Josh Torkelson
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Josh Torkelson


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

Servicing Area:

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

"When it came time to downsize my home and buy something that better met my needs, Josh Torkelson of the Gillum Group ensured that what could have been a stressful process was in fact a pleasant journey. Josh helped me prepare my existing house for sale, kept a steady stream of potential buyers moving through with minimal disruption to my family, and we found the right buyer much quicker than I had ever anticipated. When it came to finding my new home, Josh never hesitated when my preferences changed, from number of bedrooms I wanted, new versus existing construction, layout, and neighborhood. Josh kept finding homes to tour and ultimately found the perfect place to call home. Finally, Josh's experience came in handy when I had a few stressful moments during the closing process and he always helped bring me back down to earth, put my mind at ease, and helped me realize that he would get me into my new home. I could not be more pleased with both Josh Torkelson and the Gillum Group! "

  -Jacqueline Conley, Client

"Josh was excellent to work with through the entire process of buying a home. He was honest in setting realistic expectations based on our needs and our budget. We were moving from several hours away but he kept us informed and was always available to answer question and was flexible in working with our schedule when we were able to do in person visits to multiple homes to view. Once we found the place we wanted he was a great help in getting the offer in and facilitating the paperwork. He went above and beyond even after the sale in helping us relocate. I would not hesitate in recommending Josh in the future to anyone looking for a honest hard working realtor."

  -Terry and Janet 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 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

Gillum Group Real Estate
1200 SW State St Suite A
Ankeny, IA