Cedar Rapids Office 1918 St. Andrews Ct NE Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402 (319) 393-3900
I have lived in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City areas for the past 28 years and have over 18 years of Real Estate experience, professionally representing both buyers and sellers in residential, investment, commercial, land, farm and new construction transactions. I am completely "hands on" in my approach, handling every aspect of each transaction personally. Whether you are new to the market or an experienced investor, I have the expertise, proven track record, and resources to help you achieve your real estate goals.
I understand how exciting and emotional buying and selling a home can be. You will have questions and decisions to make along the way. That's why it is crucial that you are completely comfortable with your real estate agent as a confidant and professional. I will do my best to put you at ease and always give you the time and personalized attention you deserve.
If you're interested in selling, you can rest assured that I have embraced the most up-to-date marketing methods, systems, and technology to ensure you get the maximum exposure needed to get your property sold. If buying is in your near future, I will be your step-by-step guide throughout the search, negotiation, and purchase process.
Sellers, contact me for a free Comparative Market Analysis. Buyers, let's talk about your ideal property. I love the Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Corridor areas, I love people, and I would love the opportunity to work with you!
"Josie was the listing agent for my son’s residence when he relocated to the West Coast. Since he had already moved, an agent needed to be selected without anyone in our family actually being in Cedar Rapids. I am an out-of-state attorney with extensive experience in real estate transactions, so I had high expectations. Josie exceeded my expectations. She is smart and can be counted on to be on top of what is happening. Josie offered suggestions, answered questions, and gave us the comfort level that we were in good hands. Particularly gratifying to me was her outstanding communication.”-Ed Garman
“During the winter of 2013 Josie Ashmore and her team successfully sold my mother’s house located in Cedar Rapids in less than 60 days. Moving an elderly parent from their home is an emotional experience but Josie’s team was able go from listing to closing in less than 60 days. The house had been on the market for six months with little marketing strategy other than a slide of listing price lowering. Josie took over the listing, and completed an accurate market analysis which resulted in a substantial increase in listing price. Her team then staged the house to appeal to our target market and was able to produce three offers for our consideration. As a professor of marketing I use Josie and her team in my classes as an example of how a successful sales process should be completed. I highly recommend Josie Ashmore and her associates!”-Don Jones, Decorah, IA
“I could not have asked for a better experience than my parents and I had with Josie and her Team. As a Broker myself in Missouri, when it came time for my parents to sell their home in Cedar Rapids, I wanted to be certain that we found a professional Realtor that would take care of them and make the transition as easy for them as possible. It wasn’t easy for my parents to sell the home that our entire family was raised in – it was much more than just a house to them. Josie truly understood this and was absolutely amazing throughout the entire process. We are truly grateful for everything that Josie and her Team did to make their transition so easy, and for being so professional and compassionate.”- Brian Jacobs, Lake Ozark, MO
“UNBELIEVABLE EXPERIENCE! I'm not even sure how to go about explaining how pleasant our experience with Josie started. We were 1st time homebuyers, new to the area, and we needed a little help going about our purchase. Luck was in the air the morning Josie returned my phone call to Re/Max. Josie was so pleasant on the phone and one thing I clearly remember her stating to me was that she prided herself on not being pushy! Then and there I knew we had our realtor! From then on she completely blew us away with her ability to be so knowledgeable, thorough, and prompt with all of our questions. She worked long hours assisting us in every way possible with a smile on her face. She wasn't just in it to make a quick sale, she's the type of person who sincerely felt happy for us once the deal was done! Josie is without a doubt a wonderful person who really truly cares about her clients. Which in turn, makes Josie an incredible realtor! We will always remember and tell about our amazing experience with Josie!”- Rachael Ryan and Patrick Murray, Cedar Rapids, IA
What my clients are saying (45)
10/15/2019 - boomer2236
THE Nicest person you will ever meet. Go getter. Dedicated. Always has your best interest in mind. She is the best person for the job! If you have not already worked with her, start now!
10/08/2019 - jewmancrew
Josie is by far the a tier 1 top notch realtor . She goes above and beyond to match her clients to there perfect home . She never pressures someone to take a house cause it's just a good deal. She strives to find the perfect match and then gets it locked down for them . The whole experience was handled smoothly thanks to her.
