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Just one-quarter of our members are women, NAEA reveals

Friday 9th March 2012
Written by Rosalind Renshaw

Just one-quarter of NAEA members are women, the organisation has revealed.

Taking its own database of members, the NAEA says that nationally, 25.5% of its members are women, but that in London the proportion drops to 18%.

The place with the highest percentage of female estate agents is Cardiff, with 63%.

Figures showing the gender breakdown for ARLA membership have not been released.

But to what extent the figures are a reflection of NAEA membership, or represent the industry at large, is not known in the absence of further data.

However, the president of the NAEA, Wendy Evans-Scott, said: “These figures are disappointing, but unsurprising. Anyone who works in the property industry will testify that the gender balance has only recently started to change.
 
“Women obviously make up a big part of our customer base and most likely women are the ultimate decision-makers when it comes to purchasing a home.

“There is a lot to be said for having a balanced agency in terms of male and female agents, and many organisations are waking up to this fact. Others still have a long way to go.
 
“On the plus side, the board representing the NAEA is 38% female – a figure that is well above the Government’s 25% goal for other UK businesses.
 
“Estate agency is a fantastic career for both men and women, requiring a range of specific skills from communication to negotiation. There is so much variety in this job and you are meeting different people each day.”
 
Evans-Scott, who runs a branch of Hamptons International in Epsom, Surrey, added: “It makes sense to meet the needs of our customers and have both male and female agents in a branch. This brings a balance of skills and personalities to the table and can offer different empathies within our diversity of clients.”

(25) Comments

Added by @errrr on 2012-03-13 11:23:24

Sorry Jonnie but it is as disturbing as that, there are a bunch of young malcontents who post on here who have openly posted that they will happily take full advantage of distressed sales and effectively are doing all in their power to create maximum disturbance in the market.
The thing about an analogy it has to be understood by the target audience, Rant has demonstrated that I got it about right.
Added by rantnrave on 2012-03-13 10:15:01

"Gleefully waiting for the victim to croak..."

I don't consider paying rising rents in a poor economic outlook, whilst losing serious amounts of interest on your deposit, to be a gleeful experience.

Anyway, necrophilia is reported to be overrated. Apparently it's dead boring...
Added by on 2012-03-13 09:31:46

Good lord

Don't misunderstand me I like a good ruck with the HPCers as much as the next man but necrophilia might be nudging it a bit far?

Jonnie
Added by @errrr on 2012-03-13 08:56:19

you have missed the opportunity to point out that in SBC's analogy , an HPCer could be likened to a necrophiliac with their trousers round their ankles, gleefully waiting for the victim to croak before taking advantage of the situation.
Added by Errr! on 2012-03-13 07:18:59

Deliberatly obtuse Joel! come on mate, you are the one HPCer who is smart enough not to use the "Thick Joker"

Mine isn't logic it is SWOTmaths, do the sums and work out which is cheaper, then SWOT it to see if cheaper is best.

Re the heart attack analogy, who would you rather deal with your heart attack an Audiologist, a Doctor of applied mathematics or an A and E nurse?

Added by Sibley's B'stard Child on 2012-03-12 15:09:02

Aye, I guess I can cede that point Jonnie.

Only as you're a good egg, mind.
Added by Jonnie on 2012-03-12 13:17:01

Sibs’

I agree mate but a seasoned blogger and HPC member like you must agree that economists never saw the credit crunch coming, it’s all very well them now having a default setting to gloom, 20 / 20 hindsight is a marvellous thing……………. in fact the credit rating agencies that are now telling everyone things about institutions and governments that we already know are suddenly being taken seriously even though they had previously rated all this debt as copper bottomed.

I think every economist that goes on telly should be able to prove that in January 2007 they called it right and predicted the credit crunch – if there is a job that needs to have a smart arse that can say ‘ I told you so’ its being an economist

Jonnie
Added by Sibley's B'stard Child on 2012-03-12 11:56:21

Errr, that's a majesterial use of logic there; I really must bear that in mind.

