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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

Our Agents

Meet the CENTURY 21 Brainerd Realty, Inc. Team

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! - Peter, Brainerd April 2018

Linda Steffen

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We have sold our home! Final paperwork was finished today! This has been a long process and we didn't have the best start but I want to say a HUGE thank you to Linda Steffen of Century 21 for being so amazing! We came to her quite upset yet she took the time to hear us out, not just hear us but truly listen to us, and lead us in the right direction. Selling a home when your out of state is no fun and as many people know we have had a lot of things come at us in the last 8 months, but she helped us through it all. She kept in contact and wasn't afraid to give us honest feedback! My only regret was not using her sooner and from the get go... If you or anyone you know are looking to buy or sell a home, I highly recommend her! - Judy Bakeberg April 2018

Sandy Swanson

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Sandy is amazing! She is knowledgable about real estate and listened to what I was searching for. She was also very helpful in marketing and selling my home.

Sandy went above and beyond explaining every step of the process and answering questions. Her knowledge base is incredible - Deb Jensen, Brainerd, Mn March 2018

Trent Baumann

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Trent found what we were looking for when we were at a loss in a very tight market. A pleasure to work with. - Mark Dressel St. Paul Mn March 2018

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. - Paula - Brainerd February 2018

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. - Chuck Forslin, Dassel, M January 2018

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. - Stephanie Vanwyngeeren December 2017

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 - Josh Olson Brainerd Mn October 2017

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. - Roz Coty, Staples, Mn September 2017

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! - Stacy & Nathan Carper, P September 2017

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. - Toni Domino & Dan Fish, August 2017

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. - Melissa & Chad Merrifiel May 2016

Loran Knack

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Love working with Loran, he's an expert, a great realtor and a good friend. - Phil Kvamme, Nisswa September 2015

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. - Rick Hjelm north Oaks, November 2016

Linda Steffen

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We had tried to sell 4 yrs prior with a different realtor in another agency, sort of felt that we needed to relist with him. However, after further consideration and relationship building with LInda, understood that this sort of situation happens a lot and goes both ways. Was really happy that the other realtor at the other agency sold our house this time around.

Top notch!

Linda was absolutely great to work with! She's available practically 24/7/365. Very knowledgeable about her business. Always has the answer, if not, she will find it! - Bruce And Lori Thramer, November 2017

Sandy Swanson

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Sandy did such a wonderful job helping us buy our home. As first time home buyers, we were not completely familiar with the process and she took the time to explain everything that she was doing and everything that would happen in the process. She made us feel like we were her top priority. She was always reachable and let us know what was going on every step of the way. We could not be more happy with Sandy. - Arliene Flickinger, Stap December 2017

Raelyn Borg

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Raelyn was there for me when ever I needed her. My situation was different being in the road all the time and she was able to do all I needed and then some. Very impressed.

Raelyn did very well.

I can't believe how smooth it all went. Very pleased with raelyn's performance.

Raelyn was the person who answered the phone when I called. I got very lucky getting in touch with her! - Darren Prindle. Brainerd December 2017

LaVerne Borg

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Laverne Borg is the best with sale, paperwork, and honest. - Shelley Peterson Brainer December 2017

Joe Fitterer

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JOE FITTERER was highly professional, polite & had genuine concern for our needs & issues. Would recommend him [& partner KAY FITTERER] for any sale, anytime! - Coke Smith - Brainerd, M October 2017

Douglas Kern

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Douglas Kern was so polite and respectful He was on time with all the paperwork and called to let us know when someone was looking at our house. I would recommend Douglas Kern to others. - Lowell & Vonnie Stewart October 2016

* 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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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:

 

 

Baxter Regional Office

14391 Edgewood Drive, Baxter MN 56425

Brainerd, MN

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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