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RE/MAX Partners Realty Attains Multi-Faceted Growth

Entire Brokerage Attends Global Convention; Second Des Moines-Based Agent Joins Team

Grinnell, IA RE/MAX Partners Realty agents and staff recently attended the RE/MAX R4 international convention in Las Vegas, participating in accreditation courses, seminars and networking events alongside thousands of fellow RE/MAX agents from more than 60 countries. Continued education is a theme for the brokerage which has contributed to the overall success of its agent production.

“This year, our agents had the highest average production out of all the RE/MAX brokerages in the State of Iowa and we were the highest producing commercial brokerage in the entire Central region,” says Matt Karjalahti, Broker & Agent at RE/MAX Partners Realty. “That’s why I took my entire staff including my marketing consultant to this convention; the more we know how to navigate the industry, the better we can serve our customers.”

In addition to educational growth, the brokerage is also physically growing: Bob Craven joined the RE/MAX Partners Realty team as a licensed REALTOR® based in Des Moines. Bob has more than a decade of experience in both residential and commercial real estate and specializes in historic and interesting homes. He has historically helped homebuyers and owners in Sherman Hill, Waterbury, South of Grand and the western suburbs.

“The agents at RE/MAX Partners Realty are all extremely successful in their own right, but also work so great as a team,” says Craven. “Our customers benefit from a pool of knowledge and I don’t think many brokerages can say they work as a team like this group does; I look forward to learning and growing with these talented agents.”

Bob resides in Des Moines and enjoys vintage cars as a hobby. He serves the community through weekly volunteer work and as a member of the Knights of Columbus. He has also served on the boards of local nonprofits Road Rally Charities and the Iowa Youth Chorus.

RE/MAX Partners Realty is the premier real estate brokerage in Polk, Marshall and Poweshiek Counties, offering top tier advisement while tailoring services and communications to its clients’ needs. RE/MAX Partners Realty offers dynamic options to ensure transactions are informed and seamless. Visit the Grinnell or Marshalltown locations to meet face-to-face or explore online tools at

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Facing COVID-19 in the Real Estate Industry

RE/MAX Partners Realty Practicing Prevention and Preparedness

Grinnell, IA As a leader in the Midwest real estate industry, RE/MAX Partners Realty is navigating the COVID-19 pandemic with one goal in mind: to serve its clients while keeping safety at the forefront. While many unknowns exist, the brokerage and its agents are practicing a variety of innovative ways to prevent the spread of the virus, prepare for the effects it will have on the economy and communities it serves and ensure its clients continue to experience the greatest level of service possible, given regulations and parameters. These steps include the following:

LISTINGS: Listings will be placed with 360º tours whenever possible. Agents will continue to share new properties and encourage their clients to review the listings in depth before visiting a property.

SHOWINGS: All showings must occur virtually before a physical showing takes place. In addition to availability of 360º tours, agents are trained to assist with sharing properties live through various digital platforms such as FaceTime and Zoom. Physical showings will occur only if all parties comply with the CDC guidelines to protect themselves and others as outlined on At this time, it is suggested that no more than two visitors are present at one time. Sellers will also be required to adhere to the CDC guidelines and ensure cleanliness of the property; they will reserve the right to not allow a showing based on their discretion and comfort level. If anyone associated in the showing has been in contact with COVID-19 or shows any symptoms, the showing will be postponed until all requirements can be met.

CONTRACTS: All contracts will be written and signed electronically unless otherwise authorized. As new COVID-19 cases arise, disclosures covering COVID-19 for both buyers and sellers may be implemented.

OFFICE HOURS: Both offices –– in Grinnell and Marshalltown –– will be closed to visitors and will only open for mandatory face-to-face meetings. Visitors must follow CDC guidelines to protect themselves and others as outlined on and RE/MAX Partners Realty will continue to practice a high level of cleanliness and hygiene within its office spaces.

“We are in unprecedented territory right now, but we will do everything in our power to press forward for our clients and their needs – the world doesn’t stop for those in need of a place to live, a workspace, a sale to go through –– and we see these situations every day,” says Matt Karjalahti, Broker & Agent at RE/MAX Partners Realty. “We have been monitoring news and updates on a daily basis and will continue to do so –– if any of our clients have any questions, we’re certainly here for them and encourage them to contact us via phone or email.”

