A Community You Can Settle Into

Bemidji, the judicial seat of Beltrami County, is situated on Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving, sister lakes fed by the Mississippi River. It is a progressive, friendly city of quaint charm in a setting of real natural beauty.

Our city is primarily a retail sales community with forestry, education, manufacturing, and travel industries contributing to our economy.

Families enjoy the secondary educational opportunities/activities the Northwest Technical College and Bemidji State University provide for the community and surrounding area.

A network of mapped and marked snowmobile trails links three states and Canada. Many state forests and numerous lakes help make this area a hunting and fishing paradise.

The area boasts many golf courses, hiking and biking trails, a curling arena, many skating rinks, and both downhill and cross-country skiing.

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Our History in the Community

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate First Choice was founded by Alden Kittleson in 1959 and was originally named Kittleson Realty. Over the years, the name changed to Kittleson Gallery of homes. In the winter of 1981 & 1982 Kittleson Gallery of Homes merged with Realty World owned by Tom Sykora and moved into a brand new facility built by Alden Kittleson. In July of 2006, Doug & Jeri Fuller purchased First Realty Real Living from Tom Sykora and became the third owners of the company. The company rebranded in 2022 to Better Homes and Gardens – First Choice.

Our friendly, courteous sales staff is personally committed to providing you with quality, customized service that will meet your needs. They will relieve the stress of buying or selling a home and make your real estate transactions trouble free.

With over 50 years in the community, we service Bemidji and the surrounding area, including; Bagley, Blackduck, Cass Lake, Park Rapids, and Walker. We provide Internet Marketing of your property by listing with the entire real estate community through the Multiple Listing Services.