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James D Ruttger of CENTURY 21 Brainerd Realty, Inc.

CENTURY 21 Brainerd Realty, Inc.
James D Ruttger of CENTURY 21 Brainerd Realty, Inc.
Languages: English

Personal Profile

A full time Brainerd Area Broker since 1977, Jim is a third generation Realtor, following in the footsteps of both his grandfather Ed, and his fathery, Ray. A Bethel College graduate with a degree in Business Administration, Jim is a "Certified Residential Broker" (CRB), a Graduate of teh Realtors Institute (GRI) and has been licensed since 1980 as a Certified Residential Appraiser. Born and raised on Gull Lake, Jim is currently a 30+ year member of the East Gull Lake City Council, a former 9 year president of Ski Gull Inc, a 22 year coach of the Brainerd High School Slalom racing team and an avid lake enthusiast. Jim and his wife Merilee and thier 3 college age children live on Ruth Lake. Jim's creative and innovative approach to Real Estate, combined with his knowledge and community involvement will be a resource you can depend on for honesty and professionalism in your real estate services.

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14391 Edgewood Drive
Baxter, MN 56425
Mobile: 218.820.1457
Fax: 218.829.5463

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Overall Rating: Star rating representation Feedback rating learn more 47 Ratings
James D Ruttger | Seller Rating
March 2021
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.
James D Ruttger | Seller Rating
January 2021
Jim is a honest professional that i would recommend to friends and family. He made selling our property a good experience.
James D Ruttger | Buyer Rating
December 2020
We chose Jim because we had dealt with him in the past on 2 different real estate deals. He was very patient and knowledgable and showed us many properties while taking time away from family over numerous weekends. He never rushed us or made us feel pressured to make a decision that didn't fit our needs. In the end, we are very happy with our decision to use Jim and with the lake home we purchased.

Jim is outstanding. Of all the personal characteristics we value, I would say honesty and trustworthiness are the highest and Jim excels in each of these.
James D Ruttger | Buyer Rating
November 2020
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.
James D Ruttger | Seller Rating
July 2020
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.
James D Ruttger | Seller Rating
April 2020
Jim is a good communicator and kept us in the loop
James D Ruttger | Buyer Rating
August 2019
Jim was very easy to work with. He was patient in finding us exactly what we were looking for. The house we ended up purchasing was one he had found for us based on what we had told him we were looking for. We were in the process of relocating to the area and he was very flexible in making things work.

Jim was amazing to work with! He knew a lot about the area and was very knowledgeable in answering any questions we had. It took some time to get an offer accepted on one we were interested in due to the fact that all the ones we were interested in went very quickly. He was very patient in helping us.

We were referred by a family member. We were told Jim has been working real estate for a long time and was knowledgeable of the area. We started with a different realtor from another company and were not happy with them so we were looking to switch.

Overall we are very happy we choose to switch to Jim Ruttger! We love our new home!
James D Ruttger | Buyer Rating
July 2019
Jim has such a stellar reputation in the industry and area as a broker.

Jim was great at keeping us informed through the entire process.

All around great job. Very sincere.

Good customer service.
James D Ruttger | Seller Rating
July 2019
I trust Jim Ruttger...…...and know he is more than capable

Jim listed our home on a Wednesday and we had a PA the following Monday...……..allowing us to purchase the new home before someone else did. It was a crash and burn and we got it done. Jim's presentation on line was absolutely excellent……..
James D Ruttger | Buyer Rating
December 2018
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.
James D Ruttger | Buyer Rating
October 2018
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.
James D Ruttger | Seller Rating
April 2018
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!
James D Ruttger | Seller Rating
November 2016
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.

James D Ruttger | Buyer Rating
September 2016
I would recommend Jim Ruttger because of his vast experience with the nuances of the houses in the Brainerd Lakes area. Jim always pointed out different features of each property. Also, Jim Ruttger's knowledge of the local area is outstanding. Jim pointed out very pertinent facts when we saw them in the different properties we viewed, for example hand cut stonework by a particular builder or neat reclaimed lumber from the railroad.
James D Ruttger | Seller Rating
August 2016
Jim Ruttger stands out because he is very thorough, and carefully thinks through each detail.

I would recommend Jim Ruttger because of his high level of expertise in the real estate business.
James D Ruttger | Seller Rating
May 2016
Based on our experience, I recommend Jim Ruttger without reservation. He is very special.
James D Ruttger | Seller Rating
May 2016
Jim did a great job for us and we appreciated his expertise and his continual update on the progress of our sale. We will recommend Jim for any future contacts needed. Jim has been honest with us and patient to deal with us and keep us and our daughter posted on the activities of this sale. Jim has been a good friend. Thank you, JIM!!

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James D Ruttger | Seller Rating
November 2015
We chose Jim Ruttger because of his history with an elderly family member of ours who worked with Jim's dad years ago for Century 21. Our family member did not trust just anyone with the sale of his properties but knew he could trust Jim. We cannot thank Jim enough for all of his patience through our journey. Jim truly went over and beyond and we cannot thank him enough. If we ever have a Real Estate need again in the Brainerd area we would not hesitate to call on Jim!
* 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.
James D Ruttger's Listings See All of James D Ruttger's Listings
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Listed By CENTURY 21 Brainerd Realty, Inc.
2,324 SQ FT
Unhide Property: 1917 Woodcrest Road, Brainerd, MN 56401 | $289,900
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Listed By CENTURY 21 Brainerd Realty, Inc.
1,308 SQ FT
Unhide Property: 420 N 10th Street, Brainerd, MN 56401 | $219,900


CENTURY 21 real estate agent James D Ruttger currently has 2 listings. James D Ruttger speaks English. James D Ruttger works at the CENTURY 21 real estate office Brainerd Realty, Inc. located in 14391 Edgewood Drive, Baxter, Minnesota. Contact James D Ruttger by phone by calling 218.820.1457.