What a refreshing question! Is it common to buy a gift - no. Is it appropriate - sure! In life, anytime somebody provides a service that is felt to be superb, a thank you is appropriate. Gift baskets and dinner gift certificates are something that I have either received or have heard of quite a bit. Go with your gut and any thank you is going to be appreciated. It is really nice for an agent to receive a gift a work (let's say cupcakes for example) that not only show everyone that they did a great job, they can share too *smiles*. On behalf of agents everywhere, Thank You for being such a thoughtful person.
If you think highly enough of this agent to want to buy him a gift, then I can only assume you will be sending him future referrals anyways. But believe me, he/she will definitely appreciate an actual gift (even if it is a low value).
While a gift it appropriate, and a lovely thought.. the very best gift you can give your agent is to send her referrals of those you know... and of course a well written testimonial sent to her managing broker, would go a long way.
If in addition, you'd like to send her a gift card to a local restaurant, or perhaps gift certificates to the local movie chain (in any amount that you deem appropriate) that would be lovely.
You are more than welcome to buy me a gift, just kidding! It is not common for us to receive gifts. The best and most appreciated gifts you could get for an agent are referrals of your friends, family and colleagues.
When one of my past clients refers someone they know to me, I feel very appreciated for the work I did for them. It shows me that my past client was very thankful for my work and knows that I do a great job.
In the meantime, ask your agent and their significant other out to dinner sometime. That would also be a great token of appreciation.
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