To Gift or Not To Gift Re-Post

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Real Estate Agent with HTT Realty

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To Gift or Not To Gift. That is my Question. Please add your ideas or thoughts. Do you give your customer a closing gift? My company recommends that you send a small gift basket with your partial listing presentation to a customer the night before you meet with them. It is a nice idea and sets you apart from others the customer may be interviewing.  Should the closing gift be a gift certificate or something more personal. I once got a closing gift from a realtor of a bottle of wine. They did not know me well enough or find out I don't drink. Others I recieved nothing. Not even an "I'll Call You".  Others say that no before gift or closing gift is nec. You are doing a job and they are paying to do it. I would love some opinions and some gift ideas. Please post.

Signed Curious Susan

 
Posted by Susan McGuire on 08/07/2007 01:28 PM  Comments (4) ,  Edit Delete
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BILL CHERRY
Bill Cherry, Realtor - Dallas, TX
Broker & Wealth Coach

Of course you send a gift.  I can't imagine doing otherwise.  Your idea of a presentation gift is new to me, and I think it has a HUGE amount of merit.  Thanks for sharing that.

If you get any more unwanted wine, send it to me.  I'll trade you that for a large gift box of Spearmint Gum that someone sent me.

Aug 10, 2007 05:36 AM
BILL CHERRY
Bill Cherry, Realtor - Dallas, TX
Broker & Wealth Coach

Of course you send a gift.  I can't imagine doing otherwise.  Your idea of a presentation gift is new to me, and I think it has a HUGE amount of merit.  Thanks for sharing that.

If you get any more unwanted wine, send it to me.  I'll trade you that for a large gift box of Spearmint Gum that someone sent me.

Aug 10, 2007 05:36 AM
Colleen M. Marshall
Keller Williams Realty(Team Tangie) - Jefferson, LA
I think it is a nice idea, I think it depends on the person you are dealing with. If you get to know them well, sure why not.
Aug 10, 2007 05:38 AM
Nora Adkins
Realty Executives - Tucson, AZ
I always give a gift.  I have done gift-cards in the past but I prefer something more personal.  I had one client who collected roosters, I found a great one and she really loved it.  Providing the food for a housewarming is a great one, because it gives you the chance to meet friends and family.  I also love windchimes.  I like something they will keep in the house and remember me whenever they look at it.
Aug 10, 2007 05:43 AM
Pattie Cordova - Time Defenders
Time Defenders - Mission Viejo, CA

I create gift baskets and some of my clients provide the final documents in a nice binder and I design a gift basket around it.  It receives favorable responses every time.  I recently purchased a condo and received a gift certificate to Babies 'R Us (we're expecting our first child).  I do think it's a nice way to put your name in front of your clients for future referrals.

This is an example of what a recent customized gift basket looks like:

Sample of Customized Gift Basket 

Great question!

Time DefendersPattie Cordova

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(949) 331-3236

Aug 10, 2007 05:50 AM
Nathan Blair
Salt Lake City, UT
If it's something that sets you apart, I say go for it.  It's true that they are paying you to do your job, but what can it hurt.  I don't think it can, but I do think it could create a referral opportunity if your client tells somebody else how nice it was. 
Aug 10, 2007 05:50 AM
Anonymous
Diane Adler
I've been blogging on this too. Please see

A New Perspective on Closing Gifts.

Sep 11, 2007 12:56 AM
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