The power of ownership is often talked about within our community. Therefore, some of our black southern belles; friends, moms, nieces, and cousins, took the initiative to better assist our community to become owners instead of renters. The way these ladies were to do so was with a background and calling for real estate. Real estate is about obtaining a property that can consist of land and building, however, most importantly real estate heightens the benefit of owning these items and demonstrates great ways for buyers to sell these items to grow their own portfolio. With this in mind we are honoring 5 Black Women in Real Estate From the Past to Present. .
5 Black Women in Real Estate
Bridget “Biddy” Mason
Mississippi was home to Biddy Mason because she was born enslaved. However, the west coast; Salt Lake City, Utah and California would later become home while still being enslaved. Like many other African Americans who were enslaved at the time, Biddy Mason wanted freedom and was willing to petition during court. Even though slavery was thought to be absolute in the North, Mason won her emancipation before many other enslaved African Americans in the South and became free. With her freedom in California, Grandma Mason worked as a midwife and nurse to save money to purchase land. Once Bridget “Biddy” Mason became a landowner she did like most real estate agents would do; provide ownership as an option at the table of many plates. Ms. Biddy always seem to use her monetary gains from nursing and purchasing land to provide food and shelter to those in need and be an active patroness in the west coast community.
Ernestine Johnson and Johnetta G. Paye
These two ladies are figures in the real estate industry who understand how black communities are affected by gentrification and they wanted to do something about it. Therefore, co-founder Ernestine Johnson and Johnetta G. Paye, vice president of business affairs, came together with other like minded individuals to create the Tulsa Real Estate Fund (TREF). The overall goal of this real estate fund is to help individuals in low-income neighborhoods and communities fight against being displaced from their community by making real estate investments as low as $500 dollars. These two ladies crowdfunded over $10 million dollars and has become a pillar real estate activists in the community.
Nancy E. Johnson
Located in the midlands of South Carolina, real estate agent Nancy Johnson is known for many firsts. She has been recognized for being the only African American in the history of Columbia, SC to reach the $4 million Club in a single year, personally owns 158 real estate properties, and sold one home per day for five straight days in 2018. Nancy Johnson is walking real estate history and is shaping the path for other Black Southern Belles to follow. She is also providing insight to identifying, buying, repairing, renting, managing, flipping and selling properties in her Making House Money Boot Camp and this is where she teaches how to use the money you currently earn to win big in real estate.
An up and coming, experienced, and educated real estate agent is serving to provide us with ownership. Based in the Upstate of South Carolina, Tanzania specializes in relocation and listing. Therefore, if you’re in the market to buy, rent, or sell she is willing to help you get the ball rolling. Obtain an accountability home buyer calendar, budgeting resource, and youtube information to learn ways you can become an owner of property and land.
Black women in real estate is nothing new nowadays, however, it continues to grow to new heights and more history is being made in the field from the ladies above and many others in the real estate business. Without the knowledge of those in real estate or family generations before, the real estate process could take all of us for a loop. However, there are now more women, specifically black women, entering this field and we should recognize them during this Women’s History Month.3