Erin Mandel Ruttenberg

Erin Mandel Ruttenberg


About Me


Erin Mandel loves real estate. Born into a family of developers from Milwaukee, WI, she has grown up in the business. Real estate is more than a career choice, but rather a true passion. Over the last decade, Mandel has certainly begun to make her mark in Chicago. Mandel joined @properties in August, 2010 after a successful six year career with The Belgravia Group. While with the Belgravia Group, Mandel sold over $85 Million of new and rehab construction at an average purchase price of $300,000, totaling to over 280 personal real estate transactions.


An @properties top producer and dedicated real estate broker, Mandel nearly tripled her transaction size in 2012 and is on pace to have another record breaking 2017. Mandel attributes a good part of her success to the @properties culture. @properties has mastered an effective, streamlined process allowing her to focus on building her business and personally maintaining each relationship.


Real estate is an emotional transaction. The key to a successful partnership with any buyer or seller is understanding their motivation. Every Chicago agent has access to the same MLS database, may elect to join the same Association and is taught the exact same process. It is in the execution of this process that distinguishes Mandel from her peers.


Mandel has exceptional interpersonal, verbal communication and interactive skills enabling her to effectively work with buyers, sellers and agents in the toughest of negotiations. Mandel takes a strong leadership role in managing client expectations and truly believes in dedicated service during and after the sale. As a result, Mandel's business is heavily maintained by referral and repeat clientele.


With minimal market time and a business plan tailored to each individual, Mandel prides herself on completing every transaction to the exact liking of her client. She maintains a professional yet personal appeal when representing both buyers and sellers through education, creative financing and adaptation to the rapidly changing market conditions.


Mandel has a paperless business. With the use of virtual showing assistance and digital signatures her clients are able to make offers, sign documents & review all materials from anywhere in the world. Mandel is committed to providing the highest level of client services with not only the use of breakthrough technology but also making sure to personally communicate with all parties involved in each transaction. As business continues to become less reliant on face to face interaction; Mandel remains committed to the value of relationships.


At the beginning of 2015, Mandel hired Emily Ahlering to assist in her rapidly growing business. In 2017, Mandel expanded her team to include Katherine Johnson, Broker Associate and Liz Miller, Manager of Client Services. Ahlering, Johnson and Miller's quick study and commitment to a likeminded business approach has allowed Mandel to supersede all expectations. 


Mandel received a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a certificate in French Language and Culture from the Universite Paris Sorbonne-Paris IV. She served as a Director for The Chicago Association of Realtors from 2014-2017, Chair for 2012-2013 Chicago Association of REALTORS Young Professionals Network (YPN) Advisory Board while participating as a 2013 CAREF Trustee. Mandel has an active role in NAR, CAR, IAR & WCR. In 2012, WCR awarded Mandel Entrepreneur of the Year.  Additionally, Mandel contributes to Children's Special Charities & Special Olympics of Chicago, MARWEN, Children's Hospital, BIN Donated, The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Ronald McDonald House and Step Up Chicago.


Clients are saying:

"Best in class, ERIN makes the entire process painless and easy."