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CENTURY 21 Brainerd Realty, Inc.

Smarter, Bolder, Faster

Our company’s roots date back to 1946 when the real estate office of Ruttger & Ruttger first opened in the Brainerd Lakes Area. In 1977, the company became the first CENTURY 21 franchise in Northern Minnesota. CENTURY 21 Ruttger & Ruttger then merged with Brainerd Realty, taking the current name in 1996. More recently, in 2013, the company adjusted the ownership. Four of the previous owners, (all with over 35 years of local real estate experience), are still actively working here in real estate! Jim Ruttger, who was with the company in 1977, is currently the Broker / Co-owner.

At CENTURY 21 Brainerd Realty, we pride ourselves in putting our clients first! In 2015 CENTURY 21 ranked “highest overall satisfaction for first-time and repeat home buyers and sellers, two years in a row” by J.D. Power. Overall, CENTURY 21 is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Nationally, our website is the most visited real estate franchise web site.

We leverage all of this knowledge, experience and commitment to help our agents provide exemplary service on a day-to-day basis. This makes it easier for our agents to have a more successful, satisfying career. We haven’t even talked about the advantages our technological tools have over the competition! Ensuring that commitment to our clients and customers is our Sales Manager, Kevin Goedker, backing up our agents in all aspects of the transaction. 

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Real Estate Market Information

Brainerd, MN
Market Overview
Homes Owned: 3,237
Homes Rented: 2,684
Median Home Price: $99,900
Area Schools
Area Schools: 16
Best Score: 10/10
Average Score: 3.4

Our Agents

Meet the CENTURY 21 Brainerd Realty, Inc. Team

Customer Testimonial

Linda Steffen

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Linda has been excellent to deal with - her Professional and Knowledgeable performance made the purchase of our new building a breeze. In turn, making a stressful situation pretty much stress free. Thank you - Matt Hanneken - Brainerd April 2016

Kelly Pearson

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Kelly was fantastic all throughout a rather tumultuous house hunting experience for our first home. When we found the right house, she was incredibly helpful and a wealth of knowledge. I'd definitely recommend her to anyone going through the home-buying experience! - Evan Moser, Brainerd April 2016

Douglas Kern

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Doug Kern added a personal touch to the sale of our home. He was friendly, professional, and thorough in all he did for us. - Holly Cervin, Brainerd, April 2016

Shelly Satre

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Shelly is always ready to answer any questions we have and always returns calls or emails promptly, Knowing her as a friend first, we just knew she would provide fantastic service for us and care about our needs in finding the perfect property.

We have already told friends of ours about Shelly Satre and Century 21 Brainerd Realty so when they are ready to sell their home, they would use Shelly as their agent. - Kraig And Leslie Seely C April 2016

Sandy Swanson

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Sandy went above and beyond in helping me during a difficult time. I can't say enough good things about her!

I e-mailed several other realtors to discuss a contract for deed and most were less than helpful, or flat out said they couldn't help me. Sandy was amazing. She walked me through every step of the way, and also was willing to tell me if something wouldn't work. She's kind, caring, knowledgeable and so patient with questions. - Deb Jensen, Brainerd, Mn March 2016

Colleen Goedker

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Colleen Goedker did an amazing job helping me out to make the process go as smooth as possible and explained things thoroughly... - Nicholas Krebsbach 710 N March 2016

LaVerne Borg

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LaVerne has recently sold a property for me and I have bought property through him, my experience has always be positive. I really appreciate the fact that he understands his clients and special circumstances that they might have such as their line of work and how that impacts their ability to be available to sign documents ect. and he will make whatever arrangements are needed to accommodate his client. I have also purchased a property from him that he owned and my experience was no different he is the same person whether at work or away from work, I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone needing a good realtor. - David Schiller Brainerd, February 2016

Joe Fitterer

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Joe is a very conscientious person/Realtor. Listens very carefully to your wants and needs. Would and have recommended him to others. - Kathy Barrett December 2015

William Satre

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Mr Satre was key in finding a house big enough for my family, and at a comfortable price. He's personable and answers questions accurately and in a timely manner. I definitely recommend William Satre! - Chad, Brainerd November 2015

