really BIG Sky Blog
Big Sky is not just the place where I conduct my business.
It’s my home and here’s what I think about it.
As a regular columnist in our local newspaper,
I’ve developed a Q&A forum for my fellow inquisitors.
Using authenticity to stand out from the crowd
Tallie Lancey on being authentic.
Top producer Tallie Lancey on how to hone your unique voice as a REALTOR©. Luxury clients are being sold to on a daily basis. Their lives are saturated with messaging on how they should live and what they should purchase, where they should travel and what they should drive. With your clients tuning out hundreds of sales interruptions a day, ......Read more
Tell me, Tallie #13
How does Montana assess the value of my real estate?
Tell Me, Tallie: How does Montana assess the value of my real estate? By Tallie Lancey EBS Columnist “[I] shall never use profanity except in discussing house rent and taxes,” reflected Mark Twain. Perhaps Mr. Twain would find good company in Big Sky these days. If you received a letter from the Montana Department of Revenue last month, you may...Read more
Tell me, Tallie #12
How does law enforcement work in Big Sky?
Tell Me, Tallie: How does law enforcement work in Big Sky? By Tallie Lancey EBS Columnist Big Sky is largely governed by the “golden rule.” For the most part, locals are courteous and respectful of their neighbors, tourists, and their collective “stuff.” Thanks to its strong Midwestern influence, Big Sky is the sort of spot where people tak...Read more
Tell me, Tallie #11
Is Big Sky an artsy area?
By Tallie Lancey EBS Columnist If the health of a community can be measured by its engagement in the Arts, then Big Sky is fit as a fiddle. Abraham Maslow’s developmental psychology pyramid teaches us that humans must achieve their basic needs first: food, shelter, clothing. Eventually, as we mature, we ascend his hierarchy. So it goes with the d...Read more
Tell me, Tallie #10
Big Sky’s build out whereabouts
Tell Me,Tallie Big Sky’s build out whereabouts By Tallie Lancey EBS Columnist My father often said, “Life is a series of plateaus.” As an idealistic teen, the concept of an indefinite string of flat stalls didn’t jive with my unbridled optimism. Over time, I discerned his meaning: success is best achieved incrementally. I wanted to get from...Read more
Tell me, Tallie #9
How did Big Sky trails evolve? Part Two.
Tell me, Tallie How did Big Sky trails evolve? Part Two. By Tallie Lancey EBS Columnist Change is afoot. Especially when you consider the narrative arc of Big Sky’s trail network. In my last column, we explored the legacy of a man who’s credited with creating our off-road pathways, Bill Olson. Not too long ago, Big Sky’s interest in trails .....Read more
Tell me, Tallie #8
How did Big Sky trails evolve? Part One.
Tell me, Tallie How did Big Sky’s trails evolve? Part One By Tallie Lancey EBS Columnist In the beginning, there were only wild game trails. Then, the hunting trails of Sheepeaters, Big Sky’s first human inhabitants, began to wind their way through the woods. Later, the Crail, McBride, Michener, and Lemon families (to name a few) rode on horseb...Read more
Tell me, Tallie #7
How does Big Sky discard its trash?
“I love this crummy weather,” Oscar the Grouch once reflected. “Gotta chill this hot chocolate down so it tastes good and yucky.” Oscar, the vaguely grumpy Muppet from Sesame Street, grew up in a curbside trashcan. Now his character inhabits a network of compost and recycle bins, illustrating the evolving ways we deal with our disposabl...Read more
Tell me, Tallie #6
Whose sign is it anyway?
“Stop,” “Bighorn Sheep Crossing,” “Trailhead,” “Whoa!” these are the messages we read on signs around Big Sky. Many of them are now toppled, crumpled or have inexplicably disappeared—the spring thaw reveals street signs, directional signs, wildlife and pedestrian signs that have been damaged from dutiful snowplows and/or errant mo...Read more
Tell me, Tallie #5
Where are the canine hot spots in Big Sky?
[photo credit to Carolyn Williams of Zephyr Cycling Studio in Bozeman] Some of our best friends have four legs. They run between our strides on trails, they heroically find people who have been buried in avalanches, and they love us no matter what. One of my first reader-submitted questions related to Big Sky’s relationship with its pets. Where c...Read more
Tell me, Tallie #4
Is anyone actually *from* Big Sky?
All Big Sky locals are transplants, right? Wrong! Well, that’s mostly true; nearly everyone who lives here came from somewhere else. But there are a few among us who took their very first steps in the shadow of Lone Mountain or along the banks of the Gallatin River. When my real estate clients begin envisioning life here, they often ask ......Read more
Tell me, Tallie #3
Who presides over Big Sky’s 7 Districts?
In my last column, we learned about determining Big Sky’s location by its various boundaries—it’s complicated. In this column, I present the rest of the story regarding local jurisdiction. Big Sky is an unincorporated census-designated place that straddles the Gallatin/Madison county line. It’s piecemealed together by seven districts, which...Read more
Tell me, Tallie #2
Where is Big Sky, exactly?
Where is Big Sky? Well, it depends on whom you ask. In the 1960s, it was merely a twinkle in Big Sky Resort founder Chet Huntley’s eye. To Montanans, it’s all around us. The Montana Annotated Code describes Big Sky is a “resort area” in southwest Montana. Local leadership characterized Big Sky as an unincorporated census-designated place wi...Read more
Tell me, Tallie #1
WHY IS THERE NO MAIL DELIVERY IN BIG SKY?
We all remember our first time. Nervous and unsure, we sought to establish a foothold in our new hometown. Then, we all encountered one of two unforgettable mailroom characters. If you started as a Big Sky Resort employee, you met the legendary Charlie Davie. Jean “The Queen” Palmer oriented all other newcomers. Either way, they reassured us by...Read more
The end of Big Sky?
Will Big Sky ever be like Vail, Aspen or Jackson?
In some ways: yes. In some, much more important, ways: no. This is a question circling the minds of my –both buyers and sellers — clients of late. The question arises from the fear that our beloved town is changing. I understand their fears. There are lots of buildings (both commercial and residential) wrapped in Tyvek, traffic has incr...Read more
Buyers as Hunters
Stop Shopping on Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com
Ooph, it’s difficult to shop for Big Sky real estate online, don’t you think? Everyone does it, though. I get it. In many primary-residence markets, like Cincinnati or Seattle, shopping online is practical and effective. However, the challenges online buyers face in our market are irksome. Here are the reasons you can’t successfully peruse Bi...Read more
Getting to Sold
Selling Your House
The process of selling your house, your beloved home, begins long before a sign goes up in your yard. When you sign a listing agreement with me, we map out a long but rewarding process that culminates with a check in your pocket. First, I advise my clients to start moving. This process is slightly different for owner-occupied homes compared ......Read more