About Us

Our Team

Guidance Homes is committed to giving the best quality  service to our clients. Jaren and the Guidance Homes team will truly “Guide You to Your New Home”. This means they not only have experience and expertise in the design and building of your new home but will take the time to help you understand and explain your options for the entire process of selling your current home, securing financing for your new home and offering assistance with staging and moving services. They call this their “Guidance Steps”.

Jaren Johnson, Owner/President

Jaren Johnson is the owner and president of Guidance Homes. Jaren embarked on his career in the custom home building business in his early 20’s and started working as a job supervisor for his father’s custom home building company. Jaren later thought it would be beneficial to study and learn real estate and practice as a licensed real estate agent while he was assisting his father. Now Jaren and his father Jim have partnered together to make one of the strongest custom home building teams in the North East Metro and surrounding area.

Jim Johnson, General Manager & Designer

Jim Johnson brings 35 years of custom home building experience to Guidance Homes. He designed and built over 51 homes in his career, owning his own custom home building business for 12 years and decided to partner with his son Jaren. Jim specializes in custom home building and remodeling, and additions, he works diligently on the designs of the clients homes, down to every last detail.

Karen Hommell, Real Estate Agent

Karen Hommell joined Jaren’s team with a background in customer service. Karen has had a passion for real estate since her early 20’s, assisting friends and family in finding the right homes for them. Karen wanted more so she took the opportunity to take that passion and assist others in their real estate needs. Karen  is very motivated and does whatever it takes to get the job done.

Brian Morey, Real Estate Agent

Brian has been in Real Estate as a Realtor- Buyers/Listing Agent Specialist since 2006. He has a great family that supports each other, has been married for 20+ years, and has 3 sons. Brian went into Real Estate to allow him to spend more time with his kids as they grow. It has allowed him to help coach sports teams his family is involved in, and watch them progress. Buying or selling a home is one of the largest events in our lives, his goal is to make sure his client’s needs are always met, and that the process is enjoyable! His history of Sales/Service Management ensures that his clients are his top priority. Brian looks forward to meeting new clients, and forming new friends as a result!

Megan Kenny, Real Estate Agent

Megan Kenny is a great addition to the Jaren Johnson Realty Group and Guidance Homes team. She grew up in Forest Lake, and with her brother Patrick served in the Navy. Megan loves her community, and is actively involved in local events. She also enjoys spending time with her family. After returning from the Navy, and looking at homes, she and her brother Patrick discovered their passion for real estate, and made the decision to become real estate agents. They work as a team, both with a great work ethic, strong values, and they are excited to help you with any of your real estate needs!

Patrick Kenny, Real Estate Agent

Patrick was born and raised in Forest Lake. Following high school, he joined the Navy and spent four years on the USS Stennis. After his enlistment, he moved back to his hometown to be closer with family and friends. Patrick loves Minnesota, as it offers the best of all four seasons – He enjoys being on the lake, snowmobiling, and traveling to new places. Spending time away from home has helped Patrick understand what it really means to call a place “Home.” To him, there is no greater satisfaction than seeing the look on people’s faces when they have found their Home. Patrick and his sister Megan have been working together in real estate since they both became Real Estate Agents. They have strong family values that reflects their business ethics. Contact Patrick today, and let him help you find a place to call Home.

Gaye Christofersen, Real Estate Agent

Gaye Christofersen joined the Jaren Johnson Realty Group with a strong back ground in Sales, Customer Service and Management. She actually grew up in Real Estate and has had a passion for it for most of her life. Gaye and her husband Jim have lived in the North and North Eastern Metro for over 25 years and love to boat on many of the area lakes, she loves to check out lake homes from the lake side too! They have one daughter that will be attending Graduate School this Fall to become a Physicians Assistant.  Gaye is very motivated and always goes above and beyond to assist her clients with all their Real Estate needs.

Our Guidance Steps

First We Listen
The importance of listening is too many times forgotten. We understand that and focus our attention on your needs, wants and “wish list” in the very beginning.

Help You Understand Your Options
Where and what to build? How much does it cost? How do I arrange financing? How much is my current home worth? These are just a few questions you may have. We take these seriously and will not move forward until you are ready to do so.

Find  Your Location to Build
Not only do we offer premier homesites we own but have knowledge and access to 100’s of homesites throughout the Twin Cities are and the surrounding communities. We will also build on your lot.

Design Your New Home
Our design service and expertise are second to none. Whether a townhome or single family home on acreage, we have experience in designing very nice, custom homes.

Explain Your Finance Options
Guidance Homes, Inc. works with one of the most trusted mortgage professionals in the industry. Scott Glasgow with Prime Mortgage has been working with Jaren for 10+ years. His knowledge of the mortgage business and honesty cannot be beat.

Build Your New Home
The excitement begins! Our management team and subcontractors have been carefully selected to give you a fun and hassle free building experience. You will be in contact with the builder and management team throughout the entire process.

Sell Your Existing Home – Click here
If you have a home to sell OR rent, we are here to help. With Jaren and his real estate team’s vast experience in real estate sales, rest assured you will see results.  We offer a free consultation with our professional staging company to help you prepare your home for sale. We also offer assistance in moving into your new home!