New Delhi, March 7 -- In the run-up to International Women's Day on 08 March, an oft-repeated question is - why are women underrepresented in the real estate industry? One reason - in a traditionally male-dominated industry, most men have been reluctant to take orders from women.

Yet, though this may have been true in the past, presently, an increasing number of women are slowly making their presence felt in realty.

Across all industries, it is clear that gender diversity benefits companies in multiple ways. For instance, banking and finance have benefitted immensely from having women at various levels, including in leadership positions. Similarly, real estate too is undergoing a gradual transformation as it becomes more professional and ...