The 5 Most Influential Female Brokers in Real Estate

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When the National Association of Realtors was formed in 1908, the membership was 100% male. Today, 62% of all Realtors are women. Wow! That is something fantastic growth. However, out of the Swanepoel Top 200 Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate 2017, only 45 of the 200 slots belong to women. We’ve listed some of our favorites brokers from 2017 with a pairing quote to keep you motivated through your workday.

Here are some of the most influential female brokers in Real Estate:

Helen Hanna Casey:

The President of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, Helen rankedHelen_Hannah_Casey_Powerful_Women_in_Real_estate.png as the most powerful woman in the residential Real Estate industry in 2015. On her advice to other women entrepreneurs in NAWRB, she says, 

“Don’t think of yourself as a woman entrepreneur, think of yourself as an entrepreneur. Take advantage of the opportunities for women, but don’t limit yourself by believing that is all you are.” 

Dorthy Herman

Dorthy Herman, better known as Dottie, is the President & CEO of brokerage firm Douglas Dorthy_Herman_Powerful_Women_Real_Estate.jpgElliman Real Estate LLC. Dottie has a rags to riches story. According to Forbes, Douglas Elliman has over 6,000 agents in 85 offices across the U.S. You can checkout her radio show here. One of our favorite quotes from Dottie was featured in a Forbes article

“You can either be a victim, or you can take a day or two, cry, and get back in the game.” 

Sue Yannaccone

CEO of the Realogy brand ERA Franchise Systems, Sue Yannaccone, is responsible for Sue.jpg36,000 agents and 2,300 offices in 31 companies, according to her Swanepoel profile. Our favorite quote from Sue comes from an article in Realtrends:

“When I saw my career take off- I realized I needed a team in my outside life as much as in my work life.”

Lynn Hsu:

President and CEO of MacDonald Realty, Lynn Hsu started her Real Estate career despiteLysn_Woo.jpg raising a family and being a new immigrant, according to MacDonland Realty. Our favorite quote from Lynn:

“To succeed in business, one must put in time. Women traditionally have had less time to devote to career development, and this pattern holds true today...If you begin to believe that it is impossible to move forward, you will stop looking for solutions to the hardships you face.”

Sherry Chris:

According to her Swanepoel profile, Sherry Chris built the Better Homes & Gardens Real Sherry_Chris_Influential_Powerful_Women_Real_Estate.pngEstate brand from the ground up. She is also a vice-chair for Rebuilding Together, a non-profit dedicated to helping low-income homeowners make repairs. Our favorite quote from Sherry, is from a blog she wrote for Realvolve:

“Throughout my career I have taken many risks, which in retrospect were absolutely necessary to my growth and that of the company, regardless of whether they succeeded or failed, there was an undeniable value in the endeavor.” 

Feeling inspired by these entrepreneurs and want to take your Real Estate Business to the next level?


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  1. Sarah Freeman 03/09/2017 05:01 PM
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Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
Solid Source Realty, Inc. - Atlanta, GA

Interesting Zurple! -- on this International Day of Women -- to learn about the female movers n shakers in real estate.

Mar 08, 2017 05:08 PM #1
Patti Baker

So proud of Helen Hanna and so very proud to be an associate broker with the Hanna Companies

Mar 08, 2017 05:30 PM #2
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Great list, Zurple!  Love Sherry Chris!  I think Leigh Brown would have been an excellent addition to your list as well!

Mar 09, 2017 04:48 AM #3
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I would consider Leigh Brown who is not only a successful broker but the 2017 President of the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) organization!

Mar 09, 2017 07:45 AM #4
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

When I was gut-punched this week by a client, I did exactly as Dorothy Herman suggests:

“You can either be a victim, or you can take a day or two, cry, and get back in the game.” 

Mar 09, 2017 01:56 PM #5
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I read about this twice in local magazines about Real Estate Agents. 

Mar 09, 2017 02:50 PM #6
Beth Bromund
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Rochester, MI
REALTOR (248) 651-3500

Thanks for sharing these quotes from successful brokers.  I like all of them.

Mar 09, 2017 04:00 PM #7
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Thanks for highlighting some amazing women. Shari Chris is so talented.  I agree on adding Leigh Brown.

Mar 09, 2017 08:19 PM #8
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Perfect timing with this post .. and the messages and quotes contained within it.  Congrats on the Feature ...


Mar 10, 2017 08:34 AM #9
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Thanks for sharing the 5 Most influential Women Brokers on IWD, Zurple Marketing Team.

Mar 10, 2017 09:51 PM #10
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