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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

A big smile, a thank-you, and a hearty handshake.

Oct 07, 2019 05:24 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Price point doesn't matter.

I'm sure you asked her interests, her favorite foods, restaurants, etc. Go with what you know about her. Don't listen to the AR stingy, a thank you gift is what separates you from the average. Or, take her to lunch or dinner and pick up the check before she leaves.

 

Oct 07, 2019 07:09 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't do closing gifts. I do, however, do personalized housewarming gifts for my home buyers. By now you'd hopefully know enough about your client to send her a nice housewarming gift for her new home. In the meantime, send her a personal note thanking her for the opportunity to sell her home.

Oct 07, 2019 09:51 PM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

If it's my house?

Thank you for your very thoughtful gift, sweet agent of mine!

A bottle of Don Julio Anejo 1942

$320.00

That's me. If she's a teetotaler, you may need to send something lovely and personalized. Does she like artwork? A gorgeous throw for the new place? Something that can be enjoyed at the new place? A gift card for a nearby restaurant or shopping center? YOU know your client - what would she like?

Oct 07, 2019 05:14 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

a big "thank you" for the business....

Oct 08, 2019 05:43 AM
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Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

What type of gift do other professionals give you after you pay them for their services?

Oct 08, 2019 03:49 AM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Thank you card.

Oct 07, 2019 06:42 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

With half a million in her pocket I am sure she is quite happy already.

Oct 07, 2019 06:30 PM
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Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

A GC to a restaurant in the city/town she is moving to.

Oct 07, 2019 04:53 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

The best closing gift is GREAT service throughout the transaction sandy straley . When I did give a gift (beyond terrific service) it was a $50.00 gift certificate to Menards Home Center so they could pick up some touch-up stuff for their new home.

Oct 08, 2019 06:03 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I know a lot of agents do closing gifts. I think it really depends on the agent, the client, the deal, and the future. Do you want them to keep in touch with you? If yes, get something they will see often. Do you just want to say thanks? Then a bottle of whatever they like to drink which will be gone soon. Whatever feels right.

Oct 07, 2019 06:37 PM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I find that gift cards work very well. You can do an internet search for a nice restaurant and get them a gift card.

You can give gift card to a store that will furnish some item of value...Home Depot or Lowes for instance.

You can give a generic card...MasterCard or Visa for instance or Amazon.

All are appreciated.

Oct 08, 2019 12:55 PM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

A Thank You card expressing gratitude to her for choosing you to represent and wishing her well on the out of area move!

Oct 08, 2019 12:33 PM
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Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

It depends on what she likes.  Since she's moving, I make sure that the gift is not going to be a burden to her.

Oct 08, 2019 10:54 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Moving out of state is hard one but I would still get her something, even if it is a gift card of restaurant on her way to her new city.

 

Oct 08, 2019 09:24 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

A smooth settlement is a nice gift. 

Oct 08, 2019 09:09 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Warm well wishes ... a thank you for allowing me to represent you in the sale of your home, and if they are open to it, a farewell hug. I do stay connected to clients that move out of the area.  I sent birthday cards and holiday cards. When they return to the area to visit family we typically meet up for lunch or dinner. If there is a "gift" involved it is very unique personal and represents a token of my appreciation. It is not one size fits all. 

Oct 08, 2019 08:13 AM
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Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

A personalized entry mat with her name on it and in her favorite colors.

Oct 08, 2019 06:04 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

One of my favorites is the personaized wood cutting boards. Can also be used as a server. They have many differnt styles and add ons. 

 

Oct 08, 2019 05:39 AM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

A bottle of good champagne, if you know that they will enjoy it. Lunch at a fancy restaurant. 

Oct 07, 2019 09:13 PM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

I am sure, you will do it right.

Oct 07, 2019 06:55 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

gift card.

550K can not get a studio here.

