Women Are Making Waves in Mississippi Real Estate
In Mississippi, COVID-19 has many singing the pandemic blues, but that’s not necessarily the case for homebuyers, sellers, and real estate professionals. Low interest rates, new remote work opportunities, limited inventory, and a positive economic outlook have all turned up the volume on the Mississippi housing market — making things more upbeat, like a good jump blue song. Of course, that means real estate agents are right at the center of the action, and that’s a great thing for Mississippi women like Tracey Bell with Tom Smith Land and Homes.
Meet Tracey Bell
Tracey Bell, a native of Cleveland, Mississippi, has long been blazing real estate trails in the Delta. She began flipping homes in 2004, long before it became a home improvement network phenomenon, then she moved to Florida where she got her first license and gained even more experience. Finally, she received her Mississippi real estate license in 2015 and moved back to her hometown of Cleveland where she now uses her knowledge of the area, including her hunting and fishing experience, to sell real estate.
“I have lived many places, and there is no place that compares to Cleveland,” Bell said in an interview with The Delta Business Journal.
“The small, hometown feel, and the comradery of the Delta is nowhere else to be found. The land speaks for itself as you look at the mighty Mississippi River in all its glory and the vast amount of rich farmland as far as the eye can see. Cleveland has the best small shops and eateries to be found. Some of my favorite hobbies are a stones’ throw away. I love to fish and hunt. There are numerous lakes and hunting land surrounding Cleveland. I love anything outdoors,” she said.
Cleveland, Mississippi is a town with a population of roughly 12,334 that sits along the legendary Highway 61. The median home listing price is $165.5k with a range of properties offered like this 4 bed, 4 bath behemoth listed at $498k all the way down to this quaint 650-sq.-ft. apartment listed for $127.5k.
However, where Bell differs from many other real estate agents is her ability to take on and sell both farm and hunting properties. A hunter herself, Bell understands what makes certain parts of the Delta desirable for recreation-minded buyers. It’s an expertise that makes Bell a dynamic and trusted agent in the region, and it proves that no sector of real estate is off-limits for any individual willing to work at it.
Women and Real Estate
In the United States, ~67.0% of all residential real estate agents are women. However, it wasn’t always that way. 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. Empirical notions suggest that the same is likely true for real estate professionals dealing with farmland and hunting property. Luckily we have agents like Bell who haven’t seemed to be bothered by tired, gendered limitations and continue pushing onward to success.