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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Linda is fabulous to work with. She is always very cheerful and willing to go and look at houses at anytime. She is very knowledgeable about the market and is very helpful with both the buying and selling process. We would recommend Linda to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.
Raelyn was our buyers agent as searched for and eventually purchased a lake home in North Central Minnesota. She did a great job and we really liked working with her. She's responsive, good natured, and professional. We highly recommend working with Raelyn.
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.
I needed to make a change in realtors, because of expediting my sale. Sandy did a fantastic job. She came in and help me stage the house to make it look amazing!
Sandy pushed fervently from showing to sale to make this happen and it was worth it!!
When you are overwhelmed, this was very appreciated!
She knows her stuff. She is organized, compassionate, discerning, willing to go the whole mile! She gently pushed us along to get to the end. She is fun! And fun to work with. She sets personal goals and is constantly preparing you for the next step. I can't believe that I am now in my dream home!
I only wished we had done this sooner!
Thank you Sandy and your staff for a positive, energizing experience!
If you need a real estate agent to sell your house, do not hesitate to give Matt a call. He is very efficient, easy to work with, and definitely helpful. He goes out of his way to be sure that all of your questions are answered and everything is done quickly and professionally. I would have no problems calling Matt again.
Mandy was the hardest working agent we have ever had. She is professional, very personable, intelligent and the most diligent agent ever. She returned e-mails and phone calls the quickest I have ever seen. She represents your company in the best light. Thank you for this astounding experience with her.
From the start, Trent's knowledge of the area and consideration of our wants and needs made choosing him a no-brainer. He was hands-down the best option for our needs. Expectations were established early and maintained throughout the entire process. Most importantly, Trent was extremely realistic and didn't make any promises he couldn't keep.
Trent's local knowledge and connections were extremely important to us as first time home buyers who are relatively new to the area. His attention to detail and availability was an incredible bonus that made the entire process much less stressful. Trent gave us a sense of confidence, even though we came into the process clueless. He was able to guide us in the right direction while simultaneously allowing us to learn the "ins-and-outs" of finding and buying a home. I feel we are much more prepared for our next real estate adventure because of Trent.
We knew that we could contact Trent at any time without hesitation and he would give his all to provide us answers. There was not a moment throughout the process that we questioned Trent's character or if he was 100% committed to helping us. If you were to tell me we were Trent's only client at the time, I would have no way to dispute that with the time and attention we were given.
We couldn't be any happier to now be living in our dream home as first time home buyers. Trent was a huge part of this dream of ours coming true. Trent is a great resource both in and out of real estate. We can't thank Trent enough for helping us throughout the process! He has my referral from this point on.
Cindy was always watching the market for properties for us to buy and was always available for setting up showings that worked for our time schedule. Overall all it was a good experience.
Harry was great to work with. Easy to talk to and returns your phone call promptly.
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.
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.
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.
Love working with Loran, he's an expert, a great realtor and a good friend.
We couldn't have asked for nor found a better person to help us with the sale of our property.
A delight to work with.
Raelynn was always available to talk even late into the evening. She was supportive and easy to talk with on suggestions
Jim is a good communicator and kept us in the loop
Sandy demonstrates tenacity in all situations that can present in such an important real estate dealing. You can definitely count on her to make things happen! I loved working with Sandy!
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: