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Old 11-09-2007, 05:18 PM
 
Location: NJ/SC
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I believe this topic has been brought up before about clients buying gifts for Realtors but I want to know what's a good gift for clients. When I bought my house my Realtor didn't give me anything but I gave her a gift. Now that I'm an agent, I think it's a nice gesture but I would like opinions.

Some have said buy for the buyers but not the sellers. Others have said $50 or $100 gift certificate. Some have said give nothing.

Do you think clients expect gifts? Is this gesture different in different parts of the country?
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Old 11-09-2007, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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I know I'm way out of the normal category, but my last closing I got my client the first 20 yard debris box ($420.00), before that it was a heavy duty chain and lock for his gate on 60 acres, (25.00) a case of some really hard to find (and very good) local wine. (priceless) sorry I couldn't resist

I guess if you're going to do it, you should make it personal, you've both been through a traumatic experience together.
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Old 11-09-2007, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Our realtor gave us a picnic bag with champagne glasses and a bottle of champagne after the closing on our house. (As sellers, not buyers. When we bought the house, we didn't get anything from the realtor.)

Personally I think it would be more beneficial from a business standpoint to give a gift to the buyers. After all, eventually they probably are going to sell at some point.
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Old 11-09-2007, 06:08 PM
 
Location: South Charlotte
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I do VISA gift cards with a thank you letter.
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Old 11-09-2007, 06:14 PM
 
Location: NJ/SC
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I do VISA gift cards with a thank you letter.
For both? What amount is nice but not overboard or cheap?
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Old 11-09-2007, 06:31 PM
 
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Two house purchases ago, our Realtor gave us nothing. She said she would take us for dinner but we never heard from her again! On our last house purchase, our Realtor (different one) gave us a $500 gift card to a furniture store and a $200 restaurant gift card.
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Old 11-09-2007, 06:37 PM
 
Location: NJ/SC
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Wow, that was generous. May I ask what price range the house was? That was another questions I had. Should the gift reflect the sale price of the house?
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:04 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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The IRS allows only a $25.00 deduction per person for business expense purposes. It's hard to find anything that's not cheesy for that. I try to pick my gifts to fit the person(s) where possible.
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Old 11-09-2007, 10:13 PM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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Wow, that was generous. May I ask what price range the house was? That was another questions I had. Should the gift reflect the sale price of the house?
uummm yeah i would not give a $50 longhorn's gift card to someone who just bought a 600,000 house and i wouldn't give a $500 macy's card to a buyer who purchased a $150,000 house
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Old 11-09-2007, 10:16 PM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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well here's the deal you've been working with these people right????
you know them right???
then you will know what they like
for instance there was one lady who collected fenton bells so i got her one it isn't very expensive but I knew she would appreciate it and it let her know that I was in tune to her likes
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