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Grinnell College Alumni Sasha Grigorovich joins RE/MAX Partners Realty

RE/MAX Partners Realty welcomed Sasha Grigorovich to their office in early February.
This past fall, Matt Karjalahti, RE/MAX Partners Realty Broker, approached Sasha to obtain his
license and begin training work with his office. “We started RE/MAX Partners Realty 2013 to be
representation focused. Buying and selling homes are important milestones in people’s lives, so
we focus on addressing client needs above all else.” “I see Sasha as an agent that will protect
his client’s interests and contribute to our community for years to come.”

Sasha Grigorovich graduated in 2020 from Grinnell, and returned in 2022 to begin work at
Grinnell College. On his return to Grinnell, Sasha spoke about the importance of community that
he learned from living in Grinnell: “Grinnell has always felt more home to me than anywhere
else. The students I work with from abroad remark about how tightly knit and friendly Grinnell is.
I plan on growing and taking care of this special place.”

On his teaching experience, Sasha said: “As a current educator, I am thoroughly organized,
flexible in how things get done, and pay special attention to the needs of those I work with.
These skills are a natural fit for the oversight requisite of real estate; you can count on me. I’m
excited to get to know my community better and to be of service to my neighbors.”


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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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RE/MAX Partners Realty Expands to Des Moines

Top Performing Grinnell-Based Agency Adds New Talent

Grinnell, IA This month, Samantha Winebrenner joined the RE/MAX Partners Realty team as a residential and commercial real estate agent based in Des Moines, expanding the agency’s service area to now cover Des Moines, Marshalltown, Grinnell and all of Poweshiek County. A Des Moines native, Winebrenner offers clients insight and background knowledge that only a local can provide; she is an active member of the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, participant in various Gen YP committees and has a unique, deeply connected network that spans from her mortgage and finance background to her combined total of six years as a licensed REALTOR®.

“Samantha’s experience and heightened interest in continuing education matches perfectly with RE/MAX Partners Realty and our highly accredited group of agents,” says Matt Karjalahti, Broker & Agent at RE/MAX Partners Realty. “Her proficiencies in the real estate industry are extensive and on top of it all, she’s an extraordinarily genuine person – her clients love her.”

“I knew right away that RE/MAX Partners Realty would be a great fit for me and I’m excited to partner with a group of other agents who work so diligently for their clients,” says Winebrenner. “It’s unbelievable that this brokerage based in little Grinnell, Iowa is one of the most successful agencies in the Midwest and I look forward to continue that success.”

Winebrenner graduated from East High School in Des Moines in 2004 and furthered her education at Central College in Pella obtaining a degree in Psychology. Winebrenner began her professional career in insurance and banking, expanding into the mortgage and loan sectors; she earned her real estate license in 2011. Winebrenner resides in Urbandale with her two daughters, Lucy and Gwen.

RE/MAX Partners Realty is the premier real estate agency 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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RE/MAX Partners Realty Unveils Storefront Touch Screen

Above: Community Leaders Visited the Grinnell Office for a Demonstration

Grinnell, IA — Last week, RE/MAX Partners Realty unveiled its recently installed touch screen to a group of community leaders at its Grinnell office, showcasing the screen’s current functionality and future offerings. The agency’s marketing firm, Double You Marketing, and RE/MAX agents provided an interactive tour of the product’s features including Central Iowa’s most complete database of listings. At the beginning of the new year, RE/MAX Partners Realty plans to offer community listings and advertising opportunities to surrounding businesses.

“This is a great tool for downtown visitors to not only have the opportunity to view listings 24/7, but also as a directory and navigational piece that works well given our location in the heart of Grinnell’s downtown,” says Matt Karjalahti, Broker & Agent at RE/MAX Partners Realty. “Consumers and businesses alike will benefit and that’s really what this is all about – community inclusivity and the ability to share information with each other.”

“Promoting your business and products with limited local media options can be challenging,” says Jeff Finch, President of Wes Finch Auto Plaza. “I see this as a useful communications tool not only for local downtown businesses, but also for those of us who do business just outside of town. It’s one more touch point to reach customers with information they find interesting and useful.”

“Consumers digest information differently and this piece offers a unique mix of media ranging from out-loud billboard messaging to measurable digital interactivity,” says Katy Wells, Owner & Brand Consultant of Double You Marketing. “While touch screens are not completely unheard of, it’s certainly an advanced technology offering that resonates with anyone who has adapted to the world of swiping, clicking and connecting with brands on preferred time.”

With its future offering of community listings and advertising opportunities, RE/MAX Partners Realty plans to work with local businesses to organize and coordinate efforts to ensure users can easily navigate the interface and experience. For any inquiries, email

RE/MAX Partners Realty is the premier real estate agency in Poweshiek County and surrounding areas, 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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Now is the Time to Sell

Are you considering selling your home? Why wait until the weather is warm? Now is a great time to list for peak value as:

  1. Inventory is at its lowest since the recession, giving your home more visibility and fewer properties for it to compete with.
  2. “Spring Selling Season” has already started – Days on Market historically begins declining in January.
  3. Starting the listing process now ensures your home is listed, and ready to show once the weather actually does warm up!

