Kristy Caskey is the co-owner of The Property Bureau., offering buyer and vendor advocacy and property management throughout Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula. Kristy is a frequent attendee at our WIP Network events, and has been in the industry for almost 20 years. We asked her a few questions about how she got where she is, and what she thinks the future is like for women in property.
Did you always want to work in the property industry? I initially studied PR and fell into a real estate role after my Mum sent me a newspaper clipping for a real estate reception job. It was to be my ‘filler job’!
Who has been a mentor to you in your career, and how has that effected where you are today? My mentor is Mike Williams who consults for The Property Bureau. I met Mike at my first real estate job and have worked with him at two companies totalling just under 20 years. Mike opened the door to me becoming a Buyers Advocate. He is very supportive and pushes me out of my comfort zone.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the property industry? Don’t run before you can walk. It’s important to learn the basic skills well before trying to climb the ladder as those basic skills will be incredibly important down the track.
What do you do to maintain physical and/or mental health? I do yoga, play tennis and spend time with my two kids and husband in Mt Martha where we live.
What positive changes have you seen in the industry over the years? Technology is definitely the most positive change. Imagine selling, buying or renting a property without mobile phones or the internet! When I first started the company, I was working with was grappling with the idea of putting listings on the internet and my weekly struggle was getting Age advertising submitted.
What do you think are the critical things holding women back in the industry? Real Estate has come a long way in terms of gender equality, but it is still behind the times. Being able to work part time in real estate is a big plus if you are wanting to start a family, but this can be seen as a negative to more old-fashioned employers.
How did you get to where you are today? Have you had a diversified career path? I started in property when I was 19 and found that I had a passion and talent for it so there was never any thought of changing industries. Why leave something that is so rewarding and ever changing, no two days are the same and I’m not stuck behind a desk!
Who has influenced you in your career? My good friends Danielle Cargill and Megan Mander. They are both very successful residential and commercial agents and watching their dedication has pushed me to never give up and to open my own business.
What do the WIP Network events mean to you? It’s a great way to interact with other property ladies and hear what challenges they are facing. It’s also nice to have some great food, wine and a break!
Where do you see women in the property industry in the future? I can see women in property becoming more dominant in all aspects of residential and commercial. Women these days are becoming the decision makers for large financial decisions and relying less on men. This change will bring more female to female deal making.