Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It applies to life.

Apr 24, 2019 08:16 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It's a great quote (although I'm not a Darwin fan) Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! I believe it is applicable to Real Estate BUT it is not the end-all to survival in the business.

Apr 24, 2019 07:38 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I've never had an issue with change... it's a fact of life and we all need to know how to adapt to it. Being able to adapt, I believe, actually does make one stronger and more adept. As for intelligence... I've always believed one needs some modicum of intelligence in order to recognize and adapt to change.

Apr 24, 2019 07:57 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Adaptability means survival in the evolution process.  If species do not adapt to their environment they will die - become extinct.

Apr 24, 2019 07:51 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

A men. It applies to life in general. 

Apr 24, 2019 05:06 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have no idea why you are asking this question. Change is the only constant, some adapt and some do not, and that is also a constant.  The planet is evolving also.  Neither one of us has a problem with change, it is what it is. A

Apr 24, 2019 07:42 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Darwin's such an extremist, I would replace survive with excel & then I would agree to some degree. 

Apr 24, 2019 08:40 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

It's a good quote and I do think applies to real estate as a constantly evolving industry.  However, in the context from which your question came, I think the reason most new agents fail is because they didn't have an understanding of how expensive, complex and demanding the business is.  They weren't properly trained or mentored and were left to wallow in their own cluelessness. Most businesses take about 3 years to become profitable. Real Estate isn't really any different. Most new agents aren't adequately capitalized to work through the building period.

Apr 24, 2019 08:11 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Adaptability is important in most areas of life.

Apr 24, 2019 08:07 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Learning EVERY day,  feed that curiosity with challenge and fail; but get right back up and fix the computer glitch, read about trends, ask my children about what the future brings, and eat it all up

Apr 24, 2019 04:11 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Change is a daily thing. I think in our business, trying to sift out the good, bad & worthless is sometimes hard to do. Just because it's 'new' does not mean that it will add value to our jobs or lives. 

Change is inevitable so you better get used to it.

Apr 24, 2019 03:46 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The only constant is change. Be ready if not ahead of the crowd. Embrace change, don't discourage it!

Apr 24, 2019 12:26 PM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Absolutely.  Look at how real estate has evolved even from 10 years ago.

Apr 24, 2019 11:43 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Who moved my cheese?!?!!!!


I do like the quote.  Those that are the strongest/most intelligent may be too heavily invested in a particular way to change when change is needed.


Take Barnes and Noble for instance, they were the name in book stores... until Amazon came around.  They couldn't adapt in time and are now all but gone.  Blockbuster is another example.  Netflix changed the rules of the game with mailorder movies, then with streaming.  Blockbuster couldn't adapt quick enough to streaming and they're no longer with us.


For real estate, I think it's the ability of companies to jump on the next wining technology or business strategy and execute properly.  I think smaller companies are more adapt at this versus a company like Compass which is more concerned about producing $1,000 for sale signs and looking like the "most intelligent" company on the block, or Keller Williams which will win the "strongest" company on the block because of the hundreds of agents per office (at least out here).

Apr 24, 2019 11:03 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Stop all-excuse making and prosperity will rush into your arms

Apr 24, 2019 10:35 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Real estate professionals are challenged with daily changes.

Apr 24, 2019 09:05 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

listing agents are marketing agents, and we all know how marketing methods and materials change and improve consistently.... once you think you have the latest and greatest, it's obsolete...

Apr 24, 2019 08:24 AM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

I don't agree with the quote but I do think one must keep in touch with the environment to survive - not too much need for buggy whips these days or VHS tapes. However, to me, "intelligence" would include knowing when it's time to make a change and being smart enough and aware enough to adjust when the situation indicates change is needed to facilitate survival.

Apr 24, 2019 08:20 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I have lasted through twenty years of change. I think I can handle it.

Apr 25, 2019 08:08 PM
Steven Nickens
Wailea Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

I just roll with the times, read the signs and always cover my rear.

Apr 25, 2019 06:48 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Our business model is a chameleon

Apr 25, 2019 06:43 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Adopt or die.

Apr 24, 2019 10:39 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes "In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists." Eric Hoffer

Apr 24, 2019 08:08 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It helps to have all three going for you.

Apr 24, 2019 06:49 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Yellow pages and bus benches just won't get the job done like it did so many years ago.

So, the next generation went to the Internet...and the fields were plump with produce.

Now, in the embrace of Punctuated Equilibrium, one must mark their path on collaboration, in-bound, surrogates or old school G&G. Of greater difficulty to assess is how the existing technology and access to information has changed the expectation of the citizen we hope hires a real estate agent.  They are TELLING us what they want. The oligarchs of the industry are the obstacles. Darwin may suggest protecting the sandbox, refusing to relinquish power, instead of empowering sacrificial change is an exercise in futility.

Of these, which does not spell ADAPT?

Apr 24, 2019 07:38 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Wanda,  I see agents that are still doing things that work in 2006 and people change and we must all change with the times.


Apr 30, 2019 01:21 PM