International Women’s Day 2012: where are the female estate agents?
Only a quarter of estate agents across the UK are women, according to a new survey from the National Association of Estate Agents for International Women’s Day.
While some regions buck the trend – nearly two thirds of Cardiff’s estate agents are women – there is still a huge disparity nationwide. In London, just 18 per cent of agents are female. Wendy Evans-Scott (pictured left), President of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), said: “These figures are disappointing, but unsurprising. Anyone who works in the property industry will testify that the gender balance has only recently started to change.
“Women obviously make up a big part of our customer base and most likely women are the ultimate decision-makers when it comes to purchasing a home. There is a lot to be said for having a balanced agency in terms of male and female agents and many organisations are waking up to this fact. Others still have a long way to go. It makes sense to meet the needs of our customers and have both male and female agents in a branch; this brings a balance of skills and personalities to the table and can offer different empathies within our diversity of clients.”
The Board representing the NAEA is 38 per cent female, a figure well above the Government’s 25 per cent goal for other UK businesses.buying house, estate agents, Online House Hunter
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