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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 | Sandy Swanson

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Who else would you go with other than Sandy Swanson? I can honestly say she is the hardest working agent I have ever seen and puts in the time to make the homebuying experience a good one. She is focused and will find you what it is you're looking for. Her attention to detail is off the charts. Sandy found things I would have never found. She is just as picky and treats it like she's in your shoes. Her knowledge of the area and real estate in general is extensive. She is there for you before, during, and after the sale. She made it clear to reach out if I had any questions and I definitely used that resource. Sandy was always there for me. As a first time homebuyer, she provided me with all the information I needed and not once did I ever feel uncomfortable or unsure about the process because you can ask her anything. I couldn't have asked for it to go smoother. I would recommend Sandy Swanson to 11/10 people.

Customer Testimonial | Mandy Peterson

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Mandy was responsive and engaging from the first minute she answered the phone. The property that I was inquiring about was no longer on the market, so she immediately asked good questions to understand my needs and sent me information promptly about alternative properties. That resulted in a face to face the following weekend to view different properties.

Mandy Peterson was truly one of the best professionals I have ever worked with in any field. That is high praise, of which she is extremely deserving. While I believe I am relatively reasonable to work with, I have expectations regarding communication, attention to detail, follow through and competence. On a 10 point scale, I would rate her a 25!

Mandy is a great listener and communicator. She helped me to discern what I was looking for and tested various properties until we found several that met my needs. She is a fun friendly person, so the process of looking at properties with her was enjoyable.

Once I found a property I really liked, Mandy helped me with resources and personal assistance to help me with all of the potential barriers. I am a widow and am buying this property to enjoy with immediate and extended family and friends. Mandy's assistance to identify local services, to find a trusted contractor who could help me with a few necessary fixes to the properties and to make the modifications necessary for my brother who is in a wheelchair, and to personally offer the assistance of she and her family to help me with the initial move in were absolutely above and beyond. Without that help and support, I'm not sure I could have ever gotten comfortable with taking this on, even as a competent homeowner.

Regarding the real estate transaction itself, Mandy was a great communicator, paid great attention to detail (for example on the inspection follow up items, the property included in the transaction, etc). I had confidence in her understanding of the process, her judgment on the price and terms, and guiding me through all aspects of the negotiation, purchase agreement, inspection, communicating with the other realtor, title/mortgage/insurance, and the final walkthroughs. She helped me to assess significant vs. insignificant items to deal with in the negotiations. There were extenuating circumstances due to the fact the purchase was taking place literally over the Christmas holiday, that she guided impeccably. When a snowstorm struck the weekend before the closing, we did a FaceTime virtual walk through to avoid any surprises on closing day. Based on our past interactions, I was 100% comfortable with her assessment. It turned out that a few items had not been completed by a vendor and Mandy navigated that successfully with the other realtor. It was also necessary for the seller to escrow dollars since an outdoor repair couldn't be completed in the winter. Mandy was diligent to make sure this was structured appropriately. Overall, Mandy never cut corners- we met at 7 am the day of closing and drove 1 hour to the property to do one last walk through right before closing. This was after driving to the Twin Cities and helping me move using her personal trailer. She and her family didn't get home until after 11:30 pm!!

One thing after another throughout the process, Mandy was competent, detail oriented, proactive, an excellent communicator. On every one of these dimensions, I would say Mandy was excellent! She was an absolute delight to work with and her follow through, responsiveness and helpfulness was above and beyond. I always felt like I could reach out to her with any question, big or small. Mandy and I really connected at a personal level- this was a pleasant, fun, hassle free experience. Her personal integrity, friendliness and kindness were the attributes that truly set Mandy apart. She and her husband and son drove to the Twin Cities the night before closing, loaded up their personal trailer, and drove the trailer

Customer Testimonial | Linda Steffen

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She's the best. Linda is so sweet and nice to work with and be around. She was so helpful.

Everyone is very polite and friendly.

Customer Testimonial | James D Ruttger

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Jim was a great real estate agent. He had a great working knowledge of the local real estate market as well as always being very responsive and considerate. I would recommend Jim to anyone looking for a new home or property.

Customer Testimonial | Joe Fitterer

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Joe is the best. Hard worker no tomfoolery very trustworthy.

Customer Testimonial | Harry Kahnert

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

Customer Testimonial | Trent Baumann

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Trent Baumann was recommended to us and we couldn't be happier choosing him to help us in our home buying process. He was very polite and always quick to answer any question we had. We would highly recommend Trent to work with. He made the process smooth, and he truly advocates for his clients.

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 | Cindy Jacobson

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

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 | Sandy Swanson

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Sandy is simply the best. Very professional, but also very personable. She has become a friend of the entire family.

Customer Testimonial | Mandy Peterson

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Good job.... well done

She was on top of everything advice st to what was important for sale

Customer Testimonial | Linda Steffen

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Linda Steffen is always on top of the game. She responds quickly to any questions or concerns. She is very patient with her clients and very good at bringing the stress level down during all steps of the process

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 | Joe Fitterer

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Joe and Kay are the best.

* 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 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