Minnesota Home Guys Mission

“Provide the most trusted home buying service in the Minneapolis metro area. We strive to provide the simplest, highest integrity, most transparent service possible. We exist to serve you.”

Our Story

Minnesota Home Guys is a real estate solutions company based out of Minneapolis founded by Jaden Ghylin and James Kolde. We’re a family-owned company, and we run our business with family values.  The owners of Minnesota Home Guys have bought and sold over 500 homes and have worked through just about every possible situation in real estate.

Our priority is helping homeowners like you find solutions for that property that you just need to get rid of — whether you’re going through a divorce, facing foreclosure, can’t seem to close the sale, or just simply need to be DONE with your house once and for all.

We’ll work together until we find a win-win solution for everybody.

Minnesota Home Guys was formed through the bonds created at this backyard boot hockey rink in Savage Minnesota. Five of the original members of the Minnesota Home Guys team originally met and continue to play at this backyard rink


Jaden Ghylin

Owner & Co-founder

Jaden has been working in real estate since 2005. Jaden has a degree in Electrical Engineering and has a talent for helping people work through all sorts of difficult problems — and his passion is real estate. Jaden lives with his wife and three young children in Prior Lake, MN, just a stone’s throw away from his in-laws. He’s a born-again Christian and is actively involved in River Valley Church in Shakopee, MN. Jaden’s priority is understanding his clients’ unique situations and working together to find win-win real estate solutions that benefit his clients. In his free time he loves to hang out with his kids and ride his road bike when he can with the Great Scott Bike club. He also plays backyard boot hockey with James and does kickboxing for fitness. Favorite Bible verse is Proverb 3:5-6.

Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.


James Kolde

Owner & Co-founder, Realtor

James is from the Twin Cities and has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry as well as Fire Fighting. James enjoys the challenges of renovating and updating a home, and providing solutions for the seller as well as future buyers. James spent 20 years as a part-time firefighter and spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan supporting the troops as a Civilian Fire Fighter on base.  He lives in Savage, MN with his wife and daughter. James has a talent for finding fish and when he gets a moment of free time, loves to be on the water.  He spends his spare time playing in a local hockey league, and snowmobiling with family and friends, and he loves to watch his daughter play hockey on her high school team.

“I like meeting people, and I hope I can make them feel comfortable with their decision to sell us their home.”

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Luke Winter

Chief Operations Officer

Luke joined the Minnesota Home Guys team in 2021. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and brings management & construction experience from working in a heavy industrial field for 10+ years. Luke also has nearly a decade of real estate experience. His motivation comes from building a meaningful business that adds real value to our customers and the local community. Luke lives in Eagan with his wife and daughter. Weekends for Luke are filled with outdoor activities and getting together with friends & family.


Jen Kolde

Director of Office Operations

Jen is what we like to call our “home base,” running everything in the office. Jen has lived in Minnesota for 20 years and has been the wife of James for 19 years. Together they have a teenage daughter who is in the National Guard, 2 dogs, a cat, and a fish. She was born in California but her family moved around a lot, now most her family resides in Kentucky. Jen has a background in non-profits, event planning, and office program/project management.

Brad Sauer

Property Specialist/Realtor

Brad joined the Minnesota Home Guys Team in 2017 but has been in real estate investment since 2014. He has a background in sales and customer service and truly enjoys meeting new people. Brad lives in Savage, MN and has been married to his beautiful wife for 25 years. Together they have two daughters, one in college and one in high school, and two dogs. In his spare time, Brad enjoys coaching his younger daughter’s softball team, spending time at the lake with family and friends in the summer, and testing out new recipes in the kitchen!

Matt Tepp

Realtor/Vice President of Operations

Matt joined us in June and runs all things marketing. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in December of 2017 with a major in strategic communication and a minor in psychology. In his free time he likes to golf to with his dad, workout at the local gym, and watch sports. He is active in the Make a Wish Minnesota Organization.

Mumtaz Walli


Mumtaz, a CPA, recently joined our team to lead the accounting and finance function. She brings with her extensive experience in the accounting and finance field including 17 years at Northwest Airlines, Inc. Mumtaz is originally from Tanzania in East Africa and has lived in Minnesota for about 30 years. She has two grown children – Curtis and Siri and lives in Bloomington. For fun she loves to travel and practice yoga. She also enjoys playing badminton and pickle-ball.

