My Closing Gift

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Real Estate Agent with Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon

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My Closing Gift

I am truly blessed as an agent here in the Portland Metro area. I always try to choose a nice closing gift for my clients..and I can say I often draw a blank. Lately, I've been making baskets up with some similar things for each client..as well as throwing in some local things as well.

I did have fun putting together my basket (gotten at the Goodwill) filled with a bottle of balsamic vinegar and truffle olive oil from The Oilerie® in Lake Oswego (love this place), personalized "just moved" postcards that I created in two different formats & neatly tied with nice ribbon, mailing labels and a gift card for dinner and a movie. I could actually go crazy with this...but have to stop at some point!

I waited until a day after they were officially moved in and off I went to welcome them and see how their new home looked with all their furniture in it. When I walked in, it looked great and I immediately noticed this gorgeous plant sitting on the kitchen island. I thought..now that was nice of someone to send that to them. Imagine my surprise when she reached in and pulled the card from it and said that it was for me!

Not only was this woman a pleasure to work with the on the sale of her home and the purchase of this new home....she gave ME a closing gift! I am truly blessed. Thank you Kerry and Sam for making this agents day!!

Here is my gorgeous planter mix with a bromiliad, orchid and a pothos plant in a beautiful clay pot.

My closing gift planter

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Premiere Property Group,LLC

5000 Meadows Rd., Ste. 150, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

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Rainmaker
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Terri Poehler
Realtor - Coral Springs, FL
Coral Springs Real Estate Agent

That is so nice. I love when that happens.

Sep 10, 2012 07:10 PM #1
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
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Wow -- that is a great compliment to you.  I know these folks must have realized how lucky they were to have you as their agent.

Sep 10, 2012 07:11 PM #2
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Mark Loewenberg
Keller Williams of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
PA 561-214-0370

yes it is a very nice touch and your folks were extremely lucky to have you on their side!

Sep 10, 2012 07:19 PM #3
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Terri, It sure was! It is nice when it does happen and it sure made my week!

Sep 10, 2012 07:20 PM #4
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Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team
Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie - Saint Lucie West, FL
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We use CUTCO KNIVES and I have to say WHAT A CONCEPT?  Your name and phone number etched on a set of LIFETIME KNIVES that are sharpened yearly for free by the company who comes in and reminds your customer where they got these great knives. 

Sep 10, 2012 07:24 PM #5
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Joan, it is really nice to be acknowledged and appreciated for doing a good job. It sure was a nice surprise to me! Clients like this sure do make up for the ones that can push your buttons.

Sep 10, 2012 07:25 PM #6
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
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Hi Mark, it was indeed...and it was a win/win working situation for sure.

Sep 10, 2012 07:26 PM #7
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Kevin, I need to look back into that again. Seems like it's much easier then putting together baskets...especially when time is limited (although I enjoy it). We used to have a Cutco guy come in to the office with my last company...bet I have his card somewhere.

Sep 10, 2012 07:27 PM #8
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Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS - Silver Spring, MD
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HI Cindy, how truly wonderful! I can only imagine that this closing gift to you didn't only make your day but your whole week month!

I can go nuts on closing gifts for my clients, too! If you have worked that closely together for weeks or months and just really hit it off, learned a ton about each other and feel like they've become friends, you just want to make it extra special.

Sep 10, 2012 07:28 PM #9
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Debbie Reynolds
Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730 - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Cindy, I bet you were speechless with the wonderful surprise and kind sentiments of your clients. It is nice to be appreciated and noticed.

Sep 11, 2012 05:03 AM #10
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548 - Erie, PA
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Cindy,

Sweet! Each day you can enjoy the beautiful pot of flowers and have the creative photo as a reminder of their gratitude.  Make it your screensaver image to pick up up on those rather tough days that all Realtors have from time to time.

BTW I love your 'Thank you' basket ideas. When I saw Oswego I immediately thought of Oswego, New York.

Sep 11, 2012 05:28 AM #11
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Rob D. Shepherd
Coldwell Banker Coast - Florence, OR
Principal Broker ABR, GRI

We have an Olive store that my daughter was working at til Sunday (leaving for college) this just gave me more ideas for a closing gift. The only gift offer back that  have received, was nasty clients that want to take me to lunch. The kind that you never want to be their agent again.

Sep 11, 2012 05:54 AM #12
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Kat Palmiotti
Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270 - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

That's wonderful that your clients gave you a closing gift!  And I love your basket idea as well.

Thanks for sharing!

Sep 11, 2012 06:03 AM #13
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
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Hi Andrea, There is always that separation period when you've worked so closely for several months..in this case the sale and purchase...that it feels a bit wierd when you aren't in that state of contact. Closing gifts show appreciation for them putting their faith in your abilities, so sometimes finding the right one can be daunting! Getting one unexpectedly...well yeah...it really did make my month!!

Sep 12, 2012 11:43 AM #14
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
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Hi Debbie, I actually was..and that is not a common thing for me (according to my family). :)

Sep 12, 2012 11:44 AM #15
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
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Hi Mary..what a great idea of making it a screensaver. I can change it out when I'm working with a particularly difficult client or transaction and it will remind my WHY I love what I do!

Sep 12, 2012 11:46 AM #16
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
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Hi Rob...makes you wonder what they are thinking..but then again, many clients have no clue that they can be a tad difficult to work with. I can honestly say I've only had one such client...and seeing the surprise on his face when I showed up for closing was priceless, but I was never more happy to see that one through the way I treat every client right to the end.

Sep 12, 2012 11:50 AM #17
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
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Hi Kat, thanks, I do like to personalize each one as they take a bit of thought. I was very surprised to get one in return!

Sep 12, 2012 11:53 AM #18
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!" - Merrick, NY
Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent

I love your pop art moving cards. You obviously did a great job and they were thrilled with you. The best thank you I ever got from a client included a gift card to Lord and Taylor's.

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