What is the Perfect Closing Gift for Clients?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado

 

What is the Perfect Closing Gift for Clients?

 

giftI’m a firm believer in giving a token of my appreciation to my clients once we get to the closing table.  I always write a nice card thanking them for choosing Will and I to be their Realtors and help them get their home sold or bought. 

 

I have been racking my brain lately trying to come up with something special to give clients.  We always seem to buy a gift card to Home Depot or something and once they spend it they have forgotten about us.  Of course we add them to our sphere of influence and send them our monthly postcard and annual calendars. 

 

I would like to come up with something that they keep and use for years to come that maybe has our names on it.

 

I googled closing gifts for clients and didn’t come up with anything special.

 

If anyone has a cool idea they would like to share, I would love to hear about it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Adrian Willanger
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If it's a first time buyer its a gift certificate to Home Depot, or it I happen to know the client likes wine I'll get them a nice bottle. I also like Kathy's idea of paying for a locksmith.

Jul 07, 2012 10:00 AM #4
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Will Hamm
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Belinda,  Great blog to fine out what we should be doing.  Hope you have a good day off.

Jul 07, 2012 10:06 AM #5
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Anna Banana Kruchten
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Belinda I think about what the clients are into or like and buy something I know they'll really appreciate and/or use.  First timers get Home Depot Cards and like them.  Other folks may get a gift card to restaurant, wine basket - who knows what. It's always kind of fun finding the right gift!

Jul 07, 2012 10:24 AM #6
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John Pusa
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Belinda - Thank you for sharing detailed quality information on what is the perfect closing gift for clients.

Jul 07, 2012 10:53 AM #7
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
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Belinda -- this is a question I ask myself over and over so I'll keep checking back to see if there is anything new or different.  I've done all of the typical things and a few things outside the box -- I haven't tried it but I know some who give pizza parties(at their new home on moving day).   

Jul 07, 2012 11:00 AM #8
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Chris Ann Cleland
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For sellers, maybe a reminder of the home they sold that they can have forever.  Take a good photo of the home to a sketch artist.  I once saw a family that had photos of every home they'd lived in turned into sketches and hung on the wall.

Jul 07, 2012 11:01 AM #9
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Belinda - Mary & I give a personalized toolkit to buyers, and they love it. Here's a link to the post I wrote about it a while back: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2395421/cool-closing-gift-for-buyers Check it out - you might like it.

Jul 07, 2012 11:48 AM #10
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Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com
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Belinda:  As a lender, I too try to give something to my clients as a bit of a celebration upon Closing.  I've given different things, but as of late, I've begun to give a Christmas ornament.  I have a friend that is an artist and she paints a beautiful rendition of their new home on a wooden ornament that serves as their Closing Gift.   (I send her a pic of her home, taken at the time of appraisal)  Not expensive.  It's personalized ... and it has my name and website painted on the reverse.  That way they can always find me in the future, should the need arise.  It's been received very well ... so I'm thinking I'm on to something.   And my friend loves having the outlet for her talents .. and the money too ...

I love reading all the ideas submitted here ... so I'm going to Feature this post, with the hopes that many more chirp in with their ideas!

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Jul 07, 2012 12:39 PM #11
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Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent
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I gear it towards the client. My last clients were first time home buyers who needed PLENTY b/c they were going from 800sqft to 2300sqft so I gave them an American Express gift card.

However, the client before was not a first time home buyer and was very creative and was starting over in a way. So I thought this was a great gift and she LOVED it! http://www.plowandhearth.com/cardinal-wedding-anniversary-plaque_p4585.html  I didn't feel the need to put my name on it as I think when people comment on it, she will mention me ;)  I think Plow and Hearth has some great personalized gifts like house flags, welcome mats, crocks/flower pots, etc. http://www.plowandhearth.com/personalized-gifts/feature_s2009_d_c9006.html

Oh, but I do put a magnet of my business card on their fridge as well ;)

 

Jul 07, 2012 01:30 PM #12
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Joyce Godwin
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Hi Belinda, I will be curious to see what suggestions you get.  Like the others, I also give Home Depot or Lowe's gift cards sometimes.  Sometimes I wonder/ worry that this is a bit too impersonal, but sometimes I go to the bank and get a visa card and give it to them with a note to buy something they need for their new home or just go to a restaurant of their choice and celebrate their home purchase or sale (this is actually what I would like to get - maybe I'm too practical though!). 

