Meet the Team

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.

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 the mother to Layla, a community volunteer, and a 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

Tawnia Martin

Realtor® and CNE® / Member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

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

Jessica Shanley 

Realtor® & Marketing 

Jessica was born and raised in Arizona and moved with her husband and kids to Iowa in 2017. Her passion for Real Estate has flourished over the years. She enjoys helping her clients in each transaction to buy and sell. Jessica has personally and professionally bought and sold many properties and understands how important the process is.

Outside of Real Estate she and her husband Andy keeps busy with their 3 kids hockey, baseball, softball or golf activities. They also enjoy traveling as a family wherever and whenever they can.

Contact Jessica directly at 515-707-5750 or email her at