While truly leveling the playing field for women in male dominated industries may require many more years of struggle, at least the gender gap in commercial real estate is shrinking. According to data from the national commercial real estate association, CREW Network (Commercial Real Estate Women) cited by the Miami Herald, women represent 43 percent of the commercial real estate industry today, compared to 36 percent in 2005.
The study found that one reason for the increased diversity in commercial real estate sector is that there are more opportunities for women to act as the lead broker, lender, developer or attorney of a project.
In South Florida women have played a leading role in a $50 million refinancing deal at the Grand Beach Hotel, a 25,000-square-foot lease at 1450 Brickell on behalf of Berger Singerman and the signing of a 5,500-square- foot lease at downtown Miami’s historic post office. [Miami Herald] —Christopher Cameron