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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Excellent Service is the best gift of all. 

Stay in touch with clients without begging for referrals.  

80% of the time my clients give me a closing gift. 

I rarely give a closing gift.  It is not a one-size-fits-all thing. I would never make it about me or anything branded me. If a client gets a closing gift it is special and meaningful to them. 

 

Apr 09, 2022 10:26 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I love to cook, so I do a house warming party and tell them to invited 30 to 50 people, I have the lender pay for half the food and I pick up buyers at it.

 

Apr 09, 2022 10:02 AM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Provide service beyond expectations and forget closing gifts.

You can always treat them to a meal during your follow up process.

Apr 09, 2022 09:10 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I always give a closing gift unless they were jerks, which is rare when working by referral. I give them something that supports their interests or if they mention a need for their new home that is proportionately appropriate. 

There are a lot of great dedicated closing gift websites these days. Client Giant being one of the many.

Apr 09, 2022 02:57 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I've been giving personalized gifts for years - AFTER the sale and often during a housewarming party that I host for the buyers.

No two buyers have the same wants/needs so, I prefer to make it personal.

Apr 09, 2022 01:42 PM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I no longer give out closing gifts. There might be a special situation where I might get a personalized gift but that is not the norm.

Apr 09, 2022 12:41 PM
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Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Miriam Odegard 

If you're in a gift giving mood, I would like a pony.

Apr 09, 2022 12:29 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Pearls for the Soul is my best gift for all occasions. Over 800 positive uplifting sayings. Not only will the person you give it to always remember you when they use it but you will feel good about giving a gift that keeps on giving

Apr 09, 2022 12:21 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
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I never have.

My clients do appreciate the big checks though.

Apr 09, 2022 11:10 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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Tailor it to the client . . . some clients 'have it all' and just appreciate the work done. Others would love a gift! And sometimes I send random gifts to former clients if I see something I think they will love!

Apr 09, 2022 09:41 AM
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Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Miriam to me, it depends on the clients interests.  Can vary from restaurant gift certs, wine, something for their new home......I've done so many different things over the years.

Apr 09, 2022 09:29 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't do closing gifts. I will bring by a housewarming gift after a client moves in.

Apr 09, 2022 09:29 AM
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Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

depends on the client and the price point.  I have given home warranties to young buyers and branded items to others.

Apr 09, 2022 09:21 AM
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Miriam Odegard
United Real Estate Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN
Real Estate Broker Serving Greater Indianapolis

I see a lot of brokers give personalized knives as gifts. However, they are pricey and sometimes, closings between buyers and sellers can be so tense that introducing a knife into the situation may not be the best idea.

What are your best client gift ideas?

Apr 09, 2022 08:45 AM
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Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

I often give a gift. For me I want to give something meaningful as well as easy for me to duplicate. There's a little shop in Raleigh that does gift baskets. I give them a marketing items (ie coffee cup, cutco spreader, etc) and she puts it together in a beautiful container with a few snacks and perhaps local coffee or local wine. It's more of a celebratory gift. I like that she uses local snacks. It supports local, has high quality marketing pieces, and all I have to do is let them know to put it together then pick it up. It is about $50 for the container, snacks, beverage (coffee, tea or wine), cutting board, and wrapping it with a big bow plus the cost of my marketing piece.

Apr 10, 2022 06:08 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I give gift cards as closing gifts.

For a recent buyer closing, I gave a gift card to a local restaurant and, also, a general purpose gift card.

I have given Home Depot or Lowes gift card when the situation was appropriate. 

Apr 10, 2022 05:32 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

It is so easy to let Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist go first.

Apr 10, 2022 05:04 AM
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Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I use to give housewarming gifts to my buyers. They would depend on the buyers, if they wanted to do reno's I would give GC's to Home Depot etc, if they were foodies the a GC to a restaurant, or a gift basket with wine, glasses and other snack that my wife would make up. 

Apr 09, 2022 05:50 PM
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Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

No closing gifts here.  I think too many people give closing gifts because someone told them that they should.  I'm not going to give someone a gift because they hired me to do a job, and I did a good job for them.

I think you should consider what your purpose is.  If the purpose is to thank them for the business, is a closing gift the best way to do that?  If your purpose is to get referrals, is the closing gift the best way to do it?

Think through what your purpose is.  Decide is a closing gift is the best way to achieve that.  If it is, it should be fairly obvious what gift would achieve that goal.  If a closing gift isn't the best way to achieve that, figure out a better way.

Apr 09, 2022 02:38 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I understand the question.
Very much like accepting a dinner invitation and thinking being a good guest is sufficient. You really, really, really don't want to arrive empty handed.
My philosophy is the gift must be appropriate with the recipient. The gift card, although universally acceptable is the give up gift.
The reality is an agent spent a month or more with these folks and have made some important observations regarding their interest and passions.
For the young family I would go with 'The Dinner Table Journal" a journal that guides parents in using the dinner table as the place to learn how to communicate, to win humbly, lose graciously, share pain and success, be vulnerable and feel safe.
For the crafter they would get the TOOL that will spend the most time in their hands. For example, a branded Speed Square works well.
For the community activists a figure that amplifies their call.
For the wood crafter a decimal to fraction conversion table.
For the artist an apron.
Something they will touch when they are engaged in what gives their life meaning.
Yes, it is a lot more work.

Apr 11, 2022 05:06 AM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

For a Buyer a great home in an incredible location.  For a Seller and Check and no headaches to look back on.

Apr 11, 2022 06:56 PM