Our team is dedicated to putting our experience and local knowledge to work to assist you along every step of the real estate process. With  our years of experience we are here to help both buyers and sellers locate the best properties and negotiate the great deals.

Find out why Home Sweet Des Moines is a respected team for buying and selling in Des Moines.

Meet the Team

Nora Crosthwaite

CEO and cornerstone of Home Sweet Des Moines / Realtor® and CNE®

Nora focuses on giving people the confidence to dream big and build a financial foundation through homeownership.  Nora believes in relationships over transactions and educating clients over pressuring towards a decision.

Outside of real estate, Nora is a wife to Paul, mother to Layla, community volunteer and taekwondo instructor.  She is a member of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Community Leadership Program class of 2020, and regularly volunteers with Habitat for Humanity’s Hammers and Heels event.

Contact Nora directly at 515-783-9815 or email her at nora@homesweetdesmoines.com

Tawnia Martin

Realtor® and CNE®

Tawnia is a Des Moines native who walks her clients through the real estate process, whether buying or selling.  She has a passion for both homes and people, and real estate fills both needs.  Tawnia has multiple experiences with custom builds, both as a buyer and as an agent for others. She can see both sides of the experience with first-hand knowledge and confidence.

Tawnia is also a proud mom to grade-schooler Mac, and a pup-mom to her French bulldog. She is an active volunteer at her church, Lutheran Church of Hope, and at her son’s school, Des Moines Christian. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising and spending time with family and friends.

Contact Tawnia at 515-867-4436 or email her at tawnia@homesweetdesmoines.com

Jeannie Crosby

Magic Behind the Curtain Gal / Certified Home Stager

Jeannie is a marketing and graphics professional with over 20 years of corporate and small business experience.  She assists Nora with the behind the scenes tasks. She is also a certified Home Stager and will work with you to make your home appealing to buyers and ready to sell. Check out her work at MakeItSellDesigns.  She is a transplant to Iowa from St. Louis. She and her husband have one teen daughter and two lovable mutts that now make Des Moines their home.

email her at jeannie@homesweetdesmoines.com


Tracy Tague

Transaction Coordinator

Tracy knows the ins and outs of getting your transaction from contract to close. She is a true real estate paperwork pro working several years as a settlement agent with a local law firm! She works to make sure everything runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible with your transactions. Tracy is your “go to” person for the “What’s next” questions. Look for her emails during your sale process.

Jake Boyd


Jake is a professional photographer and owner of JBP agency.  He specializes in architectural and real estate photography that will make your home look it’s best when going on the market.  Jake is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and holds a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design. His work has been featured in various publications promoting Des Moines.  Check out some of Jake’s work at www.jakeboydphoto.com