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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

No I've never been visited by the welcome wagon. I did this in reverse (sort of) when I moved into my new town. I sent my neighbors a letter before we even came letting them know we were the new owners and letting them know how to contact us. One called me right away. Then when we moved here, we hosted a get together at our house just to say hi. Now we stop by each others houses with surprise gifts from time to time and we all know we can call each other if we have a need for a neighbor's hand. So I think the becoming part of a community has fallen upon the person moving in, not the other way around. At least that's my experience.

Sep 24, 2021 04:43 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I do not, Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate 

I was never visited by the welcome wagon people. 

No value to me.  Not anything I would involve myself with other than individually with my clients. 

This dates back to the Shell Answer Man - remember him?

Sep 23, 2021 07:09 PM
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Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

When I was fresh out of college and had a job as a financial planner I used the Welcome Wagon program and it delivered some good leads.  Without the home visits though, I don't think I would participate in it.

Sep 24, 2021 04:30 AM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
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OMG I haven't heard about Welcome Wagon in years and years.....!  As for it being a good investment now, not so sure about that for where we are in our business.  For a newer agent.....maybe?  I'd have to think about that a bit.

Sep 23, 2021 09:37 PM
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Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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I don't know to many towns that have Welcome Wagon anymore Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate 

Sep 24, 2021 06:53 AM
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Half of our job is tell me about the area, where to get a job, what do you do for fun, where to stay for motels, where to eat, a list of landlords if renting has to happen first, the list of local banks and who is the branch manager, their contact numbers and emails. So we start the Welcome to the area early on with community videos, with local blog post information. These same Internet insertions get tapped after the sale too. We get local heating oil dealers to fork over $50 off for a new customer, etc. The only kick back we get is "thank you" from the buyers and locals who use these same helpful time saving media insertions. Used to be president of the local chamber, rotary, economic development, etc groups so it is easy to do the welcome wagon red carpet VIP welcome. 

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Sep 24, 2021 05:42 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Pleasant memories of welcome wagon thank you Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate ...We received and we gave & continued as good neighbors. Having a close-knit community brings value to all

Sep 24, 2021 05:21 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Think thw wife and I had a visit from The Welcome Wagon in 1990 when we moved to Palm City Florida. Think it disappeared shortly thereafter. 

Sep 24, 2021 04:22 AM
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Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

I can remember The Welcome Wagon, but never used the program. It might be of use to an agent who farms a large neighborhood or specific area.

Sep 24, 2021 03:52 AM
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Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
BRIX REALTY -DESTIN

I remember but never experienced it.  Might be of value once again in a smaller community or subdivision.

Sep 24, 2021 03:07 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
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I dont see a lot of value in this, we are all swamped with stacks of coupons and other junk mail, I am sure that most of this hits that garbage can without hesitation.

Sep 24, 2021 03:01 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

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I remember it from when we were kids.  I think it was a fine idea for the times we lived in.  When we bought our home in Los Angeles, neighbors came over with pies, wine, smoked fish, etc.  It was so nice.  We were all friends on our small street, and the trust factor was amazing.   We had keys to each other's home when anyone traveled.  It was hard to move because of that, when we left for Napa.  I am happy to report that we have it here.  A

Sep 24, 2021 08:26 AM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

That program ran it's course decades ago. When new neighbors move into my area (not very often) I would take fresh vegetables, if in-season.

Sep 24, 2021 07:09 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Never participated. Some years ago we had something informal on my block, where we welcomed newcomers and sometimes the ladies took out new neighbors to lunch. 

Sep 24, 2021 06:44 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

My community has two homeowners that bring flowers, and visit new residents.   Also answer any and all questions about the HOA and what to expect.

Sep 24, 2021 04:52 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Back in the 80s when we moved to one particular city, the city's chamber of commerce did something like that.  Coupons for local businesses and I believe the local pizza place had a free large pizza dinner coupon they gave out.

 

That was a great idea, especially on moving day!  Personally, I've never seen the value in a real estate professional sending advertisements to people who just moved in.

Sep 24, 2021 08:42 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

If the people being visited have just moved to the area, this could only be considered a long haul marketing effort since they have just purchased with someone else unless of course, they are renting or utterly unhappy in their new home. 

Sep 24, 2021 07:28 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I don't think so as the event we are interested in already happened. 

Sep 24, 2021 06:37 AM
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Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

I have never even heard of Welcome Wagon.  It has been interesting reading about them in the comments above.

Sep 24, 2021 02:31 PM
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Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

I don't, but it sounds interesting.

Sep 24, 2021 02:15 PM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I remember Welcome Wagon. They are a distant memory and totally off my radar for many years.

Sep 24, 2021 10:11 AM
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

I do not participate, did not know they were still around, have not heard about them in decades.  When I was growing up, the lady down at the end of my street was a representative.  I can't think of how this would be of much value to an agent today since they are visited after they just moved?

Sep 24, 2021 09:27 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I do not participate.
I have been a recipient.
I SEE great value in using this option to connect with new arrivals. They won't be moving for 5-10 years and have an agent who will work hard to keep the relationship solid.
What 'solution(s)' can we offer a new arrival other than 'Buying? Selling?"
Most of us possess the infrastructure for those solutions they just need to be repackaged.
What would I do in addition to delivering the 'Swag Bag?" 
Shoot an A to B intro interview video to post on a specific community website.

Sep 24, 2021 08:02 AM
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Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

We did have someone visit when we first moved here. I haven't heard anyone mention it in years. I'm not sure they're even here any longer.

Sep 25, 2021 04:32 AM
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Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Yes, I was many many years ago. I didn't think they were still around. I am not sure it would be any value to us as Realtors. 

Sep 24, 2021 05:40 PM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I  work with "Celebrate Our Town" -- very similar to the Welcome Wagon program.  Local Merchants and local businesses pay to put gifts and coupons in a large basket. As a participating Realtor I can submit a request for a Gift Basket whenever I have a buyer who purchased over a $250,000 house in either Kenosha or Racine counties. I then get to take the basket to closing and present or go to the buyer's house a day, two or three after the closing to make a presentation of the gift basket.  It is always well received! 

 

Here is a most recent delivery to my buyer, friend and UPS driver, Dan Bell who purchased a home in Sturtevant, Wisconsin (September 2021)

Celebrate Our Town with Dan Bell

Sep 27, 2021 01:31 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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I remember them stopping by too, Fred! We were an Air Force family so we moved QUITE often! We were always greeted by them and I loved their service, even as a child.

As an adult now, they don't visit homes in our area but, they do send out packets of local businesses coupons. It's certainly nothing like it used to be.

Sep 26, 2021 10:55 PM