"Darling, now don't panic but i've been getting shooting pains down my left arm and having difficuly breathing"

"My god, it sounds like you're having a heart attack we need to call 999 now"

"Now, just wait a minute. Remember your mate Chantal. You know, the one that dropped out of school at 14 after falling pregant with Darryl? You know her, she bakes cakes for a living now while signing-on disibility allowance. Tell you what, let's give her a quick call; she's got years of life experience..."
Added by Tinky Winky on 2012-03-11 13:53:07

Bring Back BIG T to president the NAEA was great in those days........DBs earlier comments are so very true.
Added by Errr! on 2012-03-11 08:34:42

let me get this right Brit, when a Doctor of Economics says something you will listen to him? How come when an agent tells you the exact same thing but with a different view of the outcome , you won't think them correct.

Two years ago there was discussion with the early HPC invaders that the only chance of a bargain was Disteressed sales, that whole discussion- 2 years later was about........ Distressed sales, If Wendy Scott Evans knew her stuff she would have asked the bloke in the Rupert the bear jacket just how many people will be repossessed as a result of interest rate rises.

If base lending rates go to 5.9% it is still cheaper to "rent" from the mortgage company than rent from a BTL landlord.

If interest rates went up to 9% double what was shown in the program a smart, distressed mortgagor could hang on for 60 months rather than be repossessed and forego their original equity stake in the property.

Dr Rupert is a theorist and can only guess how owners will react to the adversity of interest rate rises.

Some of us have helped negative equity clients (and relatives) through this before in the 1988- 1994 crash when people were fixing mortgages at 11 and 12%. The want economy (beer , fags, takeaways , mobile phones) will be affected ahead of a house price crash and is the sole reason BOE are keeping lending rates nailed to the floor. Dr Rupert,who is obviously a career student, possibly ought to step out of the library and learn that Joe public will fight for his castle rather than just give it up the a crooked asset realisation industry.

What did I get out of the interview? “You can clap now” was smart enough to not to go up against a qualified economist so he let Wendy go instead. It shows too that the experience that has abandoned NFoPP in recent years is now becoming noticeable.

Instead of hanging off and quoting everyone who appears to back up your argument Brit come up with some reasons for a HPC of your own. So far I have been right for 2 years and you have been wrong. And so have all your expert witnesses.
I might not have a ream of qualifications but not a single person who has had my property advice in 26 years has ever complained or been able to say my advice was wrong. It is called listening to experience. Experience rather than qualification is what has driven evolution since life on earth began.
Added by Sexist Sid on 2012-03-10 13:20:02

Hey BRIT go steady she doesn't represent me

She is a bit of a MILF though and it's good to have pretty girls in the industry so we can forgive her for being a bit dimwitted in the interview
Added by Cassandra on 2012-03-10 13:13:23

The woman on that interview was awful.

A survey in the US said housing is important!! It's the US housing market that wiped out their economy and shipping their bad debts over here has wiped Europe out as well. An "Englishman's home is his castle". That would be a grotty little box on an estate would it?

Repossession are bad, interest rate rises are bad. Any thing that keep malinvestment going is good then?

She should consider this.... if house prices were cheaper more people could afford to buy one so the number of sales would be higher.
Added by Brit1234 on 2012-03-10 12:13:31

PbroAgent I agree, transactions will only recover when the housing market is allowed to bottom out. All these stimulus and first time buyer schemes just delay the agony years longer.
Added by PbroAgent on 2012-03-10 11:15:55

Having just seen the interview, you can understand her nervousness, I think I would have been the same (even worse if she'd got the Paxman!) but i'm struggling to understand why she thinks reposessions are a bad thing from an estate agent's point of view.

If a homeowner is in financial difficulty and is "clinging on by their finger tips" then they are hardly likely to want to sell and incur a load of fees and further financial hardship. What estate agents need is housing stock turnover and as sad as it is for the individuals concerned, reposessions help provide that.

Banks are hamstrung by bad debt, i.e. loans which they expect the borrower to default on. To return the banks to a "normal" state of affairs, these bad debts need to be worked out of the system (i.e. repossessions), or be allowed to show that they are in fact good debts and that the borrowers can keep up with repayments. The more "normal" the banking situation becomes the more banks should start to lend again further stimulating the housing market.

