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Old 05-11-2021, 08:07 AM
 
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We just bought a house right outside of Austin! It was tough, we lost several houses that we put offers on. Our realtor helped make this deal happen by offering to take a lower commission. I know that normally realtors don’t receive gifts from clients, but I’m wondering if we should give something in this situation? I was considering flowers or something, or is that weird??
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Old 05-11-2021, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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My go-to suggestion for realtor gifts is always a gas gift card. You KNOW they’ll use that.
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Old 05-11-2021, 08:24 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Be very careful, there are very strict rules about what agents are allowed to accept outside of the broker commission. No cash allowed. Gift cards might be a gray area or off limits completely. We invited our agent to our house warming and fed him a nice dinner. He made it very clear that any other gifts were not allowed.
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Old 05-11-2021, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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We just bought a house right outside of Austin! It was tough, we lost several houses that we put offers on. Our realtor helped make this deal happen by offering to take a lower commission. I know that normally realtors don’t receive gifts from clients, but I’m wondering if we should give something in this situation? I was considering flowers or something, or is that weird??
Not weird, but not useful as they'll be dead in a few days.

Given the comment by LO28SWM I suggest you check the Texas licensing laws to see what kind of gift, if any, is acceptable. The first two search results should have them all.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=texas+real...=v252-1&ia=web
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Old 05-11-2021, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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We just bought a house right outside of Austin! It was tough, we lost several houses that we put offers on. Our realtor helped make this deal happen by offering to take a lower commission. I know that normally realtors don’t receive gifts from clients, but I’m wondering if we should give something in this situation? I was considering flowers or something, or is that weird??
As a real estate agent, 100% and without a doubt I can tell you the best gift you can give me is a referral. Talk me up to your friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. Become an advocate for my services and when someone you know says they're thinking about buying/selling/investing in real estate insist that they give me a call or better yet give me a call and give me their contact information so I can gently reach out to them.

At the end of the day, it's nice to feel appreciated for the work you've done and something like flowers, a bottle of wine, etc. definitely warms the heart. Hopefully, you've gotten to know your agent a bit at this point and you may have a general idea of who they are and what they like to enjoy so that you can choose an appropriate gift.

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Be very careful, there are very strict rules about what agents are allowed to accept outside of the broker commission. No cash allowed. Gift cards might be a gray area or off limits completely. We invited our agent to our house warming and fed him a nice dinner. He made it very clear that any other gifts were not allowed.
That's going to vary a lot by state and the agreement the agent has with their brokerage might impact it as well (i.e. if they receive an item of value like a gift card they may have to share it with their broker).
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Old 05-11-2021, 08:52 AM
 
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Normally I would expect a gift from my realtor instead of me giving my realtor gift.
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Old 05-11-2021, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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We just bought a house right outside of Austin! It was tough, we lost several houses that we put offers on. Our realtor helped make this deal happen by offering to take a lower commission. I know that normally realtors don’t receive gifts from clients, but I’m wondering if we should give something in this situation? I was considering flowers or something, or is that weird??

A small gift from the heart is always welcome! Certainly not weird at all.

Flowers. A bottle of wine. Something from a local bakery (I like cookies!) or chocolatier.

Don't let anyone dissuade you from following your heart with a small gift. It's not a gesture you will ever regret, or one the recipient will find odd.
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Old 05-11-2021, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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We just bought a house right outside of Austin! It was tough, we lost several houses that we put offers on. Our realtor helped make this deal happen by offering to take a lower commission. I know that normally realtors don’t receive gifts from clients, but I’m wondering if we should give something in this situation? I was considering flowers or something, or is that weird??
A nice online review would please me. Either Zillow or Google, or both. If you wanted something material, small and thoughtful would me happy. I like to golf, so I had a client give me a box of golf balls at closing. I thought it was great. Same thing, got a 6 pack of craft beer from a few folks. Those are cool also.
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Old 05-11-2021, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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I will second or third the notion that the best gift is a terrific online referral wherever you find referrals, and share it on facebook

And we personally love to go to dinner to celebrate and while we usually treat, it's nice when a client wants to.



Any nice gesture would be appreciated.
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Old 05-11-2021, 10:48 AM
 
Location: USA
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Don't forget to write a review (but don't mention the reduced commission - that's private).
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