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EvelynH | 23 Sep 2014, 04:26 PM Agree 0
I’m new to the industry and I'm trying to break into commercial real estate but I’m finding it a bit of an old boys club. Any advice from seasoned vets who have made it in the industry?
  • Penny L. | 30 Sep 2014, 10:28 AM Agree 0
    Lots and lots of hard work! It's hard for women to be taken seriously in the commercial side of the business, so you'll need to work twice as hard as your male counterparts, but it'll be worth it in the end. Nothing good comes for free!
  • SuzieStanford | 12 Nov 2014, 02:41 PM Agree 0
    Also looking to break into commercial real estate. @pennyL Do you have any advice other than work hard!?
  • FraceKM | 18 Nov 2014, 08:52 AM
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  • Jackie Laurin | 15 Dec 2014, 06:07 PM Agree 0
    Yes, there is no boys club it's called the women's club..
    carry on you'll be in a league of your own.
    Jackie Laurin
  • Jackie Laurin | 15 Dec 2014, 06:09 PM Agree 0
    Men men work just as hard as women do
    There is really no boy's club.. this business is changing
    it's not a gender thing. Either you are good enough to do
    what it takes to make deals.
  • Jackie Laurin | 15 Dec 2014, 06:10 PM Agree 0
    Put on your big girls pants and do what the men do..
    it's not hard work, it's smart work, know your business and speak the lingo.
    Then go do it.
    Jackie Laurin
  • Be realistic. | 12 Feb 2016, 01:03 AM Agree 0
    Be realistic.
    It's a boys club.

    Better see it --with your eyes wide open.

    Always will be.
    If ya wanna fight your way in. Go for it.

    But men don't give way to women doing what they think is 'their' industry.

    And yep! Sorry! Some men, most men would much rather do business with a man. For many reasons.

    Even women. Funnily enough. Will choose a man, often times.

    Life is weird that way.

    If you're not making it financially. Get out.

    Doesn't matter what language ya speak.

    There are barriers for women. It's there. It's real. It's not your imagination.

    Might as well be honest about it.

  • Too Bad! | 12 Feb 2016, 10:28 AM Agree 0
    Even Jackie ....with her post stating:
    "Do what the men do"...indicates it's a boys club!!

    Do what the boys in the club do. Be like a man. Hahahaha.

    Be realistic people. And quit lying to the women. Tell the truth.

    I don't wear big girl pants either. Ha! Sorry you need to.

  • Mandy N | 06 May 2016, 11:58 AM Agree 0
    Commercial Real Estate is very much a relationship business and can be dominated by male brokers and key decision makers, Look into CREW Network - it is an organization with 70 chapters throughout North America and nearly 10,000 members. My CREW Network in Vancouver has significantly increased my ability to add value and get things done, plus I have a great support system of professional women who have made very successful careers in the industry.
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