The real estate industry has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, with women making up an increasing percentage of the workforce. This shift from the male-dominated industry of the 20th century and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of female real estate professionals. Carolyn Sarsen and Saila Shah are two of our outstanding female agents who embody the spirit of this shift in the industry. Carolyn has been in the real estate business for over 30 years and has successfully helped countless clients find their dream homes. Her commitment to her clients and her ability to anticipate their needs has helped her build a successful business and a loyal following. Saila is known for her dedication, persistence, and attention to detail, all of which have helped her earn the trust and respect of her clients. As two incredible women bring the incredible skill and perspective that the Sarsen Team needs.
As we celebrate Women's History Month, it is essential to acknowledge the incredible contributions of female real estate agents like Carolyn and Saila. They have paved the way for other women to enter the industry, and they serve as role models for young women aspiring to be successful in their careers. It wasn't always easy for women in real estate, however. When the National Association of REALTORS® was created in 1908, the group admitted zero female real estate agents. Over the years, a few select women were admitted, but membership was restricted for sales agents, a designation held by the majority of women in real estate. It wasn't until 1973 that the title restriction was lifted, allowing more women to join. However, less than a decade later, women made up 57% of NAR, amassing over 300,000 members.
Today, women dominate the residential real estate field, and for good reason. The flexibility and independence of the role grant women an unprecedented amount of freedom, particularly in terms of scheduling. With a job in real estate, women don't have to choose between being able to attend their children's extracurricular activities and having a fulfilling career - they can do both. It's also a field where both men and women can generate their own sales and negotiate their commission with their brokerage. The ability to negotiate one's worth and control their professional destiny makes real estate a particularly attractive career path for women. The rise of female representation in the real estate industry is a positive development, but there is still work to be done. While women have made significant strides in residential real estate, they are still underrepresented in the commercial sector.
At our real estate team, we are committed to empowering and supporting our female agents. We believe in creating a culture of equality and inclusivity, where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. As we celebrate Women's History Month, we want to thank Carolyn, Saila, and all the incredible women in the industry for their contributions and dedication to their craft.