Josh Torkelson


Josh Torkelson

Josh Torkelson

Phone: M: 515-205-9678 515-205-9678 mobile
Office: 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

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

"Josh is an outstanding realtor to work with when buying our 1st home this summer!! He knew exactly what and where we wanted to buy a home, and moved quickly when the perfect house came on the market to help us get our offer in right away. Josh is a no pressure, patient and honest realtor. He is very helpful answering all questions, just a text or phone call away. Highly recommend Gillum Group Reality!! We will definitely use Josh as our realtor again, when the time comes to upgrade!"

  -Jamie Masden, Client

""Josh did such a great job helping me through my first time buying a home. He found exactly what I was looking for and was there for me every step of the way. His knowledge and professionalism made buying my first home a great experience! I will definitely be working with him in the future!""

  -Andrea Lentz, Client

""My family searched for a house for more than a year...and Josh was so patient with us throughout the process. He listened to what we wanted in a home, came up with lots of ideas and options and good "finds" on the market. He spent so much time with us... I think many realtors probably would've given up. He also knew our budget and encouraged us along the way to stay within... even though it would've been to his advantage for us to buy a more expensive house. His honesty is refreshing and very much appreciated by us. As we walked through homes that needed updating, he was also very knowledgeable as to how much things would cost to fix up, repair or replace. This was tremendously helpful in deciding whether we could afford a certain home or a certain "project." Josh has become a friend, not just our realtor. We enjoy his humor, his insight, his laid back personality, his knowledge of the market (what is a good deal and what is not), and more than anything, his patience.""

  -Dave & Emily Price, Client

""Josh did a fabulous job of sticking with me and helping me to buy my first home years ago (I was very picky!). Now that I am ready to move on, I am selling my first home and looking for a new one. The first person I turned to was Josh as I know he will help me sell my home quickly and painlessly as well as find the perfect home for me and my growing family!""

  -Dorothy Anello, Client

""Josh was so easy to work with! We were very picky and couldn't find our "perfect" home. He stuck with us and took us to MANY different houses until finding the ONE! He was easy to talk to, always available to answer questions, and always willing to take time out of his schedule to show us MANY houses. I will recommend him to anyone looking for a great buying experience! Thanks, Josh!""

  -Trevor & Macey Holland, Client

""Josh was truely a dream come true when it came to purchasing our first home! He doubled as our realtor and our mortgage person when our mortgage person failed to do his own job! Josh was flexible and open to all of our needs. He was always there for us and responds quickly with anything and everything. I ALREADY recommend Josh to anybody and everybody who is looking for a home! Don't go through multiple realtors until you find the right one like we did, start with the only realtor for you, Josh! Thank you Josh!""

  -Katie Bradley, Client

""Josh's customer service is above and beyond the call of duty. He has a vast knowledge of the real estate industry as a whole as well as knowledge in the mortgage industry. He listens to his clients requests and always puts them first. He has a true passion for this line of work.""

  -Terra Barlow, Client

""I personally have known Josh for over 17 years. He is dedicated and has a lot of passion for the real estate business. From start to finish, he works hard in getting his buyers into their dream home and making sure they walk away happy.""

  -Scott Nichols, Client

""Josh listened to what we wanted and helped us find it. He was available when we needed him to be, approachable and able to answer all of our questions as first time homebuyers, efficient with paperwork and keeping in contact, and a real pleasure to work with. He's straight forward and honest - unlike other agents just trying to make a sale. I would and do recommend Josh to anyone I know looking to buy or sell a home!" "

  -Jill Fisher, Client

"“Josh helped us obtain our dream home and I couldn't be happier with the many hours and hard work that he dedicated as our real-estate agent.""

  -Becky Reed, Client

""Josh helped us buy and sell a home and he was fantastic to work with. He moves quickly and get things done! He helped us negotiate a better deal on both the buying side and the selling side. He was able to answer our questions and make the stressful times a lot less stressful! I would definitely recommend him for any real estate needs!""

  -Stacy Cook, Client

""Josh is a fantastic realtor! We were first-time buyers that had been looking in the market quite a while. Even though we wanted to stay within a modest price range and we looked at countless homes, Josh was always there and never gave up on us! My parents also sold and bought a different house with him and had an excellent experience as well. We HIGHLY recommend Josh to everyone we know looking to buy or sell!""

  -Tiffany Frettim, Client

""Home buying was a pretty big deal for me last year. I was given Josh's number from a friend and right from the beginning I could tell he was going to be an awesome realtor. I found a house that fit and he made it easy to close on it. Buying a house is pretty stressful but i'm glad we had Josh. He definitely helped out and made it easier. Would recommend him to anyone looking for a home.""

  -Dave Kuntz, Client

""Great Realtor! We were first time home buyers and he answered all our questions! We had placed an offer, closed, and moved in within 8 weeks! He makes things happen!""

  -Beth Frettim, Client

""Even though he is competition, I do think he is great. We have worked a sale together and it went very well. He knows his market, financing and how to prospect. He is always willing to lend a hand, and boy, do I need it sometimes. He is one of our top agents, always professional and knowledgeable about the current market. He knows how to do it right.""

  -Elaine Miller, Colleague

" "Josh was the best agent i have ever went through to buy a house. First he asked what i was looking for and where i wanted to be with a payment and then set up my own personal web page i could go to and see all new listings in my price range that was awesome. When I would find a home i wanted to look at Josh was right there to show it to me Josh helped me find the perfect home for my kids and I and we thank him so much for all his help!""

  -Pauline Aldini, Client

" "Josh helped me purchase my first home. I had looked around and tried using other real estate agents and when nobody could or would help me, Josh was able to find the right home for me. He understood my needs and we are very pleased with the purchase and when we decide it is time to sell and buy another house we will be calling Josh. Thanks again Josh.""

  -Paul Edwards, Client

" "I highly recommend Josh to anyone who is either selling or buying a home. He helped us sell our house and find the perfect home in the perfect neighborhood two years ago. He's very knowledgeable about the industry and is a great resource when it comes to selling your home and buying a new one! He definitely gives 110% effort to his clients throughout the entire process!""

  -Stacy Horner, Client

" "Josh is a fantastic realtor who goes above and beyond for his clients. He takes the time to cator to his clients on an individual basis which makes all the difference in this business. We have done business many times and always had excellent results.""

  -Thomas Selgrade, Client

" "Josh was SO helpful EVERY step of the way when buying our first home! He is very professional and was able to answer every question we had, which made our purchase simple and comforting. We knew we were in good hands! I DEFINITELY recommend you make yourself at home with the Gillum Group!""

  -Jenny White, Client

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