To stay updated on real estate industry news and suggestions, visit For more information on the COVID-19 virus and how to prevent, prepare and take action if you believe you may be sick, visit

RE/MAX Partners Realty is the premier real estate brokerage in Polk, Marshall and Poweshiek Counties, offering top tier advisement while tailoring services and communications to its clients’ needs. RE/MAX Partners Realty offers dynamic options to ensure transactions are informed and seamless. Explore online tools at or email the RE/MAX Partners Realty team at

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Reflecting on 2018 Provides Inspiration for a New Year

As we embark on a new calendar year, we are inspired on the reflection of all that we accomplished together at RE/MAX Partners Realty in 2018. Reviewing the below shows the great dedication of our customers and hard work from our agents and staff.

We started the year at the annual RE/MAX R4 International Convention in Las Vegas – the largest real estate convention in the world – where our staff had the opportunity to continue their education across various topics facing the industry. We plan to attend the four-day event again this year for more educational sessions and growth opportunities.

At RE/MAX Partners Realty, our agents have multiple accreditations. Alyssa Beaderstadt is an Accredited Commercial Professional(ACP) and Strategic Planning Specialist, Cheri Garcia is a Sales Representative Specialist (SRS), and Matt Karjalahti is an Accredited Commercial Professional (ACP) and Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE). In addition, Alyssa and Matt are the only ACPs in Central Iowa between Des Moines and Iowa City. In 2019, we plan to grow our agent repertoire and accreditations even more – stay tuned for more to come!

We made an exciting new advancement and purchased an old building in severe disrepair in Marshalltown. We began renovations in April and were just a couple of weeks away from being able to open the doors to the public in July. As the community experienced the devastating effects of an EF-3 tornado in July, our new office was completely destroyed. Fortunately, we were able to identify a new space located at 13 East Southridge (Suite D), Marshalltown, IA and recently opened doors. Give us a call at 641-519-0200 or stop in to see us!

For the first time in 44 years, the RE/MAX brand has been updated to be brighter, more modern and more appealing to today’s real estate buyers and sellers. Updating our office and listing signs, billboards, marketing materials and the vast amount of places we are marketed online has been quite the endeavor of time and money. Our team’s commitment to stay on top of this – all while maintaining our clients’ needs – has been nothing short of amazing.

Within the walls of our offices and behind the scenes of our representation, we strive to identify and utilize technology that helps us stay efficient for our clients. In 2018, we purchased 3D Camera equipment to use for both residential and commercial listings for buyers to interact within our marketing for all of our listings. We also transitioned to a new interactive phone system and completed a full office upgrade for professional in-house printing.


We hired a digital development expert and graphic designer, Jess Dawson. Jess helped us evolve the new branding by developing a new state-of-the-art website featuring Central Iowa’s most complete database of listings. The site is also multi-lingual, offering the largest local search resource for non-English buyers. We continue to add more resources to the site for our clients to utilize and stay up-to-date, offering streamlined user experiences on both desktop and mobile platforms. In 2019, Jess plans to obtain her real estate license to even further service our clients.

We continued our partnership with Double You Marketing, Inc., evolving our efforts that started more than two years ago with branding RE/MAX Partners Realty, better understanding our target audiences and planning communications strategically. Their recent support has allowed us to expand our marketing presence to better communicate with current and prospective customers with assistance on website content production, social media, email newsletters and various ad placements. To sign up for our newsletter, click here  and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

We are fortunate to be in a position to support our communities throughout the year. Our community involvement in 2018 spanned from Independence Day parades to high school football team sponsorships. We also contributed to a variety of charities and organizations as an investment back to our communities that do so much for us.

As we close one year and move into a new trip around the sun, we first and foremost thank our clients. Our growth and development is based on the services you asked from us. We are here for you and because of you. 2018’s success in helping you has brought many successes, big and small, including:

  • #1 Selling Office in Poweshiek County
  • #1 Selling Agent in Poweshiek County
  • #2 Selling Office & Agent in Brooklyn and Holiday Lake
*According to MIRBOR MLS ranking reports 1/1/18-12/31/18 for all properties sold in Poweshiek county, and all properties sold in 52211.

Thank you for believing in us while we believe in you. We will continue to grow and innovate day in and day out to bring you an unmatched product in real estate.

If you are interested in speaking with one of our agents, visit our Contact page or call us at 641-236-6683.

Interested in joining our team? At RE/MAX Partners Realty, we foster an environment of growth and work together to ensure you succeed. With educational development opportunities and an office synergy that promotes collaboration, it’s no wonder why our agents are so highly ranked in production. We are always looking for the right person with a commitment to service and representation whether as an agent, graphics expert, compliance specialist or other position. See if you might be a good fit by emailing us at or call us at 641-236-6683.



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