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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

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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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

Allen VanLandschoot

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We chose Allen to assist us in the purchase of a home because of his construction background and years of real estate experience. But more importantly, he is honest, straight forward and offers objective advice. This was very helpful when looking at homes.

I most definitely would refer Allen to my friends and family both in the Twin Cities and in the Brainerd Lakes Area. - Tim & Nora Lee, Shorevie 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

Linda Steffen

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Had tried two other real estate offices previously. Not happy with their performance and ended up cancelling both listings. Linda Steffen was referred by a friend who deals with various Realtors as a home inspector. He was "spot on". Linda is friendly, professional, experienced, and has kept me up to date with progress as well as having answered all my questions in a timely manner all along the way. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an "EXCELLENT" Realtor. - Jerry & Larysa Deml, br October 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

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

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

Colleen Goedker

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Colleen was prompt in her response to questions that I had whenever I emailed her and if she didn't happen to know the information then she found someone who did and worked to answer my questions. She was a good resource for inspection and insurance information. I was glad to have her as a guide through this process as this was my first time even looking at purchasing a home. - Sarah Frisch, Brainerd October 2015

LaVerne Borg

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LaVerne was great to work with, very accommodating. - Nathan & Danielle Johnso October 2015

Joe Fitterer

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Thank you to you and your lovely wife.

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

Allen VanLandschoot

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Al went above and beyond in handling all the necessary details of closing and preparing the property for closing. He was a great help to me allowing me to sell the property with minimal time commitment. - Jim Freeman; baxter, Mn November 2015

Linda Steffen

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Linda went above and beyond to help us sell our house. Doing all the research and local knowledge selling our house was very easy. We definitely suggest Linda Steffen to our friends and family! - Mike Mcfarland September 2015

Douglas Kern

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Doug,

Thanks for the great job helping us purchase our townhouse! Your local knowledge was important to use feeling comfortable with the area. - Mark & Jane Lake Shore, April 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

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

Colleen Goedker

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We have had the privilege of working with Colleen in the past. We were living out of state and it could have been a terrible experience.

Colleen was professional, knowledgeable, and was available by phone any time we needed her. She is very customer service oriented

and truly cares about her customers. - Mary Ann & Jim Zander October 2015

LaVerne Borg

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Upon meeting LaVerne Borg for the first time, he was very friendly and helpful.

LaVerne always came across as very professional and willing to help us locate our new home in the Brainerd Lakes area. He was very patient with us, as the process took about four years. He periodically checked in to see if he could be of help, but was never pushy or demanding. I would recommend LaVerne to others looking for assistance in purchasing a home.

LaVerne relayed information regarding the negotiating process to us in a timely manner. He also reminded us of an important deadline pertaining to the home inspection and signing the seller/buyer agreement. He also recommended a local banker, and that helped us secure a loan. Everything went very smoothly right up to closing.

Rae Lynn was just fabulous handling all the details, and providing good communications throughout the looking and buying stages. She is a great asset to the Century 21 team. - Susanne M. Nelson, Brook October 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 reminder to complete 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