Settlement Gift Etiquette

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential Homesale Services Group

 Am I alone in not having a firm handle oFn the tradition of giving gifts to buyers at settlement?  Some of my colleagues wait until the folkks are settled in and make a "house call" with a bouquet of flowers or some tasty treats.

In the beginning of my career, I tended to go overboard on settlement gifts, presumab;y wanting clients t remember me for a very long tme.  The truth is, however, that most clients do not remember the name of the REALTOR who helped them buy or sell a home afer a period of 10 years.

Most recently, I have purchased gift cards to furniture stores, Lowe's/Home Depot, and local restaurants for clients.

Are there any non-written guidelines for these gifts?  Do most of you tend to follow the practice of giving them? 

In the constrained economy, I don't have as must discretionary income to allot fo these gifts.  I would love to yer your suggestions for affordable closing gifts that people really enjoy getting.

Please write to tell me how you handle the practice of giving settlement gitts.  What are the nicest, but leased closing gits that you purchase?  When do you typicaly give them to your clients to say "Thank You" for your business.

 

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I try to locate some fablous home accessories such as champagne glasses, therefore they can toast too their new home last forever.  Of course home of Neiman Marcus we can visit these areas, pick up with the logo people think we have spent a fortunate.

It is the thought that counts.

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Jun 22, 2008 04:59 PM #1
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I try to take note of items my clients mention when looking at their new home and try to purchase that item as a gift.  If that doesn't work, I generally due the things listed below. 

For couples I send Tiffany champagne glasses, two are approx 40 bucks they give a business discount and with tax and shipping it is under $50.00.  It comes in a large blue tiffany box and the misses always loves it. 

For single males I usually deliver a bottle of liquour something in an exotic bottle usually from COSTCO.

For single females I usually deliver a gift card.

For families, generally a gift card.  I sign my clients up for the Lowes Realtor package and if the house is a fixer I give them a Lowes coupon or two in their move in package and a gift card.

There are other gift ideas I have used in the past, these are my most common practice.

 

Jun 22, 2008 04:59 PM #2
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Julianne Lesniak, Realtor, GRI

Try this great product for your settlement gifts!  I searched and searched for something that would be a benefit to my clients and one that they would keep for years... until they were ready to sell.

The Home Owner's portfolio system has made my closings easy and stress-free because it's something every home owner can use.  I order for the year to get the best pricing and several agents in my office order at the same time to save on shipping.

http://www.portfolio-systems.com/website/product_family.php?family_id=1

Good luck!

Julianne Lesniak, Realtor, GRI
Exit Preferred Realty
Waynesboro, PA
717-360-5428 cell
717-762-8000 x 180 office
www.Julianne4Homes.com
Julianne@TopProducer.com

 

Jul 29, 2008 01:00 PM #3
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Check out www.newnestpillows.com  

Gorgeous pillow you can personalize with clients initials/dates and a sewn on tag that allows you to upload your logo and contact info!

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