CUPERTINO − For many people, following in the professional footsteps of a parent can be a daunting prospect that provokes fears of falling short of elevated expectations. Michelle Carr Crowe experienced similar feelings when she was first considering a career in real estate, but with a little encouragement and a lot of hard work, she found herself not merely standing in her mother’s shadow but carrying the torch. “After several years in real estate, my mom had made a name for herself as the local ‘super-agent,’” she recounts. “She wanted me to get my real estate license and join her firm, but I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to live up to her prominent reputation. When I expressed my concern to her, she told me, ‘Michelle, you care about doing things right and being honest, and that’s more important than any amount of skill or ability. It may take you some time to learn the ropes, but you already have what matters most: a caring heart.’”
Today, nearly 30 years after obtaining her real estate license, Michelle still takes pride in carrying on her mother’s professional legacy. “I’m continuing my family’s good work and helping local families make the right choices when it comes to buying and selling their homes,” she says. “I truly enjoy guiding my clients through the process toward positive, often life-changing outcomes.”
A lifetime resident of the Silicon Valley (where she lives with her husband, Steven), Michelle describes her locale as an ideal place to raise children. “I think life in the Silicon Valley prepares young people for what the world is really like,” she says. “In order to succeed in the world, children need to learn how to live alongside and collaborate with all kinds of people, which is why I think living in such a diverse area has been a valuable experience for both me and my kids.”
Outside of work, Michelle engages in a wide range of pastimes, from reading and going on nature walks to spending time with friends and family. “I’m an avid reader, and I take every chance I get to go to the library,” she says. “I also like to go on walks through the redwoods and hikes on local mountain trails.” In addition to personal hobbies, Michelle takes time to keep up with her two grown daughters, Marlene and Monique.
Michelle credits much of her professional success to her ability to keep the best interests of her clients at the forefront. “Sadly, there are a lot of people in this business who only care about getting deals through and not about what’s best for their clients,” she says. “This was actually one of my motivations for becoming an agent—I wanted to save people from the bad guys! After 29 years, I can say confidently that when you do everything with the client’s best interests in mind, everyone wins.”
When asked the first thing she’d do if she could retire tomorrow, Michelle says she would take the first flight to Hawaii. “Hawaii is my favorite place, and I like to think that I run my business in accordance with the ‘aloha spirit.’ Spending time there is a very healing experience for me, and it enables me to return to work refreshed and rejuvenated.”