Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor® (Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA)

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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Doug please go back to April 2nd of Bob Crane  tread and feel free to read my post that Kasey & John Boles  referenced I put the link in my response to her. While you are at it read the comments I received, Endre

 

Jun 22, 2017 07:37 AM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

We give them to owner occupant buyers as house warming or move in gifts. We do not give them to sellers or investors. I see no reason why we shouldn't give house warming gifts since we are so involved in the process. We are a different industry than other service providers where a house warming gift is a thing so I disagree with the notion that "other professionals don't give a gifts so it is unprofessional for realtors to do so." There were actually two great opposing blog posts about this a few months ago. I think Endre Barath, Jr. wrote one and I can't remember the other.-Kasey

Jun 22, 2017 07:18 AM
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I generally do for buyers, not for sellers. My reason is that it is a house warming gift, and I try to buy something useful, like a nice tool kit for a first time buyer, or something in our search they have talked about wanting in their home.

Jun 22, 2017 06:52 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I do

Jun 22, 2017 04:55 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Yes, small token ones; to be 'remembered' a little better and just because it feels good to do it (if deserved!). 

Jun 22, 2017 08:49 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I have never given closing gifts because I have not seen the need.

Jun 22, 2017 08:26 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Not as a general rule. Do you give your lawyer a gift other than his fee?

Jun 22, 2017 07:45 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Doug,

Many of our clients get gifts from their clients.  When we were invited to an open house, (a clebration)  we always brought a hostess/host gift.  A

Jun 22, 2017 07:04 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Most of my clients are out of state so that doesn't work for me. I do handwritten thank you notes on everyone.

Jun 22, 2017 07:02 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

I never gave closing gifts.... I gave great service and I often received a gift for that .... plus my commission!!

Jun 22, 2017 06:57 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

As I mentioned on Endre Barath, Jr.'s post back in April, I love showering them with gifts - it's really a fun thing for me!  I love listening to them talk while we're working together and then figuring out what would rock their world!  

They know you've listened to them and most of the time, are nearly as gleeful as when they get their keys handed to them! 

I do deliver the gifts AFTER the sale though - it's another touch that let's them know I care...and I DO!

Jun 22, 2017 11:49 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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yes, I do, and it is not the same and depends on the client and the purchase. If I"m a selling agent, I usually meet them at the property to pass the key with good quality champagne and beautiful glasses( that usually stay at the property as a gift too). 

Jun 22, 2017 10:56 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

 A nice 'Thank you' note to both seller & buyer.  Then keep in touch in future.

I just spent several thousand $$ at the dentist. I know I won't receive a gift from him and I will continue to go to him because he does a good job.

 

Jun 22, 2017 09:54 AM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
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I don't consider giving gifts unprofessional or a bribe.  Most often, I give them simply because we've established a relationship and it's a great time for celebration. 

Jun 22, 2017 09:36 AM
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Esther Preston
Heartland Realty - Redmond, OR

 I often give buyers on moving day, a meal from a catering business here. They provide all dishes and pickup and delivery.  

Jun 22, 2017 09:21 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

It is not a standard of practice for me.  There are times I do ... however most of the time, I do not.  My clients, most of them, give me gifts in gratitude for all that I did for them.

Jun 22, 2017 09:01 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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We are professionals, no we do not feel the need for trinkets and bribes for our clients.

 

Jun 22, 2017 07:06 AM
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

We give closing gifts to all our buyers. It's common practice here. 

Jun 23, 2017 04:14 AM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I do not always give a closing gift.  Depends on the price range of the purchase.  If it is over $200,000 I give a large gift basket.  If it is under $200,000 I usually give a variety of items that I feel will leave a lasting impression on my buyer.

Jun 22, 2017 10:30 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

Yes, to most, some don't earn one, most do.

GRATITUDE is why. Thank You, pure and simple.

Often I take singles clients to a meal or I learn what my clients are into and personalize the gift.

Jun 22, 2017 09:23 PM
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Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I usually do, to say thanks for the business. Clients will give referrals or work with me again if I provide good service and not because I give them gifts.

Jun 22, 2017 03:47 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
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I believe 'breaking bread' with clients says so much more than an animate object.

Jun 22, 2017 12:19 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Its a matter decided upon in the moment when and if it is brought to my attention. If it doesn't come up, so be it. If it does, I will respond at that time

Jun 22, 2017 10:07 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I do not as a general rule.  For friends I'll make an exception.  I really don't see why people think we should.  As to the "other professions don't" argument that many (including myself) and recently Kasey & John Boles have made, there is a body shop that has done work on my car twice and my parent's cars.  They do an amazing job and they are a direct service provider and claims adjuster with my insurance company (one stop shop, I get my car back quick).  They give a bag of nuts/trail mix from a highly liked local place, The Somis Nut House, when you pick up your car.  I look forward to that (and the snacks in their waiting room), but I don't choose them for that. 

 

I see realtors in the same way.  We provide the service that keeps people coming back and sending us their friends and family, not for the gifts.  We have a past client that has sent us about a dozen referrals over the years, including two this year.  No gifts, just that she knows we'll treat her friends like family and do an amazing job.

Jun 22, 2017 10:03 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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I handed the buyer a gift card and coupons useful to them.

Jun 22, 2017 08:15 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

NO , it is the wrong posture for a Realtor .

If you are a gift giver it should be a House Warming Gift 2-3 weeks after closing ! This demostrates clearly the continued relationship !!!

Jun 26, 2017 05:53 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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no

Jun 23, 2017 05:58 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

We give a small gift to buyers and sellers. My current favorite is a large coffee table book about Wyoming.

Jun 23, 2017 05:23 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Rarely... depends on how well I know the client. I do make a charitable contribution in their name to CMN thru RE/MAX from my commission on every sale. Each client receives a handwritten note thanking them for trusting me with their home.

Jun 23, 2017 05:10 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

I do on occasion.  It depends on the client.

Jun 23, 2017 05:08 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Doug Dawes - oh yes, I still do! Just to say 'Thanks' for supporting me in my business.

Jun 22, 2017 10:46 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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I seldom give a gift.  Only to very special clients.

Jun 22, 2017 08:22 PM
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Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
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I do not give gifts at this time

Jun 22, 2017 07:23 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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Not always. I feel my service is all they want and I let them know how much I appreciate them.

Jun 22, 2017 07:09 PM
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Harjeet Bhatti
MB Financial Bank - Schaumburg, IL
Home Mortgage Consultant 44 States

I believe in good service. I always get referrals as gift from my clients. Clients remember you for service not gift. 

Jun 22, 2017 01:04 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I do for buyers house warming parties and they refer me all the time.

 

Jun 24, 2017 03:42 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 do, and depends on who they are and what they bought.

Jun 24, 2017 07:16 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I make personalized baskets

Jun 23, 2017 06:56 AM