Closing Gift Ideas- Home Portraits by KSchowe

Real Estate Agent with California Lifestyle Realty DRE# 1780607

I have always tried to think outside the box with my closing gifts.  Some clients appreciate a personal gift, while others would be just as happy with a restaurant gift card.  Sometimes I choose to share my artwork as a token of appreciation for my clients trust in me with their real estate transaction.  Many of my sales are second homes that my clients use during the winter season, then they return to their permament residence for the summer.  I give them a  work of art that they can take home with them to remind them of their new "happy place" in the desert.  

I create the home portrait with a drawing app. called Paper by 53. (Paper by WeTransfer), and usually have the artwork reproduced on canvas.  Then I make notecards for them with their home portrait as well.  I choose a favorite angle of the home, a closeup of a special feature, or depict the gorgeous view. My most recent home portrait below, and others from past sales.

Contact me if you are interested in a Home Portrait for your special client! Pricing from $225 depending on finished size. 760-333-8886


49800 Avenida Fernando

54510 Avenida Alvarado48771 San Vicente 2 by Kschowe49250 Avenida Fernando by Kschowe 

48771 San Vicente by KschoweHome Portrait by Kschowe











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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  California LifestyleRealty  California Lifestyle RealtySchowe Properties                                           



Comments (21)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those artful portraits would be a great closing gift, Kathy.  I hope you enjoy your weekend!

May 30, 2020 07:00 AM
Kathy Schowe

Thanks so much Myrl!  Take care,  Kathy

May 31, 2020 02:08 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is awesome and I am certain that anyone would love to receive one of those!

May 30, 2020 07:18 AM
Kathy Schowe

Most clients really appreciate them!  Kathy

May 31, 2020 02:08 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I'm sure this is a hit with many. Nice job Kathy. Hope you're having a great weekend. D 

May 30, 2020 07:23 AM
Kathy Schowe

Thanks for stopping by!  Take care,  Kathy

Jun 01, 2020 11:41 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


One of our Napa clients had an artist friend who did magnificent watercolors of homes.  That was one of her closing gifts all framed.  A

May 30, 2020 10:34 AM
Kathy Schowe

Professional artists are expensive... but I'm able to do these myself, and add that personal touch!  :-). K

May 31, 2020 02:09 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kathy,
I think home portraits are a wonderful gift.  Thanks for sharing. 

May 30, 2020 10:48 AM
Kathy Schowe

Thanks for stopping by Carol!  Have a great weekend!  Kathy

May 31, 2020 02:09 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What a very clever and original idea, I am sure these are well received.

May 31, 2020 06:32 AM
Kathy Schowe

Most of the time they are... I always hope my efforts are appreciated!  :-). Kathy

May 31, 2020 02:10 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - a thoughtful idea and one that is surely appreciated.  

May 31, 2020 06:38 AM
Kathy Schowe

I enjoy doing them as well!  Kathy

May 31, 2020 02:10 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and I am sorry but I miss you in the rain.  What a great closing gift for your clients.  I think it is great!


May 31, 2020 07:44 AM
Kathy Schowe

Hi Will,  I've missed all of you!  I'm making an effort to get back in the swing!  Take care,  Kathy

May 31, 2020 02:11 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Majestic and candy like and I like it quite a lot! Love and light and all the best!

May 31, 2020 11:41 PM
Kathy Schowe

Wow!  Candy like?  I never looked at them that way... ?  Kathy

Jun 01, 2020 11:42 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm so glad Carol Williams included this on her weekly post. Those pictures came out great! 

Jun 06, 2020 04:51 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thanks... they are actually drawings I do usting a digital app.  You should give it a try!  PaperbyweTransfer

Jun 07, 2020 01:40 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

You are so lucky to be so talented!  I can barely draw a straight line with a ruler and a pen! 

Jun 06, 2020 04:12 PM
Lise Howe

My mother was an artist... think I got some of her artistic genes!  Have a great Sunday!  Kathy

Jun 07, 2020 01:40 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Kathy Schowe ,

You are so talented! I'm so glad that Carol Williams included your post on her Second Chance Saturday series! What a unique closing gift to be treasured.

Jun 06, 2020 04:37 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Dorie,  Thanks for checking in!  I am lucky to be featured in Carol's post!  Kathy

Jun 07, 2020 01:41 PM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Very clever and exciting post.

Jun 11, 2020 01:59 AM
Kimo Jarrett

Thank you Kimo- hope you are well!

Jun 11, 2020 05:28 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

What a thoughtful gift!  The colors look especially pretty

Jun 11, 2020 09:24 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

Thank you Mary- most clients really appreciate the personal touch!  Kathy

Jun 11, 2020 05:29 PM
Tina D Saporito, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005
Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs. - Palm Desert, CA
Call (760)799-8460.

Kathy, you are creative & talented in so many ways! Your paintings are stunning. 

Jun 17, 2020 04:16 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Your gifts to your clients are personalized and unusual. I am sure that your clients value them highly.

Jul 04, 2020 09:32 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy you remind me of my mother she had artistic talent and genes always giving gifts made from the heart and at minimal cost but more appreciated than expensive gifts, Endre

Jul 06, 2020 11:37 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much for sharing this closing gift suggestion.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 07, 2020 05:31 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Aug 03, 2020 02:45 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Kathy, great idea and a beautiful hand-touched gift. I am sure your clients treasure those gifts. Beautiful paintings, great colors!

Sep 22, 2020 07:02 PM
Kathy Schowe

Thank you so much- I really appreciate it!  It takes time to create each one- and hopefully my clients know I do it because I care about them!

Sep 22, 2020 08:28 PM