- Our Story
We are a single boutique agency, composed primarily of brokers, offering personalized buying and selling experiences for our clients.
Our story began in 2000, when four real estate brokers with deep local roots and extensive credentials shared a vision for a unique brokerage model. Mark Stahly, Teresa Lightbody, Maureen Oelkers, and Susan Hughes aimed to create a welcoming atmosphere where exceptionally high standards of expertise, service, and integrity were prioritized.
Offering a foundation of EXPERIENCE, they attracted the most competent, reputable brokers to cultivate excellence and thrive under one “roof”. From the moment the doors opened, Big Sky Brokers has been the area’s top-producing real estate firm, far outpacing its competitors. In December of 2020, Big Sky Brokers celebrated 20 years in business after having been awarded “Small Business of the Year” by the Helena Chamber of Commerce and voted “Best Real Estate Brokerage” by local residents via Helena Independent Record’s “Best of Helena”.
Jan 1, 2021, broker/owner Mark Stahly was joined by three new owners (long-time Big Sky Brokers associates): Erin Oelkers-Mondie, Wayne Woodland, and Freda Wilkinson. With much gratitude for the founding owners’ mentoring, the foursome launched into this exciting chapter as a new ownership team.
Our strength is EXPERIENCE; the tools we’ve gathered and the things we’ve learned along the way after having collectively closed thousands of transactions. Our associates offer innovative pricing and negotiation strategies, an uncommon love for contract law, and expert connections that help keep the moving parts in any transaction running smoothly.
While other business models may focus on quantity, we focus on quality. Expanding our education and credentials, building our community-focused reputation, recruiting new associates who share our vision, and being the best humans and professionals we can be. The result? Decades of returning clients and an organically growing list of new client referrals. We will always endorse this model as the most authentic way to ensure the client experience remains top priority.
Our associates prominently represent on REALTOR ™ association boards and committees at the national, state, and local levels. This helps us keep abreast of real estate case law, market trends, continuing education, and national real estate perspectives, so we can provide our clients with the highest quality service.
“Family” can mean so many different things; at our firm the common phrase we hear from our associates is that we are a “family”. We know that our differences are also our strengths. Our office climate is one of support and mutual respect. We lean on one another to solve problems, share ideas, provide assistance, and motivate. With this approach, we all collectively have a stake in your transaction. Your success is our success, and we are all invested in creating a positive experience for you and welcoming you to our “family”.
We are committed to our profession, our community, and exceptional service. From residential to land, ranches to developments, and commercial to exchanges, our confident professionals are eager to put their experience to work for you today. We strive for a positive and rewarding real estate transaction.
Because Experience Matters: Ours and Yours.