has also secured hotel rooms in West Yellowstone in the event travelers or workers need them. While we’re not out of the woods with COVID-19, Gallatin County is in a relatively good spot, given the coordinated efforts behind the scenes. Asked what advice he would impart to residents and visitors, Lonergan replied, “It’s important to take it seriously. Keep social distancing and taking health precautions such as washing your hands frequently and not touching your face. And if you think you’re sick, get tested, and stay home.”

Categories: Southwest Montana

"It's never anything we had imagined was coming our way," said Whitney Littman, a Big Sky School Board Member.
These words have probably crossed the mind of almost every educator in the country in recent months. In Big Sky, however, the school district was ready. Other resort towns, such as Ketchum, Idaho, were already seeing COVID-19 numbers skyrocketing. School district administrators, educators, and board members were aware enough to realize the potential for the virus to come this way was high.

"In terms of preparedness," Littman says, "our district was already a one-to-one technology district. We had the capacity, which is one of the things that made it so smooth for us. We have an incredible team at the district who are so thoughtful and forward-thinking, we were able to be proactive."
A smooth transition it was. On Friday, March 12, 2020, the school district decided to send as many devices home with students as possible. That day, the technology team arranged for 225 kids to have computers. Within 72 hours of the Governor's closure, every child had a device in their hand. (Kindergarten through 2nd-grade students received study packets.) "My fourth-grade student had almost his entire school kit in his backpack Friday afternoon," Littman explains. "On Wednesday, we picked up my seventh grader's laptop and cord. Everything was sanitized and ready." As such, online distance learning was fully up and running just two days after the board decided to move to online learning.

The school already utilized Google Classroom as a platform, so the students were familiar with how to access it. Google provided free licensing for their Google Meet technology, and by Tuesday, teachers had already sent out emails about how classes were going to take place the next day. Within 48 hours of the Governor's school closures, administrators and teachers created online learning platforms, and school was back in session.
"It was very natural, I think, for most of the students," Littman said. "Kids are so savvy these days. It's hard to imagine, but they woke up the next morning and went to class."

The school had 90% attendance that first day. Through mid-May, the average attendance was 94%. "This illustrates the community's passion for education and regard for the district and teacher's efforts to keep quality of education high," says Littman. "We did not compromise quality, despite the circumstances."
During the transition, 3 Rivers Communications worked with families who needed internet access. "They were incredible in helping to facilitate that," Littman says, "it was a very thoughtful approach to be sure we were as inclusive as possible."

All said and done, the district had 400 devices in use between educators and students.

It didn't stop there. The school board also supported a program to make prepared lunch boxes that were ready to go the same day. These lunches weren't just for school children, the district communicated to the greater Big Sky community that they were willing to feed anybody in need.

Littman says, “I saw incredible compassion and dedication and commitment from the teachers, not just in how prepared they were to use technology. There were new manifestations from students that came out of this. There was new stress on children, younger children in particular. They missed their friends and their contact with teachers, which is all understandable. School was different.”

When the Governor allowed schools to be back in session on May 7, the school district sent a request to families asking for feedback. They wanted to know how people felt about returning to the classroom. Overwhelmingly, the feeling was that everything was working and preserving students' safety, teachers, administrators, families, and the community; they would finish the year online. For Littman, this was a signal that families were comfortable with the quality of education that was taking place; that they were operating under the same standards that they would in a non-COVID environment.

"I saw a compassionate learning environment, where the kids were supportive of each other, and teachers understood the variety of family dynamics. While teachers may have had their own children as learners in their homes, they were also teaching their students. Some parents were working from home while their children were learning. Some families had a parent working, a student and a baby all in the same home, all day! It was a new environment; everyone was learning together: parents, students, teachers and administrators. It was a neat process to be a part of, and I'm proud of the district," Littman said.
What school will look like in the fall is yet to be seen. "Our commitment as educators is to reach the peak of excellence. We will strive to be excellent in whatever format education looks like in the fall," Littman says.

