Ideal Closing Gifts for Cary NC Home Buyers

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Realty Arts NC Broker License #235526

I struggle with closing gifts.  And therefore, unfortunately, I usually have not given a closing gift to my buyers.

Partially, it is due to not wanting to unload an unwanted tschotske on them that will clutter their move or their lives.  Sometimes that is how I feel when given an article that I would not purchase for myself.
But that mindset is "all about me," and is something I have determined to focus on, to consider it sincerely from my clients' perspectives.

It seems closing gifts may be either memorabilia or practical items, and I am more practical in nature.

So, I have  a list of possible items that may delight my clients, depending on their personalities, and needs they may have  as homeowners.

For a recent closing, I will definitely be providing pizza for the family.  That choice may seem banal, but for the back back story.  The Buyer was worried whether the appraiser would see the value in the property that we did.  And I said, "Mr. Buyer, if that home does not appraise for $8,000 over the contract price, I will buy you all pizza."  And we laughed.
And the appraisal came back $18,000 over contract price.  I'm off the hook, which is probably the very best time to buy a gift, when there is no expectation or commitment.
Pizza it will be.  For a bonus, we are going to lay a new plastic ground vapor barrier in the crawlspace.  Practical.  My kind of gift.

My wife and I are real fans of the North Carolina Zoological Park, a gorgeous facility 80 miles west of Cary.  We get out once or twice a year.  The Zoo is very popular with kids, and features some magnificent habitat areas.

NC Zoo 11.7.2009

Another great closing gift would be a Zoo Membership for a young family.  Or an old family.  I would be delighted to receive a membership to the zoo.

A couple of years ago, I told my wife I should build blue bird houses for closing gifts, particularly for buyers who end up in rural areas.  That project remains on the proverbial "back burner."
Never happened.  I might have to fix that.  It is a simple structure and we have a couple at home that need to be replaced.
Particularly after seeing Pamela St. Peter's blog that mentioned blue bird houses.  It reminded me.  And with the survival struggle our beautiful Eastern Blue Bird population endures, seeking safe nesting places, it is a gift that will appeal to folks who have a little space, a love of nature, and some "green" orientation.

And for folks just moving to town?  I'm thinking there is no better catalyst to relocatees getting out and about than a coupon book for local dining, entertainment, shopping, and recreation.
The Entertainment Book and CitiPass Book come to mind.
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Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

I wish we had blue birds, just to help save them. I've built lots of birh houses and bee houses too.

Mar 25, 2011 04:53 PM #1
Suzanne Taylor
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Mike - I don't have a certain closing gift for my buyers, it all depends on the buyer and the situation.

Mar 25, 2011 04:55 PM #2
Steve Scheer
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The zoo membership is a fantastic idea Mike for those relocating with kids.  I'll be borrowing that idea at some point.

Mar 25, 2011 05:02 PM #3
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate


Blue Bird houses take a greater commitment beyond buying or building and installing.  Blue Birds have a list of predators that kill them and/or their eggs or babies.


Absolutely.   It would make little sense to present blue bird houses to high-rise condo owners, for example...

Mar 25, 2011 05:03 PM #4
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate


Send ME a day pass!  =)

Mar 25, 2011 05:04 PM #5
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Perfect 'gift' Michael - Pizza.

You know the value of a PIZZA on the moving day..believe me, they'll love you for rest of their life!

Mar 25, 2011 05:23 PM #6
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

The photo you included goes along great with your blog post. Surely anyone would love an enjoyable day at the zoo ~ Great idea!

Mar 25, 2011 09:53 PM #7
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate


I hope so.  They are good folks and great clients.

Larry and Sheila,

Thanks!  People do enjoy the Zoo.  It is very well attended and often with school buses full of kids on field trips.

Mar 26, 2011 12:45 AM #8
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
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Mike, I love the Zoo idea!  Our Zoo here is really a pretty one.  Actually, Lee and I were pleasantly surprised the first time we took a day to go and explore that area. 

Love visiting Seagrove while there too!

Thanks for the shout out ~ that was kind of you!  Our bluebirds really are extra special around here aren't they?  We sure have a whack of then! 

*From Surviving your Serengeti: A Graceful Giraffe in Raleigh

Mar 31, 2011 12:43 AM #9
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