Something I've been thinking about doing is giving a couple of gift cards to my favorite (non-franchised) restaurants - especially if they are not from this area, which would give them a chance to try a couple of restaurants that would be new to them and ones they may not have known about for awhile at least.  Who knows, maybe (assuming they liked the restaurants) they would think of me everytime they go there.

Jul 07, 2012 01:35 PM #13
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Martha Brown
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Hi Belinda- A personalized door mat is a great gift for a buyer. You will be remembered each time they enter/exit and welcome guests into their home. For sellers  I give a set of coffee mugs that have my logo, name etc on it filled with Hershey kisses, a thank you note and some business cards. I call it my mugs and kisses thank you for allowing me to assist with the sale of their home. 

Jul 07, 2012 03:57 PM #14
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Jim Patton
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Belinda -  A gift I have given in the past is a custom windchime.   The windcatcher part is customized with whatever you want.   I usually put  "The Smiths"  , "Estb.2012"  and then the back side has my name on it.   These are very well made and sound awsome, not tinny like cheap windchimes.   They are kind of pricey though.   You can check them out at https://www.gracenotes.com/windchimestore/

Jul 07, 2012 05:10 PM #15
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Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

I have done so many things like what has mentioned above....and I still struggle what to give.   Seems when I go shopping I always seem to find some thing that just catches my eye!    I like gardening types of gifts when i can!!!

Jul 07, 2012 08:02 PM #16
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Belinda Spillman
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Hey guys.  I love some of the suggestions.  The problem with gift cards is that they just don't feel personal to me.  I am going to check out Dick's idea of the tool box and Jim's idea of the custom windchime.  Very cool.  Hope I get some more great suggestions.

Jul 08, 2012 11:16 AM #17
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Sussie Sutton
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I liked many of the ideas here. I know of a place that sells those three foot tall clay pots. The place is reasonable. I think that is what I will give my last client.

Jul 08, 2012 11:32 AM #18
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Howdy and evening Belinda

Belunda my friend, the folks above sure have gave some mighty fine ideas for closing gifts. When a Client that I have done a Home Inspection, Commercial Property does buy the propery or I've done an Energy Audit of their. I give them a Christmas Ornament with a special saying on it. For First Time Home Buyers, I also give them an easy to understand Home Maintenace book.

Have a good one

Dale in New Hampshire

Jul 10, 2012 08:40 PM #19
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Herman Herrera
HERMAN & CO REAL ESTATE l Staten Island, New York - Staten Island, NY
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I do a gift card to Home Depot (usually $200 but varies with commission) with a hand written thank you card along with a bottle of our own wine with my company information on the label.  If it's a high end sale, I usually do a gift basket with an ipad that has our company information engraved on the back.

Jul 18, 2012 06:38 PM #20
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Have you ever considered Cutlery pieces. Most Realtors will agree that a kitchen can really make or break a sale. People spend quite a bit of time in this room, especially when entertaining (which is want your name to come up). CUTCO Cutlery will engrave your custom logo or contact information on almost any item they sell. Instead of a gift card, wine basket, coupons, and the like - be unique and give them something they will use on a regular basis for years and years. Starting at $50 its a bargain considering the longevity of the advertising!

Email me at MyCutcoKnives@gmail.com for more information.
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Sep 21, 2012 10:56 AM #21
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Kayte Vest

I came upon this site looking for gifts for a realtor to give to her clients on their 1 year anniversary of purchasing their home.

I just started working as a virtual assistant to a realtor here in DFW, TX and as some gifts I've created a unique sketch of the property and just purchased a nice frame and gave that as a gift. I actually do this personally for gifts for family and friends. Everyone loves them.

If you are interested in seeing pictures or even looking to purchase one for your clients new home, send me an email. Kaytemarie97@gmail.com

Mar 20, 2013 01:34 PM #22
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Teresa Lansford, MBA, GRI, MRP
Sellstate Alliance - Colorado Springs - Colorado Springs, CO
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I just found this post, and I had to laugh. Before I was an agent, we bought a 350k home in 1999 in Phoenix thru a realtor, then we sold that home within a year for over $400k and bought again, and after 3 years, we sold that house as well, he earned commissions on 3 homes over 350k each. We never got so much as a thank you card, in fact, we bought him a $75 dinner card and hand delivered it to his home.  At the time, we thought it was the right thing to do, after all he helped us right? I would be kissing my clients toes for a 3 peater. All I can say is clients perceptions are very different than agents.

Jun 09, 2013 08:19 AM #23
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