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Samantha Bak…, Real Estate Pro in Huntington Beach, CA

Hi Agents, Just wondering what your favorite housewarming gift is to give your clients. I just thought I'd see what you all were doing. Thanks!

Asked by Samantha Baksic, Huntington Beach, CA Mon Mar 4, 2013

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A coffee related basket, gourmet blends, unique coffee mugs, a nice pot that blends with the decor, coffee is in and hot ;)
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 5, 2013
I do not do gifts right after the closing. I do things through out the year. I bring them fresh veggies, invite them to a Christmas party for toys for tots. I send them lowes discount cards and a discount card to a local furniture store
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 5, 2013
Are you kidding?
The buyer should be buying their agent a gift!
Now, wouldn't that be a shocker. They do give us a gift. One of life-long friendship.
During the buying process I invite the buyer to participate in a 'dolphin watch' cruise of the area. This awesome event sets the stage properly for the 'Invite your friends and new neighbors to the "Ice cream (actually frozen yogurt) adventure" as an element of the house warming party. This guiltless pleasure sets their feet appropriately in healthwise choices and adventureous expermentation. Being an exceptionally fit individual makes this adventure of indulgence actuallly believable. This is not your sprinkles and Hershey's Chocolate Syrup event. It is the very best of the unexpected and healthy.
Additinally, attendees are made aware of local business owners who provide the unique ingrediants so they can duplicate this adventure at their home. The most common expression is, "Wow! How did you think of this?", followed by, "Here's my email, send me the coupon."

And I have fun too!
Of couse artisy bird houses, mail boxes and home warranties are ALWAYS good choices if 'adventure' is not appropriate.

Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 8, 2013
I do several things. I change locks, buy home warranty and make a donation in their name to either a no kill shelter or Wounded Warriors. Then I fill fridge with some salads, sandwiches and snacks as we all know how crazy it can be on moving day. LOL THEN I buy a gift for them tailored to their needs/wants.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 20, 2015
I give a nice key ring with my website on it but the gift should be something you discovered your client would like as you got to know them. And it should be a little nicer then a key chain.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 8, 2013
I have given various gifts over the years but lately I have been giving a very nice key ring with the keys to their new home on it. Like Annette and Scott I too have received some very nice gifts from my clients which I never expected.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 8, 2013
I've received NUMEROUS gifts from clients, too many to count, after going well beyond what's expected of a real estate agent, so Annette is right on the money.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 8, 2013
Gifts are a must, and should be tailored to the client. As others have suggested, I like to give Home Depot gift cards for fixer-uppers, restaurant gift cards for those who need to do nothing to their new home or are new to the area. I usually use around 1% of my commission as a guideline, but that's not hard and fast. Gifts that are very unique to the area are good, especially things that new people should experience, but probably wouldn't spent the money on themselves.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 7, 2013
Bake the new homeowners dinner or purchase a gift card.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 7, 2013
Hi Samantha
I will always tailor the gift to the person(s) and the situation. Most times if you find out what restaurant they like, it is usually a good gift and gift cards to Home depot Lowes or any store like this is usually a winner. Hope this helps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 7, 2013
Hi Samantha,
I like to give a house plant in a nice pot that compliments their color scheme. It adds greenery to the interior of their home and also serves as a reminder that it came from their agent who helped them with their home purchase.

Best wishes!

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 7, 2013
Does the client give a gift as well?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 7, 2013
A bird of the favorite past-times in AZ is watching all the happy birds frolicking in the endless days of sunshine. And, best of all, if a bird bath is not their thing they can use it as a planter.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 15, 2013
I always give housewarming gifts but I tailor them to the people and the situation. If they bought a fixer I will usually give them a Home Depot gift card. I've given baskets full of food and drinks, restaurant gift cards, pedicures.... like I said, depends on the person. I feel like I've made friends by the time the transaction is done so it feels really good to give them.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 5, 2013
I've been giving a bird feeder lately that is by a local artisan. Kinda unique, and re-giftable if they don't want it!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 5, 2013
My closing gifts were always very tailored to the client. I try to find out where they like to eat and what they like to do while I'm working with them. Food, gardening, fishing, hunting.....................

The best I ever gave was a home warranty for my sister.

Some others:
Wine & glasses
Rose bush
Gift Card for nursery
Gift Card for bait shop
Tastefully Simple Bread and Pan
Cleaning Certificate
Basket of Cleaning Supplies
Movie Pass
home made baby quilt

The list goes on.

I have to admit that in the past year or so, I have stopped giving closing gifts due to the economy. Hubby was laid off and hours cut and just really could not afford it. But if things keep going the way they are now, closing gifts will again be part of my transaction.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 5, 2013
I don't do closing gifts anymore. I think by doing so, you open yourself up to a discrimination accusation.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 5, 2013
Hi Samantha.

A gift card from Crate & Barrel, West Elm or similar is always a good gift. A mezuzah or two is always nice and thoughtful.


Scott Miller
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 4, 2013
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