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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: 3,255
Homes Rented: 2,676
Median Home Price: $0
Area Schools: 17
Best Score: 5/10
Average Score: 1.9

Meet the CENTURY 21 Brainerd Realty, Inc. Team

Customer Testimonial | Linda Steffen

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Linda was most helpful, always available and kept me informed as to the progress of the closing. I was very comfortable at the closing because of Linda always answering any questions I had. This was a big decision for me as I am 76 years old & hadn't ever did this large a purchase on my own. Thanks to Linda, it went very well.

Customer Testimonial | Douglas Kern

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Doug is patient, explains everything, honest,helpful with things. I would recommend Doug to anyone. He is right on the money. As far as timing in selling the house and location. he is a good realtor.

Customer Testimonial | Raelyn Borg

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Raelyn Borg did amazing! It was our first time buying a home, she was very helpful with every question we had. We definitely recommend her, and will go to her for any purchases in the future!

Customer Testimonial | Joe Fitterer

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Joe is an outstanding individual in real estate. He is so knowledgeable in the real estate market in the Brainerd Lakes area. He is very patient as we looked at properties in the area. He worked on our behalf and represented us during the process.

Customer Testimonial | Mandy Peterson

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Mandy is a very pleasant and knowing person. We very much enjoyed working with her.

Customer Testimonial | Cindy Jacobson

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Cindy Jacobson listened to what we were looking for.

She was very good and explained everything every step of the way. She went above and beyond her duties to make us happy. She is a friend for life

She answered every phone call we made to her.

If anyone looking for a realtor, I would highly recommend Cindy Jacobson with Century 21 in Brainerd.

Customer Testimonial | Sandy Swanson

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I worked with Sandy when I first bought my home in Aitkin, and had such a good time and easy experience during the process, that I couldn't think of anyone that I would rather have list the house for me as well.

We had many hiccups along the way, from the buy side during closing, but Sandy was amazing at guiding us through the entire process. To be honest, I'm pretty sure she did the work of both agents, and even did most of the communication with the buyers lender on the behalf of both me and the buyer. She made the stressful closing process so much easier! I would trust Sandy with my real estate needs over and over again, and would highly recommend her to friends and family, cause at the end of the experience with her, you feel like family!

Customer Testimonial | Trent Baumann

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Trent did a great job selling our property and was always very timely in answering questions and addressing any concerns. I would definitely recommend him .

Customer Testimonial | LaVerne Borg

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laverne and raelyn went over and above the task of selling my fathers home.we thank them for the great job they did for us.

Customer Testimonial | MARY MCKAY

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Mary worked her butt off for us and we appreciate her greatly! We had a fast close with all the great teamwork!

Customer Testimonial | James D Ruttger

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Jim was very easy to work with. He was patient in finding us exactly what we were looking for. The house we ended up purchasing was one he had found for us based on what we had told him we were looking for. We were in the process of relocating to the area and he was very flexible in making things work.

Jim was amazing to work with! He knew a lot about the area and was very knowledgeable in answering any questions we had. It took some time to get an offer accepted on one we were interested in due to the fact that all the ones we were interested in went very quickly. He was very patient in helping us.

We were referred by a family member. We were told Jim has been working real estate for a long time and was knowledgeable of the area. We started with a different realtor from another company and were not happy with them so we were looking to switch.

Overall we are very happy we choose to switch to Jim Ruttger! We love our new home!

Customer Testimonial | Harry Kahnert

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Work with Harry. He will tell you the truth and get the job done!

Customer Testimonial | Matt Przybilla

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Matt is very professional and on the ball. We would recommend him anytime.

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 | 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.

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 | Linda Steffen

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Linda Steffen is a Top Quality agent with a great reputation. As I was talking to other people in the area her name kept coming up as a possible resource in selling our home. This is the reason we decided to have Linda list out house. Linda was always available when we had questions. Great customer service and communication. We sold a leased land property and I was so impressed by Linda's knowledge about these properties and how the leases work. Linda was in contact with the leased land group several times and got everything done so we didn't have to worry about it. I've sold many homes over the years and I know selling a home can be very stressful but this was a worry free transaction..Very impressed with the service I received.

I would like to mention another agent on Linda's team named Mandy Peterson. Mandy was wonderful to work with. I felt comfortable with Mandy and thought she was very knowledgeable.

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 | Raelyn Borg

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over and above very pleased with raelyn Borgs performance

Customer Testimonial | Joe Fitterer

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It is in my experience working with him that he is a honest hard working good guy

* 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 UNIVERSITY
Closest Major Sports Team
MINNESOTA LYNX
Closest Junior College
CENTRAL LAKES COLLEGE

Demographic Data | Brainerd, MN

Median Age: 35.27
Married: 29%
Households: 5,932

Overview

Population by Sex
6,668 Male
7,088 Female

Occupancy Types
493 Vacant
3,255 Owned
2,676 Rented

Employment

White/Blue Collar Jobs
65% White Collar
35% Blue Collar

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