International Womens Day: Women in real estate – Olivia Porteous

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AS one of the first girls to be enrolled into a boys’ boarding school in the UK, Olivia Porteous said she had the best training for dealing with the challenges of working in male-oriented environments.

“We had 30 girls in my year and 180 boys, so I learned to stand my ground,” she said.

“I was there from 13 to 18; it was a brilliant experience.”

She started her career 20 years ago, selling holiday homes in Portugal and still enjoys working in the industry.

“I love that no two days are the same; it constantly keeps me on my toes and you have to be able to move quickly with negotiations once they start rolling,” Ms Porteous said.

“There have been evenings I have been out until 11pm closing deals.

“I also genuinely know I have helped people through some tough times.”

Her advice to other women thinking about joining the industry was to look long term, do the right thing by everyone and work extremely hard.

It was also important to get support to achieve professional and personal goals.

“Real estate is an all-consuming business and my goal is to find a work-life balance,” Ms Porteous said.

“It is easy to work seven days without a break and to constantly be checking emails and the phone as you don’t want to miss a beat if a new deal is coming up,” she said.

“I have an amazing new staff member joining me to fully focus on the behind the scenes side of my business so that I can do what I do best, which is sell.

“2019 is going to be fantastic with her supporting me.”