What gift should I buy for my buyer/seller

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster

There's a big discussion on linkedin on what gift to buy as a settlement gift for the buyer/seller (mostly the buyer),

Personally, whichever side I am on I tend to pay a set amount for for the gift ($200) to make sure i am not favoring any particular party over the other. It's a gesture of thank you for allowing me to be of service. Now the type of gift will depend on what I observe and/or feel is a good gift for my client.

What type gift or how do you decide on the gift for each of your clients. Let us know.

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Comments (8)

Morris Massre
Pembroke Pines, FL
Real Estate Instructor Broward County Florida

You are very generous indeed.  But, the best gift I've seen in my 14 years was a door knocker personally engraved witht the new owner's name.

Sep 02, 2011 04:10 AM
Charlie Dresen
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro


Good question I think many agents struggle with all the time. And I look forward to hearing other opinions.

I personally feel that as long as you worked your butt off and did everything you could to make sure you did everything for your clients that that in itself is a true gift. I typically spend $100 per clients - no matter the price. (most times a gift certificate from a nice local restaurant )I'm feeling cheap now. But I maintain the relationship and continue to offer my services and knowledge ever month.

Sep 02, 2011 04:11 AM
Keith Bennett
Remax Excutive Group - Fort Mitchell, AL

Wow!  $200.00 sounds high to me.  You have done your job for your clients.  They have sold their home or now own a new one.  They are excited to be getting up from the closing table.  Look around, you can find a great closing gift that you can buy in bulk.  Some things look like you paid lot more for them.  Get something they will keep around for a while.  It will remind them of you, but don't put your name on it.  This is a gift not advertising. 

Sep 02, 2011 04:47 AM
Juan Bassett
Long & Foster - Germantown, MD

I like it Morris... Thanks.

Sep 02, 2011 04:49 AM
Juan Bassett
Long & Foster - Germantown, MD

Thanks Charles... I like your style.

Sep 02, 2011 04:51 AM
Juan Bassett
Long & Foster - Germantown, MD

Thanks Keith, you are correct .. something that will remind them of me... without a name tag on it.

Sep 02, 2011 04:52 AM
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

$200 - wow . . . i try to stay around $50, but typically go upward to $75 or $100, but it depends on the client, if they have kids, if they bought and sold or just one, etc.  Most of the gifts don't have my name, but I do throw in a mouse pad and pen with my logo on it.

Sep 02, 2011 02:13 PM
Juan Bassett
Long & Foster - Germantown, MD

Joy, Your gift giving sounds organized. Don't change.

Sep 02, 2011 10:57 PM