updated 10/2012

Who are The Phoenix Agents?

After planning and preparing in 2003, I went into real estate full-time in the spring of 2004. By 2005 I was mentoring a team of Realtors as The Butterworth Group. Then two things happened: 1.) the market collapsed and most of my group left the business, and 2.) one of my agents, Heather Barr, had become so good there was no longer a mentor-appretinance relationship.

Heather and I merged our businesses in the summer of 2008 and became The Phoenix Agents. Unfortunately (for me), Heather took advantage of an opportunity in 2011 and moved away from Arizona. Maybe she'll be back one of these years; most likely she won't.

That leaves me, Chris Butterworth, as the sole member of The Phoenix Agents. (until my wife gets her real estate licnese...)

Mission Statement - website

The following mission statement was written in 2006, when we originally discussed what a web-log (blog) should be.  (and I don’t need to change a word today, 6 years later.)

What’s this all about?
This is a place where we can inform and educate real estate buyers and sellers by sharing our daily thoughts and experiences.  We’re “plugged in” to the Phoenix Real Estate Market, and want to foster education and discussion in real time.
We see listings, talk with buyers & sellers, and discuss the short-term and long-term market outlook everyday.  We read news stories and current events with a “how does that effect Phoenix Real Estate?” frame of mind.  We believe you can gain some experience from our knowledge – as if you were sitting in our office with us.  This will help you make better real estate-related decisions.
Please feel free to join us.  All opinions are welcome.  Read, comment, share your insights and observations.  We only ask that everyone be respectful of others.  After all, you are sitting in our “office”.

Over the years many other blogs out there have become more in the business of capturing leads than providing information.  Not ours.  We’re not here to “sell” you or “capture” you; we’re here to help you – something in your life is driving you to make a change (growing family, marriage, divorce, retirement, job change, kids moving out, kids moving back in, caring for an elderly relative, investing, up-sizing, down-sizing, etc.); we can help make that transition as smooth as possible.

About Chris Butterworth

I have a very strong belief that lasting success can only come from working hard and treating everyone with genuine respect. Honesty, Communication, Organization, Technology, Ethics – I just don’t think you can take short cuts and expect to have good results.

I tend to think of myself as a partner and a teacher in your real estate transaction. I’m not the kind of person who puts up barriers between myself and my clients, pretending to be some sort of guru and telling them what to do. I would much rather share information, explain the legal language in the contract and what it means, and discuss various options at each step of the process.

I try very hard to deliver results which exceed my clients’ expectations, providing value all the way through a transaction. It’s very important to me to be looked upon as a resource, whether it’s my knowledge of the area, my communication and negotiation skills, or my drive and high energy level. I want my clients to know they made the right choice when they hire me.

Real Estate Notes
  • I first got my real estate license in 1992
  • I have been on the consumer’s side of the table as well, having bought and sold many houses
  • I have owned investment property
  • I have experience in the mortgage, banking, and finance industries


I grew up the oldest of 4 children; two boys and two girls. At the time it seemed very simple – each of us had 2 or 3 activities going on at any given time, and we all knew what everyone else was doing. Looking back on it, I have no idea how my parents had the energy and the ability to be at so many different places at once! I have to give them a lot of credit for encouraging us to consistently try new things.

Now that I have my own family (a beautiful wife and two terrific boys) I can see how easy it is to push yourself a little harder than you normally would for the sake of your kids. It takes a lot of energy to get a good balance in life – balancing work with play; planning for the future with playing in the present; family time with social time; and love with discipline. And you know what – I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Activities I Enjoy

I’ll try anything once, and odds are if it’s fast paced I’m going to love it! I’ve had a good time along the way playing Basketball, Tennis, Soccer, Snow Skiing, Water Skiing, Football, Beach Volleyball, Baseball, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Biking, Dirt Bike Riding, Roller-Blading, Bungee Jumping, Cliff Jumping, and Golf.

Lately I’ve taken an interest in writing and digital photography (both featured heavily on this site). I don’t think I’m in line for any major awards, but I’m having fun, and I’m seeing improvement! As for physical fitness, in January 2010 I took a challenge to compete in (and finish!) a triathlon. Since then I’ve been hooked – consistently improving my swimming, biking, and running, and building a website dedicated to health and fitness,

Charity Involvement

My wife, Cheryl, and I have taken on ever-increasing roles within the autism community, including raising awareness, fundraising, organizational consulting, and educatin/support. Over the last few years we have participated in, been involved with, provided support for, or raised money for:
  • SARRC (Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center)
  • CAN (Cure Autism Now which has recently merged with Autism Speaks)
  • Autism Speaks
  • Kris’ Camp
  • NMTSA (Neurological Music Therapy Services of Arizona) where I served 3 years on the Board of Directors

We have helped to raise more than $35,000 so far, and are challenging ourselves to increase that over the next few years!

I also maintain a website dedicated to helping families navigate the autism waters,

In addition, Cheryl currently works at NMTSA.

  • High School – Brophy College Prep & Arcadia High School
  • College – University of Arizona, Finance, 1991
  • Graduate School – MBA, ASU West