Speaking of the future, during quarantine, the community passed a $23.5 million school bond. These funds will help accommodate the enrollment growth, provide funding for a STEAM facility, remodel some areas inside of the middle and high schools, and adjust the athletic facilities to become Class B, which includes a new gymnasium and a turf field with a new track. Money will also be used to rework the parking lot and offer better school safety.

“These measures will form an incredible addition to the current school facility for the next decade and are a wonderful community asset.” Littman says. "For a community that swells with tourists during peak times of the year, the full-time residents are incredibly passionate and heartfelt about what Big Sky means, and the opportunity we all have to live here. I believe everyone upholds that commitment. Who we are and who we want to be is really strong."


Big Sky Relief: Pulling Together to Aid the Community

Posted on June 10, 2020 by Kali Gillette

On Saturday, March 14, 2020, it was evident that things were getting real regarding COVID-19 reaching Big Sky. The resort had not yet announced it was closing, but other resorts around the Rocky Mountains were.

Kevin Germain, Big Sky Resort Area District Board Chairperson, and Danny Bierschwale, Big Sky Resort Area District, saw the writing on the wall. That day, they had multiple calls with the attorney representing the tax board. The local resort tax has been in existence since the 1990s and helps local non-profits and government entities in Big Sky. Since its inception, the tax is collected throughout the year, and the funds distributed in June. The two men wanted to know if they could do things differently this year and distribute a portion earlier to respond swiftly to the pandemic. As it turned out, they had quite a bit of flexibility and could tap into the money they had already collected. The wheels were in motion.

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Big Sky Resort announced they would be closing the following day. Germain reached out to the Yellowstone Club, Moonlight, and Spanish Peaks Community Foundations and started discussing how they could offer aid to the community.

By Friday, March 20, the Resort Tax Board approved putting $1,000,000 toward the relief effort. They agreed to allocate $500,000 to the Big Sky Medical Center and $500,000 to other social needs in the community. By that afternoon, the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation contributed half a million dollars, and Moonlight and Spanish Peaks Community Foundations each committed a quarter of a million. One week from the time talks started, the relief fund grew to $2 million, and a robust collaboration was in place.

At this point, community leaders were well aware of what happened in Sun Valley and other ski areas. They anticipated a significant surge in COVID-19 cases in Big Sky due to the number of travelers visiting the area. After a week of talks with Big Sky Medical Center and an understanding of their needs, the group allocated $1 million to finish four hospital rooms, purchase ventilators, an analyzer for testing, and a lot of PPE. The needs totaled just over $1 million, the majority of it covered through the relief fund.

Typically, resort tax funding goes to numerous entities. This year, 28 organizations applied for resort tax dollars, ranging from the fire department and Sheriff's department to the food bank. Resort tax dollars can only go to non-profits and government entities, but the money from the foundations has fewer restrictions. As such, they have been able to give out close to $200,000 in grants to help local families to help them through this period.

But the relief efforts didn't stop there. The business community had to shut down 3-5 weeks early, and two of those weeks were significant for revenues. They were going to need help. The Relief Fund organizers sent an email to the 28 entities that had received money asking if they had any remaining resort tax funds and could give them back to support the effort. These non-profit and government entities stepped up and gave back another $400,000 of funds not yet spent.
The Big Sky Chamber of Commerce, an incredibly active organization, quickly joined the conversation about how to help the business community. They had $210,000 of unspent resort tax funds they offered to return to the relief effort. However, Big Sky Relief told them to keep the money and re-purpose it. The Chamber created the Big Sky Save Small Business Relief Fund, a micro-grant program for the businesses. To date, the fund has given grants to 57 small businesses totaling $192,500 of the $210,000. The remainder of the money will go toward re- opening bundles for businesses, including masks, gowns, hand sanitizer, signage, and plexiglass. They also facilitated a volunteer-staffed hotline to help walk the business owners through applying for aid through the federal stimulus package.

