Our Agents Understand The Area Best!
Experience Matters - Established 1990

The proliferation of services that help homebuyers and sellers complete their own real estate transactions is relatively recent, and it may have you wondering whether using a real estate agent is becoming a relic of a bygone era. While doing the work yourself can save you the significant commission rates many real estate agents command, for many, flying solo may not be the way to go--and could end up being more costly than a realtor's commission in the long run. Buying or selling a home is a major financial (and emotional) undertaking.  Having a Real Estate Agent that understands the area trends and what you are up against can be invaluable.  We invite you to meet our agents, we are confident we have the most skilled agents in the Area.

Susan Keown

ERA Young Realty
Associate BrokerOffice 928-478-4221
Fax   928-472-3648
Mobile  928-978-2308


Susan is an Arizona native and has been a Real Estate Agent for over 30 years. She opened the Christopher Creek office in 1991 after originally vacationing in the area with her family. She soon fell in love with it and made the decision to relocate and live her dream among the tall pines. Susan became involved in the community serving as a past volunteer member of the Christopher Kohl’s Fire Department and the Tonto Rim Search & Rescue. Susan also helped establish the Christopher Creek Visitor’s Association and served as the secretary/treasurer of the Christopher Creek Homeowner’s Association and was a past member of the Payson Kiwanis Club. Susan has a daughter and identical twin grandsons who she enjoys visiting with often. Susan and family also hike and have explored hundreds of miles of trails from the Highline Trail to the old Hunter Creek Trail and many in between. Susan has received many awards since the opening of the office in Christopher Creek in 1991, including the Circle of Excellence Award and Multi-Million Dollar Producer Award. Susan is a member of two large Multiple Listing Services (MLS) in Arizona, the Central Arizona Board of REALTORS® and the Scottsdale Board of REALTORS®. This helps maximize the exposure of her listings to potential buyers. Real estate is a personal service business. Susan has built a strong loyal client base and has collected the necessary knowledge of the area to better service her client. She is knowledgeable in the areas of financing, contracts, negotiating and marketing. Susan has a proven track record of producing results.“I am dedicated to exceeding your expectations. Honesty and integrity are the qualities that establish a business and make it grow. I put these qualities first.” View Susan’s Listings.


Laurie Johnson

ERA Young Realty

Mobile 602-550-6888

Office 928-474-4221

Laurie is an Arizona-Native  driven by a deep belief in real estate investment and turning houses into dream homes. For the past ten years, she has been helping clients achieve their goals while saving them time and money while splitting her time between Christopher Creek and Scottsdale.  With 15 years of experience as a paralegal in real estate, Laurie brings to the table an understanding of real estate legal aspects; She is knowledgeable in conducting property research, analyzing title documents, well and septic systems, floodplains, and Gila County Zoning laws.  In addition, she has a background in building custom luxury homes in North Scottsdale and Cave Creek area which gives her an understanding of the real estate market and in estimating the value of property.

When working with clients, her approach is client-centered. She believes that when a client is buying or selling, they need a dedicated professional who has integrity, experience, and a commitment to serving them. She uses her experience and knowledge of the real estate market to thoroughly understand her client's needs, analyze market conditions to provide them with the in-depth information they need to make timely and accurate decisions. 

When Laurie is not busy working, she enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, and riding horses

Helen Nicholson

ERA Young Realty

Mobile 480-560-1729

Office 928-474-4221

Helen grew up in Massachusetts and she had an extensive career in Human Resource management and the oil industry prior to embarking in her real estate career. In the 80’s she spent ten years in the oil and gas industry as a Land Manager for an oil company and she was responsible for the acquisition of all the oil and gas leases for her company.  In the late 80’s when the oil industry took a downturn she returned to college and obtained her degree in paralegal studies specializing in real estate law.

