A Closing Gift To Remember - Emotional Ties

Real Estate Agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103

I don't think much about closing gifts until the time comes to give one to the client.  Though I've given many different things over the years, including a subscription to a magazine I sponsored (a very popular one), a basket of goodies put together by me based upon what I'd learned about them, discounts to a great many local businesses, the one I loved the most, and made my buyers and sellers smile, was the DVD I created for them at the end of the transaction.

I really wanted to show you a much older one I'd done for a buyer just starting out on their life together, but the original file was lost in a computer crash, and the only way to see it now is to download a viewer on which to watch it.  Recognizing people's reluctance to do that, I'll show you this one instead.  To be honest, I might have forgotten it altogether, had is not been for Craig Rutman's post.  I must admit, it made me wonder why I stopped doing this at all.  I used to create a private page online that they could access at any time to view the show and I created a DVD with a label that incuded their names and the date of the sale, and a jewel case cover also personal to them.I think it's time to get back to doing that. 

I recommend you watch it at 720p, the quality is infinitely better.


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Comments (11)

CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

great video... good luck on the listing. looks like it shows well. ;)

Mar 03, 2011 10:52 AM
Jennifer Prestwich
Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster - Henderson, CO
Madison & Co Properties

Geri, this is fantastic!  I love this idea and I may borrow it soon.  :)

Mar 03, 2011 11:21 AM
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Geri, this is hands down one of the best videos I've seen. You did a wonderful job putting this one together and it shows that you put a lot of thought into it. Which program did you use to create it? I use iMovie and have used Windows Movie Maker, but I'm always looking for bigger and better.

Mar 03, 2011 01:02 PM
Kimberly A Norgard
Devlin McNiff Halstead Real Estate - East Hampton, NY

What a fabulous idea.

Mar 03, 2011 01:31 PM
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Lauren - Thanks.  This actually sold to a lovely family.

Jennifer - Borrow away and thanks.

Craig - It's ProShow Producer by Photodex.  I've been using it and ProShow Gold before it for years.  I used to be much better with it before I forgot what I once knew. :) 

Mar 03, 2011 01:44 PM
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Thanks Geri. I'm going to look into that program. I really like the way it looks. You're the best!

Mar 03, 2011 01:56 PM
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Geri, very nicely done... What a "near tear-jerker" when you think of all the memories in a home.

Mar 03, 2011 02:19 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Excellent video with your personal touch Geri..........so well done and a terrific gift for your buyers.

Mar 03, 2011 09:44 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


Beautiful home! Beautiful words written to the music! Beautiful photos of the surrounding amenities and places for enjoyment! Beautiful beginnings! Beautiful endings!

That video is wonderful to watch and a keeper for buyers and sellers alike. You will be thought of fondly on both sides of the transaction. Excellent video production with your personal creative touch!

Mar 04, 2011 01:38 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

OMG Geri! Without a doubt, that's the best marketing video I've seen. I was mesmerzied. No wonder it makes such a wonderful closing gift. I've bookmarked this to return to again and again as I try to emulate you. You're awesome!

Mar 07, 2011 09:09 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Geri,  That was excellent!  What a great idea for a gift, something that they will have forever.  I wouldn't even know where to begin.  I may just be calling you soon to find out.

Mar 11, 2011 06:58 AM

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