Claire Brown Shows How Arkansas Real Estate Is Done
Arkansas native and established real estate professional Claire Brown is the definition of ambition. She bought her first house when she was just 19, then she got her real estate license when she turned 21. Her reason? She wanted to attend college without accumulating student loans, and that’s exactly what she did. She graduated from Henderson State University when she was 23.
However, acquiring a shiny new bachelor’s degree didn’t stop Brown from continuing her career in real estate. When the Benton-born real estate agent moved to Little Rock, she jumped right back into the real estate game.
“I was the youngest at the firm and strategically did that to be surrounded by wisdom. They mentored me and also gave me any overflow from their business,” Brown said in an interview with About You Magazine.
Women and Real Estate Go Together
In the United States, ~67.0% of all residential real estate agents are women. However, it wasn’t always that way. According to our video, “The History of Women in Real Estate”, women have played an essential role in the industry as early as 1794, but it wasn’t until the early 1950s that women began to equalize the field.
Even in today’s larger, more-inclusive industry, there’s a lot of work left to be done. Women only make up 36.7% of the commercial real estate industry — a figure that’s remained stagnant for the past 15+ years.
Additionally, the CREW 2020 Benchmark Study Report notes that women in commercial real estate earn approximately 10.2% less than their male counterparts, and the commission and bonus gap remains at a bewildering 55.9%. Still, progress is being made. Greater numbers of younger women are entering both residential and commercial real estate than ever before, and people like Brown keep inspiring us year after year to become the best real estate agent around.
Real Estate’s Flexibility Lets Brown Pursue Other Passions
Not long after she started climbing the ranks and embracing real estate tech as it advanced, Claire became an established real estate pro. With that came a newfound sense of freedom and flexibility that most, if not all, real estate professionals will agree is one of the industry’s best perks.
“I became one of the top producers at the company yet I was still the youngest. As technology advanced, my business expanded, and I moved to Keller Williams where I became a broker. I started leveraging my business so others could work for me, and I could make time in my life for other things while still maintaining the same level of service for my clients,” Brown later said.
Brown, like other ambitious Arkansas women, have made a name for themselves in the real estate world. Yet she uses the flexibility the business affords her to pursue other passions as well. She’s also the author of the book: Ring or Fling: The Power Woman’s Guide to Self-Discovery, Setting Standards and Dating with Self Confidence.
In her book, she talks about her own personal experiences, from a blossoming professional career to a personal life that didn't go quite as planned, and how looking inward can help you when you go out to become a “power woman.” She does this by outlining ten pillars over twelve chapters in what she says will help you achieve an improved self-image that will attract the right kind of people. We won’t spoil the read, but these tenants are based on asking yourself these three questions:
Do I show myself love like I do others?
How do I want a man to care for me and how am I already doing that myself?
Do I hold myself to the same standards as I hold others?
Not surprisingly, when we slightly shift the lens, these questions are also good for evaluating your relationship with your current career. All we can say is she chose an excellent career and lifelong partner by falling in love with real estate.
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