Yeah, the 441 really is probably a bit overkill for what most homeowners need. The MS261is a bit smaller (50 cc or so) and is around $6-700 new. It's still part of their "professional" series and is a good, all round entry level saw.
Edit: To be very clear, IMO the 441 really is way too much saw for a homeowner looking to do property maintenance. I would have real concerns about the safety of a person who doesn't run saws on a very regular basis picking up that model.
Conversely, the MS170, which Stihl sells as a general property maintenance saw for around $250, I believe, is just not enough saw to do any meaningful amount of cutting. If the OP could clarify the questions I asked in my initial response regarding experience, needs and price range, I could be of more help.