International Women’s Day: Women in Real Estate

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Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the globe. To mark the occasion, here is a look at women in real estate.

The typical REALTOR® – a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® – is a 53-year-old white female who attended college and is a homeowner.  Female members working in residential real estate are more likely to work in suburban areas and small towns and have a median of 12 years of experience (in 2017).

Business Characteristics:

63 percent of all REALTORS® are female

  • Among broker licensees, 58 percent are female
  • Among sales agent licensees, 67 percent are female
    • Among part-time sales agents, 70 percent are female
    • Among full-time sales agents, 64 percent are female

 Hours worked:

  • 13 percent of women in residential real estate worked 60 hours or more in 2017
  • 35 percent worked between 20 to 39 hours


  • 70 percent of female REALTORS® work exclusively in residential real estate (compared to 45 percent of male members)
  • 4 percent of female REALTORS® work exclusively in commercial real estate ( compared to 15 percent of male members)


Among females working in residential real estate:

  • 52 percent made less than $50,000 in annual gross income in 2016
  • 9 percent made $200,000 or more in annual gross income

Transaction volume:

  • Women in residential real estate had a median of 8 residential transactions
  • Women had a median sales transaction volume of $1,866,700 in 2016