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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 along with Linda Steffen.

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, three 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! 

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Real Estate Market Information

Brainerd, MN
Market Overview
Homes Owned: 3,243
Homes Rented: 2,669
Median Home Price: $101,000
Area Schools
Area Schools: 17
Best Score: 5/10
Average Score: 1.8

Our Agents

Meet the CENTURY 21 Brainerd Realty, Inc. Team

Customer Testimonial

LaVerne Borg

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Thank you for the help to get the house sold. You and Rae Lynn did a great job. Charlie and Kayla - Charlie And Kayla Melby February 2017

Joe Fitterer

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Joe is a very intelligent and passionate realtor with extremely good work ethic. - Bradly Hicks Tracy Mn January 2017

Sandy Swanson

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I would recommend Sandy to friends and family because she makes buying a home easy and understandable - Jeremy Lemoine Brainerd January 2017

Linda Steffen

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very smooth sale - excellent communication - Judy Johnson January 2017

James D Ruttger

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Our family was very pleased with how Jim handled the sale of my father's house. We felt very comfortable with how everything was handled. It was reassuring to know that Jim had our best interests during this process. He provided guidance for us in preparing the house for the sale as well as working well with my elderly father.

WE WOULD NOT CONSIDER ANY OTHER REALTOR IN THE BRAINERD AREA. JIM RUTTGER HAS AN OUTSTANDING RECORD IN THE COMMUNITY AND HAS FOLLOWED IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF OTHER RUTTGERS IN THE AREA. - Rick Hjelm north Oaks, November 2016

Shelly Satre

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When purchasing my home I had an idea of what type of home I was looking for and Shelly helped me find my perfect home. She was easily accessible, available on weekends for home viewings, personable and efficient. I would definitely work with again and recommend Shelly Satre to those interested in purchasing a home. - Carrie Rutske, Brainerd October 2016

Douglas Kern

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Douglas Kern was so polite and respectful He was on time with all the paperwork and called to let us know when someone was looking at our house. I would recommend Douglas Kern to others. - Lowell & Vonnie Stewart October 2016

Kelly Pearson

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Kelly was great to work with. Made the process very simple and was on top of any questions or issues we ran into along the way with the property. Very pleased with the service in which was provided to my wife and I. I would recommend Kelly to anyone in need of realty service. Thanks again and great job! - Brock Spandl, Staples September 2016

Ann Marie Simons

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Ann Marie was such a pleasure to deal with. Knowledgeable about everything that we had asked. She did a wonderful job and yes I would recommend her to everyone that was looking! Thank you for helping us with our new home. - Melissa & Chad Merrifiel May 2016

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

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

LaVerne Borg

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Lavern is a one of kind realtor, his knowledge, humor, and ability to adapt are bar none the best in business. It has always been a joy working with Lavern. - Adam Peterson, Brainerd January 2017

Joe Fitterer

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I said it all in the survey. Joe and Kay and their team, are the VERY BEST! They will always have my highest and most enthusiastic recommendation! - Ernest A. Mancini. 14644 October 2016

Sandy Swanson

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Sandy Swanson helped us accomplish our goal of purchasing our first house. We couldn't have done it without her guidance and all around helpfulness. I highly recommend her if you are looking to buy or sell your next home! - Amy Binda Brainerd, Mn December 2016

Linda Steffen

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Communication was excellent, kept us up to date on the progress of the sale. - Judy Johnson January 2017

James D Ruttger

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I would recommend Jim Ruttger because of his vast experience with the nuances of the houses in the Brainerd Lakes area. Jim always pointed out different features of each property. Also, Jim Ruttger's knowledge of the local area is outstanding. Jim pointed out very pertinent facts when we saw them in the different properties we viewed, for example hand cut stonework by a particular builder or neat reclaimed lumber from the railroad. - Dan Baxter, Mn September 2016

Shelly Satre

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Shelly Satre is a great agent. She was always there when I needed her help or assistants. I would recommend her to anyone for their agent. I would work with her anytime again when needed. Thank you so much Shelly Satre!!!!! - Terri L. Hembre 1315 8th September 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

Kelly Pearson

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I would recommend Kelly Pearson to handle any of your realestate needs. She is very knowledgeable and confident. - John Huard St. Cloud,m May 2016

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

* After the client and agent affiliated with CENTURY 21® Real Estate LLC 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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Service Areas

CENTURY 21 Brainerd Realty serves the entire Brainerd Lakes Area and beyond! Take a look via map at some of the virtual tours in areas we serve by clicking HERE! Or see the viewer below:

 

 

Baxter Regional Office

14391 Edgewood Drive, Baxter MN 56425

Brainerd, MN

Take a closer look

Closest Airport
Brainerd Lakes Regional
Closest College
ST JOHNS SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY-SEMINARY
Closest Major Sports Team
MINNESOTA TWINS
Closest Junior College
CENTRAL LAKES COLLEGE

Demographic Data | Brainerd, MN

Median Age: 34.54
Married: 31%
Households: 5,912

Overview

Population by Sex
6,634 Male
7,090 Female

Occupancy Types
505 Vacant
3,243 Owned
2,669 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