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Jim Horstman
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5 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
66 user reviews.

Jim did an excellent job in helping us find our new home and sell our existing home. He was professional and knowledgeable in all aspects of the buying and selling process and did an excellent job of maintaining communication with us at all times. We appreciated his expertise in the field and valued his opinion knowing that he always had our best interest at heart. We felt that he truly went above and beyond in helping make this experience as easy as possible and we would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an experienced, dedicated, and reliable realtor.

Jim was so helpful in the process of buying our first home! He laid out the home buying process in a very understandable way, helped us move quickly on the house we wanted, and was very responsive and easy to work with. His many contacts in the Ames area made this process go quite quickly and now we are in our dream home.

Clara Kittleson

I was going through the hardest time in my life. I lost my husband two years prior to hiring Jim to sell my home. He came in and knew exactly what to do to get my house ready for market.I was amazed on how dedicated and professional he is. Jim went above and beyond my expectations, you can definitely say that he goes the extra mile for his clients.I found him to be one of the most dependable, honest & extremely generous person. Just a very nice, down to earth kind of guy. I thought Jim was very informed about RealEstate, he gave me so many helpful tips that he didn’t really have to.If you’re searching for a home or looking to sell yours. I highly recommend Jim, I know that you will not be disappointed.

Jim was able to help me find my home on my schedule. Extremely helpful and knowledgeable of the area. I would recommend Jim to anyone looking to buy or sell a home

Jim Horstman helped me with home purchase in Ames. He is great to show you around and discuss options. He is pleasant to work with. He always worked within my budget considerations.

Jim was an amazing help for my fiancé and I in our search for a new home. He understood our situation and what we were looking for in a place we would call home for years ahead.He was great to communicate with and was easy to get ahold of.He was able to use his connections and years of knowledge to answer any questions that we had and help us find the right people to talk to. He is very knowledgeable with the whole home buying process and was great for us as first time homebuyers.He made our home buying experience very smooth and stress free! We highly recommend that you rely on Jim for your search for your future home!

He was very understanding of customers wants and needs when suggesting properties. Took the time to help get the best price on my home. Very diligent with walkthroughs.

Jim was terrific. He was responsive and kept on top of everything, an experienced professional. He was able to show me a house on short notice and then was able to get an offer in the same night.

We moved from out of state. Jim was professional and patient. He was attentive to our needs and wants in a home and knew the two communities we were considering well. He sought additional information if needed and always responded in a timely manner. He helped us to identify potential strengths and concerns about the homes we considered which helped us to make the best decision we could at the time. He went above and beyond in helping us locate a rental until we could close on our new home. He was also able to help us find local professionals to perform maintenance and work on the home we purchased.

Travis McCarthy

Jim was Very helpful from the very beginning, of the process , very informative, helped us to buy the right home, we closed on time, we are very happy in our new home.

Jim was fantastic to work with. He was very knowledgeable about our home, had all the information we needed ready, and was very patient yet kept things moving in the right direction. He made our buying process simple and made sure we were satisfied every step of the way! If someone needs a buying agent, Jim is the man for the job!

dheinen2323 | Home Buyer

Jim helped me buy my home, then helped us sell it this year when my husband accepted a job out of state. Both times Jim was honest and extremely hard working. He is passionate about what he does and will work to get you what you want. I could not ask for a better realtor and experience!

JessicaColby8 | Home Buyer

Wife and I decided quickly, while out of state, to move back part-time to Ames and we had a small window of time available to view select properties. Jim assembled half a dozen places to inspect on a Friday, we saw them all, offered on one that suited our needs perfectly and had it accepted a day later. Quite a painless and satisfying experience. Jim handled all the details and offered wonderful recommendations during the process. Thanks again, Jim.

kgvandepol | Home Buyer

Jim is an honest man. We worked with Jim to buy our first home and as we looked over houses he explained different features of a house and the difference in quality. He also gave us a vision of what the house could look like if we decided to remodel. He was professional and punctual every appointment or phone call we shared together. I would recommend him to friends and family and look forward to working with him in the future if we are in the market to buy or sell.