The group recently funded a study testing wastewater for Covid-19 to keep tabs on the presence of the virus and ease mitigation efforts.
"Everybody's trying to come together during this time of need and work very collaboratively to help our community out," Germain said. "Big Sky doesn't have a city government or mayor; people jump in and get things done. It's all bootstrapped and utilizes a lot of volunteer boards to make things happen. Everybody's just jumping in and doing what needs to be done."

What's next? Germain explains, "Our economy is 100% tourism-driven, yet we need to protect our residents' health and safety. The county line goes right through the area, so we are in conversations with both Madison and Gallatin County Health Departments about how to put together robust testing, tracing, and monitoring programs to open again." He says, "At this point, we need more testing and more contact tracers."
For updates on current relief efforts, or for ways you can help, go to


Q1 Big Sky Market Watch

Posted on May 1, 2020 by Amy Sand
No one will be able to fully predict the effect the coronavirus pandemic will have on the real estate market, but at Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty, the health and safety of our agents, clients, employees and community is our #1 priority.
We invite you to review a summary of sales activity in the Big Sky area during the first quarter of 2020, based on closed production from January – March 2020, much of which went into contract before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The Big Sky Country MLS reports the following market data for this quarter, which is compared here for the same period of 2019:
Heading into the second quarter of 2020, here were a few positive things in the Big Sky housing market:
  • 16 Sold Listing in the last 30 Days
  • 12 New Listings in last 30 Days
  • Brokers Tallie Lancey marketed and Tory Cyr sold the highest priced property in 2020 to date. Listed for $8,500,000 in Big Sky’s Moonlight Basin
Real estate is all about location, location, location and location is our local community. Here are a few local organizations that you can help OR here are ways Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty is helping the community:
  • Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty donated a $1,000 to the Big Sky Community Food Bank
  • Partipated in the Big Sky CARE - van. A community wide morale booster and Big Sky Relief fundraiser
  • Hand made dozens of face masks
  • Attended a socially distanced 95 birthday party for someone in our community
  • Picked up and delivered groceries to clients who are in high risk.
  • Our Virtual Tour camera has been unprecedentedly busy. Each agent in our office has made sure a virtual tour of all our properties is available!
  • Check out for more ways to help!
During this unprecedented time, we are continuing to represent clients who want or need to sell a home and our local teams are working hard continuing to conduct the business of real estate. We are committed to providing the highest quality service and will to continue to support our buyers and sellers using state-of-the-art technology and a suite of virtual marketing tools, which make it easy to view and experience the finest real estate in the world from the safety of one’s home.
As always, our goal in sharing market data with you is to create a better understanding of the trends affecting our unique housing market. We hope you find it to be a valuable resource and look forward to working with you to meet your real estate needs now and in the future. If you have any questions about the Big Sky market, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any of our independent sales associates at (406) 995-2211.

Categories: MARKET TRENDS | Real Estate

While staying at home and practicing safe social distancing are the best courses of action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn’t mean we have to miss out on cultural landmarks around the world. Thanks to the Google Arts & Culture Project, from Montana and Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park, to Kenai Fjords in the Kenai Peninsula in southcentral Alaska, here are 6 national park you can tour right now from home.

While staying at home and practicing safe social distancing are the best courses of action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn’t mean we have to miss out on cultural landmarks around the world. Thanks to the Google Arts & Culture Project, from Montana and Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park, to Kenai Fjords in the Kenai Peninsula in southcentral Alaska, here are 6 national park you can tour right now from home.

01 Yellowstone National Park, Montana and Wyoming

Our beloved Yellowstone National Park, just 40 minutes from Big Sky. Bozeman is conveniently located between Yellowstone’s north entrance at Gardiner, Montana, and the west entrance in West Yellowstone, Montana. Yellowstone National Park is home to Old Faithful Geyser, bison, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone Lake, and a massive supervolcano.

Established in 1872 by the United States Congress “for the preservation of” its many wonders and “for the enjoyment of the people,” and now encompassing 2.2 million acres.