10/07/2019 - elisnow17
Josie helped us find and purchase our first house, and those words really don't do it justice. When we first were asking to view houses, she took careful note of the sorts of things we were looking for in a house and researched more locations that we might have liked - places we hadn't noticed or had mistakenly overlooked.
With Josie, we basically found our dream house! When we thought someone else was going to beat us to it, she rustled up another house that was also a great deal (especially since we were picky buyers). When negotiations had to be made, she was swift and effective in convincing the sellers of what problems they needed to address about the house before we would purchase it.
Always a phone call away, Josie helped us find a home that I doubt we'll ever be leaving - but if we do, I'll be giving her a call!
10/07/2019 - samcroghan32
Josie was very helpful during my first home buying experience. She was very knowledgeable about the homes we walked through and was always completely honest about each home, such as if there was something wrong with it, etc. I loved that she never tried to be "pushy" like most real estate agents are. I would 100% recommend having Josie help you with any of your real estate needs.
10/06/2019 - Mariah Davison
We were first time home buyers, and Josie made everything straightforward and easy to understand. She was available to show houses even with our odd schedules, and we could always text her if we had questions! We ended up in a tricky situation with the home we ended up buying, which resulted in back and forth with the seller that lasted neerly a whole day, and Josie was there to fight for us every step of the wag! It's nice to see someone who genuinely cares about and enjoys what they do. If the time ever comes where we end up selling out house, I know who we will call! Thanks for helping us get our dream home!
09/27/2019 - JustinTedrow4
I was looking to purchase my first home and was referred to Josie Ashmore, she understood I didn’t know much about the process so she always explained in detail what step was next and was able to answer all questions I had, it was a pleasure working with Josie and would 100% recommend her to anyone buying or selling a home
09/23/2019 - loisw53
Josie is an excellent realtor. She is knowledgable, personable, responsive in all communications and a consummate professional. The market analysis was spot on. She sold my house in one day at above listing price. I was highly pleased with every aspect of the experience.
07/08/2019 - Balaji0221
She helped us sell our home acting as the buyer's agent. Very easy to work with and very helpful. She was in constant contact and kept everyone posted on the happenings and also suggested escrow companies she knows and has worked with.
06/09/2019 - kelseyshoemaker1292
The selling experience Josie provided me was exactly the standard that every real estate personnel should strive for. The amount of information provided was both extremely helpful and easy to understand and any selling anxiety I may have had was immediately calmed by Josie’s professionalism, helpfulness, and overall caring demeanor. If you're not using Josie Ashmore for your realtor needs; you're not using the right realtor.
05/20/2019 - sarahmsullivan6
I've always been told not to do business with family, however, with Josie as your realtor it's impossible to not do business with family because she makes you feel like family. No, we're not related, but Josie made us feel like one of her own relatives. Buying a house can be life changing. Life changing decisions can be scary. No matter what time of day or not it was, if I had questions - she had answers. A quick email and she was there for us. Josie helped us navigate, what could have been a stressful process, with ease and confidence. She made recommendations during the negotiating process but left every decision up to us ultimately. I liked knowing that she had guidance for us but never told us what we could and couldn't do. She flexed her schedule to meet ours and through it all, kept us sane. I would highly recommend Josie to anyone who is buying or selling. She has years of experience but also has a personal touch that money can't buy.
03/18/2019 - leahkatleduc
Josie is amazing! We cannot say enough postitive things about her and how much she helped us find our perfect first home. She is incredibly knowledgeable, hard-working and always willing to help. She always answered our questions promptly and never hesitated to offer her assistance. We thought this process would be very stressful and confusing, and she helped make it an enjoyable, fun and memorable experience. We are so grateful for her help and whenever we are ready to buy or sell again, we will choose her, hands-down!
03/08/2019 - abshaver6
Josie was an absolutely wonderful realtor to work with. We did our entire home hunting from Tennessee with her expertise and perseverance we were able to purchase the perfect fit all via email, internet and Josie's willingness to show us homes via duo. She handled all the inspections we requested and jumped over hurdles to get them all accomplished in the timeframe required. She is a great communicator and always kept us in the loop and answered our questions. We met her in person at our walk through prior to closing. We are so grateful for all her work.
