JEANETTE Bates started her career 33 years ago at the age of 21 and said she was the youngest salesperson at Ray White Queensland at a time when the industry was totally dominated by men.
“It certainly encouraged me to stand my ground, show strength, determination and courage and stand on my own two feet so that I could make inroads into this career,” she said.
“You have to have a strong belief in yourself, even when you are shaken, stand tall, be true to yourself and always act with honesty, integrity and do your absolute best for the people and clients you represent.”
Ms Bates went on to become an auctioneer 30 years ago and believes she was one of the first female practising auctioneers in Perth.
She opened her own office in Duncraig in 1996 with one computer, a camera and a few tables, opened a second in 2002 in a partnership, and is now running her own Realmark business.
As well as being a woman in charge of a successful business, Ms Bates also lists having a child and being able to juggle being a mum among her highlights over the years.
She said real estate was a great career for women and enabled them to have a successful career and a family.
“Women in real estate are fantastic,’ Ms Bates said.
“They have great rapport understanding, care and empathy, which are necessary for success.”