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The Elusive Perfect Closing Gift

The Elusive Perfect Closing Gift    

Each year we brainstorm about "the elusive perfect closing gift" for our clients. We seek something representative of our personality as a real estate firm.

 It must be creative. bagua MAP from corrine's creations asheville ncIt must be delightful. It must be eco-friendly and fun.. ..

 It cannot be a trip to the South of France (too expensive.) It cannot be organic peanut butter and locally grown jam in a basket ( nice, but not quite adequate to express the depth of our appreciation.)  . It has to be "just right"....

Anyone else with this dilemma? 


This year we happened on the perfect find for our nature-loving Firm.  That
"elusive perfect closing gift" appeared as if by magic. Here it is (see graphic)-unique, original, creative and delightful. Best of all, this is a gift that keeps on giving.

This is an awesome Bagua Map! It was created by the very talented David Hart for Corrine's Creations. It can be folded and carried in a pocket. It can be laminated. It can be framed. It can include a consult with the designer! And it carries with it that "energized connection" that is the heart-and-soul of our real estate firm.  

 "A creative home reveals the owner's soul, "says  Corrine Mandell,the creative force behind this gift. (see photo) .

 

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Corrine  maintains that it  is specifically intended to "energetically enhance the ‘corners' of your home according to the principles of Feng Shui [which works] in tandem with the flow of Energy and with how this chi enters our homes and our lives."

Many of our clients are delighted with the charm that arrives with Feng shui -that ancient system of aesthetics that speaks to the concept of kindness towards all concerned... love for ourselves, for all others, our animal friends, Mother Nature, ... "...where family is concerned, having heart certainly helps..." says Corrine.

Resources: Contact Corrine  corrine@corrinescreations.com
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Comments

A consult with a designer is a good idea. However, some might be offended as it might imply that you do not approve of their personal taste (?)  Personally, I would love it!

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) over 8 years ago

Melissa~

Me too. I think this is a beautiful representation of our personality as a firm. Since we are the "going green GO-TO" in the Asheville area, it just works perfectly!

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 8 years ago

Ooh nice ! It certain exudes positive energy jA and I like the concept !

Unique and meaningful - a nice combo !

Cheers !

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 8 years ago

I see the connections to your firm and you here. Great idea.

Posted by Dave Roberts (Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty) over 8 years ago

Sheldon~

THANKS. I was so excited to find this. I think you are right on when you say it is unique and meaningful.

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 8 years ago

Dave~

Glad you see the connections. I like the idea of color...and the concept of energy combined...and our clients can even have the option of a consult!

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 8 years ago

I simply love the colors.  But a great idea as well.

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) over 8 years ago

I just had the closing gift dilema. Sounds like you have a great one figured out!  Let us know how it is received.

Posted by Teresa K. Nelson (Windermere Real Estate/HLC) over 8 years ago

Very cool. I amazes me that some agents do not leave a closing gift. There are first impressions and there are last impressions, and this will help your last impression.

Posted by Graig Ponthier (Homes & Land of Greater San Antonio) over 8 years ago

janeAnne, I just had a Feng Shui practitioner do a consultation on my house and one of my listings.  It this an actual picture or just an example of what she can do during a consultation?

Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) over 8 years ago

Dawn~

I think it is beautiful-soft AND strong, and like you, I am so attracted to the colors.

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 8 years ago

Graig~

Excellent point you make: "There are first impressions and there are last impressions, and this will help your last impression."..THIS bagua map has been a big hit with my clients.

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 8 years ago

Great idea.  My gift of choice also supports one of our very cool Madison local businesses - Antique Sweets.

Patrick makes a tower of his homemade goodies - and it never fails to delight.  Plus, it creates loyal customers for him.

Posted by Jeanne Dufort, Madison and Lake Oconee GA (Coldwell Banker Lake Country) over 8 years ago

janeAnne, I can't think of a better gift!  This is lovely and may inspire someone who is not familiar with Feng Shui to look into it more.  It will also allow them to define their areas in their new home.  She does beautiful work and this IS the perfect gift!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 8 years ago

What a cool idea! The same ole same ole just doesn't cut it anymore!

Posted by Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate (RE/MAX Elite) over 8 years ago

Interesting.....and clever. I try and customize my gifts so that they don't look cookie-cutter and this would be perfect for some of my clients. I have given feng shui consultations, customized "we've moved" cards with the home's picture on the front, home repair books, coffee table books on vintage houses. It just depends, but I try and make it personal.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 8 years ago

Great idea and tie in to your firm.  I think gifts such as this are much better than "consumables".  The trip to the South of France is so soon forgotten! If anyone is looking for ideas, I like these branded cutting boards from East Bay Furniture .  Sorry janeAnne, they're not bamboo!

Posted by Chris Head, Realtor - Marketing Specialist - Norwell, Marshfield, Scituate Real Estate (William Raveis Real Estate - Norwell) over 8 years ago

Personally, I would love it as a closing gift, however, I do have clients that may not agree.  I think closing gifts should go with the clients personality.  I love the idea of hiring a personal chef for busy families, birdfeeders for nature lovers, Sunset magazine is the year long gift that keeps giving (and personalized with your business on each cover), dart boards for the bachelor that is a kid at heart...etc. 

It would be great to hear other ideas out there! 

Posted by Debbie Rumsey, Realtor, Green, SFR (HomeSmart Realty West, Carlsbad, CA) over 8 years ago

Sometimes my realtor partners will give their clients one of my gift certificates for "move-in services."  Their clients can use it for however they want - color consultation, design consultation, shopping services, etc.  They are basically buying time that the client can use as desired.  If it's a customer I have worked with in the past, say doing a home staging consultation, I can go to their new home and we decide where all the furniture is going to go before the move.  (This could be done either way - it's just nice when I am already familiar with everything they have).  It has been very well received.

