Starting anew...A much needed do-over.

Real Estate Agent with PK Real Estate Utah South UT DRE# 6541633-SA00

Starting anew...A much needed do-over.


The year of 2007 was met by an arrogant boss who was in denial, refusing to acknowledge the ever-changing market. It was evident that south was the direction it was going and soon, many who worked in the real estate industry would experience life-changing conditions.


Hailed in brisk times, he blamed me for the lack of traffic coming through the doors of the model homes. I began taking real estate classes and soon passed the test. He found out and let me go. The human resource woman apologized to me based on the circumstances.


Utah is an “employment-at-will” state. An employer can let you go for any reason as long as it doesn't infringe on human rights.


Starting over at 45 years of age in a down market was, at first, daunting until he told me I would not be successful in real estate. That was the fuel needed to look forward toward success, leaving the past and negativity behind where it belonged. Wanda Can became my motto!


I was lucky enough to meet up with an agent with more than 20 years of industry experience. We teamed up. I did all the advertising and marketing and he was the salesman extraordinaire. His style and ease of speak left me impressed more than once. He was also a patient teacher.


Almost 10 years later and I am still loving the real estate process. I had the best year ever, was named Agent of The Year by my brokerage and plan to supersede this year's sales goals in 2017. Glad to have been ousted by the former employer to begin a career determining my own success.


I'm still standing, better than I ever was...






Have questions about homes in southern Utah for sale? Please contact me at 435.632.9374 or Glad to help with your residential real estate needs because Wanda Can!

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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


You can when you believe you can  . . . . You believed in yourself . . . . and you believed you could . . . . and you did it.

Good luck and success.

Dec 29, 2016 11:16 AM #23
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Congratulations on the gold star feature for your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 29, 2016 11:18 AM #24
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Excuse my wording, but sometimes having a "jerk" like this show up in our lives ends up being a blessing (although in disguise), Wanda Kubat-Nerdin ... so very glad that challenge ended-up being the inspiration and motivation you needed. I'm sure your clients are very happy too ...


Dec 29, 2016 11:29 AM #25
Kathryn Acciari
Cameron Real Estate Group - Shrewsbury, MA
RSPS, SRS, REALTOR(R) Sturbridge-Shrewsbury MA

Congratulations, Wanda, on a stellar year and highly successful career! Here's to at least another decade of going strong.

Dec 29, 2016 04:41 PM #26
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - people who say it can't be done are constantly being interrupted by those doing it.  You got the greatest motivation from that horrible boss.  Congratulations on your success.

Dec 29, 2016 05:56 PM #27
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

New construction homes are often the first to experience the crunch during a downturn. Of course you were the scapegoat for the lack of sales. So happy it all turned out for the best for you!

Dec 29, 2016 06:16 PM #28
Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Great story, Wanda. You took a bad situation and let the anger fuel you to success. Nice job!

Dec 29, 2016 06:31 PM #29
Diana Dahlberg
1 MONTH REALTY - Kenosha, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

An inspirational story that shows we can overcome!  You did not let the negativity of another dig you deeper, but instead you rose above and today you have a success story no one can take from you!  Enjoyed your story.  Happy New Year and to your Success in 2017!

Dec 29, 2016 07:08 PM #30
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Congratulations on your success. Great testimony.

Dec 29, 2016 07:57 PM #31
Lisa Hernandez
Opes Real Estate Group - Kendall, FL
Realtor serving Kendall, South Miami & Pinecrest

Excellent story! Been there myself and now at 49 venturing into real estate after much personal and professional turmoil. I am actually composing a post about this as well. Keep it up and thanks for the inspiration.

Dec 29, 2016 08:10 PM #32
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sometimes you just need to reboot and be fresh and unclutter yourself and redesign a few things.

Dec 29, 2016 11:02 PM #33
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

It goes to show once again - often what appears to be bad news turns out to be really good news. And.... sometimes hearing "You can't" is the best inspiration of all.

Did you ever go back and show that old boss how wrong he was?

Dec 29, 2016 11:20 PM #34
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Well done. When one door closes (or slams shut) another opens if you walk through.  You did so and kept going!

Dec 30, 2016 03:23 AM #35
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Wanda Can! I love it - and this story. I'm happy for you that years ago you worked for someone who did not appreciate you. It pushed you into a direction you were meant to go.

Dec 30, 2016 04:05 AM #36
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

In the world of "do-over", the common denominator is the doer. Without that, it all fails...Putting legs on anything guarantees movement. Best to you dear lady

Dec 30, 2016 08:43 AM #37
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Congratulations on your featured article. We are looking forward to the next one.

Dec 30, 2016 11:30 AM #38
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin don't sell yourself short!!  You mentioned above that "Up was the only direction I could go at that point" and that is not 100% true.  Every day we see people who accept failure and allow themselves to be that doormat you spoke of.  Not you!!  You were like an arrow being drawn back to allow yourself to be shot forward to success.  I'm so happy to "know" you!

Dec 30, 2016 12:24 PM #39
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin love that success sign in your 'palm'! 

Wishing your 2017 even better than the best year you had!

Dec 30, 2016 03:33 PM #40
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Good article and I'm happy to hear things turned around for you!

Dec 31, 2016 07:00 AM #41
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Excellent post Wanda!  Love your style :) Kudos to you on your successes. 

Jan 03, 2017 06:45 PM #42
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