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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Knowledgeable, persistent, and experienced
Linda Steffen is now like one of the family! She was a joy to work with and we are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her. Linda Steffen's knowledge of the real estate industry was so valuable to us, especially during the crazy housing market in 2021. She worked for us, helped us find the right house for us, and was just as excited as we were when we made the purchase! We would recommend Linda Steffen and CENTURY 21 Brainerd Realty, Inc., to anyone in the housing market in Minnesota!
We can't say enough good things about Trent. Not only is his local knowledge an invaluable asset in the world of real estate, but his aptitude to relentlessly fight for the best deal for his clients made for a quick and straightforward sale of our home.
What sets Trent apart from other agents is his willingness to ALWAYS be available, and his practical approach to real estate. At the start, high expectations were clearly set, and Trent went out of his way to surpass these expectations in every way
There is not another agent I would recommend to a family member or friend. We couldn't have asked for better representation in our corner.
Thanks again Trent!
Highly recommend Mandy for purchasing and selling needs
As I was not experienced with selling property, therefore I just wanted to feel comfortable with agent and Sandy made me feel comfortable. I just followed her suggestions and I was confident she would help me through the transaction.
Sandy was great in every aspect! She worked with my daughter and me. My daughter is areal estate attorney in Mpls. and Sandy seemed happy to work with her. She was concerned with a tiny hitch in the sale, and how to tell me, so she contacted my daughter, and a plan of action was worked out before I was even aware of situation.
Sandy was always available by phone or text to answer any silly, unimportant questions I had.
I only dealt with Matt on 2 occasions but he was very friendly and I had complete confidence in him.
We had a big glitch before buyer signed, but Sandy was super in handling it. Without her confidence, I may have just given up and taken it off the market.
Elaine is a professional agent in all aspects of the real estate business. As the interested buyers contacted Elaine she kept me apprised of offer amounts and then established a a favorable date for final offers.
Brittani is very knowledgeable and professional. Very easy to communicate with. Really liked working with her.
Raelyn was wonderful to work with. She was extremely professional and made us feel like we were her top priority. I would love to work with her again.
She knew what we wanted and helped us in ways that helped make the sale. She was very professional and knowledgable. We are very happy with the results and Mary's communication that she provided us.
Ann Marie is someone that will go above and beyond for her clients. Not only is she a very pleasant person to be around, she was also very accommodating and tried her best to fit our schedule when viewing houses. She was always trying to find just the right fit for us, which was not easy since we had so many boxes to check off. But she was very patient, we couldn't have asked for anyone better to deal with. Her & her support staff were also very efficient in keeping us appraised as to our steps in the process and very professional. Everyone was great to work with and I would recommend her & them to everyone.
Matt is awesome to work with. He is quick to get answers and more than willing to go the extra mile. I would definitely recommend him for buying or selling your home.
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!
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.
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.
Jim Ruttger was wonderful to work with. He's very knowledgeable and has many contacts in the Brainerd area, which was extremely helpful. Jim shared many contacts with me, which I utilized in the sale of my mother's home.
Jim Ruttger was great to work with, thank you for everything and the quick sale of my mother's home.
Linda was knowledgeable and helpful from beginning to end. She responded quickly to our questions and was always fair and accurate. We would recommend Linda to others.
Linda Steffen was very professional.
Trent was persistent and went over and above. Thank you Trent!
I can't say enough praises about Mandy Peterson. She has the best personality. She is patient and kind and very knowledgeable. She is a wonderful person. Mandy went above and beyond any expectations I had. Everything she told me was correct. This is my first sale of a house and I was very needy. Mandy was available for any questions I had and was very professional. I recommend her to everyone who is buying or selling a home, because she will have your best interest at heart. She will be there for you from start to finish.
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: