Joel Sodeman - MacIntyre & Cowen Realty Group

Joel Sodeman

MacIntyre & Cowen Realty Group – RE/MAX Real Estate Professionals Grand River
Direct: (517) 898-6412
Office: (517) 999-2675
Email: [email protected]
Joel is a Buyer’s Agent with MacIntyre & Cowen RE/MAX in Lansing. He has lived in the East Lansing/Haslett area for 10 years where he has raised his 3 beautiful daughters. Being a single parent, Joel understands that finding the time and money to purchase a house can be stressful and all consuming. He understands that your time is worth its weight in gold and will work tirelessly around your schedule to find the perfect home for your needs. He lives by a moral code to never put someone in a house that he wouldn’t put his own daughters in. Joel’s background is in ministry and also 10 years in Starbucks management.

Joel loves to laugh and will do his best to make your home buying process successful, less stressful, and maybe even fun!

Joe’s Clients Testimonials

Jonathan G 

“I was looking for a house while out of state and Joel really went above and beyond what I’d expect any realtor to do. He took pictures and video of the properties I wanted to see and he made sure I knew about and understood any of the problems he saw in the houses I viewed. Any issues that arose through my lender (there were a few) he was able to assist with and he really helped make this home buying experience go smooth. Joel Sodeman I don’t think I could have got a house without you. Thank you!”

Yelena Kalinsky

“We were very happy to work with Joel. He was knowledgeable and attentive, and helped us through a challenging purchase. Very much recommeded!”

Kyle Southwell

“Joel Sodeman is the best realtor I’ve ever met. He worked with me for over two years until I found the perfect house. He is extremely patient, professional, flexible, and honest. He’s taught me so much about the home business as this was my first house, and I never once felt I was putting him out or bothering him with all my questions and requests. I truly consider him a friend and the only downside to buying my new home will be seeing him less.”

Haley Shoan

“I had such a wonderful experience working with Joel over at MacIntyre & Cowen. I found the perfect house and I couldn’t be happier. Joel was friendly, flexible, professional, responsive, and completely understanding of what we were looking for. He is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of house hunting and made it extremely easy to narrow down our search based off of his experience and expertise. I would highly recommend Joel and his associates for anyone looking for a home in the area. Thanks again!!”

Shashank Vodapally

“I had a great experience working with Joel at REMAX. I’m a new home owner and he guided me through the entire process. From sending me updated listings, to visiting the houses I was interested in, he was incredibly prompt and accessible. I was living out of state before moving to Michigan and wasn’t able to see the homes, but despite that Joel did a great job of sending pictures and videos showing me the houses. I would DEFINITELY recommend working with him if you’re the market for a new home.”

Synjun Palomino

“We were first time homebuyers/shoppers and from the beginning Joel was extremely honest with us and would often times help us see the reality of places we were looking at. He helped us for a long time before we finally found our home. He was always respective, attentive, and never once was pushy about anything. We felt like he was on our side at all points in time and didn’t feel like he was just someone trying to make money off us. He always said how much he hates salesmen and that’s what you should look for. Another human being who is honest and completely transparent. We don’t know what we would have done without you Joel! Thank you!”

Kathryn Irwin

“We were very impressed by Joel’s knowledge and honesty throughout the process – he wasn’t afraid to tell us if there were potential issues with a house. He walked us through our first home purchase and patiently answered our many questions. We will definitely be recommending him to others!”

Chelsea Day 

“Joel was truly invested in helping us to find the right home for my family. His honesty, light-heartedness, and knowledge helped making home buying a breeze! Even from his cruise vacation, he stayed in contact with us to help us set up house showings and answer questions to make sure that we didnt miss out on any opportunities. I’d recommend him to anyone!”

Nathan Day 

“Our entire home buying process was, simply put, amazing. Joel Sodeman was very professional and honest. If you are looking for a home and don’t want to be pushed into a house by a salesman only in it for the money, Joel is your guy. He set appointments, made phone calls, asked the right questions, and did everything in such a timely manner. When he showed us houses, he gave us honest feedback about things we didn’t even notice. His knowledge on home buying is tremendous. Joel helped us find, not just a house, but our home!”

