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Old 05-16-2008, 07:05 PM
 
Location: WNY
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as a spin off from another thread, i want to ask the lay folk - if you use an agent to sell or buy a home, do you expect or anticipate a gift from them? If so in what dollar amount is apporpriate? and how do you come to that dollar amount? if not, why not?? curious as to the answers from those who have used agents

thanks so much

colleen
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Old 05-16-2008, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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I don't expect a gift from the agent, but it is nice to receive a thoughtful little something after closing (on the buying side). We've received flowers, dried arrangements, fruits, etc. from various realtors when we've closed on houses. (We've moved several times over the years.) On the selling side, just give me the bottom line check and I'm happy!
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Old 05-16-2008, 07:25 PM
 
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I don't expect a gift. I just want great service. Anything beyond that is just icing on the cake. FWIW, our agent gave us a throw blanket that had a small image of a House and our names embroidered on the corner of it. We were touched and consider it very thoughtful as this was our first home purchase, however we totally did not expect it nor would we expect a gift again in the future.

Give me good service and help me to enjoy the home buying process. That is all I ask.
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Old 05-16-2008, 07:25 PM
 
Location: northern california
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As a buyer, I don't expect any gift, except hard work on our behalf to find the perfect home at the perfect price of course. I thought we'd get a gift for our agent once we buy a house since he's been great. But since we'll be broke after buying, it'd probably end up as a nice thank you card (I've already referred him to a few friends as my other gift ).

Actually, when we came close to buying a house his company threw in a 1-year homeowner's warranty that covered appliances, etc that IIRC cost $300+. That was a pleasant surprise and just added to the warm & fuzzies we already have with this agent. Now that it's been suggested, of course, I'd also appreciate some flowers or fruit as a housewarming.
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Old 05-16-2008, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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I don't expect one but got one from the agent I used in buying in a new construction, and did not get one from selling my house. She also signed us up for a year's subscription to Angie's List on her dime. I think sending one to your client is a very classy gesture and will be remembered. The agent I used to buy this house even sent me a cake in a tin can just for a referral. Whenever I refer, I only refer her. It wasn't because of the gift, but because she was a very thorough and easy person to deal with. When we closed on this house, the mortgage company also sent us a basket of cookies. Very thoughtful of both we thought.
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Old 05-16-2008, 07:41 PM
 
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as a spin off from another thread, i want to ask the lay folk - if you use an agent to sell or buy a home, do you expect or anticipate a gift from them? If so in what dollar amount is apporpriate? and how do you come to that dollar amount? if not, why not?? curious as to the answers from those who have used agents

thanks so much

colleen
Whenever my uncle purchases investment properties that are marketed by a full-service brokerage, he demands a concession from the buyer's agent closing the transaction for him. Gifts???? LOL.
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Old 05-16-2008, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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Buying or selling it never occurred to me to expect a gift from the agent. I have given a gift to one agent for outstanding service.
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Old 05-16-2008, 08:20 PM
 
Location: northern california
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Whenever my uncle purchases investment properties that are marketed by a full-service brokerage, he demands a concession from the buyer's agent closing the transaction for him. Gifts???? LOL.
Well, a reduction in the agent's commission can be part of the agent's great service in getting the right house for the right price, right? Yeah, I imagine the investor wouldn't care for the housewarming basket, but some of us buying a home to live in, esp us first timers, don't mind them.
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:08 PM
 
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Received a nice basket from my buyer's agent, nothing from our agent when we were the sellers (except a most unexpected and appreciated quick sale in Detroit)! We got HER the gift, in that case. Expensive hand soap/lotion combo & a potted plant.
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Old 05-17-2008, 05:55 AM
 
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Yes, it's good business!............you are afterall salespeople! A gesture of kindness goes a long way and if i use a salesperson and they go just a little bit further than the competition..........guess who I'm using next time?

And if i recommend you to someone else?..........i expect a huge gift!
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