Spam prevention
Rainmaker
2,394,765
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Usually my Sellers turn into Buyers and I give them a Hot Dog Party and invite their family and friends and new neighbors into their home to see it and meet them.

Feb 22, 2015 10:04 AM
Rainmaker
305,739
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I have sent gifts to out of town sellers. I once sent a gift card to a restaurant in their town I was told they liked.

Feb 22, 2015 09:29 AM
Ambassador
941,959
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

I give a closing gift to each client whether a seller or buyer or both.  So, it depends upon the circumstance.  If they have left, I would likely send them a gift card in the form of an American Express gift card that they can use in most locations for many different things from entertainment to travel to home decor or improvement.

Feb 22, 2015 06:36 AM
Rainmaker
633,936
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Usually, and if they're gone I send a nice basket with appropriate gift card(s) for their new location.

Feb 28, 2015 06:32 PM
Ambassador
3,981,962
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I like the party idea for buyers and saying thank you to the sellers with the gift card. These are great ideas.

Feb 23, 2015 10:42 PM
Rainmaker
384,082
Susan Rupert
Kissinger Bigatel & Brower REALTORS - State College, PA
ABR, CRS, e-PRO, MCNE, SRES, REALTOR

I agree with William. It really depends on the client but whether it's a buyer or seller I usually make up a gift basket. I live in a college town so I try to support the locals and if we have something that is specifically made in my home town I usually include that in the baskets. 

Feb 22, 2015 12:30 PM
Rainer
91,482
Odaly Victorio
Team Victorious at Keller Williams Realty - Jupiter, FL
Marketing Expert

I love Evelyn Johnston idea!  I always give something, but it does depend on the client/purchase/sale.  It has ranged from a bottle of booze to a customized BBQ set to wine glasses with a bottle of wine I bought back from Italy to a fridge full of beer, water and soda for incoming out-of-towners.  I'm curious to see the reponses.  I have not had one steady gift, but maybe I should.

Feb 22, 2015 11:33 AM
Rainmaker
966,835
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

My gifts vary, depending on the client.  One of my clients is a writer/artist/photographer and I give his autographed book "Arizona Then and Now."  The book is priceless given that's it's autographed and shares Arizona history through photography and clients love it.  My biggest problem with that is that he is about to turn 93 and the book is out of print!  Onward to new gift ideas.

Feb 22, 2015 11:31 AM
Rainer
135,009
Geoff Grist
Mosman Neutral Bay Realty, Sydney Australia - Sydney, AU
Author of Sold Above Market book

I give a gift to both the buyer and the seller, usually a magnum of french champagne or a $150 voucher to a good local restaurant but I also support a cause and for every home I sell I donate a backpack bed to the homeless, I do this buy purchasing a card which represents the donation and so I use that card as the Thank you card with the champagne or gift voucher, you can do this too by visiting www.backpackbeds.org and select donate it will say donate Australian or donate USA

Feb 22, 2015 11:29 AM
Ambassador
4,298,246
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debbie Reynolds usually they do buy a bigger or smaller homes with me - so yes, if they do so, I have some gift for them.

However, if they move out of town - happened with two of them, I did not - so I need to change that. Thanks for the question that helps me do the right thing.

Feb 22, 2015 11:15 AM
Rainmaker
725,830
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

LOL...I'm with William Feela that "some don't deserve a gift", other than that I am generous even to those who have left the area.

Feb 22, 2015 06:53 AM
Rainmaker
4,796,551
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I do not.

Feb 12, 2018 06:47 AM
Ambassador
3,981,962
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Online gift certificates could be a good option for a seller in transit. Thanks for the good suggestions.

Feb 25, 2015 11:08 AM
Rainer
32,271
Joan Beduze
Keller Williams Realty Acadiana - Lafayette, LA

If they have already left town, a nice Thank You card with an American Express Gift card enclosed would work. 

Feb 22, 2015 10:44 PM
Rainmaker
2,980,542
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I sned a Penn Street Bakery cake to out of town sellers telling them it had been "sweet" doing business with them. If my seller is also a buyer in town, they get a purchase closing gift. (Besides, I've already "gifted" them when I reduce my listing commission for the double-ended transaction.)

Feb 22, 2015 08:21 PM
Rainmaker
3,192,220
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Gift cards to national chains work anywhere with a personal card/note.

Feb 22, 2015 07:43 PM
Rainmaker
4,320,128
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debbie,

In commercial real estate, we were given gifts, not the other way around.  I have met many top ranking residential agents who are getting gifts from their clients thanking them for their excellent work...but if that is what your marketplace is accustomed to, then you always send them a gift.  A

Feb 22, 2015 01:36 PM
Rainmaker
1,675,306
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

A thank you, or gift card is always an acceptable way to say thanks.  It is usually given at the closing. We try to find out where they are moving to before closing.

Feb 22, 2015 01:18 PM
Rainmaker
83,548
Ernest Villafranca
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Oakland, CA
3923 Grand Ave. Oakland CA, 510-418-9443

Nope.

My doctor and dentist don't give me any presents. And I don't expect anything from them...only good service.

One couple once asked me if I was going to give them a refrigerator or a stove!

I do thank clients for their business.

 

Feb 22, 2015 12:01 PM
Ambassador
907,460
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
FrankRubiRealEstate.com

I give all buyers a Frame picture of the purchase. 

Feb 22, 2015 11:16 AM
Ambassador
2,188,625
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I mainly only give gifts to my buyers. I have given gifts to a few seller's though, and they have been very appreciative of them. 

Feb 22, 2015 10:04 AM
Rainmaker
3,977,717
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

It really depends on the client.  Honestly, some don't deserve a gift.  I try and taylor  gift that fits the clients.  Gift cards to a home improvement store or a local restraunt as an example.

Feb 22, 2015 06:10 AM