Put Peggy Murdock Ferris, Molly Peter, Judi Levin and Meredith Margolis in a tastefully decorated broadcasting studio together, let them loose on an industry topic of their choosing, and the result is like the real estate version of "The View." Known as the FPL&M team, the agents are vocal, opinionated and excited to have a seat at the Washington, D.C. table of Compass -- the fast-growing tech-led real estate company they moved to from Long & Foster late last year. When an all-women team was unusual Ferris said three out of four of the partners have been together for 20 years -- Levin, Peter and herself teamed up at Weichert. "When we first went out together in 1996, a lot of people said: 'Oh, three women -- they'll never make it,'" said the sixth-generation Washingtonian. But evidently, they have. They were joined by another partner, Margolis, seven years ago, and an associate, Rochelle Ruffin, three years ago. In the last three years, they have done $187 mill...
- There is not enough diversity - gender or ethnicity - in the upper management of real estate firms.
- At Compass, agents are treated like clients and can buy a suite of services for their business.
- High producing agents need more support and training - so they can double their output.