01/12/2019 - scpyzick1995
Josie was incredible to work with throughout the process of purchase of our new home! She was very helpful in explaining the entire process being my fiancé and I have never bought a home before. She was also very patient and very willing to take us to view several homes and very open to working with our schedules. At no point was she ever pushy or pressuring us to make a purchase or anything and she is very personable and friendly. We were very fortunate to work with her and I would highly recommend her to anyone!
01/06/2019 - anthonyanddonna
Josie has helped us sell large collections of recreational land, more than once, as well as investment properties. She easily handles everything from very large transactions to the smallest with the same care. We are very pleased with her honesty and professional representation. Great job!
12/19/2018 - zuser20160108111651948
Josie made the process of selling our home so easy and was always there to answer any questions. She had the knowledge to price it right so it sold fast and we got a great price!
12/03/2018 - pheinizzle2k4
Have used josie to buy 2 houses and sell one. Wonderfull to work with and went well out out of her way to make sure we were getting into something we would love. Would recomend highly and if ever the need arises will use her and her knowledge again
04/13/2018 - tswodnik
The housing market in our price range and age, was not wonderful when we had our house on the market. When we were not having any luck with a previous agent so a friend and co-worker recommended Josie. It was the best decision we ever made! She stepped in, changed things up, and got action on our house. We were presented with a non-conventional option of "renting" to the prospective buyer until he was in a position to buy the home. It took over 18 months to close and during that entire time she was always looking out for our best interest and stayed very engaged and involved. We are so very grateful to Josie for her expertise, knowledge, patience and understanding during this entire, lengthy process! We cannot speak highly enough about Josie Ashmore!
04/12/2018 - rondie2u
My house sold and I gained a friend! Win win for me! She helped by making the stressful times tolerable. She stays calm and is a great problem solver. She went to bat for me to get the best price possible for my home. She always stayed positive!
10/30/2017 - elvaleta
Josie has been amazing through this whole process, willing to step up and help us figure out a solution whenever our buyer threw something new our way. I always felt confident Josie would be able to handle anything. She never treated us like ‘small peanuts’ even though our house wasn’t super pricey. I used her both to buy and sell my house, and she was fantastic both times. I would recommend her to anyone.
10/17/2017 - jvryan1109
Josie was the best choice from the first meeting through to closing--an excellent communicator, smart and savvy--Josie went above & beyond to help us prepare the property for sale and get the word out! Great followup and responsiveness and, when the right folks came along, we were well-covered through negotiations and sale of the property . Josie truly is a top-notch person and a great realtor!!!
08/24/2017 - kendalyn11
Josie was very helpful. She was the selling agent when I purchased the house and was very helpful so I called upon her again when I went to sell my house. She was able to get it sold fairly quickly. She was always willing able to answer when I had questions. Would highly recommend her.
06/29/2017 - varotert
Very helpful, worked with us to get a good price and kept us informed alone the way also was always there to answer all questions. Highly recommend her.
06/18/2017 - AmandaNgouajio
Josie a realtor with many years of experience which was obvious when working with her. She had great knowledge of the local market and knew the home buying process very well. She was friendly and easy to communicate with. She made herself available and really made an effort to make the process as smooth and fun as possible.
08/29/2016 - Liz Hlibichuk
Josie is the queen of all realtors. I was quite sure of this when we used her this past spring, but having just watched a friend in another city sell their home by a less-than-perfect realtor, I have come to realize just how much Josie is above and beyond. She was completely accessible. She was utterly knowledgeable about everything. She took our worries and concerns and gave us the data we needed to make actually informed choices.
When selling our home, we took her advice (she told us to list at a higher price than literally anyone else we asked - of course we took her advice!!) and we had showing after showing. She kept saying things like "i'll work a little harder, I don't think we're getting enough showings!" and I'm still not exactly sure what the wizardry implied there is, but I can tell you we had a showing nearly every day - and two on some days! - until we sold it. We ended up selling at a higher price than other realtors had suggested we list.