The Park has five entrances and some 370 miles of paved roadway. Situated in the northwest corner of the Wyoming frontier, Yellowstone is a treasure that inspires awe in travelers from around the world, boasting more geysers (about 250 active geysers from amidst 10,000 total thermal features) than anywhere else on the globe.

02 Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age lingers. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords' crowning feature. Wildlife thrives in icy waters and lush forests around this vast expanse of ice. Sugpiaq people relied on these resources to nurture a life entwined with the sea. Today, shrinking glaciers bear witness to the effects of our changing climate.


03 Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park protects some of the most unique geological, biological, and cultural landscapes in the world. Extending from sea level to 13,677 feet, the park encompasses the summits of two of the world's most active volcanoes - Kīlauea and Mauna Loa.

04 Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

High ancient sea ledges, deep rocky canyons, flowering cactus, and desert wildlife—treasures above the ground in the Chihuahuan Desert. Hidden beneath the surface are more than 119 caves—formed when sulfuric acid dissolved limestone leaving behind caverns of all sizes.

05 Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon is not a single canyon, but a series of natural amphitheaters or bowls, carved into the edge of a high plateau. The most famous of these is the Bryce Amphitheater (pictured below), which is filled with irregularly eroded spires of rocks called hoodoos. Virtually marvel at it's four main viewpoints, all found within the first few miles of the park: Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset Point, and Sunrise Point.

06 Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Dry Tortugas was established to protect the island and marine ecosystems of the Dry Tortugas, to preserve Fort Jefferson and submerged cultural resources such as shipwrecks, and to allow for public access in a regulated manner.
The rich cultural heritage of the Dry Tortugas all begins with its location 70 miles west of Key West, Florida. The seven keys (Garden, Loggerhead, Bush, Long, East, Hospital, and Middle) collectively known as the Dry Tortugas, are situated on the edge of the main shipping channel between the Gulf of Mexico, the western Caribbean, and the Atlantic Ocean. The strategic location of the Dry Tortugas brought a large number of vessels through its surrounding waters as they connect the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Early on, the shipping channel was used among Spanish explorers and merchants traveling along the Gulf Coast.


Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that its affiliated brokers and sales professionals achieved more than $114 Billion USD in global sales volume, the highest annual U.S. sales volume performance in the history of the brand. $102 Billion USD of the global sales volume was achieved in the U.S., marking another record accomplishment for the brand.                                                                                     

“In 2019, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand continued to achieve solid growth,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer for Sotheby’s International Realty. “The brand expanded into new countries and territories and entered new markets in the U.S. We continued to make strategic business decisions that benefitted both our independent sales associates and affiliate companies. I am immensely proud of the hard work and dedication from our vast global network, and I look forward to continuing this momentum in 2020.”

2019 Achievements

Propelled by a strategic business move in March 2019, when Sotheby’s International Realty integrated its affiliate network and company-owned brokerage into one global organization, 50 new Sotheby’s International Realty offices were opened, bringing the brand’s presence to 1,000 offices in 70 countries and territories and more than 23,000 affiliated sales associates worldwide.

Sotheby’s International Realty continued to lead the category with the roll-out of exclusive marketing affiliations and first-ever technology launches, announcing it will soon unveil a new, fully integrated website. The brand’s existing website,, saw another record year with more than 34 million visits, a 14 percent increase year-over-year. In addition, Sotheby’s International Realty was the first real estate brand to launch and implement mixed reality to its Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty sm augmented reality app, which merges the real world with virtual home staging. The platform can be utilized in various home buying and selling scenarios, and particularly benefits agents and developers to help prospective buyers envision their new home. To support the daily business needs of the network’s more than 23,000 independent sales associates, the brand unveiled Current by Sotheby’s International Realty® a robust marketing suite of technology tools consisting of best-in-class and exclusive apps, which provide sales associates with a distinctive and competitive edge in the market. For partnerships, the brand entered into an affiliation with as the exclusive launch sponsor for a new luxury properties marketplace.

