Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty & Management)

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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
AZuRE Team - Realty ONE Group - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate

To me this whole closing gift thing is so silly and out of this world. At the risk of offending some, it's ridiculous. I don't get it - where does that come from? It's not very professional business-like.

I can't recall ever getting a gift from my accountant, attorney, physician, mechanic, investment advisor.... or any other professionals that provided me with a paid service.

I never did, never will. I provide a professional service and clients pay for it. If anyone gets gift, it's usually yours truly from clients. Over the years, I received checks over and above for thousands of dollars, airline tickets, dining cards, free use of vacation properties ...

So the gift thing is always the other way around.

Nov 09, 2017 06:27 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Is there a backstory to this?

Nov 09, 2017 06:27 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

yes, I did.... I actually brought the buyer (decades ago) to a home listed by another agent.... and that agent was "lost in action" on the day of closing.... I finished both deals and felt sooo badly for the seller/buyer client of the other agent.... I gave her a gift and she, in turn, directed many deals to me....

Nov 09, 2017 06:33 AM
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

No... they are not my client and I would want to appear to be stepping over another agent's boundaries at closing. Not a big closing gift giver, in any event.

Nov 09, 2017 07:31 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast

Yes, when I've double-ended the deal.  I'm creating advocates through my relationships. It's fun to give gifts. No one expects it and no one forces me to. And it should come from the heart, not technique.

I believe in showing gratitude and building relationships. As I commented on another post...

"While we live in America, all are free to run their businesses as they see fit. I was raised in a givers gain business world, we show an attitude of gratitude and I just feel there are reasons why Virgin wows passengers and Nordstroms impresses their customers and then there's Spirit Airlines and Walmart. Fortunately there are enough clients for all types of business models. To each their own."

If some feel negatively about being givers of gifts and joy, it just makes those of us who do give, all the more appreciated. 

Nov 09, 2017 06:55 AM
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Corinne Guest, Managing Broker
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
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Good Lord No.

Nov 09, 2017 05:56 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

No, would expect to be punched out by the BA in our area.

Nov 09, 2017 05:55 AM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 MONTH REALTY - Kenosha, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I have given a Celebrate Our Town Basket to a number of buyers of homes I had for sale -- this is a basket that is put together by the area businesses and I usually would stop by the house 1-2 weeks after closing to "Welcome them to their New Home" -- Every buyer was overwhelmed with the generosity of the community businesses and I was honored to be the one to bring it to them.

Nov 09, 2017 06:57 AM
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Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
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No... I would expect to be punched-out by Lyn Sims.

Nov 09, 2017 05:58 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Keys, Deed, land, a home.

Fairly significant gifts...

Nov 09, 2017 01:44 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Not that I recall. 

Nov 09, 2017 07:10 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker

No.  I know a few agents that do.  

Nov 09, 2017 06:52 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Closing gifts have not been one of my regular practices.

Nov 09, 2017 06:45 AM
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Maria Sapio
Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

A hand written card of congratulations without a business card enclosed would be fine - but, I think a gift is over-stepping a bit -

Nov 09, 2017 06:13 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

No, I did not. It is rarely I ever even meet a principal represented by another agent. 

Nov 09, 2017 11:09 PM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

No, we have not, and I'm actually conflicted about a gift to our client, too Nathan Gesner.  Many are snowbirds (and do not live here permanently), and others relocate to a facility (meaning space is limited).  Clients who are neither of the above have gotten Gift Cards in the past, depending on their situation.  Some that we knew would be doing home repairs got different Gift Cards, than those that had a favorite restaurant in town.  For me, it would seem awkward to gift someone who wasn't my client, and in some cases, we never even meet the other client.

Nov 09, 2017 08:31 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Yes....

Nov 09, 2017 07:18 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I have not.

Nov 09, 2017 07:04 AM
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Never, and if it was someone we knew...why wouldn't they have hired us???

Nov 09, 2017 06:54 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Nope, and only very occasionally given one to the party I represent!

Nov 09, 2017 06:51 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

NO

Nov 09, 2017 06:19 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Nina Hollander nailed this one!

Nov 10, 2017 04:25 AM
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Nope! Never.

Nov 09, 2017 07:33 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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No way. I think that says you are trying to usurp their agent at least in their minds.

Nov 09, 2017 05:08 PM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

No, but I have kept in touch with buyers of my listings & earned new clients for the future.

Nov 09, 2017 02:42 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Keller Williams Success Realty - Panama City, FL
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I have not - I've not been present when the other party signs - it's how they do things here.

Nov 09, 2017 12:48 PM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
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I've truly liked many buyers on my listings but nonetheless there is no closing gift given to the other side.

Nov 09, 2017 11:37 AM
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Peter Mohylsky
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE - Destin, FL
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No but it is not out of the question

Nov 09, 2017 11:14 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Nov 09, 2017 11:09 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

No, never. I've given closing gifts in the past, but only to my client(s).

Nov 09, 2017 10:07 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'm not a fan of the closing gift thing, although I've done it once or twice.  I would NEVER give a gift to another agent's client.  That is very rude/tacky and majorly crosses the line!

Nov 09, 2017 09:16 AM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I represent my builder husband on his spec home sales and he always provides a move in gift to the buyers.

Nov 09, 2017 09:16 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 have.

It should be noted it was a very special situation that applied directly to what I observed when the buyer and agent visited the house.

Be also aware, I did discuss this with the buyer agent.

On in one case, I witnessed a gathering poolside of the huddled masses musing what do do about the Long Pine needles that were suspended in the screening. At closing a presented a specially engineered tool that would cut the needles so they could be easily blown away with a leaf blower. NO I DID NOT GIVE THEM A LEAF BLOWER.!

Nov 09, 2017 08:35 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No. I've never been a fan of closing gifts.

Nov 09, 2017 08:17 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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I have given them the gift of staying in contact with them after the closing.  

Nov 09, 2017 07:57 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

When I represented local builders, I would send a really nice house plant in a decorative planter to the buyers about 2 weeks after Closing. Other than that, no.

Nov 09, 2017 07:50 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Nathan Gesner Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR 's answer make a whole lot of sense.

Nov 09, 2017 07:06 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

No, never.

Nov 09, 2017 06:55 AM
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David Martin
Fairfax Realty - Alexandria, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality

Yes and even to the agent representing them. 

Nov 09, 2017 06:52 AM
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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Nope, no way

Nov 09, 2017 06:42 AM
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

No, I do to the client I represent.

Nov 13, 2017 07:54 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

No only you I represent.

 

Nov 12, 2017 10:23 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Sure the keys passed across the closing table to the selling agent, then to his clients.

Nov 11, 2017 05:05 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Nathan,

We did not do closing gifts.  Often we were invited ot a grand opening party, and we brought wine, plants, or something else that was appropriate. A

Nov 10, 2017 08:44 PM
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Gloria Valvasori, ASA
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Signature Service - Streetsville, ON
Quality Service, Exceptional Results, Since 1987

No, I give closing gifts to MY clients.. as a token of my appreciation for placing their trust in me as their agent... I have never given a closing gift to the Buyers, thaet would be crossing the line in the area of conflict.

Nov 10, 2017 05:27 AM
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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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  Not lately.

Nov 09, 2017 04:32 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

No

Nov 09, 2017 10:55 AM