How long will the next recession last?


Frequent readers of the Town Crier know that I do not believe anyone can predict the future. So it might come as a surprise that, based on the headline for this column, I appear to be doing just that. Well, I’m not. I’m just sharing some historical data to put business cycles in perspective and to reassure you that the next recession might not be especially protracted.

Transactions for the week of Dec. 25

Los Altos

154 Bridgton Court, Cook Trust to Delazerda Trust for $6,000,500

148 Doud Drive, Armstrong Trust to Poltrack Family Trust for $2,812,500

Tips for making the best financial choices in the new year

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A national consumer survey conducted by Experian reveals that approximately 75% of consumers are motivated to improve their finances by making adjustments to their spending and paying off credit card debt.

At the same time Americans are feeling the financial pinch of the holidays, they’re gearing up for 2020, with their top two goals being to save more and increase their credit scores, according to a national consumer survey by Experian.

Nearly three out of four consumers surveyed are motivated to improve their finances. To reach their goals, survey respondents said they would spend less money to improve their credit score (59%) and pay off credit card debt (58%).

Business Matters: Personal branding in the digital age

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Personal branding has become an effective and powerful way to differentiate yourself in a constant, noisy world.

As a consumer, we all know about corporate branding. That’s when companies invest monies to make their brands known.

Transactions for the week of Dec. 18

Los Altos

646 Almond Avenue, Ethier Trust to H. & K. Man for $2,550,000

1290 Golden Way, Foruria Trust to Huang Trust for $2,500,000

495 Knoll Drive, Anderson Trust to S. & M. Subramanian for $3,150,000

460 Lassen Street No. 7, L. Guh-Siesel to Guh-Siesel Trust for $549,000

1248 Stanwirth Court, Kostina Trust to A. & W. Li for $3,200,000

73 Third Street No. 15, J. Huang to Q. & X. Mei for $1,689,000

487 Tyndall Street No. 5, R. Parks to C. Labaron for $920,000

475 University Avenue, Powell Trust to L. Cha for $4,200,000

Los Altos Hills

23100 Encinal Court, Opdendyk Trust to J. & B. Catanzaro for $4,750,000

24595 Voorhees Drive, Gm Trust to R. & R. Prabhu for $5,850,000

Mountain View

1909 Aberdeen Lane, H. Chow to H. & Y. Zhang for $1,425,000

117 Avellino Way, E. Johnson to M. & J. Lim for $1,625,000

831 E. Dana Street, Alire Trust to Suddjian Trust for $1,964,500

2268 Mora Place, Lennar Homes to X. Yan for $1,696,000

212 S. Rengstorff Avenue, C. Guerrero to Q. & S. Hu for $952,000

434 Rhone Court, Flyhomes Investments CA LLC to Q. Yang for $1,570,00

617 Rockcress Terrace, Xiao Trust to J. & C. Xu for $1,750,000

910 San Marcos Circle, Ferrigno Trust to D. & O. Maksymets for $1,780,000

240 Sleeper Avenue, H. & K. Alam to Chen Trust for $3,020,000

868 Tulane Court, Mintz Trust to Y. & M. Fischer for $2,260,000

1881 Walnut Drive, M. & D. Myjer to Y. & Z. Xie for $2,670,000


20852 Cherryland Drive, Cherryland LLC to Jin-Piao Trust for $3,740,000

18450 Farmingham Way, Chen-Huang Family Trust to A. & N. Kabe for $2,549,000

10102 Firwood Drive, Dobashi Trust to T. & B. Song for $1,325,000

10360 Moretti Drive, J. & C. Chan to A. & A. Bhardwaj for $1,570,000

18811 Newsom Avenue, D. Lagunas to Sf19G LLC for $1,500,000

22865 Poplar Grove Square, L. Yu to A. & P. Das for $1,315,000


Los Altos

Total sales: 8

Lowest sale: $549,000

Highest sale: $4,200,000

Average sale: $2,344,800

Los Altos Hills

Total sales: 2

Lowest sale: $4,750,000

Highest sale: $5,850,000

Average sale: $5,300,000

Mountain View

Total sales: 11

Lowest sale: $952,000

Highest sale: $3,020,000

Average sale: $1,883,000


Total sales: 6

Lowest sale: $1,315,000

Highest sale: $3,740,000

Average sale: $1,999,800

– Cal REsource

Nest Egg Briefs: Giving your teenager a gift better than cash

Are you trying to come up with a creative gift to buy your teenagers for the holidays this year? Or have you given up and just plan to give them cash? In either case, they might qualify for an alternative gift that effectively keeps on giving for the rest of their lives: a Roth Individual Retirement Account.

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