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Commercial real estate in the age of #MeToo

None of the firms had an equal ratio of male to female brokers, TRD’s analysis found. No other woman was involved in the transaction, Lee said. The women that have made it to the top also have an added pedigree of sorts, according to Stacy Vierheilig-Fraser, senior managing director at brokerage and property management firm Charles Dunn. “I think you’re going to see many more women as brokers in the next five years,” Schatz said. Westside Estate Agency had the lowest ratio of females out of the top local residential brokerages with nearly 42 percent, a TRD analysis showed. About 50 percent of the brokers at the Agency and Hilton & Hyland were female, while Douglas Elliman’s representation of women exceeded 57 percent in its L.A. office. “The residential real estate companies are primarily owned by men,” Rey said. “Women need to form alliances where it’s not a covert industry where only one woman can make it.” Poirier has executed this by hiring several women for her team. That means using words like “collaborative” and “compassionate” in recruiting ads, according to Brokers + Engineers’ Renshaw. “Women are great in commercial real estate — it’s just that someone has to tell them,” Renshaw said.