Commercial real estate is not for the faint of heart. Whether you’re selling an undeveloped parcel or a downtown skyscraper, these deals feature long timelines, millions of dollars, and many moving parts.

The barriers to entry for aspiring commercial sales agents can be daunting. Female agents and brokers report facing additional challenges in this predominantly male specialty. These challenges sometimes take the form of offensive comments and discrimination. Women in commercial real estate also often feel the pressure to prove themselves more capable than their male colleagues.

Texas REALTOR® magazine asked three commercial experts to share their experiences as women in commercial real estate. They credit education—formal classes, mentors, and skill development—as instrumental in building thriving careers.

Read the article in the January/February issue.