You may recognize the name “Lynn Butterfield” from the weekly “Monday’s Warm Cocoa” column in the Transcript, but Butterfield is more than just a writer who aims to put a smile on readers’ faces.
Butterfield is one of the top real estate agents in the United States. He finished number 213 in all of North America for Coldwell Banker in 2022, according to the National Real Estate Trust.
Each week Butterfield commutes by airplane from Arkansas to Tooele County where he helps clients purchase houses and understand the complex, ever-changing market. He also stars in a TV show highlighting some of his favorite places in Arkansas.
Butterfield got off to a semi-rough start after beginning his career in the real estate business in 1980 working for a real estate developer in Park City.
After interest rates rose to 18% and the market crashed in 1981, the company went out of business and Butterfield was let go.
“I was very young and I decided I had enough of that,” Butterfield said. “I decided to go into financial planning and finance.”
Butterfield’s time in finance wasn’t easy either. He began working for an investment bank in New York City, four blocks from the World Trade Center. During this time, he was commuting from Erda to work. After the terrorist attack of 2001 occurred, the company went out of business.
“I didn’t have work and I called everyone I knew and said, ‘Hey, do you need someone?’ They said, ‘Lynn, we’d love to have you but we just can’t hire anyone.’ When the towers came down, 250,000 finance jobs were lost. I came home and said to my wife, ‘I don’t know how to make a living anymore.’ She looked at me and said, ‘Why don’t you do what you love to do?’ That was real estate.”
Butterfield began interviewing with real estate companies and was finally hired by Coldwell Banker in 2002. He chose the company because they had a good training program.
Butterfield has been with Coldwell Banker for 21 years now. He enjoys working in real estate because of the many learning opportunities it presents.
“The markets are always constantly changing,” Butterfield said. “Real estate isn’t just something where you have a formula and can do the same thing over and over again. As the markets and technology change, you always have to be learning and changing the way you do business and working to get better at it. I think that’s really interesting.”
Almost three years ago, Butterfield moved to Arkansas to be closer to family and his grandchildren.
He still commutes to Tooele County nearly every week for work.
“I spend a lot of time on airplanes,” Butterfield said.
Because he is one of the top real estate agents in the United States, American Dream TV, an Emmy-nominated, national show highlighting lifestyle and real estate in cities throughout the country, called Butterfield and asked him if he would like to be a host on the program.
He is set to produce one segment every two months. So far, only one of his segments has aired, but another is coming out soon.
“The first episode I shot was with a flower farm,” Butterfield said. “It’s a family farm where they grow flowers for sale. They sell flowers to florists, at local farmers’ markets, and they have ‘you pick’ sessions where you can fill up a bucket with flowers and take them home. They also grow edible flowers. I thought that was really interesting. They introduced me to chef Tyler Rogers who operates a restaurant in Northwest Arkansas, so I took my crew to the flower farm where we shot the first part of the segment. Then we followed those flowers to the restaurant and I got to be there with the chef while he used the flowers to create dishes … It was an amazing experience.”
Filming occurred in July and the episode aired in August on ABC and CBS. The segment now streams on Apple Tv and Roku TV. Butterfield’s episode is on season eight, episode 36.
Butterfield shot another episode earlier this month that will air in October.
“That episode is about Strider Bikes,” he said. “They are kids’ bikes without pedals. They use their feet to roll forward … They have a retail store in Bentonville, and we were there to shoot the four millionth bicycle that they’ve sold. We went next door to a place called ‘Azul Tequila’, a family-owned restaurant. Their food is really terrific. I love that they have tried to bring the flavor of Mexico to the United States.”
At the end of this month Butterfield will shoot a segment at the Walmart Northwest Championship Golf Tournament.
Butterfield plans to continue being a TV host for a while.
“As a real estate and lifestyle expert, my segments all focus on such content,” he said. “It has been a real opportunity for me to use my real estate expertise, developed over a 42-year period, to highlight the wonderful lifestyle we enjoy as Americans. It’s also given me a chance to have a little different take on my continuing real estate business.”
When he isn’t on a plane traveling back and forth to work, selling homes in Tooele County, or filming the tv show, Butterfield enjoys spending time with his wife, Sue, family, grandchildren, and dog.
He also enjoys cooking and has been cooking on the line with Chef Rogers in his restaurant from his first episode from time to time.
“It’s a lot of fun and I’ve learned a lot,” Butterfield said about his experience in the restaurant.
Butterfield enjoys writing and has been faithfully constructing a column for the Transcript Bulletin for over 15 years.
“I started Monday’s Warm Cocoa in 2008, because we were in the throes of the Great Recession,” he said. “I noticed that everyone was depressed and I knew I had to do something to help people, so I started writing it. If nothing else, it has changed the way I view the world and the way I think. The whole premise of it was that I would meet someone in everyday life and find something unusual and brilliant from common people.”
Above all, besides family of course, Butterfield enjoys his job as a real estate agent most.
“I love working with people and finding the right lifestyle that will help them find the life they’ve dreamed of,” he said. “All of that is centered typically in their home and finding the right home for them.”