Kay Edlund

Property Specialist/Realtor

Kay joined Minnesota Home Guys in the Fall of 2019. Kay is passionate about helping people in both the Twin Cities area and northern Minnesota. Kay lives in Savage and has been married to her wonderful husband, Mark for 21 years. Together they have 3 children, Alexandra (and son in law Derek,) Cassie, and Ben, a dog Maddie, a hamster Taz, and a bearded dragon named Jerry. Before getting into real estate, Kay ran an in-home daycare while raising her three children in Savage. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her grandson Luke and with her friends and family at her cabin in Aitkin, Minnesota.

Ryan Schafer

Property Specialist/Realtor

Minneapolis and the Twin Cities are great places to live and work, which is why Ryan chose to call it home. With roots in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Ryan came to back to the Twin Cities after calling Montana home for 10 years. Real Estate is a passion for Ryan, and with his background in customer service, it is easy to see why local families have decided to call Ryan for help buying and selling. Ryan has recently become a part of the MN   family, but he isn’t just passionate about helping families find their next home. Ryan has served on his local Habitat for Humanity and loves being a part of other Minneapolis community events. A passionate mixed martial artist, when Ryan isn’t in the office or volunteering, you’ll often find him at Spartan Martial Arts or enjoying time with his friends and family members.
A passionate mixed martial artist, when Ryan isn’t in the office or volunteering, you’ll often find him at Spartan Martial Arts or enjoying time with his friends and family members.

Dan Salamone

Property Specialist/Realtor

Dan joins the team with 10 years of sales experience.  He is a loving husband to his wife Megan, as well as a father of his one year old, Rocco.  They enjoy travelling the world together.  He is an avid racquetball player, playing tournaments around in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  He also plays adult recreational league hockey in his spare time for fun.  Dan enjoys meeting and helping people and looks forward to making a positive impact on their lives!

Amanda Thomas

Property Specialist/Realtor

Amanda is a Minnesota native, born and raised in Saint Paul, MN. She attended the University of Minnesota, and got her degree in psychology and public health in 2018. After getting experience in the field, she quickly realized that it was not what she was passionate about. She started learning about real estate investing when a close friend of hers introduced her to the subject. From there, she got her real estate license and found herself on the MN Home Guys team in July of 2020. In her free time she likes to spend time traveling, trying new breweries and restaurants, boating on Lake Minnetonka in the warm months, and hanging out with friends and family.

Carol Ann Reed

Property Specialist/Realtor

Carol Ann joined Minnesota Home Guys in the fall of 2019 but has been a real estate agent for over 15 years. And with a background in interior design and DIY renovations, she feels right at home helping buyers and sellers see the potential that exists in every home. When she is not busy renovating her own home, Carol Ann enjoys spending time with her family and creating videos for their family vlog YouTube channel.

Megan Dale

Social Media/Marketing Manager

Megan was born and raised in Minnesota, grew up in Northfield and went to Augsburg University for a Bachelors of Science in Education. Was in the teaching arena for 6 years then wanted a change and found interest in Real Estate Investing. Megan comes to us with several years of Real Estate Investing experience with rentals, flips, foreclosure and probate deals. She is bringing her knowledge to our marketing and social media side of the business along with admin help as well. When Megan isn’t working you can find her on a golf course, in the gym, traveling or with family/friends having a good time.

Minnie Kolde

Guard Sausage/Security Advisor

Minnie is 8 years old and is our current head of security. She enjoys tagging along to the office everyday, lying around the office taking naps, occasionally barking at the UPS guy (and then rolling over for him to pet her belly) and begging for treats. Minnie loves to attend business meetings to learn more about the real estate industry, but we constantly find ourselves having to wake her up to keep her focused.

"Handsome" Hank Tepp

Intern/Stick Fetcher

Hank just joined us at the beginning of April 2019 and is learning the ins and outs of the business. He’s eager to learn, run around the office, and bark at inanimate objects such as sticks and his toys. If you ever need to build a fire, Hank is your guy. He’ll fetch you the sticks you’ll need to build a fire to keep you warm in the winter (and spring.) Hank loves everything about real estate and has made it his goal to eventually go full time with the Minnesota Home Guys team in the near future.

Core Values

Honesty We are up front and forthright in everything we do

Transparency  We explain all of your options, even if it means not working with us.

Integrity  We always say a deal has to work for all parties, or it’s not going to happen.  If we think you will be better off selling through a different avenue, we let you know that up front.  People come first in our business.  We are here to help you find the best solution.

Customers First  Our goal is to make selling as simple and stress-free as possible.  We will go the extra mile to make sure the sale goes smoothly for you.  This may mean giving extra days or weeks to move, providing professional movers, taking care of unwanted items left behind, paying back taxes or mortgage payments, taking over mortgages, taking care of inspections and repairs required by cities, whatever it takes to get it done, we have seen and done it all

Education  We strive to educate sellers about the process of selling and inform them of all of their options.