International Women’s Day: Women in real estate – Kylie Harbo

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MANY people join the real estate industry after working in other fields for several years, but Kylie Harbo took the plunge at 17.

“My dad encouraged me to try a career in real estate; he told me I’m a good people person and would like the challenge of looking after people’s investments,” she said.

“I did work experience in Year 11 and joined that company when I finished high school.

“I started working full-time a few months before my 18th birthday and have never looked back.”

She has certainly made her mark in the industry, winning the Reiwa Property Manager of the Year award in 2014, six weeks after giving birth to her first child, and was also a finalist in the national real estate awards.

She has also been asked to share her knowledge, speaking at a property management conference in Queensland and the annual Reiwa conference.

Ms Harbo said she loved the diversity of the industry and had worked in all facets of the business, from front desk to holding a full triennial licence.

Her eventual goal is to become a partner or owner of her own real estate firm.

She believes being a woman has not been a barrier to success.

“There isn’t a glass ceiling in this industry,” she said.

“That is one of the great things about real estate, it’s hugely empowering for women.

“If you are driven by results, then get into real estate.

“Be consistent; make learning the ropes a priority then find yourself a point of difference and work hard.”