The Closing Gift, Kodak / ActiveRain Challenge

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Real Estate Agent with KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY GULF COAST

The Closing Gift, is as important part the transaction as making sure you have protected your clients by having all of the inspection done to make sure they are buying a solid home.

When I first started selling Real Estate in 1994. Tracey and I would spend hours making home made miniature Christmas trees. This always put a smile on the clients face. At least every Christmas, I know they thought of us.  It was not long before we both were so busy we longer had time to make our trees. We just had to find other things  for our client. Here is a short list of things we have done.

  • Fruit Bakets/ Georgia Peaches / Sweet Naval Oranges
  • Fresh Baked Cookies
  • Bottle of Fine Wine
  • Gift Certificate to a nice Restaurant
  • Once we give away a Cruise.
  • Weekend Get aways

These are just a few closing gifts we have giving over the years, the only problem, is that once they are gone so is your good thought. You know what they say. Out of sight, out of mind.

So we have started giving things that we think they may like to put in the home year round. Things that is fitted to them. Like a cool vase, door mat,  or a nice bowl, you know something that will keep them thinking about us when they think about Real Estate. However this is time consuming and is not always easy.

After reading the post on the Kodak Challenge, I think I just might have found the perfect gift for everyone. That's right, the Kodak PULSE Digital Frame! What are great idea. A gift that keeps giving year after year.

Kodak/ActiveRain Challenge: The Closing Gift

 

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Rainmaker
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Lynda Eisenmann
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Hi Arleen & Tracey, I'd love to see a photo of your Christmas trees. Your list looks pretty good, and your week-end get-away, now that's really a special gift.

Was  your cruise for a drawing or how did you decide who got a cruise?

Mar 25, 2011 03:49 PM #1
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Praful Thakkar
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Arleen, Tracey, great ideas for closing gifts - and one for the cruise one is really great!

Mar 25, 2011 05:28 PM #2
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Hi Arlene - You have listed some wonderful closing gifts.  Good luck in the challenge.

Mar 25, 2011 07:20 PM #3
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Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
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Arleen & Tracey- Great minds must think alike (LOL)...I read that and thought the same thing!

Mar 26, 2011 01:28 AM #4
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Paul Walker
Equity Fifty Five Realty, LLC - Scott AFB, IL
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Thank you for your post! I've been using Cutco knives engraved with Logo, Name and Phone number. They are expensive, but I'm sure my clients remember me whenever they use them.

Mar 26, 2011 03:40 AM #5
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Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
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Good list of gifts, Arleen. Lots of luck in the contest too. Hope you are feeling better now.

Mar 26, 2011 03:41 AM #6
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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
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Interesting, I love your past closing gifts and i would venture eveyone else did as well

Mar 26, 2011 05:43 PM #7
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Interesting, I love your past closing gifts and i would venture eveyone else did as well

Mar 26, 2011 05:43 PM #8
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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
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Interesting, I love your past closing gifts and i would venture eveyone else did as well

Mar 26, 2011 05:43 PM #9
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Roy Kelley
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Just stopping by to wish you a great week.

 Life is better when there are flowers to photograph!

Mar 27, 2011 01:39 AM #10
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Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI
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Arlene and Tracy---I want to buy a house from you!!!!  A cruise??  Lucky buyers!!

Mar 27, 2011 09:25 AM #11
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