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We are committed to exceptional real estate services that embrace communication, technology, and knowledge honed over 16 years of experience. At Black Phoenix Group, the client is the priority.


As a client, you can expect a personalized process tailored to your individual needs. We move at your pace, guiding you through a transaction with patience, understanding, and steadfastness. When you work with us, you're family, be it before, during, or after the transaction is complete. 

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A distinctly personalized experience 

Real estate can be complex and, at times, arduous. It's not a streamlined process because no two transactions are identical. We take a more rooted approach with our clients. Crafting a strategy grounded in expertise yet flexible enough to be modified as needed. Our client-centered process is constructed based on the client's goals and desires, allowing us to facilitate a transition founded on trust, respect, and professionalism.   

We leverage technology and data as a method of approach to our real estate process, allowing us to determine/maintain a fundamental understanding of market movement, pricing, and strategy. Real estate demands an essential knowledge of the process, value, locations, and long-term investment. We provide a wealth of knowledge to our clients so that they can make calculated and informed decisions.

Our marketing is based on a proven track record of results. We utilize multiple forms of media in correlation with exclusive practices to illuminate and feature each home's uniqueness and significance. Our marketing plans are created with an understanding of your home's intrinsic, financial, and emotional value. Each project is unique and tailored with your home in mind. 

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Real Estate listing sold in Des Moines. Interior shot of family room.

The relationship with our clients is how we define the value of our brokerage. Quite simply, without the you, there is no brokerage. We take that kind of significance to heart when interacting with our clients. We're bespoke in our approach, producing a meaningful experience that is distinct and unique. Your dream is our goal. We bring the knowledge, personal touch, and patience needed during real estate transactions. 

Zachary Arlis


Des Moines has been the place I've called home since the day I was born. Growing up on the South side, I found a love of running early on in life, eventually competing at both the high school and collegiate levels. My father, who obtained his real estate license in 2001, taught me the business while I was still in school. 


In 2007, during my sophomore year of college, I obtained my real estate license. while on summer break, I would continue to hone my craft until I eventually became a full-time real estate agent. In 2016, I was honored to receive the National Association of Realtors 30 Under 30 Status. That same year, I helped found a brokerage here in DSM and was elected to public office. But my path still wasn't complete; leading up to 2020, I knew I wanted to have my very own brokerage, where Athena (my pup) and I could build our brand, creating a home from scratch. That's when we started Black Phoenix Group.


Over the past 16 years in real estate, I've seen many shifts in the market, everything from a great recession to the real estate boom that followed in subsequent years. I've learned and seen a lot, and I understand the fundamental importance of this career and the service we provide. It's a chaotic industry that requires a wealth of knowledge, a deep understanding, and empathy for the client. We aren't just Realtors; we're teachers, therapists, and, eventually, family. That's what makes this business unique because, at its core, it's about people, helping, helping people, and that's why I do it.

Photo of Zachary Bales-Henry. Broker owner of Black Phoenix Group. Realtor in Des Moines Iowa.

It's about the client, it's their story, their dream; we're simply here to guide the ship.