William Huston, AIF®, AIFA®

Remarkable Women At The Forefront of Luxury Real Estate

William Huston, AIF®, AIFA®

William Huston, AIF®, AIFA®

Remarkable Women At The Forefront of Luxury Real Estate

In the 19th century, real estate was a heavily male-dominated industry, but things have taken quite a turn over the years. Recent data shows that there has been a rise in the number of women doing remarkable work and closing huge sales in this industry. The use of social media and different mobile apps has also helped more women professionals in this industry to put themselves out there.

In 2020 and 2021, there was a huge increase in the uptake of luxury real estate services in the US. Even today, the demand for luxury houses in the United States is high, particularly in major metropolitan areas and affluent neighborhoods. The high demand caused the prices to shoot upwards. The shift to investing in luxury real estate was driven by some people's need to have their homes as safe spaces, especially when the pandemic hit.

Here are some of the women who are at the forefront of luxury real estate.

Key Points
  • In the 19th century, the real estate was a heavily male-dominated industry, but today a report by NAR indicates that women make up 67% of NAR's membership
  • The increased demand for luxury real estate was driven by people's need for more privacy and the increased number of wealthy people who have more disposable income to invest in luxury properties.
  • Some of the most successful women in luxury real estate include Ila Corcoran, Bronwyn Leigh Jones, Cindy Ambuehl, Mary Fitzgerald, Rochelle Maize and Sharelle Rosado

The contents of this article are for educational purposes only. They are not intended to be a source of professional financial advice. You will find experts on financial planning, financial management, and real estate here. More on disclaimers here.

Ila Corcoran

Ila Corcoran

Ila is a certified and experienced Realtor who became a part of the real estate industry after her family experienced foreclosure. She became a real estate professional out of the need to secure quality housing and develop career capital that would propel her into the opportunities systematically unavailable to her community and other women.

She started out as a property manager among a team of 4 others managing more than 300 units across southern California. Simultaneously she obtained her Real Estate License, a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from California State University Long Beach, and a minor in both Business and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Ila found her passion within the residential industry, as being a professional in this industry helped her to create security through housing and homeownership for her clients. For 2 years, Ila worked closely with homeowners and real estate professionals helping them maximize their investments and avoid the threats of discount buyers and or foreclosure.

During her free time, she enjoys serving apartment communities across Los Angeles, and in the non-profit housing space dedicated to solving housing insecurity.

In 2023 Ila has re-opened her schedule to new clients who are interested in working on their real estate needs and or financial goals. She is of the belief system that financial and housing security is a right that all people deserve. To get in touch with Ila, contact her here.

Bronwyn Leigh Jones

Bronwyn Jones

Bronwyn Leigh Jones is a Realtor at the Oppenheim Group, as well as the founder and CEO of Coral Sustainable Services, LLC. The company facilitates introductions to customers and sources capital, grants, equity and debt capital in the US, Australia, Asia, India and Europe. What drives her as a luxury real estate advisor is the need to help her clients find the luxury homes of their dreams and in their desired location.

She started her journey in real estate in 2014 when she became a key advisor to the International WELL Building Institute. Aside from serving in global advisory capacities, she has also bought and sold properties in the Caribbean.

Over the years, she has gained the loyalty and trust of her high-end clients as she continues to serve them and their portfolios by representing them and their luxury real estate ventures. She credits herself on her reputation of confidentiality when working with her clients, some of whom are public figures in the entertainment industry and professional athletes. This has allowed her to build a close network of strong lifelong relationships as she continues to serve and evolve in her career.

With the loyalty that she's gained from her network, she's able to thrive as a luxury real estate advisor.

Cindy Ambuehl

Cindy Ambuehl

Cindy Ambuehl is a long-time resident of Los Angeles and is one of the most sought-after professionals within the luxury real estate industry.

She started off as a prominent actress and model and then transitioned into real estate. She leverages her impressive negotiation skills, great work ethic and natural ability to connect with people to her advantage. These skills have enabled her to to buy and sell some of the most luxurious properties for her clients that the greater Los Angeles area has to offer. Her exceptional knowledge of the luxury communities in the Los Angeles area has greatly helped in accelerating her career.

Early on in Cindy's career, she managed to rank among the top 1% of real estate professionals nationwide despite the real estate industry being at one of the lowest points in recent memory.

Mary Fitzgerald

Mary Fitzgerald

Starting out as a Ball State University graduate, Mary lived in New York and London for a number of years where she was able to gain experience in the real estate industry. During this time, she worked for the Candy Brothers at their London headquarters and was involved in significant projects such as 1 Hyde Park. Currently, she serves as the Vice President of The Oppenheim Group.

At the beginning of her career in the South Bay in 2008, she specialized in the elite homes of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, as well as the luxury beach homes in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach.

As a permanent resident of Los Angeles, Mary works closely with Jason Oppenheim who is the President of the firm. She deals with the firm’s real estate transactions, property management and business development. She acts as a representative for both buyers and sellers in LA who are looking for or working in the luxury real estate market.

What sets her apart as a real estate agent in the luxury real estate industry is her impeccable work ethic, integrity and honesty.

As a luxury real estate agent based in Los Angeles, Mary represents buyers and sellers of residential properties, and she specializes in the following areas: Hollywood Hills/Sunset Plaza, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and surrounding areas.

The Oppenheim Group is the leading real estate team in West Hollywood and the Sunset Strip, with more than $250 million in sales since 2015, and has recently expanded to practice real estate in New York.

Rochelle Maize

Rochelle Maize

Rochelle Maize is the Executive Director of the Luxury Estates Division at Nourmand & Associates. With over $2 billion in sales in her career, she remains to be highly esteemed among her colleagues, celebrity friends and the general community that she serves.

She is well known for her vast knowledge of the luxury marketplace and her ability to navigate and negotiate even the most complex transactions. She is also gifted with the ability to put clients at ease. She is devoted to providing her client roster with the best services and her brilliant track record has earned her recognition as one of The Wall Street Journal’s Real Trends Top Brokers, The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 Real Estate Agents, Variety’s Real Estate Elite, LABJ’s Real Estate Elite and a spot on the Forbes Real Estate Council.

The clientele that she serves ranges from renowned artists, to foreign investors and even award-winning actors. She has provided real estate expert commentary for a number of prominent national news outlets such as the LA Times, Wall Street Journal Mansion, Forbes, Business Insider among many others.

Sharelle Rosado

Sharelle Rosado

Sharelle Rosado is the CEO and founder of Allure Realty, a top-level, luxury real estate brokerage that serves clients in the Tampa Bay Area. The firm was founded in 2019 and it also serves as a broker and consultant to other real estate professionals. She equips them on how to leverage technology to improve their overall business operations.

As a former Paratrooper in the United States Army, her background as a senior leader in the US Army has equipped her with excellent leadership skills and professionalism. Mastering these skills shaped her to become the bold businesswoman that she is, in addition to being an entrepreneur who also has a mission of mentoring and empowering women in minority communities.

At Allure, Rosado and her well-trained professional team specialize in brokering high-value real estate transactions for their high-profile clients who include sportsmen and women as well as entertainers.

The success of the firm has led to its expansion into new markets, specifically in Miami and soon Charlotte. As a way to honor her military background, Rosado also specializes in military relocations and settling fellow veterans into comfortable new environments that suit their needs.

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William Huston founded Bay Street after 13 years of supporting the United States' largest retirement plan ($650B) Thrift Savings Plan. He is supported by Ekenna Anya-Gafu CFP, AAMS in Scottsdale Arizona, who is recognized among the Best Financial Advisors for his responsiveness, friendliness, helpfulness and attention to detail.

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