Post # 1
Our realtor is so amazing and worked with us for over a year. She put up with so much from me and my Fiance And showed us over 50 houses. We finally found our dream home and are set to close mid June. So we want to get our realtor something really nice for her. I looked on Bing and people say flowers and gift baskets. We wanted to get her something memorable. Any ideas?
Post # 4
Refer a friend who buys a house with her! We did this and our realtor said that’s the best “thank you” gift she can possibly get from a client.
Don’t forget how much money a realtor makes from a sale- a plant or gift basket certainly pales in comparison. A hand written letter thanking her for her service that she can use on her website might be nice though!
Post # 5
We never had to worry about that… our relators were awful, and we will never again use her and her son.
Hmmm, something memroable…. if she has an office perhaphs a nice picture to hang on her wall?
Good luck with the new home!
Post # 6
I agree with gifting a nice testimonial and perhaps some referrals in the future. LOL I guess you can get her a giftcard but honestly, her big payout is the commission!
Post # 7
Our realtor was awful, so we didn’t get her anything. She sent us a ‘thank you’ gift card for a coffee shop with a snarky remark about how we were sooooo picky about paint colours that she was afraid we wouldn’t want a home depot card.
I agree that referrals or a testimonial are the best thank you gift.
Post # 8
I probably wouldn’t get them anything. You buying a house earns them a serious chunk of change. If you really feel like you need to get them something, maybe a decent bottle of wine?
Post # 9
Nothing but a good reference and review on their site, its their job and they make a big paycheck from the sale. If you really feel the need to buy something get them a giftcard to a local car wash, they drive their car everywhere and need to keep a clean apperance so this would work.
Post # 10
Your realtor is going to make a big fat commission off of you, plus it is not a profession in which tipping is customary. You should not give a gift. If you want to express your gratitude, bake her some cookies and offer to write a customer testimonial for her website.
Post # 11
Isn’t 3% of your home value enough? That’s a LOT of money!
Post # 12
@Future_Mrs.H: Please don’t do this. It’s not necessary. Your agent will get commission and if she did a good job (and by the sounds of it, you were pleased), then provide referrals or a recommendation on Linkedin.
I have just under 10 properties (or I will after my new house in Toronto is built, and I select a family home in Nova Scotia). I have never given an agent a gift.
ETA: the agent is supposed to give YOU a gift (generally wine).
Post # 13
My agent worked with us for 10 weeks & showed us almost 80 houses. His commission is good enough I believe.
Post # 14
@BoxerLady: Agreed. The agent is supposed to give you the gift for choosing him/her. Her job is to find you a home and it looks like she did that and her commission is what she gets paid. A card to her company or even to her boss letting them know how pleased you are with her service goes a long way – further than a basket of fruit will.
Post # 15
@Future_Mrs.H: I think it’s really sweet, but as others have said, she’s getting a fat commission and it isn’t customary to “tip”. My friend moved out of state and was house searching while still living here. Believe me, he put his realtor through the ringer- he’d go up to look at dozens of houses in a week and then come BACK with his partner to see others. They got close to buying one house then backed out and started a whole new search in a neighboring town. It was horrid! And when they finally moved in… the realtor sent THEM a $200 gift certificate to a home improvement store!
That said, if you really really really want to, I’d probably do something nice and semi-high end. So maybe a gift box from Lush or something. Or if she has a Keurig in her office maybe some k-cups? But yes, definitely a nice thank you note and referrals!
Post # 16
Realtors work on commission. A nice thank you card and a testimonial should be sufficient.