rbkester60 | Home Buyer

Jim Hortsman has been a wonderful and resourceful realtor to work with when we were buying and selling our home in Gilbert, IA. Jim was very knowledgeable of the local real estate market and provided minute details about each community we visited. We could quickly get an understanding of the type of home, community, and surroundings that would best fit our needs. Jim was also amazingly efficient in scheduling our time and quickly responded to all of our questions and concerns. He made our transactions with the lender as a smooth and easy process with all papers in place. He took care of the appointments with buyers and sellers so efficiently and managed all visits effortlessly. The most amazing thing about Jim is his dedication to his profession. He is a very gentle, soft-spoken person and a good human being, who can patiently and clearly explain every question one can have when buying a new home, even in a totally new area to the buyer. It was really a pleasure working with Jim, and I would strongly recommend him to any home buyer or seller in the Des Moines, Ames, Gilbert, and Nevada areas of Iowa.

zuser20150814140927446 | Home Buyer

Jim is a very friendly and easy person to talk with. Knows exactly what you need to look for when buying a home. Made the process street free. Always responds in a timely manner. I would highly recommend Jim.

zuser20180527221311988 | Home Buyer

We listed our house this summer with Jim and it was a great experience. Professional photographs were taken and flyers made up. Three open houses were scheduled before the house was listed. The listing came out on a Friday and we had our first showing that day followed by three more showings that Saturday. We accepted an offer for more than the listed price that Saturday. This was the second house that we sold with Jim and both times went great. Jim works very hard to make sure as many people see your house as possible. Great job Jim, thank you. Mark & Robyn.

mweigel29 | Home Seller

We met Jim at an open house and he was very warm and engaging the moment we met him. He maintained professionalism when acting as our buyer's agent as well as our listing and selling agent. Jim maintained open and forthright communications with buyers and sellers alike. He always acted quickly and responsibly when questions or concerns surfaced, resolving matters amicably. Jim is a terrific communicator and he works exceptionally hard for everyone he represents. We are blessed to have had Jim as our real estate agent and we now consider him a dear friend.

zuser20171201145920286 | Home Buyer

Jim was amazing to work with. Being a first time home buyer, I appreciated the time he took to print out all the documents prior to the showings so I felt prepared when walking through the house. I had a less than ideal situation with the sellers; however, having Jim with me helped so much. Jim reached out to the agents and got the information I needed (like warranty information and receipts) that I didn't want to have to find myself. He was excellent at understanding my budget and negotiating well. Jim values communication and it shows with his emails, texts, and phone calls. I always felt listened to and he promptly reached out to me. I have and will continue to recommend him to everyone!

stephkayclark1994 | Home Buyer

My wife and I both were very impressed by Jim's energy and real estate knowledge, which we are convinced why we had great selling our home (with 3 acres) in Zearing IA. We would certainly recommend Jim as the real estate agent to contact for either buying or selling real estate. He is focused on the goal and has a "can do" attitude. Thanks Jim!

jfelipe1222 | Home Seller

Jim is a go-getter! He is so knowledgeable and great to work with. He doesn't have a quitting time. He gives personal service around the clock. Thank you, Jim, for all your hard work to get me into a great house!

Pam Dyer | Home Buyer

Awesome job. He was really on top of details all along the way. He was available 24 hours of the day to answer questions I had. He felt like a partner in our quest to buy a home.

dsmuelle | Home Buyer

Jim is truly amazing! He helped me buy my first house. He was quick and very helpful. He was quick to respond and helped me negotiate with the seller. Highly recommend going through Jim.

nibbler15 | Home Buyer

Jim is awesome at what he does. He is fast at getting back to you and is very knowledgeable about everything! When we contacted him he had us set up to get preapproved the next day! Jim was very helpful and made the process very easy. We recommend Jim to anyone looking to buy or sell a house as he is very passionate about his work!

riss 841 | Home Buyer

Jim went above and beyond for us! We bought and sold our first home with Jim and could not have had a better or more smooth experience. He was willing to work with our crazy schedules and keep us informed every step of the way. Jim is very knowledgeable, helpful, professional, and personable. You will not find another person who is willing to go the extra mile like Jim!

cshulstein | Home Seller

Jim is fantastic! He made the process of selling our home so easy and he even worked around our schedule while we managed some personal health challenges. Jim held open houses every weekend, followed up on every showing and gave us updates often. Hardest working guy you will ever meet! Jim is truly a professional and I highly recommend him for anyone looking to buy or sell.

