Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties)

Spam prevention
Rainmaker
3,613,620
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

A personalized cutting board and a Cutco knife.  If the sale is substantial they get two knives.  It has my name and number engraved on them.

Aug 01, 2015 09:24 PM
Rainer
105,588
Tammy Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty in Franklin, Ma. - Franklin, MA
The Todaro Team Leader

Good Morning Lise!  I always give my buyers a gift at closing.  I like to give each client something different.  I typically get a gift card to a store that fits the style or decor of their home and I put it in a card with a personalized written note of appreciation and best wishes.  

Do you give your sellers a gift as well?  I always question whether or not I should be doing that.  

 

Aug 01, 2015 09:04 PM
Ambassador
1,576,205
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

We stopped giving closing gifts years ago.  It didn't hurt our business at all. 

Aug 01, 2015 10:39 PM
Rainmaker
2,472,519
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

We use to give closing gifts but we don't anymore. 

Aug 01, 2015 10:28 PM
Rainmaker
4,055,271
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I have this thing about knives as a gift (don't ask why). I send cakes in a personalized to me tin from PennStreet Bakery with a note that says it was sweet working with them if they were a seller and wishing them many sweet years in there home if they were a buyer. People love these cakes!

Aug 01, 2015 10:26 PM
Rainer
230,924
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

thats not easy, if we are feeling it... sometimes we just throw the keys at them and run lol... ours is a bit different relationship, after like a year knowing them. we usually do something as a surprise that we KNOW they will enjoy, after getting to know their taste..

Aug 02, 2015 04:27 AM
Rainmaker
212,655
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

I do Cutco for higher end homes also, sometimes something more simple that helps with moving or the new home. We do get that nice Lowes giftcard discount as Realtors.

Aug 02, 2015 03:13 AM
Rainmaker
1,635,542
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Generally handing the keys over at closing suffices. In tough instances, a kick in the pants is even better.

Aug 01, 2015 11:47 PM
Rainmaker
1,398,083
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

I give one as well and it varies as to age group and if there are children. It is mostly food related they could use after a day of moving and not have to cook.

Aug 01, 2015 11:17 PM
Rainmaker
292,535
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

I do and I change it up. I am working on a family portrait by s studio photographer because they have 4  children ages 15,7,4,2.

Aug 01, 2015 10:59 PM
Rainmaker
778,495
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

Never have.

Oct 14, 2018 07:31 PM
Ambassador
5,358,471
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I dont give them.

Feb 05, 2018 09:18 PM
Ambassador
2,224,117
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I like to give something with shelf life...not something consumable. I do give out a lot of atomic clocks. People seem to like those. I actually asked one buyer what she would like. She told me cleaning supplies. So I bought a bucket and loaded it up with supplies. 

Aug 02, 2015 01:50 PM
Rainer
140,360
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

Yes, I try to give a closing gift to all customers. 

A few weeks back an agent in my office asked what I thought about giving a bottle of wine to customers with a custom personalized logo. We called the "wine guy" and he held a wine tasting at our office. Which was very fun! I purchased five cases at a cost of about $9.50 per bottle. It's not something that I will give to every customer but I definitely think its a good marketing gift. 

I would be happy to send you a photo of the wine bottle with my custom logo if you like. 

Aug 02, 2015 12:21 PM
Ambassador
4,312,753
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Lise Howe - yes, and it is different for each of them. I know them a bit more and give them a gift that they will love it.

And if they have kids, usually, a subscription to Highlight magazine... 

Aug 02, 2015 02:35 AM
Rainmaker
5,571,310
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I would give a gift card to the parents and another one at a sporting good store for the kids.... I spent $500 total....

Aug 02, 2015 12:43 AM