The selling process can be a bit daunting, but we’re with you every step of the way. We’ll help you:

  • Determine your home’s value
  • Prepare your home for sale
  • Market your home
  • Show your home
  • Receive purchase offers and negotiate
  • Open escrow and order a title
  • Coordinate appraisals and inspections
  • Navigate disclosures, requests for repair and any contingencies
  • Close escrow

See what our clients are saying…

I wish I had used Matt for all seven of the real estate transactions I completed in Grinnell over the past 10 years. He found us a buyer within a week, negotiated fair and equitable terms for both parties, and closed the deal; no problems, no delays. This was the most efficient and professional sale I have experienced in Grinnell. Hire Matt.~ Jennison

Guadalupe helped us sell my mothers home in Marshalltown and was AMAZING!! We live in RI so we could not be there for the whole process of readying the home for sale but she went above and beyond to help us get t done! We needed someone to help mow the lawn and clean the house before the showing and she helped us find great people who were affordable and extremely helpful as well. She also knew just how to deal with a difficult buyer at the end of the sale. Highly recommend!!! ~Chester

I am so thankful for Alyssa. After I lost my husband Brian, in 2016, the house we built our family in became more than I wanted to keep up with. I contacted Alyssa and she went right to work. This was an emotional decision I was making and Alyssa knew that. She took special care to make sure she took care of all the details in selling a home. I could contact her anytime I needed to and ask about the smallest details. After we put the house on the market, I needed to get busy and decide where I wanted to live. I fell in love with the one and only place we looked at! Alyssa took care of all the details and before I knew it I was in the process of moving into my new home. Alyssa encouraged me to keep my house on the market in the winter and it paid off. Sold it in Feb! Alyssa also helped to facilitate the purchase of some property at Holiday Lake which my family and friends enjoy as much as I do. I highly recommend Alyssa to anyone who is looking for a new home, or deciding to put their home on the market! I’m happy to call her my friend now. Best wishes to you Alyssa, I can’t thank you enough. ~ Porath

When I first met Cheri, she instantly was willing to help and put me in touch with all of the resources that I needed for my purchase. Cheri showed us properties across 2 counties and stuck with us until she found us the house we bought. Our transaction was complicated, but she kept all the wheels on the bus and made it happen and made it comfortable. We did most of the transaction via telephone, fax, email, and text. She even showed us a house at 9pm in a snowstorm! She did everything she could in her power to make our purchase happen. She worked with all of the players involved in our transaction with ease. Even the attorneys in our transaction were impressed with her hard work. She’s unbelievable! Cheri Garcia is a gold star first class real estate agent and an amazing person! ~ Arvey

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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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Celebrate the Season of Giving

Join us in Supporting Our Community

At RE/MAX Partners Realty, we are celebrating the “Season of Giving” and encourage others to consider supporting some of the great initiatives in the community. We proudly contribute to the following organizations and urge our customers and community members to provide their support as well. Learn more about each organization below and click on their name for more details. Feel free join us in donating to their causes whether through volunteerism or contributing monetarily.

Brooklyn Economic Development

Brooklyn Economic Development (BED) exists to give prospective industries or companies choices in the form of build to lease, lease purchase, as well as other options. BED provides support to new and existing local businesses, industries and entities in agriculture, and promotes growth and job retention for Ag Industry, Manufacturing, Retail and Service Businesses of the Community.

Crisis Intervention Services

Crisis Intervention Services provides support and empowerment to victims and survivors of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and/or violent crime throughout 12 counties in Iowa.

Grinnell Area Arts Council

The Grinnell Area Arts Council exists to promote, encourage, develop and assist in the understanding, appreciation and financial support of the arts and other cultural activities in the Grinnell area.

Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce – Holiday Lights

In addition to existing as a core business network in the community, the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce recently managed efforts to update the Grinnell downtown holiday decorations including gathering donations and replacing the old decorations with new lighted displays and banners.

Grinnell College’s Living Room Theatre

Living Room Theatre puts on an hour-long professional performance the first Sunday of every month in someone’s living room. Performers are Grinnell College students and faculty as well as community members. Hosts are people willing and excited to open their doors and share their home for the evening. In addition to performances, Living Room Theatre works to bring at least one visiting artist to campus each semester.

Grinnell Tigers 10U Traveling Team

Grinnell Traveling Little League gives local 3rd and 4th grade kids the opportunity to learn and play baseball on a competitive level with the goal to improve from the first tournament to the last one. Each Spring, they play in 4–5 tournaments requiring tournament, registration and insurance fees. Donations to help offset these fees can be made by contacting Nikki Harseim at 641-888-0674.

Holiday Lake Community Center

The Holiday Lake Community Center is an events space within the Holiday Lake subdivision available to local homeowners. It was completed in 2008 to accommodate over 250 people with a full kitchen and may be reserved by Holiday Lake residents for wedding receptions, family gatherings, conferences and civic group meetings.

Imagine Grinnell

Imagine Grinnell is a foundation whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people in the Grinnell area, promote a healthy environment, and complement economic development efforts.

Marshalltown Main Street

As a Main Street community, the Marshalltown Central Business District works to improve the downtown area through building repair/restoration, beautification, and providing training and grant opportunities for downtown members and businesses.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support.

Poweshiek County Pheasants Forever

Poweshiek County Pheasants Forever is a local group of volunteers focusing on supporting conservation programs and Youth in Poweshiek County.


Through youth education and empowerment, The Side-Out Foundation unifies the volleyball community to drive change in the way that breast cancer is treated.

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