When age is an asset: How this realtor turned her youth into a viable niche

When Smitha Ramchandani was 24 years old, she was a newly married immigrant from Bombay who wasn’t sure where to look for a job.

Did she want to run a salon, as her family did in India? Not really. Did she want a 9-to-5 position? Not her style.

Ramchandani settled on real estate, after driving by a few offices and seeing expensive cars parked outside, and got her license.

But there was a problem: her age.

The brokers at the New Jersey-based Weichert Realtors, where she was hired, were more… …read more