Buying our new home, again she was great. My husband and I wanted to sell first, then buy - and we were okay if we had to live in alternative housing to make that happen. But Josie absolutely went to bat for us, and we closed on both our sale and our buy within hours of each other - and she magically negotiated for us to move in before we'd even bought the new house.
There honestly isn't praise strong enough for the wonderful experience we had.
01/06/2016 - Tess.knox
Josie was more than amazing! She was professional and prepared. She came to our first meeting with a page full of ideas/things she would do to help us sell our home. She was TERRIFIC! She gave honest feedback and helpful suggestions without applying any pressure. She was very knowledgeable about the market and sold our home quickly. She was always available and always made us feel as though we were her top priority. She earned our complete trust through her hard work. She didn't leave any lose ends and was always looking out for us - keeping our best interests in mind. I would completely recommend Josie when buying or selling a home.
08/10/2015 - christopher w vincent
Can't say enough about how great Josie was. This was our first time buying a home and it wasn't exactly smooth, but she was great and really went to bat for us throughout the whole thing.
My only regret is that we won't get to tour any more houses with her now!
04/26/2014 - beth.brinegar
Josie was very patient with all of my questions and did everything she said she would. She is great, and so are her assistants. She sold my home in less than two weeks and was supportive during the listing process, the selling process and the closing process. Everything felt at ease.
03/05/2014 - WesKahle
Josie was very helpful in helping me buy my home. I'm a first time homeowner so she walked me through the process and helped me with everything so I could understand it. She was always available and answered all my emails almost immediately.
03/02/2014 - ansteine
Josie is very driven. She was able to get our house sold in under two months. She handled everything, all we had to do was keep the house ready for showing. Our buyers had requested a radon mitigation system before closing. Josie used her network of contacts to get the best priced bid, I was not able to be around when the contractor came to install, she handled everything like it was her own home. I would highly recommend Josie to anyone else looking to sell their home. She made a situation that could have been really stressful on my wife and me, into something that was worry free.
02/24/2014 - jillkuhlers
Josie always had our best interests at heart. She was responsive to any of our questions and was masterful at helping us sell in a difficult market. She is very honest and straight-forward. The amount of work she did to help us sell our home was unlike any we had seen from any other realtor.
02/22/2014 - Staci Callahan
Josie did an outstanding job of helping us find our forever home. She did a great job of being available for showings when we were available. Once we found the home we wanted to make an offer on, she was very quick with getting the paperwork to us as well as any revisions that were needed. Josie was a a tough negotiator and worked very hard to get us the best deal as well as looking after our best interest in the deal. We highly recommend Josie Ashmore if you are looking for a realtor!
02/22/2014 - scott
We initially met Josie when we purchased our current home. We were so impressed with her honesty and prompt responses to all our questions that we decided to use her to sell the home we moved from. Although the sale required more time than we initially thought, Josie was relentless in finding the right Buyer and kept the process moving to a timely closing. She gave us nearly daily updates from listing to closing. I will definately use Josie in the future and would highly recommend her services to friends & family.
02/22/2014 - threadgold
As a real estate investor, I have dealt with dozens and dozens of realtors. I have NEVER found a realtor that I could trust, count on or show me they had the knowledge to help me get the best deal possible, until I me Josie. While I had plenty of real estate experience, I was short on time and my wife of only 8 months wanted a realtors assistance to help speed up the home buying process so we could buy our home and move in before our first baby arrived. Josie listened to what we wanted, understood our budget and within 2 weeks we had an accepted offer! The negotiations went smoothly and our closing date was scheduled. For most realtors, that's where their job ends. They just sit back, make sure the paperwork get signed and collect their check. Not Josie! She helped us through the process by recommending various options that I didn't even know about. She even provided some helpful hints on selling our condo that we had been trying to sell on our own for months. Not once was she pushy and try to get us to sign our condo up with her. Closing day is where Josie truly shined! The night before closing, after we completed our final walk through of the home with Josie, my wife's water broke and we headed to the hospital. Josie took the reins! She contacted the banker, the other realtor, and even the hospital. Josie planned it all out so we could quickly close on our home as scheduled. We actually have pictures of my wife signing our closing papers from the hospital bed! It doesn't even end there. Josie didn't want us to bring our baby boy home to a dirty house, so she hired a cleaning crew (at her own expense) to come in and clean the HUGE mess the previous owners left behind. She even helped us connect with the right people to fix the damage the previous home owner caused when they moved out. To say Josie and her team go above and beyond, is an understatement! We had a baby, closed on a house and moved into our new home all in one weekend. While it was the most expensive day of my life, I'm truly grateful we had Josie on our side. I don't think we could have done it with out her. The wonderful Scentsy Josie gave us, we smell every day. Along with the cute stuffed elephant she bought for baby Gavin remind me that we will certainly be listing our home with Josie when we are ready to sell.