buffyclatt | Home Seller

Jim really stepped in and assisted in the sale of my property. He is very energetic, friendly, loyal and resourceful, He is the go to man with the knowledge of Real Estate.

tucker4563 | Home Buyer

Jim was very thorough and with me every step of the way. He is knowledgeable and very helpful in pointing out the positives and negatives of houses. Jim was very flexible and easy to work with.

dillontimm13 | Home Buyer

Jim was great to work with! Right there with me from the start and available for any and all questions I had along the way. As a new home buyer I felt very informed!

amarie0111 | Home Buyer

Jim was really great to work with. He showed us many houses and helped us with the buying process when we found the house for our family. He is very knowledgeable with the Ames area and very helpful with any questions we had. We would recommend Jim for your house buying needs.

haars10 | Home Buyer

Jim went above and beyond. He knew we wanted a house and he listened to everything we needed and even went back and forth with the seller to get us in to see it again!

zuser20170918113200815 | Home Buyer

Jim is the nicest, knowledge, respectable agent I have ever meet. I first meet Jim at a lot for sale north of Maxwell, Ia. Not sure at that time what I wanted to do. Build or buy a house. After talking with Jim, we looked at many houses for sale. Any time Jim would work it out so we could look at the houses. After a lot of consideration on different houses. When we finally decide to buy the lot to build a house. Jim was willing to help us all he could. I would recommend Jim anytime.

dan jorgenson67 | Home Buyer

Outstanding Realtor! Combine knowledge with enthusiasm and you get Jim. He simply gets things done! It was an honor to work with him in buying a home!

ehudjls | Home Buyer

Very understanding and helpful, services were great, very knowledgeable, did several showings around his schedule and ours no matter what time it was. He also got back to us as soon as he could on any questions we had for him when he had a chance around his busy schedule. Would highly recommend Jim to anyone that is looking for a place to buy.

arendsbl64 | Home Buyer

I recently moved from Idaho to Iowa and started looking for a home in Gilbert /Ames area. Being new to the area, I was not sure how to go about. I was so lucky to meet Jim, who worked with me right from the beginning and helped find and buy the right home for us. Although I contacted a few realtors, I felt so comfortable and easy to work with Jim and decided to stay with him. Jim was so trustworthy, reliable and helpful from the beginning to the time we closed our home. and after. He took up any question or clarifications I had with the previous house owner as his own and found solutions. He followed up with me to make sure that I got settled well in my new home. It was a pleasure doing business with him. Wish him all the best.

zuser20150814140927446 | Home Buyer

Jim helped us buy our first home. He was extremely knowledgeable about the property. I especially liked that he was great with communication - he always kept us in the loop. If we had a question he was able to answer it quickly and efficiently. Jim's also the type of person that will go the extra mile. We had some time sensitive paperwork that needed to be completed and I was unable to get off work. So Jim stopped at my place of employment so I could complete the paperwork. That's something he didn't have to do and it was greatly appreciated! We really enjoyed working with Jim would definitely recommend him.

kjuilfs1 | Home Seller

We were referred to Jim by a fellow coworker because he knew Jim would be a great agent for us. My Fiance and I were looking for a starter home for a family of three, Jim showed us over 25 different houses and I believe we went to 10 different counties. Needless to say, Jim did a lot of hard work to get us into the home we are now in and love. He was very kind and work around our schedules and made time for us! It was a great family experience for us and we would defiantly recommend his to any friend or family member! Thanks Again Jim us!

Brandon Barnes | Home Buyer

I could not have asked for a better person to help me purchase a home. His energy and desire to do what it takes to get things done no matter what time or day of the week is amazing. His tremendous knowledge, honesty, and pointers make you feel comfortable that everything is going or will go just the way he explains it will. There were no surprises. I will recommend to everyone I know to go through Jim to buy or sell their home. He has your best interest at heart.

jim freier70 | Home Buyer

Jim was indicated to me by a friend who was very impressed with his service when he helped her son buy a house in Nevada, IA. He helped us find exactly the home we wanted and could afford in Ankeny. He was always ready to look for houses with us and answered questions any time of the day. An extremely polite, patient, down to earth, and knowledgeable gentleman with excellent communication skills. He followed us through with every detail during our home buying process and gave us great suggestions on home maintenance. I would recommend him to anyone. Thank you so much!

