How we Work

Meet Marlene

Marlene R. Ruttenberg is a lifelong resident of the Coachella Valley. Not only is Marlene an amazing Real Estate Agent, but she is also an awesome Wife, Memah of 2, and living the modern day “Brady Bunch” having three girls and three boys.

Marlene has over 19 years experience in the real estate industry in the Coachella Valley/Greater Palm Springs area – wearing many hats.

In 1999, Marlene first stepped foot in this industry as a receptionist of an extremely busy and top producing Real Estate firm in the desert with three locations, which Marlene rotated to weekly, learning those markets too. Marlene then joined a Luxury Real Estate firm before becoming the Office Manager for a group of well known and highly respected Real Estate agents.

In 2001, Marlene ventured off into the exciting yet demanding land of escrow where she spent the next 15 years off and on through the high and low of the market. Between this time, Marlene worked as a loan processor and as a Transaction Coordinator. Marlene is well- rounded in this industry and ready to put the many years of experience to work for you.

With a wealth of knowledge of this beautiful desert, all areas of the industry, and 5-star Zillow reviews rest assured that when you come to Marlene for your real estate needs, you’re well taken care of. Marlene is knowledgeable in residential real estate and all price ranges giving her clients the confidence to know that they are working with the best and that they can expect excellence. Marlene will help you make informed decisions, negotiate acceptable terms on your behalf and communicate with you and advise you throughout all stages of the buying and selling process.

Some of Marlene’s hobbies include hiking, traveling, visiting new restaurants, spending time with family – Sundays being her nights to host “family dinner”.

Marlene has a passion to help! A few of her greatest passions are to raise awareness and assist in raising money to help find a cure for childhood cancer, help people, and volunteering or attending her church’s functions. DesiStrong is one of the organizations that she is very passionate about and involved with.

Marlene Ruttenberg

Marlene Ruttenberg

Real Estate Agent

Meet my colleagues

Marlene's talented team - ready to help!

Nicole Beck

Nicole Beck


Carol Miller-Guerrero

Carol Miller-Guerrero


Paul Neuland

Paul Neuland

Senior Mortgage Banker

how we work

Our process is fine tuned

There are seven “high-level” phases in the home buying process and many smaller steps (and lots of paperwork and documentation) along the way. Don’t let that scare you, I will help guide you through it all. Whether this is your first time buying a home or you’ve done it before, the steps are pretty much the same. If you’re a “move up” buyer who’s done this before, the phases below should look familiar – a simple refresher course. If you are a CASH Buyer, steps 2 and 3 do not apply to you


Get Your Finances in Order

Do the best to get your credit report in stellar condition. If those are accurate, the process will go smoother.


Speak With a Lender

It is essential to figure out what your options are. We can recommend a good lender if you need help.


Get Pre-Approved for a Loan

You need to talk to your mortgage lender about pre-approval, in which they will check your credit reports and determine how much they can lend you.



Check online reviews and social media for your top picks. The more seasoned a Realtor, the better – and Marlene is one of the best!


Find a House

You have a list of criteria for finding your perfect home. Check online listings and trust in your Realtor to find those perfect homes in your price ranges.


Make an Offer

Your Realtor should be able to help you with the specifics on making an offer, but some quick tips includes conducting a home inspection, conducting a title check, and ensuring your mortgage is in order.



Signing paperwork and getting those keys is one of the best feelings in the world – whether it’s your first time or you’re an old hand at getting new homes.

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