Andrew Jurgensen

“Joel is a fantastic realtor. He knows his stuff and helped me, a first time buyer, know what to look for in a house and prioritize. He was always available, answered my questions immediately, and set up viewings as soon as I asked. I would recommend him to anybody.”

Gabriel Picard

“Recently my sister had the opportunity to work with Joel Sodeman and she could not have been more pleased with the experience! He was very responsive when I was searching for the right Realtor for my sister and I’m very happy with the service he provided my sister and her family”

Amanda Shaffer

“My family and I were relocating from another state and Joel made what was a stressful situation so much easier! From showing houses to us in a snow storm (trekking through over a foot of snow in to each house) to his communication we were so happy with our home buying experience. We had to tow our toddler along to each showing and he was so patient and friendly with him and you can definitely tell he’s family oriented! If we had any questions he was prompt in answering. If you’re looking for a real estate agent in the area have Joel help you, you’ll be happy you did!”

Alison McVey

“We had a great experience searching for our first home. Highly recommend our realtor Joel and MacIntyre & Cowen Real Estate! Joel made us feel very comfortable during our first home buying experience. He was very honest with what he thought of all the homes we looked at and gave us great feedback!! Highly recommend him!!”

Adele Joynt

“Joel Sodeman was fantastic to work with. He was prompt, informative, and honest. He worked with our busy schedule and when he couldn’t meet with us he would send Darian who was equally as great to work with! His patience was much appreciated and he “held our hand” when we needed it and also gave us privacy when we needed to make the big decisions on our own. We would recommend him and the Remax team to anyone searching for a great realtor.”

Sean Catt

“Joel was phenomenal to work with throughout our home buying experience. From day one, Joel was interested to know what we were looking for and took that into account in each house that he showed us. While looking at houses, he consistently looked at them and gave advice with our best interests in mind, not his, which was very refreshing. He was extremely patient throughout the process and answered all of our questions honestly and promptly. Joel is a fantastic agent for anyone looking to buy a house, especially their first!”

Suporn Teng

“The thought of buying a home and where to begin in that process prevented me from even attempting to buy a home for many years. I did not even know where to begin. I remember stuffing a business card of a real estate agent I met at an MSU tailgate into my wallet and forgetting about it for almost a whole year. When I decided I was ready to be a homeowner, I did not know where to start again, so I gave the number a call and this is where the adventure begins. That real estate agent was Joel Sodeman. He sat down with us and listened to what we were looking for. He asked great questions to customize a search for homes that fit our needs and wants so we could easily view and select listings. As first time buyers, we hardly knew what to look for and think about when walking through potential homes. Joel was very knowledgeable and honest about the homes he showed and that helped us tremendously. He was always quick to reply when we had questions and that was assuring since we had tons of them. Joel put us at ease and made us comfortable throughout the whole process. We learned that there are many pieces of the puzzle in the home buying process. Joel was able to assist with recommendations and referrals for home inspectors, lenders, and all the way down to a locksmith. I never felt pressured or pushed to use any of his referrals, but did not regret using any of them because of their excellent work. All of them had great things to say about Joel and further acknowledges his great reputation and his importance of building lasting relationships. This was a learning experience for us and having Joel on our team made us a lot more confident in our home buying experience. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone interested in looking for a home, especially if it is your first. I am glad the daunting process of buying a home turned out to be an amazing experience and I can undoubtedly say it was because Joel made sure it was. Thank you for making us proud homeowners!”

Kimberly M.

“We worked with Joel Sodeman to buy our first house. He is a very knowledgeable and honest agent. Joel is also easy to relate to and his sense of humor makes the whole process much more relaxed and easier than what it could be. When looking at houses, he was up front about potential issues and costs that would come up with repairs or remodeling and whether or not he thought the houses were really worth it with what our budget was and what we were envisioning for our new home. We really felt heard and never once felt pushed or pressured into something that didn’t feel right. Joel definitely had our best interests at heart throughout this entire process. He was also very helpful with answering our never ending questions in regards to home buying. He was always quick to reply when we had something we didn’t understand or wanted clarified. It really helped ease the stress of first time home buying knowing that we could ask any question and get a real honest and detailed answer. Definitely was great to have him on our side while we went through this process. I would 100% recommend him to anyone I know who is looking to buy a house. It was amazing to work with him and I’m so glad we stumbled across him. We couldn’t have done it without you, Joel!”