cila galvao6 | Home Buyer

I would definitely recommend Jim to anyone buying a home. He was extremely accommodating, knowledgeable, friend and patient. Or situation was difficult at the time and Jim made it all happen. I can't thank him enough for all the hard work and dedication.

ajpboune | Home Buyer

We used Jim first to buy and then sell our home and were very happy with how everything went. He had a solid knowledge of the real estate market in ames which is very helpful. It was a quick and fluid process on both occasions. I would certainly recommend him for your home buying and selling needs.

amarcella 7 | Home Seller

Working with Jim was an awesome experience. He was so helpful and knowledgeable. He was very personable and never pushy. He always checked in and gave us updates. By the end of our closing, I felt like I had gained a friend! I'll actually miss hearing from him! Great guy and a wonderful agent. Will direct anyone to him!


My wife and I just bought our first home this year and Jim did a fantastic job helping us. Jim is a great guy and he works really hard to help you find a place that is right for you. We had a tough timetable to work with and Jim was great about regularly contacting us and keeping us moving in the right direction. You couldn't find a better person to work with!

zuser20170207174555228 | Home Buyer

Jim has a great personality. He's fun to work with. He really knows the area showed us a lot of really great houses. he showed us houses in Boone that were very nice. He was able to show us houses in Nevada that matched our desired home description. And he was able to land us a home in Ames with the inside scoop. Homes in Ames were hard to get at the time and he helped us out. We recommend Jim when purchasing a home.

jhagedorn23 | Home Buyer

Jim was very helpful. As a first time home buyer, he helped point out things to look for and explained things well. He was always quick to respond. It is obvious he loves his job and that is reflected in the service he gives.

bergman 2010 | Home Buyer

Jim made suggestions about things we could do to get the house ready for a quick sale. He even offered to roll up his sleeves and give us a hand! With his expert guidance and gentle encouragement, the house sold for well above its assessed value. Jim arranged for us to have a delayed showing which resulted in multiple offers for us to choose from after just one day! Jim is an expert at taking property photos--and would have taken more if the house hadn't sold so quickly! Jim was very accessible and responsive to our concerns. He worked hard to make the whole process go smoothly and make it a positive experience for both the seller and the buyer.

hagen1948 | Home Seller

Jim helped us sell our townhouse and buy a single-family home in July. He is the hardest working agent that I have ever worked with. He moved the process along very quickly and made himself available at any time. He always answered our questions...sometimes within minutes. We were very impressed with his ability to show us homes with the criteria we were looking for. When we decided on the house we wanted, he took us directly to his office at about 8:00 p.m. and got the paperwork done that night. We were very happy with his service and would highly recommend him.

zuser20140601184145508 | Home Seller

We recently used Jim as our selling agent. He was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in all aspects of the process. He helped to make our house sale go quickly and smoothly. I would highly recommend Jim. He always goes above and beyond and is extremely honest and fair. We had an excellent experience with him.

user80958191 | Home Seller

I have worked with several realtors in my life and all were nice, some were really good and one was OUTSTANDING, yes that would be Jim Horstman! Jim is full of energy and was always available to me! I can’t emphasize enough how hard Jim works for his clients. Jim is very knowledgeable about real estate AND always listens to you and is open to learning, I love that about Jim. He is very honest, if he doesn’t know he will find out, he will not guess. Jim wants the best for his clients, he knows what it takes to be a great realtor! There were times I would contact Jim and say ohhh what about this one can I see it and he always made it happen. I would feel guilty for asking so much of Jim and he always reassured me that it was no problem and that is what he was there for. I found the house I was looking for and Jim made the transaction smooth and talked me through it all. I always felt comfortable with Jim. Jim would suggest things I didn’t about that really helped me make some tough choices. I trust Jim, consider him a friend and keep in contact! I recommend Jim Horstman without reserve!

jpeters773 | Home Buyer

From day one that my wife and I contacted Jim to help us find a house, he was there. He helped us through every step of buying a house (this is our first home). He was very knowledgeable and if he didn't know the answer he quickly found an answer for us. Our lease was up in our apartment and he helped us move in early to the house we wanted to buy and helped us work out with the seller a short rental agreement. While we were living in the home just before we closed on the house, the underwriters came back to us and said we needed to paint the outside of the workshop that was being purchased with the home. Jim eagerly came and made time out of his schedule to help us paint! What a wonderful guy! Very friendly and truly a blessing to have to help us through the stressful time of buying a home.

