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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 | Trent Baumann

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I HAVE DEALT WITH TRENT AS A CUSTOMER IN MY BUSINESS, HE CAME OFF AS A STRAIGHTFORWARD AND HONEST GUY THAT IS THE MAIN REASON WE WENT WITH HIM. HE DID A GREAT JOB.

Customer Testimonial | Mandy Peterson

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Mandy is wonderful and we will be working with her again. Thank you for everything

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 | Sandy Swanson

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We've used Sandy Swanson for the last 3 home transactions and have been extremely pleased with her commitment to us. Sandy Swanson's professional and personal characteristics are above and beyond. As a young married couple, her expertise of the local market, property values and communication were invaluable to us. She has and will always be a part of our life and family. We highly recommend Sandy Swanson for your next transaction!

Customer Testimonial | Matt Przybilla

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

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 | Raelyn Borg

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Even with the couple bumps within my sale due to buyers change of mind, Raelyn was VERY successful at keeping our goals on track which led to the perfect sale. Raelyn was constant and informative with the exact needs and duties to sell my home. She knew just what needed to be done and precisely when. She kept me grounded as well when I would have doubts about finding a buyer. In the end, she powered us through.

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 | 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 | 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 | Cindy Jacobson

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Cindy and Harry are awesome to work with, they are very friendly and approachable. We felt very comfortable working with them and asking them questions. I liked the way that Cindy and Harry took their time to take us out for a full day in about a 100 mile radius from Aitken, McGregor to Hackensack and Emily. I would recommend this to anyone starting the process to look for a lake home. They were knowledgeable of the areas, lakes and homes and noticed things that we didn't. I would refer family, friends and anyone that was looking for a home to Cindy and Harry. They were great to work with and would like to keep up a relationship with them after this. If it wasn't for them and how they took us around, we would not have a lake home right now. Thank you Cindy and Harry.

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 | Trent Baumann

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Trent was great to work with on both the selling side and the buying side. Very attentive to details and always available with quick response times.

We wanted someone who was going to be straight with us and not try and for lack of better words, "sell" us something. We were able to find that with Trent.

Customer Testimonial | Mandy Peterson

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Being this was my first time buying any type of property Mandy was extremely patient and respectful in educating me through out the whole process. I feel that Mandy went well above and beyond what she needed to. She was top notch in my book!!

Customer Testimonial | Linda Steffen

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We waited until we met Linda Steffen to decide whether or not we wanted her to be our broker. We liked her, we appreciated her enthusiasm for the house we were putting on the market, and we appreciated her general outlook. After meeting with her once, we knew we wanted her to be our broker.

We are grateful for Linda's attention to our home sale. She stuck with it when it proved to be a sale that required her attention for the long haul. We would gladly recommend her to anyone else.

It is so helpful to have a broker who knows the history and layout of the Brainerd Lakes area. Linda stuck with us through our whole process, and was continually looking for new ways to put our property front and center in the on-line arena, as well as keeping us posted on the active viewings of our home.

Customer Testimonial | Sandy Swanson

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Very thorough, really is very, very good at what she does!

Seams to go out of her way to keep her clients up to date with all that is important and requited!!

Sandy Swanson is a very seasoned professional and it shows! I was/am very pleased with Sandy's performance and really did appreciate that "personal" touch she has as well as her ability to communicate it.

Customer Testimonial | Matt Przybilla

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We were very impressed with every aspect of our interactions with Matt. He did an excellent job and kept us informed through every step.

Steven Gall notified us immediately when he found a property that fit our search criteria. He got us in to see the property quickly which led to our offer that made all the difference in obtaining this property at a price that we wanted. Steven and Matt made this purchase very smooth and stress free for us. Thank you!

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.

* 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

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:

 

 

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