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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Jim was incredible knowledgeable and it was clear that his focus was on us making the right buying decision and not the commission. Jim was equally invested in this process and he never once batted an eye at making a long trip over, even if it was just to see one house. I would absolutely recommend Jim to anyone who is serious about making a smart and informed home purchase.
I've worked with Elaine Westerdahl-Delaney for at least 10 years. She is the best realtor I've ever worked with, and I've purchased over 25 homes in 3 states since 1996
Elaine is a shrewd and competent negotiator. In addition, her attention to detail is unparalleled. Real estate is easy for her and her memory is astounding. We have asked her questions about a closing we had with her 5 years ago, and she forwarded contracts and information that we asked for in minutes.
I can't say enough about Elaine. Having worked with numerous realtors over the years, none is even close in comparison with her. There is nothing she isn't knowledgeable about. She has a quick answer for everything, and if, by chance, she doesn't have the answer immediately, she will certainly have the answer soon.
We love Linda and highly recommend her to anyone looking for a home in the Brained Lakes area. Extremely knowledgeable about the area, fast and wonderful to work with!
Mandy Peterson knowledge of the Brainerd market is exceptional. She guided me through getting the house of my dreams.
Trent Baumann's savvy professionalism was key to selling my house. My house needed a fair amount of work which made most buyers shy away. The company he hired to do the professional photos of my house and property was a key ingredient to getting so many showings. Trent is a no nonsense straight up realtor who tells it like it is. Prior to hiring him, I wanted only a serious professional realtor and I found one- it was Trent Bauman!
I would highly recommend Matt Przybilla to anyone looking to purchase a house. He went above and beyond to help find the right one.
Matt was very respectful and kind to work with. It was easy to look at houses without feeling any pressure of purchasing.
Matt was willing to look at houses whenever one would be considered and didn't stop until I found the right one.
I would highly recommend Matt Przybilla with Century 21 to anyone looking for a house.
Cindy and Team made the sale and purchase of our home seamless from start to finish! Thanks for all your work- from mopping to closing the deal and even helping with decor, Cindy was there for us!
We have worked with Sandy for years. She continues to impress us with her professionalism and attention to details big and small.
Sandy is a great person and a great agent. She was always available to view homes, was very honest about the good and bad and always answered our questions ASAP. She is very talented and we highly recommend her to anyone wanting a fun and easy buying experience that truly cares about her clients!
Great work by Raelyn
Always willing to help or answer questions at any time
Great agent to work with!!
I have already given a testimonial . Ann Marie is a great personal as far as I am concerned
Harry was great to work with. Easy to talk to and returns your phone call promptly.
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.
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.
Mary worked her butt off for us and we appreciate her greatly! We had a fast close with all the great teamwork!
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.
Love working with Loran, he's an expert, a great realtor and a good friend.
Jim took the time to stop by for an initial face to face meeting which helped me to understand that he knows the market well.
Elaine was an exellent Realtor. She was very knowledgable and very professional. All business was done in a timely manner and I enjoyed working with her. Elaine is everything you want a Realtor to be and more.
Easy choice to make on hiring Linda to sell my home.
Linda made it simple to sell my house. Would recommend Linda to my family and friends who are looking to buy or sell a home. Thanks Linda
Mandy Peterson was available to show me the house and we just hit it off from step one. I knew I wanted to work with her. She demonstrated extensive knowledge.
Mandy was there and so professional and thorough. I hadn't moved in over 30years and she guided me so well through the process.
Mandy Peterson demonstrated every one of the above skills to perfection.
Completely happy with my buying and selling process with Mandy Peterson.
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: