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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Multi-family (2-4 Units) For Sale

400 13th, Oelwein, Iowa 50662-4749

2Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
72Picture(s)
5.41Acre
Visits:133
Three properties all within 1.5 miles in Oelwein, IA. OTTER CREEK is 57 units. 56 1 bedroom & 1, 2 bedroom. Coin Laundry is owned and on site at the office building. Office building consists of office, coin laundry, and community room/kitchenette. Many have been remodeled. Each apartment has its own Gas Hot Water Heater. Kitchen includes Fridge and Stove.
$3,950,000

Lots & Land For Sale

410 Lang Creek, Grinnell, Iowa 50112-2202

4Picture(s)
11Acre
Visits:224
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

505 Lang Creek, Grinnell, Iowa 50112-2202

4Picture(s)
18.82Acre
Visits:244
Prime Interstate development land, ready for you to break ground. Zoned Commercial.
$2,992,572

Lots & Land For Sale

503 Lang Creek, Grinnell, Iowa 50112-2202

4Picture(s)
18.82Acre
Visits:271
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

Commercial (5+ Units) For Sale

2048 West, Grinnell, Iowa 50112-2041

5Picture(s)
5.97Acre
Visits:134
Rare 1970 1800 sq ft "Batwing" service station on State HWY 146 on 1.8 Acres and neighboring parcel of 4.13 Acres also on HWY 146. Together 5.93 acres of prime I-80 development corridor.
$1,300,000

Lots & Land For Sale

500 Lang Creek, Grinnell, Iowa 50112-2202

5Picture(s)
3.35Acre
Visits:220
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 (5+ Units) For Sale

2110 West, Grinnell, Iowa 50112-6030

9Picture(s)
1.72Acre
Visits:132
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

1646 142nd, Grinnell, Iowa 50112-4701

5Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
62Picture(s)
1.72Acre
Visits:227
LAKEFRONT! ACREAGE! Pull into the 3 car garage and walk right into the bright, open, window lined great room overlooking the lake! Step out onto the high deck and soak in the views! Awesome open kitchen with bar top seating and an adjacent dining area. Large master bedroom with ensuite. Dual sink, beautifully tiled shower stall, walk-in closet, and private access to the lake facing deck.
$585,000

Single Family For Sale

730 370th, Grinnell, Iowa 50112-8352

4Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
53Picture(s)
11.51Acre
Visits:669
Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above!! Or how about 11 1/2 acres of incredible views with your own private 2 acre pond? Imagine driving down your newly rocked private driveway. Pulling into your 3 car garage, and stepping out on to your large covered deck overlooking your very own private pond EVERY. SINGLE. DAY! Here is your opportunity.
$489,900

Single Family For Sale

120 Broad, Grinnell, Iowa 50112-2582

5Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
43Picture(s)
2.76Acre
Visits:46
Incredible opportunity to own an IN TOWN ACREAGE! Location! The Property! 2.7 acres of manicured lawn bordered by a tree lined meandering creek. Up the gradual hillside with the long private drive. The House! Recently nearly completely renovated. Step up the front porch and into the wide main floor living room.
$374,900

Single Family For Sale

6 Garden Cottage, Grinnell, Iowa 50112-2302

3Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
27Picture(s)
0.09Acre
Visits:291
Corner lot at the Grinnell Garden Cottages!! Just inside the covered front deck you will find the spacious open floor plan that flows nicely through the house. The Living area features great rural views and a view of the garden cottage development. The living area transitions seamlessly into the dining and kitchen.
$247,900

Residential For Sale

6 Garden Cottage Lane, Grinnell, Iowa 50112

3Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
2Parking(s)
26Picture(s)
1,300Sqft
Visits:75
Corner lot at the Grinnell Garden Cottages!! Just inside the covered front deck you will find the spacious open floor plan that flows nicely through the house. The Living area features great rural views and a view of the garden cottage development. The living area transitions seamlessly into the dining and kitchen.
$247,900
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