Matthew Karjalahti

Broker, Owner, ACP (Accredited Commercial Professional) and CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert)
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“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

1 Highway 6 Highway, Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Here is outstanding opportunity to own 223 +or- acres currently shown as "Parcel A" in Jasper County, Grinnell IA. 63 average CSR rating. Well drained. Road access from State Highway 6. Several adjoining Jasper County parcels included in the sale. Subject to final survey.

Land For Sale

0 Highway 6 Highway, Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Here is outstanding opportunity to own 140 +or- acres currently shown as "Parcel B" in Jasper County, Grinnell IA. 63 average CSR rating. Well drained. Road access from State Highway 6. Several adjoining Jasper County parcels included in the sale. Subject to final survey.

Commercial Sale For Sale

401 1st Avenue, Toledo, Iowa 52342

This Medical Campus has been built for many uses and still has room to grow. The reception/waiting area connects to 3 wings of the building. The central main building has 23 exam rooms, administrative areas private offices and a multitude of bathrooms. The Norther Wing is setup for surgery with 3 pre/post-op rooms a small O.R. Recovery and patient rooms.

Residential For Sale

2001 Reed Street, Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Swanky Ranch in Northwest Grinnell! Huge Master Suite, walk in closet, full bath, twin sinks vanity. Large kitchen with incredible storage, island, solid surface counters, stainless steel appliances.

Residential For Sale

102 East Street, Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Custom Ranch! Main Floor Living! Step up the front porch to a formal custom foyer and into a massive open concept space! Step into the great room with cathedral ceilings, sitting area, living room and formal dining area. Completely customized kitchen with dark cabinets, quartz counters, full breakfast bar seating with stainless appliances and backsplash.

Residential For Sale

1209 Broad Street, Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Incredibly preserved 2 story Victorian home 1 block from Grinnell College and Downtown Grinnell. Walk in through the large enclosed front porch and into the large formal foyer with a solid wood open stair case and hardwood flooring. Home has its period formal dining area living room and family room intact. Beautifully renovated kitchen appointments that steps out to a fenced in yard and patio.

Residential For Sale

1512 4th Avenue, Grinnell, Iowa 50112

New updates for this turn of the century 2-story. Walk up the traditional front porch and step inside. Formal staircase and large family room with all hardwood flooring. Into the newly renovated and relocated kitchen (2018). Quartz countertops, refinished hardwood floor, and original pocket door. Into the remodeled dining room with brand new wood floors, and refinished trim.

Commercialsale For Sale

613 6th Avenue, Grinnell, Iowa 50112

5227 square foot lot on Highway 6, just West of Highway 146. One of Grinnell's busiest intersections. Zoned C-1 General Commercial.
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