How to impress your Chinese Clients (Buyers or Sellers)!

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Real Estate Agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Since I work with a large number of Chinese Asian buyers and investors. It is important to remember Chinese (Asian) holidays so I can greet during those holidays.  Here are a list of holidays for your record should you also have Asian buyers/sellers. They will be impressed with your awareness.

2009 Chinese Public Holidays

Key holidays (including both public holidays and "off" days) in the above image:

* New Year - Jan 1-3
* Chinese New Year - Jan 25-31
* Qingming Holiday - Apr 4-6
* Labor's Day - May 1-3
* Duanwu Holiday - May 28-30
* National Day - Oct 1-8

Public holidays in 2009 are "concentrated" into 3 months: Jan, May and Oct. There are two public holidays in each of these months. 2009 Chinese New Year (Spring festival) comes early on Jan 26 (年初一) and it is the Year of Ox. We have a special new year greeting mixing English with Chinese: Happy Niu (牛) Year this time as Ox (牛) is pronounced the same as "New" in Chinese.

Here is a list of Gift Giving Etiquettes that is appropriate in Chinese culture: 

  • Although it may seem straight forward, giving gifts is an art form
  • Choosing proper gifts will challenge your perceptions of what is and is not proper
  • Do not expect that a gift will be opened immediately; however, sometimes that may not be the case
  • Do not expect that the gift will be accepted right away. You may have to offer it a few times before it is accepted
  • Take a camera to take pictures during gift exchange
  • Even if your company color is green, or you travel to China over St. Patrick's Day and want to introduce people to the holiday, never give a Chinese gentleman a green hat. It is associated with adultery.
  • Because the number four in Chinese is a homonym for the word 'death' avoid giving things to people in groups of four.
  • Red is a color of good fortune. But never give someone something written in red ink as it implies the end of a relationship.
  • Do not give clocks. Clocks are associated with death. 
  • Do not give knives, scissors, letter openers, etc. It implies the severing of a relationship
  • Avoid white as it is associated with funerals
  • If you give gifts, give gifts to everyone in the room. If not, give the gift to the most important person in the room.

NOW GO IMPRESS YOUR CHINESE CLIENTS!

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Vickie Nagy
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It's very thoughtful and timely for you to share these holiday periods. Thanks so much. I'm saving these tips and calendaring them.

Feb 08, 2009 01:02 PM #1
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Eileen Hsu
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Vickie - This is the beauty of Active Rain community. I have learn so many tips from this community, it is important for me to give back and share what I know...! Glad to know that you enjoy it.

Feb 08, 2009 01:16 PM #2
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
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OMG. . I'm hispanic. .give me a margarita. . and I'm good!

Feb 08, 2009 01:24 PM #3
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Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
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Hey Fernando - I could be pleased by a Margarita too!

Feb 08, 2009 01:32 PM #4
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Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

I have had some high end clients from China. Very nice people, I was actually invited to China, which I might go one day.  Let me know if you have any clients for Maui, I would love to work with you.

Steve

Feb 08, 2009 01:34 PM #5
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Pat Laracy Baker
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Thank you so much Eileen.  What a great help this is.  I also have a separate business and China market has been launched so I now know all the right things to do and the holidays that are important for real estate and my other business.

 

Feb 08, 2009 01:42 PM #6
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Rita Fong
RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 - Marion, AR
Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale

Hi, Eileen,

I agree with you that it is important to learn about other cultures, especially in a big market like New York.  It is very easy to come across a Chinese client, vs I am the only Chinese realtor in my market, I have 3 sets of Chinese clients (never expected it).  I always make them Chinese New Year cake for Chinese New Year, and they always have some goodies back for me.

Feb 08, 2009 02:01 PM #7
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Loreena and Michael Yeo
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I like your post about our Chinese culture. This will bring some eye-opening observations to our non-Chinese friends here on AR.

Feb 08, 2009 03:16 PM #8
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Sonny Kwan
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So much culture and religious stuff to remember huh? AGENTS! dealing with chinese clients would be good to contact Eileen before meeting them for advice.

Feb 08, 2009 05:37 PM #9
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Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
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So many rules! How do you remember them all!  Good tips, so much of this is the exact opposite of western culture that I would have no idea what to do.  I would probably say or do something very offensive!

Feb 08, 2009 10:54 PM #10
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Eileen Begley
Coldwell Banker, DelMonte - Carmel, CA
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Eileen; nice post on the nuances of Chinese culture. I especially like the gift giving tips. It's so easy to make a mistake.

Feb 17, 2009 03:55 PM #11
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