Preserving existing homes for Big Sky residents

Modeled after Vail’s successful InDEED program, Big Sky Community Housing Trust’s Good Deeds program aims to preserve existing inventory for locals serving the community.

Homeowners or buyers who participate in Good Deeds receive CASH in exchange for placing a permanent deed restriction on their property.



A limitation that restricts how owners can use their property.


The deed restriction is recorded on the property’s title.


The restriction transfers with ownership in perpetuity.

How does Good Deeds work?


At least one occupant must work a minimum of 30 hours per week for a business located in Big Sky. The occupant can be either the homeowner or a long-term tenant. Short-term rentals are strictly prohibited.


BSCHT gives cash for the deed restriction. A trained and dedicated committee reviews all applications and make recommendations. At this time, awards will not exceed 20% of the property’s appraised value.





Who can participate?


Down payment to purchase a home.


Use cash infusion for any purpose.


Who funds the Good Deeds program?

BSCHT thanks the following supporters for their contribution to the Good Deeds program:

Good Deeds Funding

Who is eligible?

Anyone interested in purchasing, selling, or investing in a Big Sky property may participate.

What properties are eligible for Good Deeds?

Properties located within the Big Sky Resort Area District are eligible to apply.

How do I apply?

Applicants must complete an application. If the Good Deeds application involves a sales transaction, the applicant must also provide a preapproval letter from a lender. If the applicant is a current owner, BSCHT requires proof of ownership and mortgage information.



What are the key terms of a Good Deeds restriction?
  1. At least one occupant must work a minimum of 30 hours per week in Big Sky and use the property as their primary residence. The occupant can be the owner or a tenant.
  2. Short-term rentals are strictly prohibited.
Where can I find information on the Good Deeds agreement?

GOOD DEEDS Purchase Sales Agreement (Sales agreement with BSCHT, the buyer of the deed restriction)

GOOD DEEDS Deed Restriction (BSCHT files this deed restriction with Gallatin County or Madison County.)

GOOD DEEDS Subordination Agreement (Required when deed restricting a property with a loan)

What happens to the deed restriction when ownership changes?

The deed restriction follows the property in perpetuity.

As an investor, can I participate and rent my property?

Yes, you can rent your property. At least occupant must work in Big Sky a minimum of 30 hours a week. Short-term renting is strictly prohibited.

How does this program relate to RENT LOCAL?
RENT LOCAL incentivizes unit owners to rent their homes to local workers.  GOOD DEEDS incentivizes unit owners to preserve their property for residents.
COMMITMENT: four years max COMMITMENT: forever (transfers with sale)
Buys a temporary restriction Buys a permanent restriction
Stop-gap measure intended to immediately create inventory Permanent solution to reserve existing inventory for locals
Cash  paid for each year owner commits to RENT LOCAL Cash incentive paid once in exchange for the deed restriction
How much money will I receive for a Good Deeds restriction?

The amount a Good Deeds restriction is worth depends on the circumstances, how much an applicant requests, and if the property meets the review criteria. At this time, awards do not exceed 20% of the property’s value or sales price. BSCHT currently reserves higher award percentages for buyers using the funding as a down payment.

Who determines if a property will receive a Good Deeds restriction?

A trained and dedicated committee reviews all applications and make recommendations to BSCHT’s board of directors.

What are the tax implications if I participate in Good Deeds?

Because each individual’s tax circumstances are different,  applicants should consult with their tax professionals.

Contact Details

Office: (406) 995-3696


88 Ousel Falls Rd #A1, 2nd Floor
PO Box 160164
Big Sky, MT 59716

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