You love your real estate agent! They have gone above and beyond to help you find your new home. It was a positive experience, and now you would like to thank them.
Where does the etiquette fall when giving a gift to a realtor at closing? Let’s explore that idea and go over your options.
What if you have a real estate agent, and you’re looking to find the perfect birthday or Christmas gift for them? This article provides realtor gift ideas that anyone employed as a real estate agent would appreciate.
Do people give gifts to their realtors?
Do you give your realtor a gift? According to Rocket Homes, although “it’s typical for an agent to give their client a gift, it’s not generally expected to give your REALTOR® a gift in return.”
Unsurprisingly, the buyer/seller would like to thank the realtor uniquely after a positive experience. Besides the fact of a realtor going above and beyond, it may be a shock to everything that the realtor’s job entails.
Realtors help to educate their clients on the housing market, understand their client’s needs and help them to negotiate the cost of their homes. Add to that the persistence in finding just the right property for the clients, for some, their dream home.
There are other ways to show appreciation to a realtor after the house closes. If you’re worried about proper etiquette, real estate agents rarely receive a gift nor expect one. It may actually turn into an awkward situation by presenting them with a gift. Realtors also know that buyers/sellers have their hands complete with moving and tending to a gift for a realtor is the last thing on their mind.
Should you tip your realtor?
Your realtor is not a waiter! Tipping your realtor or giving them a monetary reward is unnecessary. They are a professional running a business. Real estate agents may even be insulted if you list them.
If you have had an enjoyable client-realtor experience, alternative ways exist to express gratitude. Please refer to the suggestions on this page.
How do you thank a realtor at closing?
Glad you asked! It’s essential to thank your realtor after the closing, especially since this may not be your only experience with them. Homeowners can go on to buy or sell more than one home in a lifetime. An established realtor/homeowner past relationship is a nice thing to have in place for future transactions.
You can do the same just like a realtor picks up tidbits of information when interacting with you. The likes and interests of the realtor can be clues that lead to perfect thank-you gifts.
Food interests. Do they have a preference for a type of local cusine? Thank them with a gift certificate to a frequented restaurant to a cookbook. Maybe a local brewery or coffee house.
Sports fan. Sports tickets.
Movie buff. Tickets to a movie night.
Your own stash. This is my favorite and most personal. Give a gift of something you made, or had a personal connection with. For example, my aunt brings her homemade pickles to her family doctor. Sound weird? Turns out the doctor hides them so the rest of his family can’t have auntie’s pickles – he loves them that much.
If you have a business that already creates food, such as a bakery or catering business, your realtor would love to have a taste! I have a neighbor who has built a honey business empire; his reputation is known far and wide. Besides being a family friend, he keeps bees on our property. This personal connection gives us a story to give along with the gift when we give honey to others.
If you’re a woodworker, maker, or other type of artist, your original creation would be a valued gift. If you’re a photographer or artist and have captured images of the area, they could be turned into great notecards. This is a convenient gift that a realtor can use as a unique touch when giving closing gifts.
Gifts to avoid giving to realtor
Giving gifts in a professional relationship follows the same etiquette as realtor to buyer/seller gifts.
Nothing humorous. Your sense of humour may not be the same as theirs. This includes quotes, mugs, or hats or shirts with any printed text on.
Avoid personal items. This is always a bad idea. Something they would need to pick out themselves, such as a jacket or hat is best left alone. The same goes for jewelry.
Skip the premium gifts, AKA “too nice.” Memorabilia, signed objects by celebrities/sports stars, luxury items, expensive tech gadgets. You would be teetering on the awkward zone.
Gift baskets? Gift baskets are great ideas, until you get into a gift basket exchanging war. The realtor gives a basket to you, you give a basket to them, it just feels like a setup for an uncomfortable situation.
Gift card. This could potentially be the same problem as gift baskets. Kind of like Christmas when everyone stands up to exchange cards… what’s the point? However, this is still a popular choice.
Writing a thank you note to a realtor
A honest and sincere note can be a rare find these days. When I receive an amazing letter, I keep it. I have walked into people’s offices that have wonderful and touching notes pinned to a bulletin board. A good note is a treasure.
I cannot emphasize enough how magical it is to be on the receiving end of a heart-felt letter. As one realtor stated, “there’s something deeply personal about receiving a handwritten thank you note.”
Realtors are real people, too. A well-written letter can transcend the realtor-client realtionship and touch the heartstrings. A good letter can stand on its own, or be given with another gift. A meaningful note will probably come as a surprise, because so few people take the time for it.
