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October 19, 2016

Bisnow Honors Seattle Power Women: Part 4


Dees Stribling

Today we bring you the fourth installment in our series on Seattle Power Women, recognizing six more influential players in the industry. We're profiling each of these women and then honoring them the morning of Nov. 3 at a special awards reception.

Rachel Corp, Vice President, Kidder Mathews

Rachel Corp tells us she got into real estate by accident-she moved to Seattle in a down economy with an accounting/business management education, and was hired by a title company to work in their accounting department. The escrow manager took a liking to her and recruited her to be an escrow assistant. One of her duties was to answer the phones, and she fielded questions from real estate agents. Being young and perhaps a little arrogant, she says, she thought she could do the job better. After a couple of years in residential real estate in Bellevue-where she found it was a bit harder than she thought-a broker at Cushman & Wakefield recruited her to join the retail service line. Closing a 300-acre-plus land sale was a definite highlight of her career, and she still likes seeing the Cabela's store that ended up on part of it when she drives through that area. Another highlight involved the sale of a small commercial building in Puyallup, where her clients were a married couple and both faced severe medical diagnoses. She listed the property when the economy was still struggling, and the responsibility fell to the owners' daughter, who was juggling family, her own career, her parents' health issues and the listed property. There were also legal issues with the property's title. But Rachel was able to clear title and effect a sale. That sale, she says, underscored that it's not the size, but the effect on her client that's important-and she was glad her clients' daughter was able to get her life back under control after the sale. Her advice for women getting started in the industry is to find a strong mentor to work with and be willing to learn and acknowledge (at least to themselves) that you don't need to know everything to start. The absolute most important asset any of us have is our reputation, she says, and newcomers and old-timers alike need to always look to do the right thing, even if it costs you a commission or a listing.

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