02/18/2014 - lebobdd
Josie was so amazing. We were first time home buyers and knew very little about the process. Josie Ashmore walked us through step by step. I was talking to a woman I work with and I was telling her all the little things Josie did to help us. She was amazed! She has bought two homes and some of the things Josie did for us she had never even heard of.
02/14/2014 - justinmcdonald16
Very informative of the local market. Very responsive to inquiries and questions from buyers. Respectful and honest regarding homes as related to buyer expectations, property history, and future potential (i.e. trustworthy). Also skilled and tactful in the negotiation process. Highly recommend.
02/14/2014 - DonJones2
Josie and her team did a great job successfully selling my mother's house when no one else could.
It is a difficult time to move a parent out of the home. Yet Jessie handled the complete transaction, during January weather, in a great fashion.
From the moment she took over the listing, at a higher price, she staged the home and made sure all details were covered, which was especially comforting since I was in another city for the transaction.
01/22/2014 - user0644793
She is very prompt and is very resourceful with city regulations when it comes to investment properties. She has a professional team that can provide you with answers and setup appointments
12/18/2012 - user29000349
Josie is a very friendly, honest, and hard working realtor who's goal is to make every client happy with each situation when it comes to buying or selling a home. I highly recommend her for a successful real estate transaction.
12/18/2012 - user1129569
I had a wonderful experience searching for my home with Josie. She did a great job of listening to what I was looking for and finding properties that closely matched my wish list. I never felt pressured to make a purchase, and yet Josie was always willing to provide advice or help when needed. Throughout the buying process, she worked to get me the best value possible, as well as find a great home. She's so easy to get ahold of and prompt to respond - e-mail, phone, text... you name it! I am so glad that I found her, and recommend her to anyone in the Cedar Rapids area looking to buy or sell their home.
12/18/2012 - magdalainn
Josie was a blessing from the start. She was always researching the answers to my questions before I even knew what the questions were, as well as encouraging me to ask still more questions. I have never seen anyone work so hard and be so cheerful and encouraging at the same time. Even after we purchased our home, she continues to be there for us with answers to even the tiniest question, providing courteous professionalism more thoroughly than I had thought possible.
12/18/2012 - user4222903
Josie is very professional, full of energy, attentive to tour needs and RELIABLE. An out of state agent screened her for me out of six other Realtors, and boy did he make the right choice for us! When it was time to fight for us she certainly did so. Highly recommended-Thanks Josie.
01/31/2011 - DMarie670
I have worked with Josie on several occasions and it has ALWAYS been a pleasant experience. She has the best attitude and really helps to keep us all remaining positive through the entire process. You couldn't ask for a better agent! Definitely not one of those agents that just sticks the sign in the yard and walks away, she is pounding the pavement looking that perfect buyer or new home!
01/28/2011 - TinaW72
Josie is very hardworking and will go above and beyond for her clients. I would and have recommended her to my friends and co-workers.
01/28/2011 - janylee
Josie is a honest trustworthy realtor who is always willing to go above and beyond for each and every client. Her knowledge and understanding of the current market, her attentiveness to detail and her professionalism makes her stand out above the rest. Highly recommend her!
01/27/2011 - teach4Him
Josie is an amazing person!! In my opinion, her main interest is always making the buyer/seller happy. Her communication skills are absolutely amazing! She is very responsible, organized, reliable, caring and overall a WONDERFUL Realtor!! I would HIGHLY recommend her services! I will definitely ask Josie to help me in selling and buying my next home!