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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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Trent Baumann navigated me through the home buying process with ease. Trent showed me multiple homes all on my schedule and never applied pressure to make a decision. Trent often went out of his way to obtain additional information so I was fully informed to make the right choice for me. Not only did Trent do a great job finding me the perfect house he also took time to explained the local heritage within the Brainerd Lakes Area making me feel a part of the community. I would highly recommend Trent Baumann to my friends and family!

Customer Testimonial | Sandy Swanson

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Dealing with Sandy and her team was an easygoing venture. She is very knowledgeable about the Lakes area and helped us with locating our land. She was always friendly and never made us feel like we were bothering her with our dumb questions. Everything her and her team did was with excellent customer service. I would definitely use Sandy's team in the future and will recommend her if asked by anyone.

Customer Testimonial | Raelyn Borg

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I had no idea what I was doing while looking for a place to call home. Raelyn's name an number were on the sign in the yard of a house that seemed like a logical place to start my adventure.

Raelyn was able to work around my work schedule to show me several possibilities, many of which were numerous miles from her office. She wasn't afraid to look at me an say "this house isn't ment for you, but your house is out there and we'll find it".

I can't express how much I appreciated her honesty and her drive. She was able to point out things that I didn't see in houses, both good an bad, and help me to make a wise decision.

Raelyn was at my side through the whole process; always just a call or text away. She helped me to not only find a place to call home in my price range, but walked me through the negotiations an closing.

We've had so many fun an interesting conversations throughout this ordeal; not only do I have a nice little place that I call home, I also have a new friend!

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 | Mandy Peterson

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Mandy worked very hard and went above and beyond while searching for exactly what we needed in price range we gave her. We are very appreciative and thankful to her for finding us our new home in limited timeframe! She definitely stayed on top of it from start to finish! Thank you Mandy!

Customer Testimonial | Cindy Jacobson

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Cindy walked me through the whole process before we even put the property up for sale.

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 | Matt Przybilla

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

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 | 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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I worked with Trent Baumann previously though the recommendation of a bank that I was working with. Trent is knowledgeable, professional, and relatable. He thought of everything! Trent truly wants the best for his clients, and works hard to get it. Trent was always available to me for questions, and I had A LOT of them. Having someone you can trust through the entire home buying/selling process is essential, and Trent is someone I can trust 100%. I would never choose anyone else.

Customer Testimonial | Sandy Swanson

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I can't tell you how comforting it was having Sandy guide us through the selling and buying process - we knew she knew what she was doing and that helped us ease our fears.

Thank you Sandy for all you did - for ALL the houses you showed us - and especially for sticking with us even when Craig and I weren't on the same page!

Customer Testimonial | Raelyn Borg

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Raelyn Borg worked very hard helping me find the home I purchased. Was always available to show me houses all around the area. Very much appreciated the help through the process.

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 | Mandy Peterson

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Mandy made this process almost effortless for us. We couldn't have asked for a better first time buying experience. Always easy to contact, and she was able to work around our hectic schedule, which meant a lot to us as a family.

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.

* 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