Interesting post.....I was just thinking about this very same issue the other day.
What I have come to appreciate is the opportunity to remain in touch with these special people with an occasional email, card, or short letter. The will appreciate hearing from you.....
I have to say I bond with my clients and I do miss them after closing. I tend to stay in fairly close contact right after closing by emailing & maybe calling once in a while. Not a lot but enough to let them know I am still thinking about them. I had a client close in November and we had an email chat this week. My last closing client took me to lunch and we were discussing the process and I remarked that all my customers this year have been great and Sam said to me "your time is coming" and laughed. While I know what he is saying, most of the time you do bond while working with someone for such an extended time. I don't really know if the client feels the same way but one client said to me "Doesn't your broker know we are friends now?" I would think that if all we did was add them to our database they might feel like a number, not a friend. Doesn't everyone want to feel like a friend instead of a commission?
It is rare that I become "emotionally" involved with my clients. After all this is a business.
I keep in touch soon after the closing in case they have any questions. And I set them up on my e-newsletter and bi monthly magazine and call them at least once a year.
They become friends but not bossum buddies.
Take care of yourself!