Charter House Iowa

Mark Charter

Owner / Realtor

Mark Charter has been practicing real estate full-time since 2005.

Over the years, Mark realized that real estate could be done in a better way. Buyers and sellers deserved more. More services, more choice and more care.

In 2015, after becoming one of the metro's best selling and most recommended agents, Mark started his own firm, Charter House Real Estate.

The motto of Charter House is "Real Estate Redefined". We want our clients to realize that when it comes to finding an agent to work with, it is possible to get more of everything and enjoy the process along the way.

Mark hopes you will become a Charter House client soon and experience the difference for yourself.

Mark is married to Katie and they have three children, Seton, Hollis and Duke.

Katie Espenhover

Realtor/ Assistant to Mark Charter

Katie joined Charter House in August, 2016.

Katie works as a Realtor, Client/Transaction Coordinator, as well as an assistant to Mark Charter.

She is known to be a 'go-getter' and gets things done!

Katie is married to Travis and they have a daughter named Audrey.

Kim Olmstead


Kim joins the team from the local non-profit industry, where families were the driving force of her WHY. That same family passion is what led her to real estate and is what she looks most forward to at Charter House: helping her clients find THE perfect home to create memories and experiences.

Kim and her husband, Bryan, reside in Madrid with their 3 children, Jillian, Beckham and Delaney. She enjoys relaxing with her family, training for three- half marathons in 2018 and catching up on her favorite show, Fixer Upper.

Reid Petersen


Making his first home purchase in his hometown of Ankeny ignited Reid’s interest in real estate. He is excited about helping people buy and sell homes and has always been enthused with finding out others’ goals and helping to achieve them. He has a great attention to detail and you can bet he will utilize this throughout the process of working with you!

Reid enjoys spending much of his free time on the golf course throughout the year and many hours hunting during the fall.

Reid and his girlfriend, Kelsey, along with their 2 dogs, Wrigley & Zoey, reside in Ankeny.

Nate Lee

Broker Associate / Realtor

Proudly serving both the Des Moines AND Ames areas!

Nate entered Real Estate with Charter House as a transition out of full time military service with the Iowa Army National Guard. His strong desire to work for himself while assisting people with major life changes led him into the business. With his over 7 years of military service and tour in Afghanistan, you can be assured that Nate knows the meaning of hard work and how to get things done! He truly has a client first attitude and is eager to work with you!

Nate enjoys spending his free time golfing and watching sports.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, then give Nate a call today!

Nate has resided in the Ankeny area for over seven years.

Tyler Vaughan


Tyler lives in Norwalk with his wife, Caley, and newborn son, Nash. They enjoy hitting the links, and watching the Cyclones and Cowboys play on Saturday's and Sunday's! Tyler also enjoys being a part of Guthrie's River Ruckus every summer in July.

Tyler is passionate about helping you sell your home for the right price and saving you a load money in the process! He is also very motivated to find the perfect home for you and your family!

Adam Bentz


Adam joins the team from the gridiron where he coached college and semi-pro football for 15 seasons. He helped guide the Des Moines Blaze to 5 straight league titles and 2 national championships as the team’s defensive coordinator and still serves on the board of the 501c non-profit team.

A strong passion to help people has steered him to the real estate field.

Client satisfaction is the #1 motivator for Adam. In his spare time Adam still gets his coaching fix by directing his daughters’ basketball and softball teams. He loves spending time outdoors, especially fishing.

His wife Bobbi is an Ankeny native where they have resided for the last 9 years with their children Brette, Breeze, and Baer.

Jeff Lanning


An Ankeny native, Jeff Lanning has witnessed the area’s housing development expansion and has a great appreciation for the community’s growth. Serving the greater Des Moines area as a professional agent with Charter House Real Estate, Jeff strives to exceed expectations and meet the needs of his clients when working with buyers and sellers alike. His creative, authentic, and caring nature is perfect for matching each client’s desires as well as skillfully presenting a home’s presence and character.

Active and connected in the youth baseball community, Jeff coaches at Game Ready Baseball Club. He played college baseball at the University of Nebraska and the University of New Orleans until he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 8th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft. He played five years of professional baseball with the Twins and the Philadelphia Phillies. After baseball, Jeff finished his degree in business marketing at Iowa State University.

Nicole Wandrey


Born and raised in Ankeny Iowa, Nicole has witnessed the Des Moines area become a sought after place to put down roots. It’s what brought her back from Missouri State after college, where she graduated with a degree in mathematics.

Her interest in home design began at a young age with design software as a Christmas gift. Married to a man with a lot of construction experience, together they have designed and built several homes. Selling them on her own (because she wasn’t willing to give up the typical 6-7% to a realtor) has given her first-hand knowledge of what the experience should be like for a buyer and seller.

Her past work experience includes 4 years at Principal in Retirement Actuarial Services, a few years staying home with babies, and the last 5 years working for her church. From Nursery/Preschool Director to Communications Director, Nicole is passionate about helping others.

Her rare combination of design and home-building experience, analytical skills and desire to help people makes Nicole the go-to source for all your real estate needs.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys anything outdoors with her husband and two young boys, family movie nights, running, and reading.