I sell the gift certificates at a discount to the realtor as well, so everyone wins. 

Posted by Beth Lester, Home Staging & Interior Decorating (Beth Lester Designs) over 8 years ago

I don't think that there can be one perfect closing gift for all.  While many of your clients may love the gift, there will be some that might take exception to it because of certain potentially spiritual implications. I'm guessing that you know your clients well enough to take that into consideration.  Very creative idea!

Posted by Chad Boyers (The Danberry Co.- Toledo, Perrysburg, Sylvania, & NW OH) over 8 years ago

I too am suprised at this gife being "perfect". Having grew up in NC and now living in Maine, there are many individualistic personalities in both states that would roll their eyes and then there is the religious that wouldn't touch it.

I mold my closing gift to my clients.

Posted by Sarah Pearce (eXp Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

THANKS to all for your comments and ideas.

Carole~ like you, I appreciate the beauty of this gift...you noted, " beautiful work and this IS the perfect gift!..."

Vanessa~ good point! ..."...The same ole same ole just doesn't cut it anymore!..."

Chris~I am LOL!

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 8 years ago

I think a subscription to a magazine about the state they just moved to.  (assuming they moved from out of state)!  Gives them things to do!

Posted by Keith Lutz (Keller Williams Metropolitan) over 8 years ago

As mentioned in the post...for our Firm..the Eco-Steward Firm...It must be creative. It must be delightful. It must be eco-friendly and fun.. ..

 It cannot be a trip to the South of France (too expensive.) It cannot be organic peanut butter and locally grown jam in a basket ( nice, but not quite adequate to express the depth of our appreciation.)  . It has to be "just right"....

As I read your comments, I think we have common ground on this point...and this is something that we try to seek.

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 8 years ago

Keith~

A fine idea! I like the notion that we may hike the Appalachian trail with our clients after they find this in the State magazine =)

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 8 years ago

While we are looking at homes or properties, I pay attention to things my clients talk about.  For some it is family things done together, for others it may be golfing or some such outdoor activity.  Whatever it may be I will then order a magazine subscription about that topic as their gift.  Most of the time for families, it is a magazine called Family Fun.  It is inexpensive but is sent once per month.  The gift has been well received by all so far.  I can get some really great deals by going to a site called magazine.com.  Very deep discounts on magazine subscriptions.  It is a unique gift that no one else in our area gives.

Posted by Carolyn Shipp, Mineral Wells Texas Real Estate (Source 1 Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I think an exposure to Feng Shui is terrific, no matter in which form it is presented.  In these uncertain times it can not hurt to try the unusual or lesser known techniques. Most of us have a lot of curiosity about it.

As an example, I brokered a home in which there was a very large mirror on the wall facing the front door. When I entered the house the mirror was all I could see, reflecting my image and the area behind me.  I have been told that Feng Shui theory holds that such a mirror drives all the energy and love out of the house.

That seller went bankrupt and the house was an REO.  Coincidence?  Maybe not. . .

Posted by Thomas McCombs (Century 21 HomeStar) over 8 years ago

Interesting. We never have 1 closing gift from our office. We have an array of things to choose from or we pick our own. This is a good thing for you. Good luck.

Posted by Beverly of Bev & Bob Meaux, Where Buying & Selling Works (Keller Williams Suburban Realty) over 8 years ago

janeAnne, This closing gift and the principles behind it fit you and your firm perfectly. It also fits our area (Asheville) and the lifestyle to be enjoyed by so many of us! You did it!

Posted by Leslie Godbold, Motivation Speaker, Radio host "Positively Living" (WZGM AM1350 Independent Asheville Radio) over 8 years ago

If I can't find the perfect closing gift, I get my clients something I don't want them to use, a carbon monoxide detector and a fire extinguisher.

Posted by KAREN SANCHEZ, ...Marketing your home like no one else will. ( Hamilton Landon Real Estate) over 8 years ago

That is a cool idea!  Hope you're having a Happy NEW YEAR and much success for 2010:)

Posted by Ed Vogt, Grandville, MI Midwest Properties (Midwest Properties of Michigan) over 8 years ago

Very nice, and you're right the closing gift is often difficult to decide on.  My sister and I do our best to personalize it for each client.

Posted by Carrie Sampron, ABR SFR & Kathy Sampron (303) 931-3629 Highlands R (Home Smart Realty Group) over 8 years ago

I like to let them chose their gift.  I give a card that has over 36 items to chose from.  see http://kcole3.ordermygift.com your comment please.

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) over 8 years ago

I think the key is really getting to know your clients-- what will they really value?  I have clients now that sold their home and bought another and they're very family-oriented.  I got them a Flip.  As they make changes to the new home, it's simple enough that even the kids can use it to document their lives and share their videos with grandparents, etc. 

Posted by Michele Rose, Burlington County Home Staging & Redesign (Rose-Colored Staging) over 8 years ago

What a great idea; combining the possitive energy of Fung Shui and green building.

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) over 8 years ago

i throw my new homeowners a BBQ,,,they give me a email list of friends and family , the owners pick a night  i show up with grill and burgers and buns and get to meet 20 potential new clients all coming to me as a referral from the new home owners

Posted by Dana Devine (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 8 years ago

Dana - I love the BBQ idea!

Posted by Chris Head, Realtor - Marketing Specialist - Norwell, Marshfield, Scituate Real Estate (William Raveis Real Estate - Norwell) over 8 years ago

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