Starts a small condo 750 to 1.1M-location dependent

Oct 08, 2019 08:37 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I don't do closing gifts, nor do I believe in them.  However if I were, it would be something practical and something personalized.  I helped the son of a friend of mine buy his first house.  He loves to cook and he and his roommate were friends of Jack Daniels.  I got him a color coded set of cutting boards (fish, chicken, veggies, etc) from Costco and a Costco sized ginormous bottle of Jack Daniels.  No branding of mine, no cards and was given as a housewarming gift specifically in person.  They were VERY happy!  Price point of the property does not matter.

Oct 08, 2019 07:29 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

A piece of Waterford Crystal

Oct 08, 2019 07:16 AM
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Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

I'm totally agree with Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D 

Oct 08, 2019 07:03 AM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

A book of the listing photos of her home...  Easy to do on Snapfish.  

Oct 08, 2019 03:56 AM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

It varies.  My $4.55M Pebble Beach buyer this summer really liked a framed Concours d' Elegance poster the seller had in the stairway, so I purchased it from the seller and it stayed in the home when she moved in.  She LOVED it and invited me to the event the following weekend.

Oct 08, 2019 03:03 PM
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Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

You'll thnk of something. It's from you.

Oct 08, 2019 10:01 AM
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Ben Andrew
PropertySimple - Scottsdale, AZ
Brand building and lead generation

For more wealthy clients, hosting/paying for a farewell or housewarming party is a great way to re-invest the money you made and build relationships for potential future transactions.

 

Some other ideas include:

- framed historic maps of the city or state (great talking piece)

- smart home tech like a Nest or Ecobee thermostat (saves them money, also great talking piece)

- tickets to a concert or sports event (if they're into that)

- take them out to eat (build that relationship)

- a nice bottle of wine

- donation to a charity or local food bank

 

You can find more ideas & inspiration, click here.

Oct 08, 2019 09:28 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

A plane ticket 

Oct 08, 2019 06:44 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Pearls for the Soul book of over 800 positive sayings. Both giver/receiver are fondly remembered everytime the book is opened & a saying is released

Oct 08, 2019 06:43 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Sandy,

Some do give closing gifts and some don't.  It depends, and if you do, make sure it suits her as others have said. A

Oct 08, 2019 06:42 AM
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Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

What sort of things does she like? I recently gave one couple dog bone ornaments with their dogs names on them because they love Christmas and they love their dogs. It was personal to them. They had two high end closings with me. I'm also giving them a gift certificate to a nice steak restaurant so they can celebrate. It wasn't just about their price point though. I give closing baskets for my buyers. I try to think outside of the box for sellers. Sometimes they just get insulated corkcicle cups (think Yeti) with my logo. It may be a nice bottle of wine if they're wine enthusiast however, that can be very personal for true wine enthusiast.

Oct 08, 2019 04:12 AM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Personalized cutting board and a high grade knife.

Oct 08, 2019 02:19 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

nice dinner gift card that has a location where she is moving to

Oct 07, 2019 10:12 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Impeccable service.

Oct 08, 2019 02:47 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I usually get to know my clients well enough, I personalize the gift.

Oct 18, 2019 11:40 AM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

hmmm.... no future business... gift ??? It must be a personal friend or something you feel obligated to do.  My Services and honesty are my best gift to all of my clients.

Oct 10, 2019 04:41 PM
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Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

I try to find out what my clients hobbies are a focus my closing gift on that.  Good Luck

Oct 10, 2019 08:26 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Depends on the kind of person the agent is. Those who see $550.000 are most likely to meet this obligation with a purchase of relative value. Mission accomplished.

However the better agent will see a transformational opportunity. This takes more effort from the agent but will far outlive the expiry date of a bottle of wine and will be a source of refreshment and strength the rest of their clients days. After all, the exceptional agent will have observed their client, asked intelligent, probing questions and come to know them at a level seldom available to acquaintances. This may be ones last chance to touch them in a meaningful way.

Oct 10, 2019 06:36 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Alan May has my answer summed up well.

Oct 09, 2019 05:21 AM