Jared Ross

“We worked with Joel Sodeman to purchase our first home. His dedication and availability was superb, even when we ran into a number of unforeseen snags during the process. He was extremely knowledgeable and professional, and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy a house.”

Katrina Dennings

“I had an amazing experience with Joel Sodeman as my buyers agent! He made my first time home buying experience a breeze. He walked me through everything and was so easy to keep in touch with. I would highly recommend Joel Sodeman to anyone looking or even interested in buying a house- you will not regret it. I could not have done it without him!”

Ryan Nyhus

“Joel was an excellent agent. He remained very patient and understanding with me during the whole process and was very honest when we would look at homes. I would recommend Joel Sodeman to anyone that is a first time home buyer or a 100th time homeowner.”

Cindy T.

“My husband and I have been looking for our first home since March. After an unexpected and disappointing experience with our first realtor, we decided to start fresh after 2 months. I did a search on the internet and found Joel Sodeman. From the moment he agreed to help us find our home and to the moment he helped us close on our dream home exactly 2 months later, Joel had been absolutely amazing! He was very helpful, genuine, honest, and quick to reply back. While maintaining professionalism, my husband and I both liked Joel’s sense of humor and easygoing personality. I really appreciated how he would picture his own children buying the home we were interested in and how he would feel about this decision, this made us feel like we were more than just another client and potential sale for him. Because he easily could have kept these opinions to himself and instead tell us what we wanted to hear. This is the kind of person you want helping you to buy a home, and knowing he has your best interest in mind. We couldn’t be more than happy with our decision to reach out for a new realtor, and we’re so thankful to have found Joel!”

Sharon W.

“My househunting experience with Joel was amazing. He always answered my calls/texts right away or as soon as he could. He was very knowledgeable about all aspects of real estate and was able to answer all questions I had. I would recommend Joel to anyone who is looking for a reliable and honest agent. I will definitely be using him again!”

Colton Kahrs

“I worked with Joel Sodeman and have nothing but positives to say. He was always available, prompt, and honest. I never felt pressured to make a decision. I would definitely use him again and would highly recommend him to anyone.”

Abhinav Gaur

“Me and my wife worked with Joel and it was an absolute pleasure to work with him. Joel worked with us as a buyer’s agent. Joel is very professional, always turns up 5 mins before scheduled showings. We worked on a very tight budget. After having a terrible experience with another big realtor in Lansing and wasting a month of our time we decided to shop around for realtors. After meeting and trying out 6 other realtors, we decided to work with Joel. He caught our attention because of his sharp observations on pros and cons of a home and a no non-sense approach towards protecting his client’s interests. We worked on a very tight budget and looked at a lot of houses in Lansing. BUT Joel never tried to discourage us because of our low budget, no matter what. In fact he encouraged us to “leave no option, and see everything”. Joel was always very quick to respond to our requests of showing houses on a short notice. Many times we would text him at 7 pm in the evening and he was able to schedule a showing the next morning by 10 am. Every potential home we saw, Joel could quickly tell us ballpark dollar values for the potential repairs and fix ups. This was really helpful to us. On the home we liked, it was like Joel read our minds and even while we were just driving back after the showing, Joel gave us a ring and informed us of the criticality of quickly making an offer on the home we ended up buying. I think had Joel not been on top of things, we would have taken a day or two to decide and would have definitely lost the home which we now know for a fact after meeting the seller. All in all, I would give him 10 stars if it was possible here. Cheers”


“Joel Sodeman was amazing!!! My wife and I only had 45 days to find a house and close. This was not an easy task due to the fact that we currently lived states away. Oh and did I mention we were first time home buyers? Joel went above and beyond looking for the perfect home that fit exactly what we were looking for. Before we started looking for a home we didnt know who we would pick for a buyer’s agent. We had heard horror stories from searching around the internet and prayed we didnt end up adding another story to that list. But then we found Joel. He was a God send. He was very professional, always returned calls promptly, very knowledgeable, hard working, and he would go out of his way in order to help us. He was there for us from day 1. Thank you so much Joel!!!!”

