Yes, I always enjoy giving a closing gift. No, I don't base it on the value of the property as I find those people who have bought the larger, more expensive homes usually don't need it as much and may prefer something more thoughtful as opposed to first time buyers who are trying to furnish, possibly rehab or decorate a new home.
For clients on the other end of the scale, perhaps buying their first home, encourage them to register for gifts that actually fit a need - counter top appliances, place settings, yard tools, etc. Most department stores have registries for new brides and for new home buyers. These buyers also usually have a support group of friends and family willing to contribute towards making their new house a home.
Yes, I try to get my clients something. I try to base it on need for example a first time home buyer may not have plates I might give them some plates or something they can use.
i think toiletries are great gifts. i agree the price will also effect the amount.
My parents' agent gave them a $100 Home Depot card so that they can change the locks. We were really impressed and it made us want to refer his services to our friends.
I think the thoughtfulness of the gift was even more appreciated than the monetary value.
Ali, Community Manager