James D Ruttger

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We chose Jim Ruttger because of his history with an elderly family member of ours who worked with Jim's dad years ago for Century 21. Our family member did not trust just anyone with the sale of his properties but knew he could trust Jim. We cannot thank Jim enough for all of his patience through our journey. Jim truly went over and beyond and we cannot thank him enough. If we ever have a Real Estate need again in the Brainerd area we would not hesitate to call on Jim! - Rhonda Mielke, Cloquet November 2015

Loran Knack

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Love working with Loran, he's an expert, a great realtor and a good friend. - Phil Kvamme, Nisswa September 2015

Linda Steffen

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Linda was very easy to work with and more than helpful with all questions. As first time homeowners we didn't know what to expect, but Linda worked with us step by step and guided us along the process. We had a few bumps in the road and Linda was very professional and worked hard for us. I would definitely recommend Linda Steffen for anyone looking to buy a home. She's reliable, will be on your side and will work hard for you get the home you're looking for! - Mackenzie, Nisswa April 2016

Kelly Pearson

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Kelly is one in a million! The sale of our home went very smooth and I give her all the credit! She went out of her way to help us with a few post closing items and didn't bat and eye when we asked. I would recommend her to everyone. Thanks again Kelly and C21 for all you have done. - Sarah-baxter June 2015

Douglas Kern

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Doug was an excellent realtor, going beyond what is normally expected from a realtor. He was very helpful in handling my property, and looking after it when I was unable to be physically there, opening it in Spring, and closing it down in the fall. Always cheerful and encouraging about selling the property and respecting my wishes without a qualm. Without question Doug Kern is the best realtor I have ever worked with, and I would recommend him to anyone. - Kay A Krippendorf, rich October 2015

Colleen Goedker

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Colleen and her Century 21 team treated us like family. We never had to question for a moment whether she had our best interests at heart. - Amber, Brainerd Mn January 2016

LaVerne Borg

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Thanks! - Robert W. Tnebault, Hamm January 2016

Joe Fitterer

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Thank you to you and your lovely wife.

I appreciate all your hard work! - Kim Fisher December 2015

Loran Knack

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Loran Knack knows the Brainerd Lakes area, he knows real estate, and he knows everybody involved with housing, construction, land management and banking in this area. Any resource you would ever need to help you in your house sale or purchase - Loran has their info at his fingertips. He is an invaluable resource! - Phil Kvamme, Now On Tall April 2015

Linda Steffen

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Linda Steffen was amazing to work with. We located a property that we liked very quickly and even though the seller seemed less than motivated to proceed at a reasonable pace, she helped us to get an accepted offer and worked with our time line since we were moving there from out of state. Linda treated my family like her own and we had a great time working with her. We couldn't have asked for more. - Whitney S. Brainerd, Mn March 2016

Kelly Pearson

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As a first time home buyer, I was nervous and waiting for the stress to kick in, but it never did. I could not believe how seamless this process has been with Kelly. Can buying a house actually be fun? It was with Kelly. Great personality, funny and a joy to work with. So grateful to have her work with us on buying out first home. - Jill Kinsley, Baxter, Mn June 2015

* After the client and agent affiliated with CENTURY 21® Real Estate complete a transaction, the client may be asked to provide feedback to help the CENTURY 21 System and sales professionals continuously improve. The affiliated agent's Overall Rating is an average of all ratings the agent has received. The specific survey responses shown were selected by the agent and were authorized by the client for display purposes. Some customers who provided a testimonial may have received a Starbucks gift card from their CENTURY 21 Sales Professional as a thank you for completing the customer satisfaction survey.

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Baxter Regional Office

14391 Edgewood Drive, Baxter MN 56425

Brainerd, MN

Take a closer look

Closest Airport
Brainerd Lakes Regional
Closest College
ST JOHNS UNIVERSITY
Closest Major Sports Team
MINNESOTA LYNX
Closest Junior College
CENTRAL LAKES COLLEGE

Demographic Data | Brainerd, MN

Median Age: 34.28
Married: 32%
Households: 5,921

Overview

Population by Sex
6,635 Male
7,104 Female

Occupancy Types
521 Vacant
3,237 Owned
2,684 Rented

Employment

White/Blue Collar Jobs
38% White Collar
62% Blue Collar

Transportation to Work
91% Drive
1% Public Transportation
5% Walk/Bike/Other
3% Work from Home