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

"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 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

"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

"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

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