About Us

Dwell Management Group is a Rochester, Minnesota-based property management company whose top priority is clear, transparent communication with you, our client.

As a full-service real estate company, we offer property management, real estate sales, and the coordination of renovations. From single-family homes to apartment buildings, we’re available for all your property management needs. We have developed a reliable, proven system designed with landlord and tenant success in mind.

With a flat rate fee, there are no hidden surprises when it comes to your finances. With multiple long-standing relationships with local contractors, maintenance crews, general handymen, plumbers, electricians, lawyers, etc., we can oversee everything from a running toilet to reshingling your house with no upcharges. We get discounted rates from these professionals and pass those savings directly to the owners of the properties.

Alex Brainard


Owner // Realtor // Investor

Alex Brainard

Alex is a property manager by trade. His passion in real estate is investing and working with owners to maximize their investment potential, and specializing in renting units out quickly and for the best price possible on a secure lease that protects both the property owner and the tenant.

If you’re looking for someone you can trust with your investments, trust the Dwell Management Group team to take care of all your management needs. If you’re looking for investment opportunities, please reach out, and we can do a rental analysis and a selling analysis to let you make the most informed decisions on what to do with your rental property.


Director of Acquisitions

Lance Brainard

Lance is a designer/drafter by trade. He spent 35 years designing many complex systems for different manufacturers in Minnesota. Near the end of his tenure as a designer, he was managing a 50-year crew building walking floor trailers. His attention to detail is founded in his everyday way of thinking, and he brings that to the real estate industry as well.

Lance oversees everything that happens on the day-to-day side of management. He is also an investor and realtor in Minnesota who specializes in mobile home parks and smaller-town investments, and he can assist with buying and selling properties as well.


Director of Property Management

Heidi Lagred

Heidi brings a vision of passion to the team for the residents as she helps them navigate through the rental world to help them feel at home. Heidi takes great pride in the details and can assist with all of the day-to-day details of the management world. When Heidi is not assisting the residents with all of their needs, she can be found traveling with her family.


Maintenance Supervisor

Jay Podein

Jay oversees all of the maintenance for Dwell Management Group. Jay brings a wealth of knowledge to the team, having been in the property management business for over ten years. Jay brings the perfect balance of being able to troubleshoot countless issues over the phone with tenants and knowing when we need a vendor on the job to complete the task.

Working with over 110 vendors through multiple cities, Jay is able to help our residents resolve all of their maintenance issues. Jay is also able to bring a calming sense to stressful situations with his sense of humor that everyone enjoys and appreciates.

When Jay is not making everyone laugh at work, he can be found spending time with his family and mudding with his friends out in the woods.


General Manager Assistant

Sarah Sorenson

Sarah is the face of the organization to our prospecting residents in the Rochester area. Sarah has a background in patient care, and her compassion and ability show through in her ability to multi-task and help people through the navigation process of finding the perfect residence. Sarah can be found hanging out with furry friends when she is not at work.


General Manager   |   Rochester, MN

Lydia Freese

Lydia comes to us from the business world. She has vast experience with running businesses and is the go-to person for all of our accounting and HR needs. Lydia takes pride in being able to handle the business ends of Dwell Management Group with no task too small or too large. She brings a steady hand to make sure that all of the day-to-day items are in order. She can be found hanging out with her friends and family and ice fishing in the winter months!


Property Manager   |   Austin, MN

Heidi Heskett

Heidi is an invaluable asset to the Austin team. She has a great passion to make sure everyone feels welcome and taken care of. Bringing a vast knowledge of project management, Heidi oversees all of the day-to-day management of the Austin properties and maintenance coordination. During her downtime, you can find her hanging out with her family and friends.


Property Manager   |   Minneapolis, MN

Tyra Ramse

Tyra utilizes modern technology along with her extensive knowledge of property management to solve any complex problem! She recognizes and values the trust that prospective residents & owners alike place in her, and she works to exceed their expectations every day.

She began her career in property management in 2006 and has since then worked on the behalf of thousands of people in the process of finding and leasing new homes. Tyra is not only professional and personable, but she is also committed to serving others and maintaining relationships. She accomplishes this through constant communication and striving to be as accessible as possible. When Tyra is not working, she can usually be found out in nature or spending time with her family. 


Property Manager   |   Boone, IA

Jessica Sanders

Jessica brings a wealth of knowledge and true compassion for the residents of Boone. She has done everything from the ground up when it comes to property management. She can be found hanging with the family and going on vacation when she is not taking care of all things property management.



Ashley Daniels

Ashley is a skilled accountant with years of experience in managing financial accounts for property management firms. She is known for her meticulous attention to detail and her ability to provide comprehensive financial solutions for our clients. Ashley has a strong work ethic and is committed to helping property managers achieve their financial goals. Her expertise in accounting and financial analysis allows her to offer valuable insights into the financial health of properties. Ashley is a trusted partner for property managers, providing them with the support they need to succeed.


Property Manager   |   Rochester, MN

Carly Langlois

Carly is a dedicated property manager in the Rochester area. With years of experience in the industry, she has developed a deep understanding of the local real estate market and has established strong relationships with property owners and tenants alike. Carly is known for her exceptional communication skills and her ability to quickly address any issues that may arise. She is committed to providing outstanding customer service and ensuring that each property under her management is operating at peak efficiency. Carly’s passion for property management is evident in everything she does, and her clients can count on her to go above and beyond to meet their needs.

Rene Walker


Molly Dunn


James Dixon

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