DaveBlythe | Home Buyer

This was the first time that my family and I looked into purchasing a home, and we honestly could not have done it without Jim. He was the first realtor to reach out to me once we actively began looking at homes in the area we wanted to live in. He also assisted with getting us hooked up with the bank through which we got our home loan from and was there with us at all of those major meetings as well. I believe that we looked at 8-10 homes in two towns over the course of the first two weeks of our house hunting and he worked around our work schedules in order for us to see all of these homes in a timely fashion. He was honest about the issues that he saw with the homes that we looked and which shows that he is not just in it to sell houses quickly but wants his clients to find a house they genuinely love and are comfortable with purchasing. Jim is someone that I would recommend to people in our area looking to purchase a home in our area, and he is the first person that I am going to contact if we become interested in selling our home and buying a new one.

racheldawn2013 | Home Buyer

If you are a first-time buyer Jim is your guy! He was with us through every step and was VERY flexible! Even after we close the house he was there to help w question we had.

diazspider09 | Home Buyer

He was very open about opportunities that arose and how we could best make the trick Ames market suit our needs. He helped us put in the right bid price to ensure that we got the unit and gave us options as to proceed with management of our unit.


Jim Was Very Helpful From Start To Finish Answer Question Even On Sunday Very TrustWorthly Total Professional I Would Say That Jim Would Be The The Person To Use If You Are Looking For A Very Responsive Agent Jim Walk Me Thought The Whole Process Of Buy My Home

zuser20160313060344006 | Home Buyer

Jim is an excellent real estate agent. He was consistently on time for meetings with us and was very knowledgeable about the house we were interested in. He always returned our calls and emails in a prompt and courteous fashion. We will utilize is services in the future and recommend him to our friends.

cooperanne63 | Home Buyer

My husband and I selected Jim because of the good reviews we had seen online. And let me tell you, he did not disappoint. We were both extremely impressed with the level of knowledge and the EXCELLENT response time we received with Jim. We got into a situation, with the house we purchased, where there we multiple offers in on the house. He gave us excellent advice on how to proceed, knowing there were other offers on the table. There was a bit of negotiating back and forth with the seller, and Jim would send me emails and updates at 7, 8, even 9 o’clock at night! After our offer was accepted, Jim setup and attended all of the remaining meetings with us. He was even up on our roof with the home inspector to ensure our roof was ok! During the entire process, my husband and I felt extremely comfortable with Jim. It was very apparent that he had our best interests at heart, and made truly excellent recommendations.

kamontour | Home Buyer

Jim was recommended to us by someone who had also purchased a house using him as an agent. He listened to our wants, and helped us narrow down which houses we wanted to look at, and the one we finally decided to buy. Helped us throughout the process, answered whatever questions we had for him. Would highly recommend Jim as your real estate agent!

zuser20160102104359105 | Home Buyer

Jim assisted my husband and I with our first home buying experience and was so helpful through the whole process and made everything so easy for us and a lot less stressful. He was very flexible, easy to get ahold of and was very knowledgeable through the whole process and even helped with questions after we were already moved into our new home. Jim went way above and beyond our expectations and I would recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home!

cjauestad | Home Buyer

Jim is an excellent realtor, and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a house in central Iowa. He knows the area extremely well and is willing to go out of his way to help you. Jim is very easy to contact, organized, responds quickly, and works with you to find homes of quality. We were able to look at many homes around Ames, and I learned a lot from Jim. We ended up purchasing a mobile home in Ames due to price and location, but I would definitely go through Jim again if we restarted our house-hunt. Overall, I HIGHLY recommend Jim as a realtor.

AbbieBeahm | Home Buyer

Jim takes the time to get to know what your needs are in a home and is never pushy. He is very knowledgeable in the real estate field and works energetically to assist you. He really cares that you get the right home for you. It just shows on his face that he loves helping people. When I am ready to buy my home, Jim will be the one that I go to.

Joyce Templer | Home Buyer

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