You can do things like send a basket or give a gift card to a local department store or restaurant.
You can make a donation to a charity in their name.
Referral fees are to be paid to lic real estate professionals, and are paid through escrow. Money does not change hands directly from one agent to another.
Kawain Payne, Realtor
The Real Estate Commission was formed to protect consumers. But for real estate agents, the Commission is your FRIEND. I check with them if I have any doubt. A real estate agent needs to have integrity without question.
Why would you single out Real Estate Agents?
There are limitations; we may not/can not do that with Escrow Officers or Mortgage Brokers. And they cannot do that with us.