Ari Taylor, Realtor with Century 21 North Shore! (Century 21 North Shore)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't give gifts. Does your attoney give you a gift or your doctor? I provide a nice "closing envelope" for their paperwork and I make a contribution in their name to Children's Miracle Network and sent them a letter and certificate saying so. Also send a welcome to your new home card thanking them for trusting me to help them on their home buying journey.

Jul 27, 2016 08:20 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Give them a house warming party in 30 days.  Cater it in.

Jul 27, 2016 02:38 PM
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Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
Luxury Property Specialist, CSC, SFR

Excellent and service!

Jul 27, 2016 01:06 PM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Keys. Don't give closing gifts anymore.

Jul 27, 2016 09:11 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Pearls for the Soul book...Over 800 positive and uplifting sayings that just edify under all conditions. Best seller gift for any occasion for years. This is sold in bulk & people love to give as well as receive this book..

Jul 27, 2016 11:43 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Ari,

Depending on their preferences, I have always loved giving plants.  A

Jul 27, 2016 01:03 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It depends on the buyer. First time buyers appreciate almost anything. How about a tree for their yard.

Jul 27, 2016 12:47 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I like to give the atomic clocks. I also taylor my gifts to the buyers. Like you I like to give something that will last. For my next closing the buyers are going to get a gift certificate to my favorite greenhouse so they can start planting the fruit trees they want to. 

Jul 27, 2016 11:01 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Throw a housewarming party for them that you pick up their friends as clients.

Jul 29, 2016 01:11 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

I don't give gifts anymore.   I do like Evelyn Johnston's idea of a catered housewarming party.   See her blog about the hot dogs.

Jul 28, 2016 07:04 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It varies by individual  Try to find something that these folks would enjoy.

Jul 28, 2016 05:20 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, but if I did I'd go with something personal geared toward's the client's likes/hobbies/interests or I'd make them something yummy.  Other options are grocery cards or a meal being delivered on move-in day.  Growing up, every time we moved it was Pizza for dinner while unpacking, so I'd think a good pie would be my go-to idea.

Jul 28, 2016 04:26 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

The keys along with timely and appropriate follow-up.   Congrats on your closing.   

Jul 28, 2016 12:49 AM
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Tom Burris
NMLS# 335055 - Baton Rouge, LA
Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience

Self-inking stamp with their new address. Your info emblazoned on the stamp so they will see your info every time they sit down to do the bills. 

 

Jul 28, 2016 12:39 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Good communication and your time.

Material gifts, well you have to know your client well, as it should be a reflection of "I listened to you, I paid attention to you, I know you well now."

Jul 28, 2016 12:07 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good service.

Jul 27, 2016 11:46 PM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I never felt compelled to give gifts but when I did it was something personalized to the individuals.  As their agent, you get to know them and can come up with something just for them.  A nice note telling them how much you enjoyed working with them is really enough.  You know where they live, so be sure to keep in touch!!!

Jul 27, 2016 11:41 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

There is no "best" IMO - I prefer to give a personalzied basket that I make based on what I know about them or their purchase

All baskets I make come with my business card magnet, bookmark (marketing), hurricane preparedness magnet

Others as Example:

Condo buyers with kids: get a basket with beach towels, sand buckets and shovels, water bottles and popcorn and more

Home buyers: small tool kit, flashlight, popcorn  and more

Jul 27, 2016 11:40 PM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Purchase the change of locks for their new home purchase with one key open all doors.

Jul 27, 2016 11:28 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTAcondos.com
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

A gift card to Home Depot.

Jul 27, 2016 11:16 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

the keys to the house....

Jul 27, 2016 10:34 PM
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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Home warranty

Jul 27, 2016 09:45 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

excellent service and a smooth and successful transaction!

Jul 27, 2016 09:37 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I don't believe in settlement day gifts (as if we are done). I believe in House Warming gifts that show we are never finished interacting with each other .

Jul 27, 2016 07:54 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Keys to their new home, for starters!

Jul 27, 2016 02:05 PM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Door decoration like a wreath or perienial plant that will bloom every year

Jul 27, 2016 12:41 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I like gift cards to a store that they may be needing to visit

Jul 27, 2016 11:21 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Maybe a rose bush?  Make it a very hearty one so it doesn't croak!

Jul 27, 2016 11:10 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Hard to make it memorable one a last-minute basis, but you can present it later. Something lasting might be a plaque with their new address that they could use. A simple gift could be a bottle of wine or candles or a plant.

Jul 29, 2016 03:35 AM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Hard work on getting their deal together.

Jul 28, 2016 12:56 PM
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Ari Taylor
Century 21 North Shore - Peabody, MA
Realtor with Century 21 North Shore!

Thank you everyone! I have decided to buy pizza lunch for moving day-I have been with these buyers for 8 months, looking, writing offers, being outbid and I'd like to do something special for them. All of these ideas are great and will help me tailor my gifts based on the client, if I continue with closing gifts-I've seen some other cute ideas online too! As usual Active Rain has really helped!

Jul 28, 2016 12:03 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

The keys to their new home with that comes the outstanding service I provided. 

Jul 28, 2016 07:32 AM
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Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Realty - Woodbridge, VA
Helping agents live an exceptional life!

I write a nice card and throw a Lowe's card in it as a rule. 

Jul 27, 2016 10:15 PM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

A Waterford Crystal picture frame.

Jul 27, 2016 10:04 PM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

A smooth transaction.

Jul 27, 2016 09:51 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Biggest rave was the dinner and breakfast I provide for a family of 4 moving long distance to the island. First night everyone was tired and dinner - including the kids' favorites - was delivered early, complete with wine for Mom and Dad and dessert for all. Breakfast the next morning was already in the frig (eggs, milk, juice) and in the gift basket of fresh baked island muffins, Ahahola Granola, papayas, mangos and Kauai coffee.

Jul 27, 2016 06:00 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I usually choose something they would like. So, it is always customized. 

Jul 27, 2016 04:46 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Ari Taylor if they are first time home buyers, best gift is a year of home warranty.... (little expensive, though...)

Jul 27, 2016 04:11 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

Each buyer is different.

Jul 27, 2016 03:18 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
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I think that the best gift is your expert assistance in the purchase of a new home.

Jul 27, 2016 02:29 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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washer drier?

Frig

Jul 27, 2016 01:08 PM
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Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
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If you're into giving something pricey, try CUTCO! (They have a unique program for agents)

Jul 27, 2016 11:07 AM