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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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Brainerd, MN
Real Estate Market Information
Homes Owned: 3,246
Homes Rented: 2,673
Median Home Price: $103,000
Area Schools: 17
Best Score: 5/10
Average Score: 1.9

Meet the CENTURY 21 Brainerd Realty, Inc. Team

Customer Testimonial | James D Ruttger

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Jim is a great realtor to work with! He knows the Brainerd Lakes area better than anyone as he was born and raised here. He has an easy going personality and is willing to go the extra mile to get you the house/property that you were hoping for. We had an awesome experience working with Jim and the same goes for our friends and family who have worked with him in the past. We highly recommend choosing Jim as your realtor.

Customer Testimonial | Joe Fitterer

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Joe and Kay are the best.

Customer Testimonial | Linda Steffen

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We have had the pleasure of working with Linda Steffen on several properties over the past 12 years. We have been impressed by her knowledge and professionalism. Having met others in the real estate industry, we feel that Linda has always been at the top of our list because of her integrity and willingness to help find the ideal property.

Thanks Linda!

Customer Testimonial | LaVerne Borg

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LaVern was very friendly and treated me as a friend rather than a client. I was surprised at how soon the property was sold and the price was higher than I thought.

Customer Testimonial | Douglas Kern

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Doug will earn your business by taking the time to find out what you want and he will show you anything I would recommend him to anyone

Customer Testimonial | Kelly Pearson

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Kelly made a stressful home buying situation easier to deal with. She is very knowledgeable and was very easy to get in contact with for the numerous questions and concerns we had. I would absolutely recommend Kelly as a realtor.

Customer Testimonial | Loran Knack

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Love working with Loran, he's an expert, a great realtor and a good friend.

Customer Testimonial | James D Ruttger

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Jim was friendly, helpful and professional. He listened to our needs and worked hard to meet them. The house was on the market for a while, and Jim was patient and encouraging the whole time. We closed via mail and all went very smoothly. Jim went above and beyond to make sure the buyers needs were met without us having to travel there-removing appliances, changing a lock, and hiring a contractor to deal with a tree issue. A huge thanks to Jim. We had a great experience!

Customer Testimonial | Joe Fitterer

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Joe was great to work with. He handled everything in a timely manner and was always there to assist us and answer any questions we had a long the way. We would highly recommend Joe to others.

The pictures taken of the property were impressive.

Customer Testimonial | Linda Steffen

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Linda was easy to talk to and very understanding. I felt like I was working with a friend. She was spot on with the sale price she suggested for listing my home and handled every communication with buyers very smoothly. I sold my house quickly and with very little stress. She never made me think she didn't know what she was doing or that I couldn't trust her. She made this a very pleasant experience for me and my family.

I would recommend her to anyone!

Customer Testimonial | LaVerne Borg

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Laverne Borg is the best with sale, paperwork, and honest.

Customer Testimonial | 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.

Customer Testimonial | 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!

Customer Testimonial | 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!

Customer Testimonial | 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.

Customer Testimonial | Joe Fitterer

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JOE FITTERER was highly professional, polite & had genuine concern for our needs & issues. Would recommend him [& partner KAY FITTERER] for any sale, anytime!

Customer Testimonial | Linda Steffen

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Linda is an exceptionally hard working agent who is willing to travel a wide area to help you find a home. If some of our choices were outside her range, that she was quick to put us in contact with another Century 21 office in the area we needed, and had personal contacts in each one. Linda was helpful and very knowledgeable during the home inspection, and always asked questions about issues she had seen come up in the past on other sales. Linda has a great understanding of the current market and trends going on, and used that to help us make smart negotiation choices. I would 100% recommend Linda as am agent to anyone looking for a house.

Customer Testimonial | LaVerne Borg

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Laverne Borg is excellent on understanding what we were looking for, our price range, our desires. Laverne is "Johnny on the spot" any day any time to meet our needs to visit houses. He has always remained committed, loyal, and honest

Customer Testimonial | 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.

Customer Testimonial | Kelly Pearson

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I would recommend Kelly Pearson to handle any of your realestate needs. She is very knowledgeable and confident.

* 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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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: 34.89
Married: 31%
Households: 5,920

Overview

Population by Sex
6,650 Male
7,075 Female

Occupancy Types
507 Vacant
3,246 Owned
2,673 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