See Why I Am Getting Best Wishes From My Clients!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739


Thanksgiving Challenge - by Debe Maxwell, CRS 

A Happy Thanksgiving Card That Keeps On Giving!

Inside of Thanksgiving Card

Why Are My Clients Are Calling Me?

For the past 6 years, I have been mailing out Thanksgiving cards rather than Christmas cards.   I started doing this because I felt inundated with all sorts of Christmas cards from service providers as well as friends and family.  I never had enough time to open these cards.  We all know what this season is like! 

When I could find time to open them, it was as quickly as possible.  Some I would put to the side so that I could enjoy them at a later date.  Unfortunately, many went into my Christmas box and it was well after the holidays before I could really check them out.  Most of the time, too late to respond in a timely fashion.  This is why I started a new tradition. 

Before Papyrus stores went out of business,  I would drive to Kierland in Scottsdale in mid-summer and look through the catalogs for the exact Thanksgiving card I wanted to send out.  I included family, friends, and clients, as well as service personnel in this mailing.  Prior to this year,  I would fill all the cards out at one time and then send them out all at once.  It was too much all at once. 

What I did this year was to fill out 25% at a time and I mailed these out as I finished them.  I wrote a personal note in each one to thank these wonderful people who put their trust in me.  This is the way to go in the future!

To be perfectly frank, I didn't expect the amount of call volume I have received so far!  I got calls thanking me for this thoughtful gesture.  Rick and I have already gone out to dinner or lunch with 5 couples in the last 2 weeks.  I have another dinner set up for next week.  I am so thankful for clients who care enough to call me.  It warms me at this special time of year.  

See, these people had the time to open this card and appreciate it for what it was, a sincere "Thank You".  It is not a call to action for business.  It is something that tells them that I care about them and that I am thinking about them at this special time.  

Here is a picture of my Japanese maple tree as of today.  It is starting to drop leaves, but very slowly.  It is another thing that I am thankful for because it really makes Thanksgiving more enjoyable to see that bright red color.

Japanese Maple Tree on Thanksgiving Eve 

Happy Thanksgiving!


Comments (34)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri, that is a great new tradition, and I have heard many around here have done the same.   Hope you and Rick enjoy a fabulous Thanksgiving! 

Nov 25, 2021 06:45 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Sheri and HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS.  May you have a great feast today with friends and family.


Nov 25, 2021 09:27 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Sheri Sperry - MCNE® this is great Thanksgiving card. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

Nov 25, 2021 11:00 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Your Japanese maple tree is beautiful Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

Several years ago I started sending Happy New Year cards rather than Christmas cards ... for the same reason.  

Cheers to your continued success! 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Nov 25, 2021 11:46 AM
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 Sheri,
I also think Thanksgiving cards are a great way to go.  And... any card should have a personal note. When I get a card without any kind of note, I am disappointed.  I don't want to be the one doing the disappointing when people get my cards. 

That is one of the biggest Japanese maples I've ever seen. It's beautiful. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2021 11:52 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Sheri! I am SO with you on the Thanksgiving cards vs. Christmas cards and do the same thing you do. When they call and we set up a time to visit, it makes the time investment SO worth it. Like you, it makes my heart smile!

I hope you and Rick had a lovely Thanksgiving. We have SO very much for which to be thankful!

Nov 25, 2021 06:22 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you Will Hamm - I hope you enjoy your celebration as well!

Nov 26, 2021 01:50 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Have a great holiday weekend John Pusa! Stay out of the Black Friday traffic!  LOL

Nov 26, 2021 01:51 PM
John Pusa

Have great weekend too Sheri Sperry - MCNE®.  Definitely, I stay out of the Black Friday traffic!

Nov 26, 2021 05:46 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - I do a New Years' card as well.  I do wait until the Holiday "numbness" wears off.  I send them out in mid to late January. 

Nov 26, 2021 01:54 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Carol Williams - You make such a good point about being disappointed.  I am starting to worry that the tree is getting too big because it is close to the house. But it gives us great shade in the summer.  Have a wonderful weekend. 

Nov 26, 2021 01:56 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS - You are so right.  We do have so much to be thankful and I want to share that with my clients who are a big part of that.  I am just finishing up with all the cleanup but it was a wonderful day.  The turkey came out perfect.  I always worry about that because it is the main course. I don't want a "Christmas Vacation" turkey! HaHa!

Nov 26, 2021 01:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Sheri- I like the reasoning for sending out a Happy Thanksgiving card. In fact, I received one from my eye doctor and it got my attention!!!  We really are overwhelmed with cards at Christmas so why not stand out at another time. 

Nov 26, 2021 06:33 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nov 27, 2021 06:04 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - Thanks so much for the shout-out today!  I certainly appreciate it. 

Nov 28, 2021 08:25 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Very nice. Thank you for sharing. Sometimes is isn't what you do, just that you do something. I give out pies. It is a big hit. I had my largest group of clients pick up pies this year. I invited them to my home. It was a lot of work but I wanted them to feel part of my life which is how I feel about them. For the first time, I had several clients bring ME a gift. I wasn't expecting it and it certainly wasn't necessary but it was nice.

Nov 28, 2021 08:54 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That is very clever and would get special attention. Great idea and so extra personal as well.

Nov 28, 2021 10:02 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Sheri, that is such a smart idea and thoughtful all at once.  You're right.  Not many write a thank you later, after a home sale.  It's personal and heartfelt.  Good for you!

Nov 28, 2021 11:38 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ,

What a wonderful, thoughtful idea to thank your clients before the mad rush of the Christmas Season!

Nov 29, 2021 12:26 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sheri:

Your heart-shaped Japanese Maple is really stunning!

I, too, send Thanksgiving cards, as well as holiday cards. It keeps me busy since they are all hand-written but well worth it and they are appreciated.


Nov 29, 2021 08:11 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I tried this a few years ago at Thanksgiving, after another post I read, and to my amazement,  I received a great response. Last year, 2020,  I had 3 surgeries that got me out of my prospecting and I have get back in rhythm. Excellent post Sheri 🙂

Nov 30, 2021 03:46 PM