Thankfulness Challenge - So Much to be Thankful For!

Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes

I'm going to start this challenge by saying this :  every day when I wake up, I lay in  bed for a few minutes, listening to my local NPR station and express gratidute for another day.  At the end of the day I reflect what happened--to me personally (could be visiting with a friend, making a new recipe, finishing a project, meeting a new prospect) and other news that wasn't so good (yet another mass shooting, fatal car accident, contract fell through).  All of it is important in some way, all of it shapes my personality and outlook.  I am grateful for every day, no matter what happens.


Showing my clients I am thankful for them can take on many different forms.  I try to do little things that are a bit unique and fit with the client's personality.  I do send birthday cards and always write a few sentences inside--never just my name.  After a deal has closed, I give a closing gift that I think they will appreciate--sometimes it's beverages and snacks for moving day or a new outdoor rug for entry porch.  I try to make the gift practical and useful.  And I always include a thank you card!


Here's a photo of little Samantha--I helped her parents buy and sell a home.  She would see me carrying around files and folders.  She told her Mom "I want to be a real estate agent like Mary".  SO DARLING!  I had to take her picture while she was 'playing real estate'.  So every year I send her a desk or spiral bound calendar to continue her role play.  In a few years that will fade away but it still shows I remember and care.


Sometimes I can get information from their social media posts that give me ideas  as well:  for example, someone who just got a new car gets a car wash certificate from me; or I'll buy a box of Girl Scout cookies; sponsor a run or send a couple of contractor names if they are looking for recommendations.  One time I babysat for a clients that had just become new parents and didn't have any family in town--they needed a night out!!!   These ideas may not scream 'thank you for your business' but they do show I am thinking of the client and interested in their everyday life.  


If a client passes on my name as a referral, I initially send a thank you note--then follow up after the closed sale with a small gift card and another thank you note.  


I"m going to close this blog by saying it's so easy to be thankful for every day, for life, for clients, for the riches we have big and small.  I don't sweat the small stuff.  When I hear relatives/friends rant and complain someone's obnoxious  driving or the grocery store didn't have a certain item or the squirrels got into the trash--I think "so what?  It's an easy fix."  It's not worth complaining about.  I prefer to stay postive and grateful.


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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

(Brookside/Armour Hills resident, local business supporter, NPR fan, Habitat ReStore volunteer, thankful for the gift of another day!)


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Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR  what a refreshing post .We do have so much to be thankful for just to wake up each morning . I love the picture of the little girl who wants to grow up to be just like you .The Best Ever

Nov 01, 2017 03:21 PM #1
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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It is great you're able to focus on the bigger, more important things in life and not sweat the smaller stuff. I also like to give gifts to my clients that I know will help them or have a place in their lives rather than just clutter their new home.

Nov 01, 2017 03:27 PM #2
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

If I was looking for a Realtor you would be on the top of my list of agents "who care!"  I really enjoyed your blog!  Thanks Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR You are Awesome!  Gave me alot of great ideas for future gift ideas and ways to show I care and am thankful!

Nov 01, 2017 10:14 PM #3
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Lovely in every way... your words have real meaning and you do appreciate the positive glow of life... thank you for sharing! 

Nov 02, 2017 12:14 AM #4
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

What a beautiful post, especially the last paragraph. I totally agree.

And all those things you do for your clients are definitely a way to thank them - great job.

Nov 02, 2017 03:55 AM #5
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

You have a generous and grateful heart, Mary. Blessings to you!

Nov 02, 2017 01:49 PM #6
Kathryn Acciari
Century 21 Real Estate - Shrewsbury, MA
Brand Ambassador and Business Coach

Your clients are blessed to have you, a caring and generous agent, in their lives. I love your idea of watching on social media and then sending a small token to show you really heard/saw what was happening with them. 

Nov 03, 2017 02:19 AM #7
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR that's too cute!  I think thank yous that include the children and really special.  You have some great ideas

Nov 05, 2017 05:11 AM #8
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Your clients are lucky to have you, Mary. You obviously care and I am sure they never forget you when it comes to referring a great agent.

Nov 08, 2017 02:02 PM #9
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Mary, you definitely show your clients you care with all your small gestures, and they don't have to be big for them to notice.  Great job!   Love Samantha acting as a REALTOR!  

Nov 09, 2017 06:18 AM #10
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Mary

I really enjoyed this post! Your thoughtfulness and how you show others you are thankful shines through from start to finish. I love the story about Samantha and that photo!!


Nov 16, 2017 12:24 PM #11
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

That's so cute. Little Samantha wants to be a real estate agent when she grows up. You obviously made a great impression.

Nov 23, 2017 05:06 PM #12
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