Helen started her real estate career in Atlanta in 2006 selling homes and condos in downtown Atlanta. In 2009 after her husband passed away she married her current husband, Curt, and moved to Phoenix. In 2010 when the Phoenix market took a downturn she listed numerous short sales, negotiated with banks, and had one hundred percent success closing all her short sale listings.  Wishing to escape the hot valley, Helen started looking for somewhere to get away from the heat and she spent two years looking in Gila County when she discovered the Christopher Creek area. She fell in love with a cabin that she and her husband purchased and now call their dream home in Ponderosa Springs.

In 2013 after buying her home in Ponderosa Springs, Helen started listing and selling cabins, homes and acreage in the Rim Country. Helen takes great pride in walking her clients through every step of the buying and selling process with close communication and attention to every detail making it a pleasurable experience.

Paul Calihan

ERA Young Realty

Mobile 480-877-0030

Office 928-474-4221

Born in Nashville, TN, Paul has called Arizona home for nearly thirty years. He and his family live in Christopher Creek after trading the hustle and bustle of the Phoenix area for the relaxed, small town charm of the Payson area. 

Paul and his wife, Heather have four children: Savannah, Gaven, Rutger and Aeden. Savannah, Gaven and Rutger are all currently serving in the United States Army, following in their parents’ footsteps. Aeden, the youngest of the children is a student in Payson.

Paul retired as a Command Sergeant Major after 29 proud years of service in the United States Army and the active Arizona Army National Guard. His wife Heather served in the Army as well as the Arizona Army National Guard, which is where the two of them met many years ago.

Having spent most of his adult life serving our country and our state, Paul is committed to serving his clients throughout the process of buying and selling property. His dedication to quality and attention to detail is second to none. Having bought and sold many properties throughout the years with Heather, he knows firsthand what the importance of working with a Realtor you can depend on is. Paul is that person for everyone he works with.

Paul isn’t all work and no fun. He and Heather are huge music fans and enjoy going to concerts together whenever possible.

Paul also enjoys hiking through the beautiful national forest surrounding Christopher Creek, exploring the Mogollon Rim country and fishing in the local creeks. When he’s not working, spending time with family or hiking through the woods, you would most likely find Paul playing the guitar or reading a book on his deck.

In fact, Paul loves learning. He has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Touro College.

In addition to his hobbies, Paul is quite the handy man. He does most of the family car repairs, home repairs and remodeling projects.

Paul and Heather fell in love with the majestic Mogollon Rim country many years ago, long before purchasing their cabin in Christopher Creek. Now Paul is excited to help other experience their dreams of owning property in “Rim Country”.

Kristin Croak

ERA Young Realty

Office 928-478-4221

Fax 928-472-3510

Mobile 928-970-0634


Kristin, I am very honest & a very hard working licensed Realtor and specialize in Payson & Rim Country and surrounding areas here in Gila County in real estate and a member of both the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and Central Arizona Board of Realtors.


My Clients are number one, which is why I offer personal service that’s tailored to your needs. I’m committed to your satisfaction and dedicated to providing expert service at every level and handling all transactions with genuine care. I pride myself on exceeding your expectations and make you feel like you’re my only client.

Technology is the name of the game in today’s real estate market. As a certified Sales Agent, I embrace technology and integrate it into all aspects of my business. I can maximize marketing by investing in targeted professional websites as well as my own personal websites. The internet demands an immediate response, and with online lead management tool, I can respond instantly to online leads I receive.

Real Estate takes teamwork. I work with a team of highly qualified professionals and the largest Company in Payson and Rim Country. “ERA Young Realty & Investment” has the largest listing presence and top sales for the town. Our stats for 2012 were #1 for the town and leading the second company by $15 million is sales. So, I can assure you with strong business standards and work ethics you will experience my professional services with purchasing or selling your home.

Contact me with confidence! I guarantee your privacy will be respected. “View Kristin’s Listings


Tom Weakley

ERA Young Realty

Mobile 602-821-1717

Office 928-474-4221

Check back for Tom's Bio

Located in beautiful Christopher Creek, Arizona - we specialize in these quaint area communities.  Enjoy an abundance of outdoor recreation, wildlife and spectacular views.  Feel free to call or email us for a confidential, no pressure conversation. Let the Christopher Creek Real Estate Team help you achieve your real estate goals today!

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