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Old 10-08-2009, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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It was in MArch of this year that I got the gift card from the loan officer. It wasn't a huge re-fi and we had to squeak it in, but she did it. I probably should have given her a gift!
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Old 10-09-2009, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Austin
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My doctor doesn't give me a get well gift when I see him. My dentist gives me a cheapy toothbrush, but I use the battery kind so that's useless. The grocery store doesn't even give me anything for buying my groceries there...
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Old 10-10-2009, 02:27 AM
 
Location: Mpls - south for the winter
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I keep asking my realtor for my house warming gift - she tells me reselling my flips at 4% is my gift!!!!!
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Old 10-10-2009, 09:01 PM
 
Location: wannabeinkentucky
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Title should read; is it common for realtors and mortgage brokers to give housewarming/closing girt/s?

Strange questions I know, but everyone I have known who has bought a house in WA has received a housewarming gift or closing gift from their real estate agent and mortgage broker. We had bought a new condo years ago and used the buyers agent and broker (big mistake I know) and dint receive anything other then a box of small cans of touch up paint. We are now buying a home in IL and wanting to know if we should expect to receive anything. If so we would want to make sure and buy a gift for them as well. If not then we wouldn’t, it’s been a nightmare closing and both agent and broker have been sucky.
A "gift" of any kind should not be given in retaliation of receiving a gift. If that is the midset, it is not a "gift" but an obligation.

A gift of any kind should be given from the heart. If you did not appreciate what your agent or broker did for you, do not give them a gift.

As far as expecting a gift frome either, don't. That way if you do get a gift it's a pleasant surprise. If you don't, you're not disappointed.


We're not the happiest with our listing agent but I'm planning on getting him some Bourbon Balls when head down to KY to get my hubby settled in. It's not much, but something KY that we know he'd like. [Word to wise, if you are a realtor and don't want the world to know how much you enjoy alcohol, don't put youtubes of yourself online. lol] Would love to do something for our buyer's agent in KY. He is the bomb! Just not sure what we should do. A stalk of corn just doesn't seem to be appropriate. lol
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:54 AM
 
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Sorry if it's taboo to revive an old thread, but it's in line with something I've been wondering.

We've been very happy with our agent and feel a friendly bond with her in addition to being grateful for her guidance. I'd like to get her a small token of appreciation after closing, and I was thinking of a fanny pack. She's mentioned a couple of times that she should have one for her cell phone, keys, MLS lock-opener thingy, business cards, etc.

So real estate agents, what kind of fanny pack would you like to have to carry your little necessities for home showings? Something fashionable or utilitarian? Small or large? How many pockets?

Our agent is a 30-something, attractive, feminist (pantsuits, no dresses or purse) and professional.

Thanks for any input.
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:40 AM
 
Location: OK
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Title should read; is it common for realtors and mortgage brokers to give housewarming/closing girt/s?

Strange questions I know, but everyone I have known who has bought a house in WA has received a housewarming gift or closing gift from their real estate agent and mortgage broker. We had bought a new condo years ago and used the buyers agent and broker (big mistake I know) and dint receive anything other then a box of small cans of touch up paint. We are now buying a home in IL and wanting to know if we should expect to receive anything. If so we would want to make sure and buy a gift for them as well. If not then we wouldn’t, it’s been a nightmare closing and both agent and broker have been sucky.
That is the most ridiculous thing I have heard since the traditional Christmas Mass Gift Exchange.

You and your broker and lender are engaged in a business transaction. Why would gifts even be an issue???
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Pike County, PA
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A gift should be something you WANT to give, not that you feel OBLIGATED to give.
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:04 PM
 
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I do not feel obligates to give our agent a gift, it's just something I would like to do for her to show our appreciation. We've been very happy with her representation and will certainly recommend her, but I'd like to give her a small token of our appreciation.
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Pike County, PA
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I was responding to the person above me.
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I got a surprise gift card from one of my clients for a boutique burger joint! It was a nice surprise and a little thank you for all of the "last-minute" showings that I've been able to do for her and her husband. They're the nicest people, and I think she realized that I really had been available, showed properties without expectations that they'd write, etc. We'll close on their condo in May, and I couldn't be happier for them, gift card or not!

I certainly don't expect gifts and I prefer to keep my "gifts" particular to the transaction, if warranted.

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I do not feel obligates to give our agent a gift, it's just something I would like to do for her to show our appreciation. We've been very happy with her representation and will certainly recommend her, but I'd like to give her a small token of our appreciation.
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