A number of Cambodian women actively contribute to the development of Cambodia’s real estate industry. While in the past the majority of women worked from home, many women now work as CEOs, managers and salespersons for real estate companies.
These women’s roles in developing Cambodia’s real estate sector is very significant and should never be underestimated.
Realestate.com.kh caught up recently with few of these trailblazers. Khmer Content Writer and Editor Ky Kosal spoke to Tang Hour, the President of Amatak Property Service Co Ltd, and Linna Nov, Assistant at NC Max World, about their experiences, roles and the prospects for women in the industry. The following are excerpts from their interviews. They have been slightly edited for content and clarity.
REAKH: Please tell us about your background.
Tang Hour: I am not a highly educated woman and my family only expected me to look after the household. But that was not comfortable with me. Then I studied English and started working at Le Royal Phnom Penh, and then later for Sunway Hotel as a Spa Manager. Later, I decided to have my own business. I operated a beauty spa for seven years. In 2014, I began working as a freelancer for a local real estate agency. I saw the great potential. So in 2015, I started my own company, Amatak Property Service.
Linna Nov: I was still completing my university studies in Finance when I began my career in real estate. I have been selling and listing properties in Cambodia for the last four years and had my fair share of transactions. In my culture, women are kept in the house before and after marriage and never have any chance to gain financial independence like I have. Life is good since I started to work at NC Max World. The company has taught me all that I need to know about the industry.
REAKH: What has been your greatest achievements and your greatest challenges?
Tang Hour: My interest in real estate started in 1997. I started buying several cheap flats in Phnom Penh, renovated them and then sold them at a higher price. Founding and owning a real estate company is my greatest achievement. Clients trust me and we have many new and return clients. However, I am busy most of the time. Sometimes, I don’t have time for my family. This job requires working “under the sun” and is the reason why many women don’t like it.
Linna Nov: I started to work at NC Max World while I was still in school. I decided to work for the company because I wanted to come out of the shell of women’s submissive culture in this country and to achieve financial independence. The business has raised my self-confidence and taught me professionalism in representing both seller and buyer. I have listed and closed over $8 million in sales on my own listings and buyers. This year I have already closed two large real estate transactions. I am now able to support my entire family and provide them with a good stable life.
REAKH: What is your advice to other women interested in having a career in real estate?
Tang Hour: I think a career in real estate is not only for men, but also for women. It depends on whether they love their work or not. The present and future prospects for the real estate industry are good. This generation of women has freedom to pursue to their own careers. If you have a passion for real estate, go for it.
Linna Nov: The real estate business is very attractive to women who do not mind working hard and can be ready 24/7. Many women do not have the freedom here and it is hard to have careers. However, for agents, the real estate business is no easy task. But you just have to believe in yourself. The company has given me an opportunity and has believed in me and that is the main reason why I can do what I do.
I would like to encourage more young women to believe in themselves and come out of their shells so that they can excel in their careers. You just have to work hard, be honest and maintain high ethical and moral standards .
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