As the world celebrates International Women's Day (IWD), it's essential to spotlight remarkable women making significant strides in various fields.

One such woman is Dixie Hartell, a local realtor deeply rooted in the community of Strathmore.

With nearly three decades of experience in the real estate industry, Hartell's journey is not only inspiring but also a testament to dedication and perseverance.

Hartell's journey into real estate was fueled by her innate curiosity and love for her hometown. "I had an interest in all the land and houses and stuff around the area," she shares.

"I've been doing it since 1996, so just about 28 years."

Her decision to become a realtor was driven by a genuine passion for her community and its properties.

One intriguing aspect of Hartell's career is the dominance of female realtors in Strathmore.

Despite the industry being traditionally male-dominated, Hartell notes the significant presence of women in the local real estate scene.

Her advice to aspiring female realtors reflects her own work ethic and determination.

"You get what you put into it. It can be very hard work, especially at the moment because there is no product."

Hartell's deep connection to Strathmore is evident in her roots and upbringing. Raised by parents who have been part of the community for generations, Hartell's ties to the area run deep.

"I still live out in the same area where I was born, and I live on the farm there," she reveals.

Her reminiscence of Strathmore's earlier days paints a picture of a tight-knit community where everyone knew each other. Witnessing Strathmore's transformation from a small town of 1200 people to a bustling community of over 10,000 residents has been a remarkable experience for Hartell.

She emphasizes the enduring spirit and warmth of the community. Despite the rapid expansion, Strathmore retains its charm and sense of belonging.

When asked about her female role model, Hartell fondly remembers her mother, who instilled invaluable life lessons and principles.

"My female role model was probably my mom, but she's been gone for a long time. There are a lot of great women in our community and they have taught me so much."

Dixie Hartell's story is not just about her success as a realtor but also about her deep-rooted connection to her community and her unwavering dedication to her craft.

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