Finding or selling a home, or doing both at the same time, is no easy feat, which is why having a good real estate agent on your side can be so helpful, and you may want to express your thanks once you close on the house.
While you don’t have to buy your Realtor a gift, if you felt they went above and beyond to help you buy or sell a home effectively and efficiently then a gift is a great way to show your appreciation. There’s no need to spend a ton of money on a gift either — it’s the thought that counts here since they won't be expecting after closing the sale.
Whether or not you get your agent a gift, the answer depends on a few factors, like your relationship with them and your budget. You don’t even need to spend money at all. A glowing online review or referral to a new client will also always be greatly appreciated.
If you do decide you want to give your Realtor a gift, we have some gift ideas you can borrow.
Both buyers and sellers who want to get creative may find it fun to create a gift basket for their new favorite Realtor. Many agents like to keep abreast of what’s going on in their local community so they can inform clients who are new to the area of what the best restaurants and shops in the area are.
Creating a gift basket full of the best local goodies — such as olive oils from the downtown olive oil shop, cookies from the best gluten-free bakery in town, or a unique home decor item from a charming boutique — can be a great way to thank them for a seamless real estate transaction and give back to your local community at the same time.
Of course, if you’re in a time crunch you can always buy a pre-made gift basket.
In a rush? A gift card or gift certificate to a local establishment will also do the trick. We like the idea of supporting small businesses in your community. You can even sneakily ask your Realtor for recommendations for their favorite local restaurant, coffee shop, or store to get an idea of where to pick up a gift card.
You can also buy a gift certificate that supports one of your favorite small businesses so they can try something new.
If you hired an agent with many years of experience, then they likely did an excellent job at hosting your open houses or taking you on home tours. To thank them for the many hours they spent with you, a personalized gift is the way to go. Chances are, you got to know them on a more personal level. Did they mention they love to cook, are a fan of Italian wines, or travel as much as possible? Give them a personalized gift that reflects their passions.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money for a Realtor to feel appreciated. A candle or a box of chocolates can do the trick. If you know they have pets who they adore, it can also be fun to grab some treats for their favorite furry friend from your town’s silly, but beloved, pet bakery.
The best gifts are ones you wouldn’t normally buy for yourself. This is why a work-themed gift can be really appreciated (no one likes to spend money on work). You know just how dedicated your real estate agent is to making their clients’ goals a reality, and you can help encourage them by gifting an engraved business card holder, a portable cell phone charger, or a leather padfolio. A luxe work accessory, or something that makes their work days more convenient, is a great way to ensure they actually use the gift you give them.
This gift is free and is one of the best closing gifts you can give a Realtor. If your agent did an excellent job helping you buy or sell a home, then leave them a thorough online review. Good reviews can help them find new clients, which makes it easier for them to grow their business.
If you’re in the middle of a move, need to buy new furniture, or just paid a massive down payment, it’s understandable if you don’t want to spend more money right now on a gift. That’s why leaving an online review is a great parting gift for your agent — especially since that review can lead to more work which offers much more value to them than a bouquet of flowers or bottle of champagne. If you can actually refer them to a new client like a friend or neighbor, even better.
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