The number of women enjoying successful careers in real estate has risen exponentially in recent years.
While the industry has been considered as predominantly male dominated, there are plenty of females heading up prominent agencies in the Maitland region.
Sophie Abela of Valley Agents says once of the reasons for the strong results women achieve in property is largely down to emotion.
"I think we are generally more emotional connected, so we tend to be more approachable and that often appeals to vendors and buyers at what is one of the most emotional times they often experience."
Charlie Lund, of The Agency, goes on to says that there's many aspects that give women the edge.
" Women make great Real Estate Agents because of their ability to multi-task and empathise effectively with their clients.
"They pride themselves on integrity and attention to detail to make sure that a successful outcome is achieved. It is generally, in a woman's nature to be persistent and not to give up when the going gets tough." Said Mrs Lund.
As with most sales environments, results don't come without significant input. For those women considering a career in real estate, it's important to know what you're in for before you take the leap. Weekend work, and after hours calls are just the beginning.
"Expect long hours and to work hard. Set goals, have good support around you and build a network. It's important to become a local expert." Begins Sophie Abela of Valley Agents.
Tori Lund at The Agency says a love of working with people is a must.
"If you love working with people than this would be a great career path as real estate is all about building relationships and it can be extremely rewarding helping clients achieve their property goals.
"We would suggest to any young women starting out to just be themselves as this is your unique advantage. We believe being honest, positive and going above and beyond will always help you build rapport with your clients."
Kay Perry, Sales Consultant at Ray White Maitland sums it up succinctly.
"Be prepared to give it your absolute all."