Global Growth

This year observed significant growth for the brand’s existing affiliate companies in the United States through recruitment efforts and strategic mergers and acquisitions. Most notably, the brand increased its market presence in Brooklyn, New York; the Greater Boston area, Massachusetts; and Indiana. The brand also entered several new key markets last year, expanding the Sotheby’s International Realty network’s presence to 43 states across the country.

Outside the U.S. the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved more than $12 billion USD in sales volume and continued to expand into key markets around the world. In Europe, the brand grew its presence in Monaco; France; and Berlin and Binz, Germany. New offices were also opened in Doha, Qatar; and Paphos, Cyprus, expanding the brand’s global presence in marketing luxury listings. In the Caribbean and South America, the brand saw growth in Zapallar, Chile, an upscale residential community located two hours outside of Santiago; and agreements were signed to expand into the Anguilla territory. In the Asia-Pacific region, new offices were opened in Tauranga, New Zealand; and Port Douglas, Hobart, and Perth, Australia.


Art Auction 2020

Posted on February 20, 2020 by Amy Sand
The Arts Council of Big Sky is pleased to be hosting its eighth annual fund-raising art auction event on Saturday, February 29, at the Wilson Hotel in the Big Sky Town Center from 6 - 10 PM. The event is sponsored by Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty. Tickets are now on sale!
DATE: February 29, 2020, 6 PM
LOCATION: The Wilson Hotel
PRICE: $100
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets!
The evening includes a quick-finish, live and silent auctions, music, food and drinks. This event is the only dedicated fundraiser for the Arts Council of Big Sky.
The Live Auction will feature artwork by Kevin Red Star, Julie Chapman, Terry Cooke Hall, Rachel Rusti Warner, Cyrus Walker, Ben Pease, Amber Blazina, Barb Swartz-Karst, Miles Glynn, Kirsten Kainz, Harry Koyama, Tabby Ivy, Tom Gilleon, Carrie Wild and many more!
Tags: Art Auction
Categories: Big Sky Culture

Resort Report 2020

Posted on February 14, 2020 by Amy Sand

Living in a resort community offers a unique and attractive lifestyle, abundant with scenic views, recreational opportunities, and like-minded people. Buying and selling real estate in resort communities is unlike most transactions, which is why LIV Sotheby's International Realty compiles an annual Resort Report focused on these one-of-a-kind communities.

The Resort Report is aimed to inform consumers about 12 prominent resort markets and details what makes each of them unique. The report analyzes the performance of 12 different resort markets spanning Colorado, California, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico and Idaho.

On that list: Vail Valley (Vail, Beaver Creek, etc.), Summit County (Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, etc.), Crested Butte, Telluride, Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Lake Tahoe, Park City, Big Sky, Jackson Hole, Santa Fe and Sun Valley.

There are many factors that can impact real estate in these resort communities — for example, the changing seasons, available amenities, transportation offerings, and shifts in employment due to the seasonality of job needs. In order for consumers to make sound financial decisions regarding real estate, it’s important to be knowledgeable of the metrics especially focusing on any shifts in average price and average days on market. Monitoring the real estate performance will set a potential buyer or seller up for success when entering the typically complicated process.

Reporting good news, most of the communities showed a notable increase in demand for 2020, with an increase in average sold price and average sold price per square foot, in combination with a decrease in average days on market. The Big Sky market specifically reported notable increases in the market, including an impressive 18.4 percent increase in average sold price from $960,675 in 2018 to $1,136,998 in 2019. In addition, average days on market dropped over 13 percent to 113 days in 2019, an extremely quick transaction time for a resort location.

“The numbers say it all. We have more buyer demand than we have product which is pushing property values up. Big Sky is growing! Big Sky Resort continues to elevate the ski experience with new terrain, state of the art heated lifts & a beautiful new Base Lodge amenities & après ski choices. The Big Sky Town Center has doubled in size in the past few years, adding a hospital, skating rink, hotel, a trail system, new retail shops, breweries and restaurants. In all, approximately 1 billion dollars will be spent in new commercial development including the Montage and One & Only luxury Hotels, a community center, affordable housing, infrastructure and more. That and more direct flights into Bozeman has skiers flocking to Big Sky,” said Cathy Gorman owner and managing broker of Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty offices.

