Which closing gifts work best to keep you top of mind?

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To celebrate the purchase of my first condo four years ago, my agent gave me a $50 gift certificate to a local tea shop and a plant for my closing gift. 

I appreciated the gifts because my agent listened to me and my interests and purchased accordingly (she knew how much I love tea). It was very thoughtful and left me feeling happy and positive about her.

I water the plant and see it every day and it reminds me of my agent. Was this a random or strategic, smart move to keep herself "top of mind"?

Do you always give a closing gift and do you think it is important to choose something to help make you memorable?

 

 

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Kim Darling
GRI, "Your Home Team" Fresno/Clovis Real Estate
Keller Williams Westland Realty

Lauren-I have done personalized stepping stones for people, the garden flags and doormats (then I periodically leave a new garden flag on holidays with my business card on them), that has been the ones I like the most. 

January 24, 2011 05:25 PM
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Brian L. Sirota
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Absolutely Lauren!   I remember how apt a bottle of Piper Sonoma Champagne was for a buyer on Pieper Lane.

Brian L. Sirota, Esq., Broker/Attorney, BriStar Realty, Orange County, California

February 08, 2011 03:26 AM
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Kathy Schowe
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California Lifestyle Realty

I like to find something that I know they will like-- something personal.  I like to give music, homemade goodies, wine-- or something for their pets.  Kathy

February 09, 2011 11:57 PM
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Lauren Bernstein
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Bill - I like that you give plants with a good story. Great thinking!

Bob - I'm sure a gift card to Menards is very useful.

Kim - Personalizing stepping stones? How cool!

Brian - Piper:Pieper  - very neat!

Kathy - It sounds like you have a thoughtful approach. Homemade goodies? Yum!

February 10, 2011 01:59 AM
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Lee & Pamela St. Peter
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Lauren I need to get my post out for the challenge on closing gifts.  Your agent was right on!  I actually heard from a past client that I too gave a plant to 7 years ago.  Said she still loves her plant and things about us all the time as she tends it...  sweet!
Pamela

March 13, 2011 11:39 AM
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