Matthew Karjalahti

Broker, Owner, ACP (Accredited Commercial Professional) and CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert)
Mobile
641.260.0672
Office
641.236.6683
Fax
641.236.6682
Licensed in
Iowa

“There’s no such thing as ‘just business.’ You have to be able to connect with people. Real estate transactions are built on major life transitions — marriage, divorce, death, birth. A good realtor and broker is empathetic and understands that not all transactions pay well. Some of them don’t pay anything. But making sure that all of our clients receive the best representation we can legally provide them with is the hub of everything we do.”

Matt Karjalahti, Broker and owner of RE/MAX Partners, got into real estate in sort of an unexpected way: He got angry.

After three poorly executed real estate transactions, a light-bulb went off. He could do better. He would do better. It was a call to action.

The Minnesota native has worn many hats — from tow truck driver to construction foreman  — but none have fit him the way real estate has. Matt points to his complete immersion in the structure and ethics of the business as to how and why he became the best in the business.

“I became an observer. I did a deep dive into underrepresentation and mismanagement,” Matt says. “It was easy to see what needed to be improved. The real task is taking the reins and getting it done. I figured it out and it’s been a win for me, a win for my team, and a win for my clients.”

RE/MAX Partners opened their doors in 2014. Their combined goal was to to provide a seamless, ethical transaction for their clients. He maintains that their level of diligence and representation has made real estate better not only for the entire MLS community, but for Grinnell and its surrounding communities, as well.

“There really isn’t anyone who does what we do to the level we do it,” Matt says. “I’ve made it my mission to uphold strict ethical guidelines, not only for myself, but for my agents. I look for agents who connect well with people, bottom line. There’s nothing more important. ”

Matt became the sole owner and broker of RE/MAX Partners in December of 2016, and has since actively recruited observant agents who are committed to the same “representation before profit” credo the organization was founded on. It’s important to him to provide his agents with a livable wage and ongoing education in order for them to maintain a transparent, ethical partnership.

“There has to be a continued desire to look for meaning in what they’re doing,” Matt maintains. “The impact has to be tangible. If an agent does good work and adheres to diligent, ethical practices, it’ll pay off tenfold with lifelong clients.”

Matt isn’t just a trailblazer in the real estate agency, he’s also a committed public servant. It’s been important to him that RE/MAX Partners gives back to the community, whether it’s through Grinnell High School football team sponsorship or donating to Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Grinnell College. He also hosts a “Right at Home”, a non-compensated weekly radio show on KGRN that focuses on real estate, review trends, weekly numbers, legal updates, and discussions with other local experts like city managers and building inspectors.

“I don’t think you can be an effective leader in business and not be connected to the community you live in,” he says.

RE/MAX Partners was voted 2017 Business of the Year by the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, and Matt himself was the first-ever Grinnell realtor to be honored with the Iowa Association of Realtors Diamond Achievement Award. It’s two of many awards he’s amassed in the last few years, but Matt maintains that although it’s great to be honored, the real satisfaction is knowing he and his team go above and beyond to represent clients.

Whether you’re buying a home or selling one, Matt is your one-stop shop for your next step in life. Call him today at 641-260-0672.

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Land For Sale

410 Lang Creek Avenue, Grinnell, Iowa 50112

4Picture(s)
11Sqft
Visits:22
Prime development land, ready for you to break ground. Situated within walking distance of two large service stations and two hotels, this commercial lot has a high traffic volume and is visible from Interstate 80! The lot is conveniently located off the Grinnell exit on State Highway 146/West Street S, North of Interstate 80, providing the lot with a desirable business location.
$3,760,096

Lots & Land For Sale

410 Lang Creek, Grinnell, Iowa 50112-2202

4Picture(s)
11Acre
Visits:67
Prime development land, ready for you to break ground. Situated within walking distance of two large service stations and two hotels, this commercial lot has a high traffic volume and is visible from Interstate 80! The lot is conveniently located off the Grinnell exit on State Highway 146/West Street S, North of Interstate 80, providing the lot with a desirable business location.
$3,760,096

Land For Sale

505 Lang Creek Avenue, Grinnell, Iowa 50112

4Picture(s)
11.45Sqft
Visits:24
Prime development land, ready for you to break ground. Zoned Commercial.
$2,992,572

Lots & Land For Sale

505 Lang Creek, Grinnell, Iowa 50112-2202

4Picture(s)
18.82Acre
Visits:77
Prime Interstate development land, ready for you to break ground. Zoned Commercial.
$2,992,572

Land For Sale

505 Lang Creek Avenue, Grinnell, Iowa 50112

4Picture(s)
7.26Sqft
Visits:20
Prime development land, ready for you to break ground. Zoned Commercial.
$2,213,722

Lots & Land For Sale

503 Lang Creek, Grinnell, Iowa 50112-2202

4Picture(s)
18.82Acre
Visits:68
Prime development land, ready for you to break ground. Zoned Commercial. Situated within walking distance of two large service stations and two hotels, this commercial lot has a high traffic volume and is visible from Interstate 80! The lot is conveniently located off the Grinnell exit on State Highway 146/West Street S, North of Interstate 80, providing the lot with a desirable business location.
$2,213,722

Land For Sale

1 Lang Creek Avenue, Grinnell, Iowa 50112

5Picture(s)
3.35Sqft
Visits:15
Prime I-80 Interstate Corridor development land, ready for you to break ground.
$802,593

Lots & Land For Sale

500 Lang Creek, Grinnell, Iowa 50112-2202

5Picture(s)
3.35Acre
Visits:62
Prime development land, ready for you to break ground. Situated within walking distance of two large service stations and two hotels, this commercial lot has a high traffic volume and is visible from Interstate 80! The lot is conveniently located off the Grinnell exit on State Highway 146/West Street S, North of Interstate 80, providing the lot with a desirable business location.
$802,593

Commercial Sale For Sale

2110 West Street, Grinnell, Iowa 50112

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1.72Acre
Visits:8
Prior restaurant with full kitchen, full bar, and large private party room. Several hotels and large employers in close proximity. Great location that could be re-developed or converted into office space.
$699,900

Commercial (5+ Units) For Sale

2110 West, Grinnell, Iowa 50112-6030

1Picture(s)
1.72Acre
Visits:18
Prior restaurant with full kitchen, full bar, and large private party room. Several hotels and large employers in close proximity. Great location that could be re-developed or converted into office space.
$699,900

Single Family For Sale

150 380th, Grinnell, Iowa 50112-8220

4Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
95Picture(s)
10Acre
Visits:21
Just off the beaten path is this absolutely STUNNING Custom Ranch on 10 acres!! This handcrafted house stands high above the Iowa countryside. Walk up the front steps, through the formal entry and into the great room with its window lined vistas, brick fireplace and cathedral ceilings. Formal dining room with room for all your family gatherings.
$575,000

Single Family For Sale

1935 Reed, Grinnell, Iowa 50112-1058

4Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
32Picture(s)
0.27Acre
Visits:32
Stunning four bedroom, walkout Ranch in NW Grinnell! Step in from the front porch, through the foyer and into the large bright living room. Formal dining room with room for your whole family opens up into a custom kitchen with stainless steel appliances and dining area. Into the bright window lined office sunroom with high views of the backyard and separate access to the back deck with awning.
$369,900
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