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Here's a closing gift  I enjoy giving my clients  as an expression of my appreciation. (see photo)

Iit will stay around  and remind them of how much I care about them. Plants are special that way. I want a plant I give as a closing gift to stay healthy and around, so I usually include an "owner's manual" on the care and feeding of plants.

I call it  The Unofficial Owner's Manual on the Life and Breath of Plants. And my Unofficial Owner's Manual is an odd mix of fact and hearsay with best wishes for long term survival in mind. I talk about how plants are eco-friendly. They "exhale" oxygen and "inhale" CO2 resulting in a wonderful and noticeable filtering of indoor air.

In fact, it has crossed my mind that plants are kind of like the particular members of your family ...those who feel an atrraction to consistency...
they, the kids, the grandkids and maybe even your husband or wife just ARE that way... they want things to be organized. So a consistent feeding and watering schedule, consistent light, and consistent temperature will be much appreciated. I guess most living creatures enjoy a stable environment. That's the understanding behind sustainability.

Choices that make room for everyone and all to take advantage of what life has to offer. .Just like the rest of us, the green-leafed buddies at home also will flourish with a little extra TLC,for example-LIGHT!. bright filtered light. Did you know that most anti-air-toxin plants prefer this light.  That's not to say that they won't survive in low interior light,  but if you are, like me,  interested in a healthy, longrterm relationship, a sustainable one, 
you need to pay attention to such factors.  

One final thought: Potted plants really need to be re-potted every 2 or-3 years. I think that  actually this perks up their spirits. Maybe home buyers could take a clue from plants and move every so often ...a "good-thing" ??  Let me know what you think.




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If you have not already check out the "Secret Life of Plants" by Peter Thompkins. Its an eye opener!
Posted by Bill Westel, ECO (Eco-Steward Realty) over 13 years ago
This is one of my faavorite books, given to me many years ago by our illustrious Field Coordinator.
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 13 years ago
UPDATE: Potted plants really need to be re-potted every 2 or-3 years. I think that  actually this perks up their spirits. Maybe home buyers could take a clue from plants and move every so often ...a "good-thing" ??  Let me know what you think
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 12 years ago

Great reminder about closing gifts. I think a lot of us have started to lose track of what a closing is...;-)>>

I like Sunset's Western Garden Book for my clients that are just moving to California. It's a great guide to all the different zones and what does well here. If you're into gardening it's a wonderfully encyclopedic book.



Posted by Dave Roberts (Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty) over 12 years ago

jane-Anne, I think plants are a great closing gift.  I got an African Violet recently which sits on my desk. The giver included a thoughtful little note about how to take care of it.  Thought your comment on potted plants needing "new digs" every so often was good too. :)

Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Great idea, provided that you present a plant to a person who will care for it. Speaking of closing gift ideas, I would like to share with you one of the greatest and still inexpensive personal gift idea which not only makes sense but also comes very handy for the new homeowner. I have seen Realtors present wine bottles, gift baskets, magazine subscriptions, framed pictures, Home Depot gift cards [those from lowe's too ;) ],  but what these gifts have in common is that none of them creates a long lasting memory about the Realtor.

I am not a realtor but a stampmaker and today would like to introduce you to our Custom Monogram Stamps as an excellent closing gift choice. You wonder what are custom monogram stamps? Well, in short these are high quality return address stamps with your client's monogram. They last for a very very long time and do not require re-inking for about 20,000 impressions. Here are just a few samples:


MS-5311 MS-5314 MS-5325 MS-5327

MS-5337 MS-5340 MS-5341 MS-5348


With new designs added every day, you can personalize the stamp to fit the personality of your client. The applications and use of these stamps are endless: stamping return address on everyday outgoing mail, invitations, greeting cards (oh especially when holiday season is here they will LOVE you for giving them this gift), stamping all books in one's personal library, etc. To see all available designs, visit us at

For those of you who would like to put their business card on the stamp, we offer this optional feature at no additional cost. Simply email us at and provide your logo and contact information to use for the outside of stamp. Here is an example:

Your Business Card on Stamp


I know some of you will argue whether contact info should be present on the gift itself and this is why we make this part optional. If you want to be more on the marketing side you may go with this option. If however you want to keep it strictly as a gift then we can simply enclose a small greeting card with your gift or instead of the logo and contact information put across "Complements of Marry Realtor" which may be even more effective way to have your name remembered.

Folks, I hope this information helps -- any comments or questions are welcome. Thank you for reading this post and feel free to forward it to fellow Realtors who may also find this interesting.

Posted by Mirra Grozlek (mirramark) almost 12 years ago

Closing...what's that?  Sounds vaguely familiar...Oh yeah, now I remember...Closing gifts are a nice touch...even if the client was a bear!

Posted by Joan Wexelbaum (Luxury Mortgage) almost 12 years ago

Very funny Joan,

At least the media is talking positive about the industry.

Plants can be a great closing gift if you live in the right climate.

Posted by Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Thanks for the great gift suggestion. I've got a closing coming up with some green-minded clients and appreciate the helpful ideas!


Posted by Alex Mordas, Green Building Consultant (EarthSTEPS) almost 12 years ago

I think, it depends on a person. Some people do not want any plants ( believe it or not). When I moved into my home, I ask only for one kind of gifts: plants in pots:)

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) over 4 years ago

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