About Us

With more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of real estate, we have cultivated a wealth of knowledge and resources to apply to your specific real estate needs. Whether you are a first time home buyer or a property investor, our vast network of real estate expertise is at your disposal. We pride ourselves in conducting business with integrity and effectiveness. We put you first, and always seek to exceed your expectations.

When you’re ready to buy or sell real estate in my home town of Victoria, greater Carver County, or the Twin Cities Southwest Metro , contact our team.

John Wichmann

JW Real Estate Group

John Wichmann, Realtor - Broker, CRS, GRI



John Wichmann has experience in all facets of real estate and specializes in residential sales, with expertise in short sale and foreclosure properties. His background and qualifications include experience with land development, new construction, multi-unit property management, commercial development and management, contracting, renovation, architecture, blue prints, drafting and construction.

John managed the Scott County Regional office for a market leading brokerage for nine years. He developed an extensive network with other real estate professionals in management and finance and has coached and trained hundreds of realtors. John is always expanding his real estate knowledge base through continuing education, by attending seminars and by achieving further accreditations. John is currently on the board of the Minnesota Realtor Association State Grievance and Arbitration Committee. John's many years of community involvement include active membership in the Chamber of Commerce, leading as President of Rebuilding Together, and serving for seven years as a Volunteer Fireman and Accredited Minnesota State EMS trained First Responder.

"The future of real estate belongs to those who see opportunities where others see only obstacles. Our uncompromising commitment to integrity combined with the application of our wisdom and imagination will turn the seemingly impossible into reality."  ~ John Wichmann

Dan Brabender - Business Manager



Dan is a people person who enjoys helping others. A detail oriented multi-tasker, Dan has a knack for managing multiple deadlines while juggling a variety of different demands.  He enjoys managing the process of moving transactions through to closure and is always there to help clients get what they need when they need it. Dan’s varied background includes more than eight years in Real Estate (both Sales and Property Management), and experience in Staffing Management and Recruitment, along with Personal Training.

Dan has three very active and busy kids ranging in age from 14 – 20. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In his spare time he trains for and competes in Triathlons and enjoys working out at Lifetime Fitness, his home away from home. An avid tennis player, Dan has been active in the USTA (United States Tennis Association) for many years and led his USTA 4.0 level Men’s Team as Captain to compete in the National Tournament in 2014.

Amanda Doub, Realtor



Amanda grew up on a hobby farm on Spring Lake, so she has always been an early riser and a hard worker. She also grew up with one foot in real estate, helping her dad with his property management company by the time she was 14. She has extensive experience in leasing and property management, and enjoys creating long-term relationships with her clients. .In recent years, Amanda has transitioned from property management into real estate. She is exceptional at understanding the needs of her clients and helping them narrow down their wish list to what’s most important.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her young son and extended family. Reading and visiting her family’s 50 acre farm are also among her favorite activities. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Minnesota in Communications and Spanish.

Jair Merino, Realtor



Jair is fluent in English and Spanish and plans to focus on the local Hispanic Community as well as first time home buyers. Born in Puebla, Mexico, Jair and his family moved here when he was 10 years old. Jair grew up in the Southwest Metro and knows the area well. He understands that buying or selling a home can be complicated, especially when a second language is involved. Jair will simplify the process for his clients and walk with them every step of the way.  Both dedicated and hardworking, Jair has the passion and motivation to help you achieve your home buying or selling dreams.

Jair comes from a close knit family and enjoys both playing and watching soccer, especially with his brother. He also enjoys anything involving horses and likes watching horse racing in the spring.

Beth Vetter Realtor

Beth Novak, Realtor



Beth’s background as an interior designer is a huge asset in real estate. She can look at a home and see the possibilities that others might miss, which is an advantage to both buyers and sellers. Beth understands how overwhelmed clients can feel when updates are needed and she specializes in helping them craft an action plan to move towards a sale. Beth has personal experience with fixer uppers, having purchased several diamonds in the rough and investing in updates to enable resale at a profit. Beth grew up on the south side of Lake Minnetonka in the Shorewood/Excelsior area and has lived in Victoria for more than 12 years. As a Southwest Metro resident and mom of three kids ranging in age from 8 to 12, Beth knows our local communities and can offer a parent’s insight into schools and amenities for families. She can also help you choose a home that will grow with you into the future. Beth enjoys stand-up comedy and recently acquired a pop-up camper to try her hand at camping. Her free time is spent supporting her kids in their activities, which include soccer, gymnastics, baseball and football. She also enjoys spending time with her extended family members who reside nearby.

Bruce Holmes, Realtor and Handyman



A licensed real estate agent for more than 18 years, Bruce recently transitioned to a different role in real estate – that of handyman. Once items are noted that need repair or enhancement, Bruce can make things inspection and show-ready. Bruce’s role as handyman is incredibly important to expediting a sale. Having everything in top working order is always advantageous to the seller. Buyers also benefit, with the knowledge that the home they buy is move-in ready. Bruce can repair plumbing and electrical issues, perform minor drywall repairs and fix just about anything needing attention that doesn’t involve major structural changes. Bruce’s handyman expertise combined with his honesty, integrity and commitment to clear communication make him a valuable asset to the JW Real Estate team (as well as to the clients who retain him!).

In his spare time, Bruce enjoys woodworking in his heated garage. He and his wife Judy also enjoy making regular trips to Chicago to spend time with their two year old grandson (and their son and daughter-in-law too!)

Bob Strandell




Since 1985, Bob Strandell has helped thousands of homeowners purchase or refinance their homes, investment properties and lake homes. A Senior Loan Officer at Bell Mortgage, Bob is consistently one of the top producing loan officers in Minnesota and was recognized as Minnesota Loan Officer of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Mortgage Bankers. Knowledgeable and trustworthy, Bob will help you find a loan program that best fits your needs and goals. NMLS# 274802 Equal Housing Lender