Gabriel M.

“Joel is the best agent. Very helpful, experienced, easy to contact and puts his client’s concerns first. Forget about the listing agent, do yourself a favor and contact Joel Sodeman. Great guy.”

Jennifer Shaw

“Joel was fantastic and was with us every step of our home search and purchase. We valued his pragmatic and generous insights and it was crucial as we dealt with counter offers. We never want to have to buy another house, but if we do, we are calling Joel and this office. We also want to thank Kaycee for her amazing work and patience. The Shaws.”

Kathy Jakubiec

“My agent was Joel Sodeman and he couldn’t have been nicer and walked me through the whole process. I was moving two hours away from my previous home and he would set up several places for us to look at in my current location. He’s excellent about keeping in touch and returning calls. I’ll gladly work with him again!”

Katie Cole

“We worked with Joel Sodeman and he is so wonderful! Last time we bought a house, our realtor was greasy and seemed so shady, he ignored me, would look at my husband for all decisions, and just really left me feeling pretty peeved. This time, we started out on the recommendation of a different realtor and the first interaction with him was really lackluster, he didn’t send us half of the available houses and wasn’t willing to look at houses in the price range we wanted. I googled realtors, chose the one with a million 5 star reviews and called the office. I told the girl that I wanted someone who would let us look at as many houses as I wanted, would talk to us like normal humans, and wasn’t going to try to talk us into anything just for a bigger paycheck. She referred us to Joel and he is great! He is just a normal guy doing a fantastic job at his profession. So knowledgeable, but totally down to earth. We are not at all the keeping up with the jones type and he got that and didn’t try to talk us into anything. He let us look at houses all over the literal map and houses in a huge range of prices. We started looking in December and closed in May-I think we looked at 80+ houses. We had one under contract and then realized it wasn’t for us and when I called Joel to apologize/let him know, he was not only cool as a cucumber, but got us half our deposit back! And after all this, he was willing to keep looking with us. Joel is fantastic and I would never buy a house with anyone else in the Lansing area. I highly recommend him-trust me, we spent a lot of time together…he has the client’s best interests at heart. And is fun to work with to boot. Call Joel if you need a realtor.”

Debra AnnaQ

“My husband and I were very lucky to have Joel Sodeman as our Buyer’s agent in our successful search for three different properties for personal and investment purposes. He was very professional, responsive, patient and knowledgable. He offered his professonal opinions but was not pushy, promptly prepared all paperwork, organized inspections and contacted other third parties on our behalf. He managed and guided us through the entire process We feel we have found a new business partner and friend in Joel. We would not hesitate to recommend Joel to family and friends and look forward to working with him again in the future.”

Tammy Stahl

“Joel Sodeman is a fantastic agent and extremely gifted in his field. He always makes himself available to customers no matter what time of day & is tremendously professional.”

Erica Murdock

“We were fortunate to find Joel Sodeman and team while casually searching for homes in 2017. We hit it off right away and knew that we wanted to work with him down the road when our search got more serious. Joel was supportive, communicative and thoughtful throughout the process, providing valuable advice and recommendations along the way. He endured us “just wanting to see” houses and knew before we entered a house whether or not we would even entertain taking things to the next step. Joel brought the house that we eventually purchased to us by way of his boss. He was in tune with our style and was so spot on with the property…he knew that we would love it! We did and decided right away to put an offer in. Once the offer was accepted, we made it through to close quickly and with no issues. Joel is a great realtor, who is very personable and takes the time to listen to his clients. I would highly recommend him and his team to anyone looking to purchase or sell in the greater Lansing area!”

Danielle Hartig

“We were first time home buyers and we had the privilege to work with Joel Sodeman from MacIntyre & Cowen. He made the experience fun, stress free, & exciting!! I would highly recommend his services & expertise to all my family, friends and the public! Thanks again Joel! :)”

Christina G.

“Joel was the best agent we could ask for. If you can ask for Joel Sodeman! Very professional and efficient, does everything in a timely manner and handles things that come up really well! Everyone at the office is really friendly as well! Overall good experience”


“Recently my fiancé and I purchased our first home in Lansing and Joel Sodeman was our agent. Joel was the biggest asset to us during our time house hunting, hands down. He is incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and helpful. He was more than willing to explain all the processes involved in purchasing a home including: choosing a lender, making an offer, closing costs, FHA, appraisals, and finally actually closing on a house. He would even give honest advice on the homes as we were viewing them: pointing out things that may not pass an FHA inspection or just general concerns. We never felt any pressure to make an offer on a home not once, which was nice. Joel is also very relatable and has a great personality, which made viewing houses a fun and happy time, even when we lost out on offer after offer. We would without a doubt recommend Joel and RE/MAX Real Estate to any friends or family looking to purchase a home and frankly, even though we are excited to be in our new house we will miss our time spent with Joel looking at homes! Thanks again Joel…you know where we live!”


“We worked with Joel Sodeman to purchase our new home. We have dealt with many real estate agents in the past. We can honestly say that Joel is the absolute best, without any question. He is responsive, professional and personable. Most of all, Joel has a great attitude and is willing and cooperative. He worked very hard for us, listened to all of our concerns, and responded immediately. We highly recommend Joel to anyone!”


“Thank you for making the purchase of my lot so easy. I enjoyed working with you and was happy to receive prompt service and attention to detail. I appreciate your service.”

Joel & Emily F.

“Joel Sodeman recently represented me and my family in a very difficult real estate transaction that came about as a result of our need to re-locate to the Lansing area. In working with him, we quickly came to appreciate that he is a highly-competent, hard-working, and very well-respected real estate professional, who genuinely cares deeply about the quality of representation that he provides to his clients. Joel specializes in helping people and families find a home in and around the Lansing area. His commitment to me and my family was apparent from the very beginning, when he drove all the way to our previous home in Livingston County to initially meet with us to discuss options for locating a comparable home in the Lansing area. During our meeting, he toured our existing home, listened very intently to our questions, and gave us an accurate assessment of what our options were. From there, he aggressively provided us with new listings to consider, as soon as they became available. He personally took us all over Lansing to view potential home choices, and he responded promptly to all of our inquiries. We eventually settled on purchasing land to build a new home. Joel and his Broker, Eleanor Cowen, saw to it that everything was handled quickly and professionally. Simply put, Joel never stopped working hard to find us a new home. It cannot be overstated how good of a job he and his firm did for us, and I highly recommend that anyone looking for a new home give him a call!”


“In September 2016 I found out I was going to be relocating from Kansas City, MO to the Lansing, MI area. I started looking at houses online, and picked a random real estate agency to help with my search. Fortunately for me I was put in contact with Joel Sodeman of MacIntyre & Cowen Realty Group (Re/Max). I can’t say enough good things about Joel. I had a very tight schedule to work with, a large geographical area, and very specific “must haves”. When I realized I wanted to live quite a bit farther north and west of Joel’s area, I gave him the opportunity to back out. Joel took it all in stride, and drove way out of his area to accommodate me. When we finally found a home, it was a For Sale By Owner, and nothing seemed to be go smoothly. Again, I gave Joel the opportunity to back out, but he wouldn’t have it. He stuck by us through the whole process, despite the seller being extremely difficult to work with, and basically tried to shut Joel out of the whole deal. Joel maintained his professionalism and composure, far better than I did, and helped us close the deal successfully. Hopefully I’ve found my forever home, but I would definitely work with Joel again if I were ever in the market to buy another home.”

Contact Joel

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2824 E Grand River, Suite C, Lansing MI 48912
Direct: (517) 898-6412
Office: (517) 999-2675
[email protected]