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Meet The Team


Nichol Dehmer- Founder, CEO

Nichol Dehmer is a Bank CEO, Housing collaborator and YardHomesMN CEO.  Nichol has spent over 25 years in the Banking and finance arena in addition to consulting.  This finance background has been uniquely favorable as YardHomesMN has partnered with financial institutions to bring ADU’s to market rate and affordable housing customers.  Nichol’s housing experience, market rate mortgage background, and experience in affordable housing development programs in many of her volunteer housing Board positions brings unique insight to each transaction.  Nichol has an incredible ability to bring resources together to accomplish a common goal.

Jeffrey A Covert- Partner, Director of Construction

Meet Jeffrey Covert, a dynamic and accomplished business professional with a solid educational background, holding a degree in Business and Finance from the prestigious University of Phoenix. With an impressive career spanning various industries, including real estate, construction, and non-profit work, Jeffrey has honed exceptional problem-solving skills and creativity. As the founder of J Covert Construction and Northern Builder Co-op, LLC, he has consistently demonstrated an innate ability to deliver innovative and efficient solutions for his clients. Jeffrey's excellent communication skills have not only fostered strong client relationships but also ensured unparalleled client satisfaction, making him a trusted and sought-after partner

in the business world.

Outside the realm of business, Jeffrey's interests and passions are as diverse as his professional endeavors. An avid traveler, he has explored countless destinations, yet his heart lies in the tranquil beauty of National Parks and natural wonders. A keen photographer and artist, Jeffrey captures the essence of nature through his lens and creations, which further reflect his eye for detail and artistic vision. Embracing the serenity of the great outdoors, Jeffrey finds inspiration in the wonders of nature, infusing his personal and professional life with a deep appreciation for the world's beauty and the unlimited possibilities it offers.


Dave Joas- Partner, Director of Sales

David Joas is a multi-talented professional with a diverse background in business, real estate, and construction. As an owner-operator of Northern Builder Co-Op, he has made a significant impact in the construction and remodeling industry, bringing

innovation and excellence to every project he undertakes. 

Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Business, David's journey began with a solid foundation in the world of manufacturing commerce. However, his innate passion for building and creating spaces led him to explore new avenues in the construction and real estate space. Before long, he found himself immersed in the exciting realm of building and remodel projects, where he discovered his

true calling. 

Over the years, David's expertise and dedication have earned him a reputation as a skilled builder and remodeler. With a keen eye for detail and an unwavering commitment to quality, he has successfully completed numerous projects,

transforming spaces and exceeding clients' expectations. 

In addition to his prowess in construction, David is also a licensed Realtor, leveraging his extensive knowledge of real estate to assist clients in finding

their dream homes and investment properties. His ability to understand the unique needs of buyers and sellers, coupled with his proficiency in negotiation, makes him a trusted advisor in the competitive real estate market. 

Beyond his professional achievements, David's life has been enriched by his experiences abroad. Having lived in Argentina, he immersed himself in a new culture and became fluent in Spanish. This international exposure broadened his horizons and instilled in him a deep appreciation for diversity and global perspectives. Outside of work, David finds joy in sharing his expertise and giving back to the community. He actively mentors aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals, guiding them on their respective paths to success.  David's life journey is a testament to the power of versatility and continuous growth. As he continues to make a mark in the worlds of construction and real estate, he remains dedicated to bringing transformative visions to life and creating spaces that inspire. 


Melanie Joas- Partner, Staged to Sell

Melanie Joas —  the genius behind Staged to Sell — has always loved color and design. She loved it so much that she pivoted to real estate (where she still is) from her first career as a cosmetologist.

Though she immediately loved real estate, Melanie missed working with color and design. Trying to find a way to incorporate creativity, she noticed that while design came so naturally for her, it was not the case for others.

Friends and family began coming to her for design favors — small at first then larger and larger. Seeing the happiness her designs brought others — and the stress she could help reduce — made her realize she has an impact on people’s lives through design.

Melanie loves being immersed daily in the latest trends of the real estate industry. With over 15 years of staging and design experience and two certifications from The Staging Studio, she seamlessly incorporates the desires of buyers and sellers into her designs. 

Living out her dream job of redesigning and transforming homes across the Twin Cities fuels Melanie’s passion for helping people. Real estate and design bring her so much excitement, she convinced her husband Dave to become an agent and join the business! 

With 15 years in general contracting, remodeling, and project management for home improvements, Dave leads the home renovation and improvement projects for Staged to Sell.

Our Staged to Sell promise to you is to always bring you creative innovative design.

We like to employ a collaborative approach — we want to incorporate your vision and help you through this emotional experience. We vow to stay humble and always learning, and to make this a fulfilling, fun, enjoyable experience!


Advisory Board Members

Matt Mithun

Matt Mithun owns Mithun Enterprises, a Real Estate, Sports and Entertainment company, and runs Somerset Amphitheater, an outdoor concert venue in Somerset, Wisconsin. In addition to YardHomes, Matt’s recent Board involvement includes 826 MSP and YMCA.  He lives with his wife, Sarah, and three children, in Wayzata, MN. 

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