How to write a review or testimonial for a real estate agent
Every agent will appreciate positive reviews, testimonials, ratings and referrals. This can be both online and in person.
Online reviews are the gift that keeps on giving, long after your transaction has closed. Go to your agent’s Google business page, Yelp, Zillow, or Facebook, and post an honest (and hopefully positive) review about your experience.
When you started your buying or selling of your property, you probably scoped out real estate businesses, trying to find the best one. Overwhelming, right?
Likely, you relied on client testimonials to help sift through all the “noise.” As stated earlier, there is nothing a realtor wants more than a shining testimonial from a satisfied customer. Happy clients = more business.
If you believe your client did a good job, reward you realtor with a well-worded review. The examples below will sent the right signal to potential clients – your realtor couldn’t be more thrilled!
Review Grower has a very thorough article about how to write a client testimonial. The only thing I can add to it is write what you would have liked to hear when you were reading reviews.
The trick of writing a good realtor review is not to sound canned. I was a bit put off by the “60+ realtor reviews you can copy and paste!” Realtors know that it is an uphill battle to deliver genuine testimonials that sound honest, so write from your heart.
Be specific and write what you would be searching for in a review. This may include that the realtor was friendly, genuinely interested in the client’s needs, and how they went above and beyond to give exceptional service.
Video testimonials for real estate agents
Your realtor might be seeking a video testimonial. Video testimonials add a layer of honesty that sometimes can be hard to discern in a print testimonial. If you’re comfortable with it, it would be a great asset to create for the realtor.
A successful testimonial can also be done in interview form. The realtor can discuss the format with you ahead of time and go over questions. You should have the right to review the edited video upon completion before giving final approval.
Gifts for the real estate agent in your life
Finding the perfect gift for a loved one in your life (who happens to be a realtor) is another gift-giving matter. If you’re married to a realtor, dating a realtor, have a sibling or son/daughter or friend who is a realtor, here are more personal realtor-themed gift ideas that you can give.
Gifts for a realtor’s office
People may think of realtors as always on-the-go, but they do get lots of desk time. Gifts for their office make a great gift. Some ideas include:
- decorative piece for the desk
- candy bowl for office desk
- business card holder
- small potted indoor plant that doesn’t require much care
- high-quality pen
- personalized stationery
- interior decor items for the office
- artwork for office wall
- desktop or wall clock for office
- decorative matching desk organizer sets
- real estate agent accessories
- real estate agent notebooks and support materials
- real estate agent client marketing supplies
Gifts for traveling real estate agents
When people think of real estate agents, they think of them zipping around in their cars. Most of the time they are showing houses and properties to clients, but also commuting to work. You can make their car time more enjoyable with these gifts:
- phone dock for car
- hands-free blue tooth for car
- dash camera for car
- car organizer
- keep warm coffee mug for car
- emergency kit for car
- business card case
Gifts for tech-savvy real estate agents
Realtors embrace high-tech and look for any cutting-edge technology to give them an advantage in the competitive real estate world. Consider one of the gifts for the tech-savvy realtor in your life:
- phone charger
- wireless headphone with mic for car
- screen cleaners and protectors
- blue light protection screen
- blue light protection glasses
- smart phone camera accessories
- phone tripod stand for taking pictures
- touchscreen/texting gloves
- laser distance measurement tool
- Apple tablet
Gifts for a realtor’s home
A realtor has the advantage of touring many houses in a lifetime, gleaning all sorts of good ideas. In addition, they are usually home buffs themselves.
Kitchen enthusiast. They may have a passion for cooking or entertaining:
- luxury coffee maker such as a Keurig or French press
- healthy coffee
- healthy drinks
- tea and tea accessories
- spice gift sets
- wine rack/nice bottle of wine
Interior decorator. Many realtors have an interest in home decorating, which compliments their realtor job. Consider a design or home improvement gift:
- A nice flower vase with fresh flowers for a personal touch
- decorative plant such as a succulent, bonsai or orchid
- gift certificate to home decorating store
Do-it-yourselfer. Some realtors have an interest in home improvement. A gift card to a home improvement store or tools they have been eyeing can turn out to be the perfect realtor gift.
Personal gifts for a realtor
If you recall from above, I said that personal gifts we: off limits to realtors, but only in client-realtor situations. This is a list of gift ideas only if you personally know the realtor: