Atlanta Short Sale Buyer's Closing Gift

Real Estate Agent with Solid Source Realty GA 320764

This closing gift idea for Atlanta short sale buyers was inspired by this listing photo of a Jonesboro GA short sale I closed last winter.

Starting with a good frontal shot of the property -- here, I used the main listing photo which was used in the MLS -- a little artful digital manipulation in a photo-editing program produces the bright and cheerful image.

After changing such elements as color intensity, brightness, contrast and choosing among an array of effects, I ended up with the above image. The frame effect was also added within the editing app.

Notice there is room in the bottom third of the image for inserting a message, so this image could now be further refined in a free program such as or perhaps a card-making template in MS Publisher to add some text, such as...

"Celebrating our new abode!"

...or something similar.

Beneath the main message or announcement, I might also include the new address.

This original creation could then be copied onto blank note cards which are available at office supply stores, and presented to the happy new owners as a closing gift. They might use the cards as an announcement, greeting card, or as a change of address notice.

A thoughtful closing gift like this takes more time and creativity than money and uses what you already have -- your listing photo. But boy, wouldn't it make an impact and be appreciated by the buyers, don't you think? And I would also make sure by own information was unobtrusively printed on the back of the card for future reference, right?

There! I've inspired myself.

Comments (7)

Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Elva I think it makes a lovely closing gift - love this idea!

Oct 26, 2017 10:50 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

What a delightful closing gift that is, Elva.  I have done similar things in the past, only in black and white.  I like the result of your work.

Oct 26, 2017 12:22 PM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Elva - Nice technique and a great photo! Thanks for another contest entry!

Oct 26, 2017 03:26 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I can tell you that when we were listing short sales that many times our closing gift to the sellers was a Dave Ramsey book.

Oct 26, 2017 03:32 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Playing with photo apps is fun, and note cards are a great idea.

Oct 27, 2017 08:31 AM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

That is a great gift idea! I have bookmarked your post to remind me to implement your idea.

Oct 28, 2017 06:52 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Elva -- a WOW photo and such a nice creative.   

Oct 28, 2017 09:33 AM