Is It a Recession or a Squirrel?

Real Estate Agent with Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty DRE# 00901962 Lic.1985

People ask me all the time, "Will the Silicon Valley real estate market go up or down?" Like my late mother, super-agent Judy Carr, I answer with her same response, "Yes!"

That said, how many agents have been fielding the question, "Is the real estate market going to collapse?" Or "Are we headed for another housing crisis of 2008?"

Here are 3 things I'm doing differently in the fall of 2019 and in the upcoming year of 2020 to help educate current and future clients that I haven’t done in the last 5 years.

1) Making regular client calls or in person visits every working day. First, checking on how happy my clients are, and second, offering my help to them and the people they know who need real estate expertise.


2) Educating clients about market challenges, market updates, and unique opportunities through my blog posts and FaceBook pages.


3) Building a Five Star Referral Center for 2020 that is strictly word of mouth and built directly upon the personal experiences of my clients and team members with local businesses.


By initiating telephone and face-to-face conversations, blogging directly about questions such as “Are we in a recession now or do you expect we’re approaching one?”, and building a specialized and personally vetted referral resource, it helps clients to expereience how I and my team work differently from discount or "App Agents" and creates trust and a real relationship with me and my team.

I'll leave you with this thought.

Have you ever been driving along the freeway and suddenly come upon a slowdown and when you get to the spot, there's no sign of anything actually happening there? No accident, no police, not even skid marks. Whatever caused the problem (and it may have been a squirrel running across the road), it's not there now.

That's how I feel right now about the question, "Is it a recession or a squirrel?" 


 This is an entry for Debe Maxwell's Fall Challenge ☔️ 

Thanks for reading "Is it a recession or a squirrel?"


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Michelle C. Carr-Crowe and the Get Results Team . Real Estate Agent . Author . Coach . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985

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Michelle C. Carr-Crowe and the Get Results Team (established by the late legendary Silicon Valley super agent Judy Carr) are known as the "Lynbrook and Cupertino Schools Experts." Coaching clients to success is Michelle's passion, making her and her team creative catalysts for positive change in people's lives. She is a Silicon Valley-based multi-million dollar real estate consultant, author, coach and trainer who works by referral only.

Her designations have included: Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), Accredited Consultant of Real Estate (ACRE), Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS)Accredited Staging Professional (ASP)Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE),  Property Marketing Expert (PME), Real Estate CyberSpace Specialist (RECS), and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).

Michelle is an internationally-published freelance writer with over 1,200 traditional articles in print and online, co-author of two books on Silicon Valley-specific real estate as well as over 68,000 blog posts on Blogger, ActiveRain, Examiner, FaceBook, Realtor, Trulia, RealBird and others. She enjoys reading, traveling, animals, nature, family, dancing, staging, consulting, coaching and praying. Check out her blog at or visit her online at For RE$ult$ ... Just Call ... (408) 252-8900.



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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

Hi all, thank you for reading, and for the kind words, I'll be commenting back to each of you.

Oct 01, 2019 09:54 PM #13
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

Hi Michelle,
We each have to decide how to deal with the local "squirrels", don't we? Keeping people informed will go a long ways in letting people know what's actually happening locally instead of listening to some national talking heads that like to sensationalize everything.  

Oct 02, 2019 05:44 AM #14
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Great post Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900! !!  I have often  used the phrase SQUIRREL this past few years as well as with the R word being used incessantly. Snore.  Now back to our regularily schedule busy - doing our business as we best see fit and moving past those squirrels!

Oct 03, 2019 03:52 PM #15
Rosemarie Rivicci
Barbara Corregano Real Estate - Staten Island, NY
First time homebuyers, luxury homes, commercial!

It seems like we are getting asked this question almost every day lately.  This a great response and analogy!!

Oct 03, 2019 06:46 PM #16
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900! 
Love that answer, "Yes."   Have been sending articles to a Client who needs a larger condo but keeps reading about the squirrel (oh - no, that other word!).
Anyway - plan to send the link to this post to him! All the best - Lynn

Oct 03, 2019 08:12 PM #17
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Hi Michelle, Just wanted to stop back and say "Congratulations" on a well deserved feature post!

Oct 03, 2019 08:40 PM #18
Jessica Wallace
Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345

Very good post, and relevant!

Oct 03, 2019 08:41 PM #19
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Squirrels in the attic is another form of housing crisis.  I know, we been there and done that.  YES

Oct 03, 2019 10:55 PM #20
Robert Hicks
United Country River City Realty - Savannah, TN

Two Squirrels...

Oct 04, 2019 03:01 AM #21
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Michelle, I love the analogy! The news says we're heading for a recession. The Mortgage Bankers association says we're going to have the best year ever. 

Oct 04, 2019 04:15 AM #22
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

It's a squirrel. We see it all the time. Reaction creates chain reaction.

Oct 04, 2019 06:44 AM #23
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

I learned a long time ago ... the market is like a wave.  Up and down ... good and bad.  The trick is to prepare and learn to take advantage of the good times so you can survive the bad ...


Oct 04, 2019 08:22 AM #24
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Love this!  And I'm glad you are taking the time and the steps to educate your client base.

Oct 04, 2019 08:57 AM #25
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Can't imagine what it's like selling in SV--I've heard stories!  Let's home any downturn in the economy doesn't negatively affect home sales!

Oct 04, 2019 09:59 AM #26
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Wise advice, Michelle. I especially like your freeway’s so appropriate. I think keeping clients educated and informed is one of the best things we can do on an ongoing basis!

Have a great weekend!


Oct 04, 2019 11:32 AM #27
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Excellent post!  Facts trump fear.  And you are being proactive.  Great.  This last week seemed like the onset of a downturn in the stock market, which for many is a harbinger for the economy in general.  Two days down about 600 points.  And then recovery yesterday and today.  We are getting a bit sensitive over things that are not necessarily true or with a solid basis.  Thank you!

Oct 04, 2019 12:04 PM #28
Stephen Turner
Burkentine Realty Group (Burkentien Builders) - York, PA

thanks for sharing the perspective and analogy. I think its a story we can all relate to and maybe the best way to describe what we've experienced lately.


Oct 04, 2019 12:27 PM #29
Liane Thomas -Top Listing Agent
Professional Realty Services® International - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

I love the title and it grabbed me for sure! Congratulations on being featured, and good job with your entry. 

Oct 04, 2019 12:33 PM #30
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900! - You provide sound advice and you are a wise woman! I like the plan you created. I have been told that the number one reason why previous clients don't call their Agent is that they stopped communicating. When you speak the truth and calm their fears you have gained their trust. I highly recommend anyone in your area hearing rumors to contact you to hear the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

P.S. Your Title and blog post was terrific!

Oct 04, 2019 02:54 PM #31
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Excellent blog. The squirrels live on million dollar trees also.

Sam Shueh

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