Further reposessions will help lower prices in an area - allowing more FTBs to buy, stimulating the market even further, generating more fees, taxes, and increased sales in other sectors as the new households go forth and furnish their new acquisitions.
Added by Brit1234 on 2012-03-10 11:01:52

That clip must be hard to watch for estate agents. Your representative appeared unprepared and even failed in simplistic ramping.

ANDREW LILICO
QUALIFICATIONS
St John’s College, Oxford
-BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics (1989-92)
University College, London
-MSc, Economics (1998)
-PhD, Economics (2003)
Birkbeck College, London
-MA, Philosophy (2007)


Wendy Evans-Scott

QUALIFICATIONS
Northbrook College
-Travel and Tourism NVQ Level 2

Now ANDREW LILICO thinks house prices are going to crash whilst Wendy Evans-Scott thinks the housing market was doing ok. On their qualifications which one do you belief is right?

One gives a detail reasoned answer the other fluffs her lines on castles and American surveys. lol
Added by HPC on 2012-03-09 23:22:45

Newsnight - how embarrassing!

What must the average IQ of an EA be if that is your "leader"?
Added by rantnrave on 2012-03-09 22:14:16

Here's a YouTube clip of the newsnight interview.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRw0l87Os3I

Wendy did trot out an awful lot ot housing market cliches. She just about managed to avoid saying "house prices only ever go up".

I was very impressed by the other interviewee, Dr. Andrew Lilico. Can't fault much of what he said there. Spot on.
Added by Rip Off Rightmove on 2012-03-09 11:58:17

Now that Ceefax 888 has finished, I need a Babel fish to understand Kirsty Wark.

Added by Suede shoes on 2012-03-09 11:09:45

Good job too if Wendy is anything to go by. Her newsnight display was too awkward to watch.
Added by Disillusioned Ex-Member on 2012-03-09 10:31:56

I'm with DB on this. The NAEA needs to take heed of it's members needs and not just keep putting up the membership fees each year.
In this economy we need inspired leadership, something that is lacking at present.
I have now resigned as I felt I was paying for a piece of paper that members of the public are indifferent to. Not once in a 5 year membership was I asked if I was a member of the NAEA leaving me to draw the conclusion that the public are not bothered about an agent being a professional.
Wake up Mr Bolton-King. More education of the man-in-the-street is required as a matter of urgency, otherwise I see membership levels falling in the future.
Added by Hants EA on 2012-03-09 10:23:10

It was a completely easy interview to handle. She was just asked for her opinion rather than to defend an awkward position. As Ray says, completely out of her depth and embarassing. You'd get more sense from a bloke down the pub.

I don't often feel shame but when sensible Newsnight viewers see the NAEA president is such a muppet, it reflcts badly.
Added by TREVOR KENT on 2012-03-09 09:56:59

I'm sorry but I didn't see Kirsty Walk getting irritated as poster 'Durham' suggests, but judge for yourself - item is about 12 mins in. Not an easy interview to handle.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01d5ws2/Newsnight_08_03_2012/

Have a good weekend both lady and gentleman colleagues, (rather than proportions of the two delightful sexes within NAEA, I would have liked to know the total membership number by the way!). Go England on Sunday. Big T
Added by Ray Evans on 2012-03-09 08:59:08

@Durham on 2012-03-09 08:20:12

Agreed. In my view a pleasant woman, but completely out of her depth. As the face of the NAEA a total disaster, which shows the lack of 'bite' the Associaton has shown over recent years and probably the reason it is not taken very seriously by '"the powers that be"..
Added by Durham on 2012-03-09 08:20:12

She (the NAEA president) was on Newsnight last night and she was dreadful talking about the latest interest rise by lenders. Kirsty Wark couldn't wait to get rid of her.

She hardly inspired confidence!!
Added by DB on 2012-03-09 07:20:30

The NAEA need to wake up, many very good Members like me an agent of 30 years have l resigned over the last few years. Bring back the good old local meetings, interview process, when members knew each other, im sorry but experience in the business and in property life, is worth more than a piece of paper. I would all day long employ a member of staff with gained work knowledge than someone with a bit of paper.....sorry for the rant but im passionate about this.

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