By Katie Morrison L&K Real Estate

BIG SKY- The clouds seem to have lifted on the Big Sky real estate market as prices and sales are showing a steady recovery over the past few years. The number of residences sold in Big Sky is up 204 percent from Jan. 1 to Aug. 1 over that same time period in 2009 when the market bottomed out, according to the Gallatin Association of Realtors.

The recovering market prompted L&K Real Estate to create a position to help potential buyers and sellers make informed decisions on their investments, and hired Carrie Mechura as a client development specialist in May. As a licensed agent, Carrie is able to assist buyers and sellers monitor the Big Sky market through reports that can be customized by neighborhood, price and property type.

If a client is interested in a Spanish Peaks single family home in the $2-2.5 million range, for example, Carrie is able to send them updates whenever homes in that category come on the market or are sold. L&K Real Estate has included a page to sign up for these reports on their website, which re-launched July 30.

Carrie and her husband Scott moved back to Big Sky after three years in Austin, Texas, with Scott joining the well established Buck’s T-4 Lodge as the executive chef. Community growth and market stabilization gave them confidence to return to Big Sky, according to Carrie.

“The emergence of the Yellowstone Club, Spanish Peaks and Moonlight Basin from bankruptcy, as well as new growth with the school system, and the incoming hospital and grocery store all show that the community is moving forward,” Carrie said.

“We have it all [here],” she added. “A community of good friends, a beautiful place to live and jobs that we love.”

To sign up for L&K’s customized market reports visit lkrealestate.com/resources/lk-custom-market-watch/.