Friday Fun…A Favorite Gift

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Home Stager

Friday Fun…A Favorite Gift

 

Often I read of gifts agents give to their buyers when they close on their new home and move in. I think it adds to your staying top of mind with your buyer. 

 

The other day I was reminiscing about a glass bowl our agent gifted us on the first of several transactions we had with her. 

I don’t even remember what it was filled with when she gave it to us, but it stayed with us for many more moves. It was often filled with potpourri and sometimes candy. But no matter what was in it, I always thought of her. 

 

What about you?  What is your favorite closing gift you gave to a buyer?

 

Or what is a favorite gift you received from your agent when you bought a home?

 

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Kathy Streib
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Comments (30)

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

Kathy, I usually know what the client wants during the transaction.   Sadly, it is a gift card to Home Depot or a furniture store.

Jan 28, 2022 08:20 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

We've given all kinds of different cool gifts to clients.  It's always fun to do and mainly they're focused around what they like, appreciate and would actually use.  Clients have given us many great gifts as well such as flowers, baskets, gift certificate to someplace fun etc etc

Jan 28, 2022 10:16 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

I filled a bowl with all of the things to make fantastic Margaritas, including some of our home grown Meyer's Lemons.  It went over well.  It was the perfect gift for the perfect client.

Jan 28, 2022 11:17 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It’s always a good idea to give a gift with a special meaning between the two of you. Love doing that stuff

Jan 28, 2022 11:36 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy when I attend a Closing I bring a bottle of wine from one of our local wineries, and I tell my Borrowers when I give it to them, that I hope they "enjoy it with their first meal in their new home."

Jan 28, 2022 12:13 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Brian England that was a practical gift and I'll bet they knew you would use it since you play a lot of tennis. 

Wayne Martin I never gave any as a stager either. 

Norma J. Elkins the welcome mat is a very practical gift!!!  It's one of those things you wish you had when you move in because of everyone coming to see you. 

Jan 28, 2022 12:18 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Nina Hollander, Broker  I love the idea of a wreath that reflects the client's personal interests. That takes a lot of thought. 

Michael Jacobs I'll bet there are!!!!  Will your mind wander over there to ponder?


Jan 28, 2022 12:21 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Grant Schneider it's hard to remember, I know. Sadly that glass bowl that we received broke in the move. 

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog will not forget the games. 

Jan 28, 2022 12:24 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Will Hamm what a great idea!!! I would want to be invited to that party. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel there was an agent I know who had a talented friend do a sketch of the house and then had it framed. 

Jan 28, 2022 12:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Roy Kelley I wonder if it's a regional thing?

LOL Joan Cox just like so many things these days, people want gift cards. 

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker I like the idea of finding something that the client likes and would use. And, of course one that will remind them of you. 

Jan 28, 2022 12:27 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty that shows me that you put thought into it and you listened to what their likes might be. 

Hi Laura Cerrano I totally agree. It shows you put thought into it. 

Jan 28, 2022 12:30 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

George Souto  I love it!!! It also highlights your local winery 

Jan 28, 2022 12:33 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I have always sent a note of appreciation and let them know that I made donations in their name to Children's Miracle Network, Susan Komen foundation and a Scholarship fund my has in memory of her deceased son.

Jan 28, 2022 03:05 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - I personalize the gifts for my client.  I listen to what they might need or want and then I get it for them.  Sometimes, if it is an out-of-state buyer, I usually have the keys and I might stock the refrigerator and of course, have a bottle of champagne.  I close on a home on Monday.  My client is moving locally so I will bring an assortment of breakfast treats for them and their movers.  Every client is different.  This couple has become friends so we will see them many more times. 

Jan 28, 2022 05:13 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I used to give throw blankets with a thank you embroidered into the corner. I had a client who I had 5 transactions with and each of their young children had one of my blankets. It was really sweet Kathy. Happy Friday 🙂

Jan 28, 2022 08:00 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy I used to give closing gifts to clients depending on what I figured out they liked... last few years I have not given any closing gifts, they felt good about the quality service they received and still were thrilled without any gifts, Endre

Jan 28, 2022 11:36 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Kathy.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding weekend. We have snowy weather in Maryland.

Jan 29, 2022 03:35 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I often gave gift cards to Home Depot or Lowe's as closing gifts.  I found when folks first move into their new home, these cards can be valuable.

Jan 29, 2022 04:29 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Fresh vegetables from the garden is always well received in a nice basket during growing season, Kathy. Home Depot or Lowe's gift cards are appreciated as well!

Jan 29, 2022 09:56 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We try to customize it to our clients. However, we have very nice ( expensive ) logo coffee mugs that we give special clients with a variety of local coffee beans. It goes over very well as we know they love good coffee.  

Jan 29, 2022 10:36 AM