Understanding the market and local economy is a critical piece to real estate success for both buyers and sellers. This report provides information to help interested buyers have an understanding of each unique community, and for potential sellers to keep current with local real estate trends.

Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to provide various reports as resources for consumers. Visit to access the firm’s reports today. Call 406-995-2211 for more information or to service any of your real estate needs.

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Big Sky's Market Report - 2019 Year-End

Posted on January 27, 2020 by Amy Sand
Big Sky Sotheby's International Realty provides the latest real estate statistics for Big Sky and its surrounding areas. Get the stats Market Report and stay informed.
Seller’s Market

We are definitely still in a seller's market! 

In Big Sky overall 2019 vs 2018 residential sales: sold volume increased 6.36%, average price per square foot was up 13.15%, average days on market decreased 22.6%. Prices moved upwards with average sold price increasing over 18.35%.
Real estate in Big Sky is moving fast, if you are curious about what's possible for you and your investment property give us a call today!

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 2020 - wherever your real estate requirements take you.


The ELM; Turning Up the Volume on Bozeman's Music Scene

Posted on December 20, 2019 by Kali Gillette

Bozeman’s music scene is about to reach a whole new level. The ELM, a world-class new music venue opening April 2020, is set to put Bozeman on the map for even more music opportunities.

The venue is being built by Logjam Presents, an independent Montana music promotion company that is known for its amazing venues such as The Wilma, Top Hat, and Kettlehouse Amphitheater in Missoula. The quality of music they bring in is incredible; think big names like Robert Plant, Lyle Lovett, and Bruce Cockburn, but also regional favorites such as The Lil Smokies. Currently, Logjam manages the music at the newly remodeled Rialto and concertgoers have been giving rave reviews.

Nick Checota, owner of Logjam talks about his decision to expand into the Bozeman market, “The main reason is we felt there was a demand from our customers. We could see from ticket sales that many of our customers were driving over from Bozeman for shows we were hosting in Missoula,” he said. “In large part, this was because Bozeman did not have a sufficient venue of more than 500 people capacity. As a result, most acts would skip the market.” He goes on to explain, “It can be a challenge to encourage bands to go out of their way to play in Montana. Bozeman and Missoula do not fit into the ideal routing, so by having venues in each town, we can entice artists to come to Montana and play two shows which makes the idea more economically feasible.”

Working closely with Matt Dugid, with Paradigm Architecture in Missoula, Acoustical Engineer, Skip Kahane from Missoula, plus Layne McKay, Logjam’s on-staff technical director, Checota has created a contemporary design with best-in-class sound production and maximum functionality. The level of detail is impressive, from excellent site lines and efficient customer circulation to safe and secure entry points, the flow of the venue easily accommodates 1,500 people.

“We have learned quite a bit about customer flow and queuing from remodeling and constructing our venues in Missoula, which we took into careful consideration in creating the environment of the ELM,” Checota said. “The actual performance space will be the highlight of the venue.  We have put considerable time and effort into creating a space that has great view lines, great sound, and has a unique and interesting aesthetic.”

The ELM will double as a private event space, perfect for things such as a large banquet or corporate party.  Adjacent to the building is the RSVP Motel, a 1960’s era motor inn newly refurbished into a boutique hotel. Visitors will love the hip accommodations and convenience of being right next door.

Located at 506 Seventh Avenue in midtown Bozeman, the ELM is part of a vast revitalization of one of Bozeman’s original hubs. Focusing on urban density and infill, city plans include an expansion of sidewalks and bike lanes to make walking and biking easier.

The ELM is easily accessible from any part of town, as well as I-90.

To keep tabs on the progress of the ELM, along with upcoming show announcements, go to,

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