Gillum Group Real Estate
1200 SW State St Suite A
Ankeny, IA 50023
I grew up in the small town of Gilmore City, located in northwest Iowa. My rural upbringing taught me about trust, respect and the importance of having a dream to chase. Prior to pursuing my passion of becoming a realtor, I worked in the financial industry for 10 years, specializing in estate planning. My ability to build strong relationships and connect with people by exceeding their expectations has always come natural to me.
I currently reside in Pleasant Hill with my German Shepherd, where we have room to enjoy the outdoors and expand our high energy. In my free time, I enjoy investing, cars and music. I come from a long line of musicians and have a good time playing the drums.
I am dedicated to helping home buyers find the right home to make their dreams come true and/or create a seamless transition out of your current home. I will work hard to help you find a home in an area that fits your lifestyle, or answer any questions you may have and even help you discover the questions you didn't know you needed to ask. I will provide my knowledge of the industry during the negotiation process and help you fill in the gaps. I will go the extra mile to ensure you have all the answers you need to feel confident in your decision.
If you are looking to buy or sell a home, whether it is your first or last, let me help you make a house your home. Please contact me if you feel I am the right agent for you or a friend.
Residential, first time home buyers, listings
Adel, Altoona, Ankeny, Beaverdale, Bondurant, Clive, Dallas Center, De Soto, Des Moines, Earlham, Elkhart, Granger, Grimes, Johnston, Minburn, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Saylorville, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights
"Josh is it genuinely nice person who cares about his clients and family. He worked hard to find out all the answers to my questions. Was very helpful with the whole buying experience."
-Matthew Putney, Client
"Josh Torkelson helped me purchase my first home! Josh is very knowledgeable and personable, his expertise & extra effort to help me find my first home in a short period was incredible! Josh helped me find a home in less than two weeks! Josh prepared me for all of the different aspects of buying a home. Josh has stayed in contact after the purchase and is always one phone call away! Can’t thank Josh enough!"
-Toccara Hogan, Client
"My husband and I had reached a dead end and were ready to give up when Josh asked if he could help. He was very patient, kind and most of all positive and honest. We ran into obstacles but he found a solution and we closed a month later. He doesn't judge and will do everything he can to help. I trust him so much that my family has since worked with him to find and close on a brand new home as well! GREAT GUY!"
-Angela Joynes, Client
"Josh is a very knowledgeable, caring and patient individual. I enjoyed working with realtor who cared about my needs. He always returned every phone call promptly. He was honest and open with suggestions for me as I sold my home FSBO. I'm very happy in my new home."
-Rhonda Ayers, Client
"Josh went above and beyond to ensure we were able to get the home we wanted. He negotiated the sale with expertise and helped to schedule a follow-up visit so our children could view the house before closing. He was always available, and has remained available with expert advice after the sale. I never thought it could be this easy to buy a home and we have Josh to thank for that. I would 100% recommend him."
-Susan Miller, Client
"Josh was amazing to work with. Walked me through the entire process and made sure I understood every detail. Always willing to answer questions even after closing. Had a great home buying experience thanks to Josh."
-Courtney Cox, Client
"Josh helped me buy my townhouse in October 2016, I couldn't have been more pleased with how helpful, trustworthy and friendly he was during the entire transaction. I would honestly refer him to any of my friends and family. I will definitely have him list my home once I'm ready to upgrade."
-Junior Mohr, Client
"*** I really hope you read this review! *** Josh is a very polite, trustworthy and hard working guy. From start to finish he was always very informative and straight forward which I really appreciate. We had some issues with the buyers agent and some additional requests and he handled them personally. I was at work and wasn't able to go over to the place, he happily did it for me. I really felt as if he was there to help me any way he could. If you want your home selling or buying to be quick, easy and enjoyable, THIS YOUR GUY! "
-Heeth Proctor, Client
"He is very helpful, knowledgeable, and a great person to work with. He went out his way to help out with paperwork and made sure with inspections we had the right person do it. He took time to explain what all was needed in the process of buying a new home. He responded quickly when I needed to reach out to him. Would definitely use him again to sell or buy another house!"
-Thailyn Washington, Client
"Josh was energetic and positive about the home buying process. He was very helpful in inspecting the property and did a great job following through to get the closing done hassle free. I highly recommend him."
-Jean Mauss, Client
"Josh was very helpful throughout the process of purchasing my first condo. Not only was he an expert at navigating the real estate in the Des Moines area, but he helped make my goal a reality."
-Sam Apland, Client
"We had an awesome experience working with Josh! Josh made us feel like VIP clients. He did his homework and was able to get us into a bunch of houses within the first week of meeting with him. He was very knowledgeable about the home buying process and things to look out for and was even able to give advice for possible remodel ideas to get what we wanted out of the space. Even after we closed he was very helpful in answering our questions about the house or getting us in contact with people that could help us with whatever we needed. "
-Jessica Tentinger, Client
"We couldn't have been happier with Josh. He was always upbeat and pleasant even though we were very picky, always followed through with what he said he would do, and always offered us sound advice and remained patient with us. I would highly recommend Josh to anyone who is looking to purchase a home."
-Mitch Moser, Client
"Josh is a great realtor to work with. He asked what I was looking for and price range and we started getting to work as soon as we could. He knew the importance of time for my situation. He is friendly and patient. I asked a bunch of questions, multiple times and he answered each one in ways that I could understand them. I have already recommended him to all my friends and family. If I am to buy a new house again I will make sure to look him up and use him again. I wouldn't go anywhere else."
-Brittany Haberthur, Client
"We had a great experience with Josh! He took the time to understand our needs and helped us find a house that is perfect for us. He was flexible and worked around our busy schedule and we never felt pressured. He followed up and never left us with loose-ends or hanging questions. We would definitely recommend Josh to anyone buying a home!"
-Nathan Smith, Client
"I emailed a random realtor about a property and by happenstance it was Josh who received my email. This turned out to be the best situation for my husband and myself. I was immediately impressed by Josh's responsiveness and resourcefulness. You can truly tell that Josh is passionate about his job and his clients. He digs in and finds you the information you need and is truly has your best interests in mind. As we were going through the process of looking at homes, Josh was very observant of what things we liked, didn't like and asked us questions about homes we hadn't even thought about. He found us our dream home! Also, he was up beat, friendly and funny the entire time we meet with him. It really made the whole process very enjoyable! I would absolutely recommend him (and have!) to anyone moving to the DSM and surrounding areas for a realtor."
-Megan Moser, Client