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Nov. 5, 2020

8 Things I like about being a realtor

8 Things I like about being a realtor

1. You're able to set your own schedule. Work nights or days or weekends it's up to you. 

2. You get to meet lots of nice people of all walks of life. Some of these will become lifelong friends.

3. You get to see beautiful homes and properties for sale. You will always see something in a home that gives you ideas of things you can do in your own home. 

4. Unlimited income potential. You decide how much you can make by  how you run your business.

5.You get to work with some other great real estate agents. It's always fun to work with a great agent on a transaction. It makes the process go smoothly for all parties. 

6. You get to be part of the joy of a first time home buyer closing on their new home. Seeing their smiles and enjoyment is priceless. 

7. You can work remotely. If you have kids or have a longer commute this helps with the flexibility of your schedule. 

8. It's never boring. Things are always changing. Each day brings something new. You're constantly learning. 

Oct. 15, 2020

Itasca County MN Sept 2020 market overview

Itasca County MN Sept 2020 Real estate Market numbers.

New Listings 155 in Sept. 2020 vs 141 in Sept. 2019. This is an increase of 9.9% Year to date we are still down over all on new listings by 20.6%

Pending Sales 161 in Sept. 2020 vs 122 in Sept. 2019 an increase of 32%

Closed Sales 165 in Sept. 2020 vs 113 in Sept. 2019 an increase of 46%

Avg Sales Price $214,314 in Sept. 2020 vs $176,559 in Sept. 2019 an increase of 21.4%

Homes for sale 349 in Sept. 2020 vs 816 in Sept. 2019 a decrease of 57.2%

These numbers continue to show that its a sellers market. Buyers are still very active and your home may be worth more now than it was a year ago. If your looking to sell or just want to know what your home is worth, give us a call. 218-326-0323.

These numbers are from the Itasca Board of Realtors.


Posted in Market Updates
Sept. 10, 2020

Itasca County MN Aug 2020 market overview

August 2020 Real estate market overview.

New Listings Aug. 2020:  166  vs Aug. 2019: 187 a decrease of 11.2%

Pending Sales Aug. 2020: 176 vs Aug. 2019: 168 an increase of 4.8%

Closed Sales Aug. 2020: 195 vs Aug. 2019: 190 an increase of 2.6%

Avg Sale Price Aug 2020 - $228,910 vs Aug 2019- $204,019 this is an increase of 12.2%


New home listings are still down for the year and the buyers are still very active making it a sellers market for the Grand Rapids MN area.

If you thinking of selling give us a call at 218-326-0323.

These numbers are from the Itasca Board of Realtors.

Posted in Market Updates
Aug. 25, 2020

Itasca County MN July 2020 market overview

Itasca County July 2020 market report.

New Listings: 210 for July 2020 a decrease of 9.9% vs July 2019 a decrease of new listings by 25.3%

Closed Sales: 190 July 2020 an increase of 32.9% vs July 2019

Avg sale price July 2020: $198,367 a slight decrease of .3% vs July 2019


We have buyers for lake homes on Deer, Moose, Wabana and Pokegama lakes. If you are thinking about selling now is a great time. 

Give us a call if you or if you know someone is thinking of selling. 218-326-0323

Posted in Market Updates
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 March 2020 - 128 vs March 2019 - 128 no change year over year.

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

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

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

Homes for sale March 2020 - 461 vs March 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 Feb. 2019 - 115 listings vs 81 in Feb. 2020 a drop of 29.6%

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

Closed sales Feb. 2019  - 42 closed sales vs 57 in Feb. 2020 an increase of 35.7%

Avg. sale price in Feb. 2019  - $122,888 vs $157,561 in Feb. 2020 an 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 you're 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 in Jan. 2020 vs 93 in Jan. 2019 a decrease of 16.1%

Closed home sales 41 in Jan. 2020 vs 40 in Jan. 2019 an increase of 2.5%

Avg sale price $163,415 in Jan. 2020 vs $172,932 in Jan. 2019 a decrease of 5.5%

Active homes for sale 445 in Jan. 2020 vs 671 in Jan. 2019 a decrease of 33.7%

The trend we are seeing is 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 an 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 sales 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