Real Estate Agent with www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209



As we approach the fourth quarter each year, it always seems that there are loose ends that we never want to carry forth into the new year. We plan and we plan some more…we do anything to keep from carrying over to the new year! Everyone wants to a ‘fresh’ start, right?


Chicken Little SyndromeThis year, we have heard the term ‘recession’ more than we have since 2012. I call it Chicken Little Syndrome but, it’s out there and the consumer is hearing it - and they are asking questions. Our clients are asking almost on a daily basis.

What are you saying to your clients when they ask, “Are we in a recession now or do you expect we’re approaching one?


What are you saying to those you run into in the grocery store who ask, “Should I go ahead and fire-sell my house before the recession?” (Yes, I’ve gotten that question!)  If you were selling real estate during the recession, you know the questions you were asked and I’m sure you remember how you responded then. How will you respond now with the ‘threat’ of one (whether it’s real or imagined)?


I thought it would be good to challenge ourselves to share our plans for our own markets. Answer one or all of these questions in a post:

plan, plan, plan

  1. What will you do differently in the upcoming year that you haven’t had to do in the last 5 years? 
  2. How will you be educating your clients, you’re consumer with regard to new market challenges? 
  3. What will you add or change in your business plan for 2020 that, hopefully, you’re working on now?


And, if you’re one who is committed to never having a plan and always flying by the seat of your pants, ask yourself the questions - because you will get them too! Whether it be in a phone call from your client or at a volunteer event or at the grocery store, if you haven’t already, you will get these questions. After all, you are the real estate expert in your neighborhood! Describe how you thing your 2020 will be different from your 2019 or what do you think you’ll need to do differently in 2020?



Fall Challenge Rules ☔️ 


1. Write 1 post answering our Fall Challenge planning idea with at least 300 words and 1 graphic/photo/video


2. Post a link to your post HERE on this original contest post.


3. All participants will receive 1,000 points if all ‘rules’ are followed 

4. ActiveRain’s 2019 Fall challenge begins September 3 and ends September 30 at midnight, Pacific Standard Time


Comments (74)

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks for hosting the contest Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Here's mine :  So many questions

Sep 16, 2019 08:03 PM
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

Hello fellow CRS. I will take that challenge as well. 

Fall Challenge includes questions I am getting asked. 

Thank you,


Sep 16, 2019 10:57 PM
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

Debe Maxwell, CRS Here is my blog. It was fun! 

Preparing for end of 2019 to 2020 Fall Challenge

lauren selinsky real estate broker

Lauren Selinsky

Sep 17, 2019 12:26 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS,

Here is my entry into the challenge. I have been swamped so I am glad I was able to complete it. 

It Is All About The Tone...

Sep 17, 2019 10:52 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

How do I answer the fearful questions about the market? With data as well as with anecdotes. Read the data for San Mateo County, CA, one of my market areas and what I tell concerned buyers and sellers.

Sep 18, 2019 08:15 PM
Dusty Rhoton SRS, MRES, ABR, SRES, GRI
RE/MAX Fine Properties - Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff Real Estate

😜 Here's my entry:

Now What?

Sep 19, 2019 11:49 AM
Sandy Nelson
Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. - Olympia, WA
your Olympia area Realtor

Debe, Thank you for the challenge. Here is my submission:


Sep 19, 2019 01:49 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

How is the Real Estate Market in Denver? 


Here is my entry, and was easy to dispel the notion that we are entering into a recession.

Sep 21, 2019 06:11 AM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Thanks for the challenge Debe Maxwell, CRS

Here is my entry Real Estate Planning...Recesssion Coming or Not? Jeff 

Sep 22, 2019 12:27 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC Mountains Lakes Homes
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Posted mine, realized I didn't have the word count and made the necessary changes. Here it is... https://activerain.com/droplet/5kQ8

Sep 26, 2019 06:43 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Here is our answer to your challenge.  Thank you for hosting.  Have a great weekend. A

Sep 27, 2019 12:52 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I posted it and then forgot to link to your challenge post. Oops.

Here it is...Let's Not Wag the Dog  Hope you're having a great Saturday. Thanks for all your work in AR. 

Sep 28, 2019 03:02 PM
MaryKay Shumway
The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948) - Sister Bay, WI
Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert

Fall Challenge:  How will Door County Real Estate Change from 2019 to 2020?


Sep 29, 2019 11:22 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS -  Here is my entry for the September contest.


Sep 29, 2019 07:46 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Catching up on the posts and promise to get to all of the posts very soon! It's been a whirlwind month to say the LEAST!

Happy Monday Everyone!

Sep 29, 2019 11:41 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Debe Maxwell, CRS thank you for the challenge. Here is my entry: Going Remote.

Sep 30, 2019 04:53 AM
Sondra Meyer:
Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Debe Maxwell, CRS thanks for this challenge.   It made me realize that I need to be actually blogging about my area's market activity  more.   Here is my post in response  to the challenge. 


Sep 30, 2019 05:55 PM
Janice Zaltman
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL
South Florida Residential Real Estate

 Thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS  Here goes.......

Humpty Dumpty And The Fall Challenge


Sep 30, 2019 07:24 PM
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Here's mine...

It's time for a change...Thoughts on my 2020 business plan

Thanks for a fun challenge...forced me to think ahead for once!



Sep 30, 2019 10:45 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Here you go! "Is it a Recession or a Squirrel?"


Sep 30, 2019 10:59 PM