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May 22, 2020

How I got into realestate



I have always had an interest in real estate. My dad is a general contractor who builds houses and when I was growing up I was able to visit him on different job sites. I loved imagining how the 2 x 4 walls would look when a house was completed.

After seeing his work, I would go home and draw “blueprints” of my dream home. I thought maybe I would be an architect, but my life took a different turn.

My career journey led me to the medical field and I am currently a Medical Laboratory Technician, along with a Realtor. I really do enjoy my job and coworkers, but I am always wishing I could have a more flexible schedule.

A little over two years ago, my husband, daughter, and I moved to Grand Rapids. We had been searching for a home for a long time before we found one that checked off most of our “boxes”. Even though we were relieved to find our home, I still wished I could go look at homes. I loved envisioning how I could personalize them.

As fate would have it, my sister-in-law decided to write a course for Real Estate Virtual Assistants, along with a Realtor and his VA. I took the course hoping to land a job where I could work from home. 

After meeting with a few Realtors in the area, I met Deb at Century 21 Land of Lakes who convinced me to go get my Realtor’s license. 

I took her advice and met with Michelle and Jim, my brokers at Century 21 and felt like it would be a good fit. I am very glad that I took this journey, and am looking forward to working with my clients to make their buying and selling journeys as seamless as possible!


Megan Porth, Realtor®

Century 21 Land of Lakes

April 13, 2020

Itasca County MN March market overview

March 2020 Itasca MLS Market numbers

New Listings 2020 - 128 vs 2019 - 128 no change year over year.

Pending Sales 2020 - 81 vs 2019 - 68 an increase of 19.1%

Closed Sales 2020 - 57 vs 2019 - 56 an increase of 1.8%

Avg Sale Price 2020 $182,593 vs 2019 - $165,454 increase of 10.4%

Homes for sale 2020 - 461 vs 2019 - 698 a decrease of 34%

Inventory is low on certain types of properties resulting in higher sales prices. This is a good time to list your home. Give us a call 218-326-0323

These numbers are provided by the Itasca County Board of realtors.
Posted in Market Updates
March 10, 2020

Itasca County MN Feb 2020 market overview

February 2020 market over view

New Listings 2019 - 115 listings vs 81 in 2020 a drop of 29.6%

Pending sales 2019  - 56 pending vs 55 in 2020 a drop of 1.8%

Closed sales 2019  - 42 closed sales vs 57 in 2020 a increase of 35.7%

Avg sale price 2019  - $122,888 average sale price vs $157,561 in 2020 a increase of 28.2%

We are still short on inventory of certain types of properties. This is one of the reasons the Avg sale price is increasing. If your thinking about selling your home now is the time to capitalize on the higher sales price. If you are a buyer now is the time to start looking because the interest rates are at all time lows. 

The above numbers are from the Itasca Board of Realtors.


Posted in Market Updates
Feb. 11, 2020

Itasca County MN Jan 2020 Market report

January 2020 Market report for Itasca County MN and surrounding areas.

New Listings 78 vs 93 in Jan 2019 a decrease of 16.1%

Closed home sales 41 vs 40 in Jan 2019 a increase of 2.5%

Avg sale price $163,415 vs $172,932 in Jan 2019 a decrease of 5.5%

Active homes for sale 445 vs 671 in Jan 2019 a decrease of 33.7%

The trend we are seeing is that there is a shortage of certain types of homes that are on the market. We had been seeing an increase on the average sale price up in till this month. If your thinking about selling now would be a good time to talk with us to get the highest price out of your home.

These figures were from the Itasca County Board of realtors.

Posted in Market Updates
Jan. 29, 2020

New agent Apryl

Century 21 Land of Lakes welcomes a new agent!

We are excited to welcome Apryl Mertes as the newest member of Century 21. Both she and her husband were born and raised in Grand Rapids and were excited to move back home to raise their kids. In her free time she enjoys spending time on the area lakes, fishing and boating. In the winter she can often be found at the arena cheering on Grand Rapids hockey teams, including her sons mite team. Apryl has also had a successful career as a hair stylist in the community for the last 12 years. She is passionate about helping people and is excited to serve the community by meeting our real estate needs. Her energetic personality, her eye for beauty, and her honesty will bring greatest value to her clients. She would love to help you find your dream home or sell your current one. Apryl brings a fresh energy and perspective to our team and she is excited to partner with you.
Give Apryl a call in the office for all your real estate needs. 218-326-0323. 


Posted in New Agent
Jan. 21, 2020

Itasca County MN 2019 market overview

Itasca county real estate market information.

2019 year end real estate statistics. 

New listings 2019 - 1,113 vs 2018 - 1,183 a drop of 5.9% year over year.

Median Home sales price 2019 - $165,000 vs $160,000 in 2018 a increase of 3.1%

Current homes for sale 2019 - 245 vs 383 in 2018 a drop of 36%

The forecast for 2020 is to have a lower listing count. This will help increase the average sale price. If your thinking of selling you may want to take advantage of the increasing sales price. 

The information above is taken from the Itasca County Board of Realtors

Posted in Market Updates
Dec. 19, 2019

Itasca County MN market overview

November 2019 Market statistics for Itasca County

  1. New listings 2018 - 68 vs 2019 - 65  that's a drop of 4.4%

  2. Closed Sales 2018 - 101 vs 2019 - 84 that's a drop of 16.8%

  3. Avg. Sale Price 2018 - $156,723 vs 2019 - $179,793 that's an increase of 14.7%

  4. Number of homes for sale 2018 - 786 vs 2019 - 571 that's a decrease of 27.4%

Over all year to date numbers are new listings are down from last year and the average sale price is up from last year. There is still a 5.5 month supply of property for sale in the Itasca County area which is down from last year. This is why your seeing an increase in the average sale price. Its still not a sellers market but we are closer to that than we were a year ago. This information is provided by the Itasca Board of Realtors.

Posted in Market Updates
Dec. 19, 2019

New Agent

Century 21 Land of Lakes Welcomes New Agent.

Megan Porth

Megan Porth has joined Century 21 Land of Lakes in their Grand Rapids MN office. Megan is a full time realtor and has hit the ground running. She is very detailed oriented and will provide her clients with excellent communication and attention to details. Megan and her husband moved to the area with their daughter and live on one of the many beautiful lakes in Itasca County. She enjoys spending time with her family enjoying kayaking, biking, hiking, fishing and boating on the areas lakes.

Give Megan a call at the office 218-326-0323 for all your real estate needs.

Posted in New Agent
Dec. 17, 2019

Toys for Tots

The Toys for Tots program in conjunction with the Itasca County Second Harvest Food Bank had their annual toy packaging day last Saturday.

For the second year in a row the agents from Century 21 Land of Lakes participated in packaging toys that will be distributed around the Grand Rapids MN and surrounding towns including Hill City, Big Fork, Nashwauk, Inger and Deer River. We helped packed roughly 1800 packages. Second Harvest distributes the toys and all the food for a Christmas meal to the families that need a little help this time of year. On Monday the agents went back and handed out the packages to the families. 

Dec. 13, 2019

Tip ups and Tines tournament

Attention Ice fisherman!

The annual Riley's Cannibal Junction Tip ups and Tines tournament is going to be December 28th. Call John at Riley's if you want to have fun on a Saturday. 

Posted in Local activities