Women on the hunt for industrial property deals Women a rising force in the world of industrial real estate "FORGET diamonds, factories are a girl’s new best friend. A new generation of women is smashing gender barriers by reaping huge profits from what was once considered a purely male domain: industrial properties. Commercial property expert Lillie Cawthorn said women were a rising force in the world of industrial real estate, and it has become increasingly enticing, being more affordable than houses. They also get better rents and usually serve up returns of “7 to 10 per cent”, she said, while residential real estate “returns 2 to 5 per cent”." Interesting to see commercial property getting some publicity on a mainstream news site.