Oct. 9, 2018.
Your realtor may thank you for your business with a closing gift like a bottle of champagne or a framed work of art. But if your realtor’s one of those hard-working types who bent over backward to get you into your new home fast, you can beat them to the punch. A thoughtful, personal gift goes a long way, beyond a store-bought card or cookies.
Though a gift of appreciation doesn’t need justifying when it’s from the heart, you might appreciate your realtor even more when you know how hard they’re really working. While realtors’ hours are flexible — making it an ideal career for plenty of different lifestyles — this flexibility also means your realtor could be working until the wee hours of the night. Agents interviewed by Realtor.com confirm that it’s not unusual to keep office hours from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.
That may be why your agent was always available to answer your evening calls and put out fires before they started. It could also be because some real estate agents — 14 percent of residential realtors and 21 percent of commercial realtors, according to the National Association of REALTORS® Choosing a Career in Real Estate: A Perspective on Gender, Race, Ethnicity 2017 report — work at least 60 hours each week. Your realtor may not ask for much in return, but having a thank you gift ready for closing day is an easy way to give something back.
When a card won’t cut it: 7 super-thoughtful thank you gifts for realtors
We’ve got ideas for just about every type of realtor personality out there. Make these gifts smaller (pick one or two items from the list) or go bigger for more impact:
1. For the realtor with all the weekend plans.
Pack a weekender bag with a travel notebook, headphones, an eye mask, earplugs, and a small pillow.
2. For the realtor who loves nature.
Whether or not your realtor has a green thumb, they’ll love the low-maintenance, office-friendly beauty of a peace lily, African violet, or another blooming plant.
Fact: You can buy a house with as little as zero down. Get in touch with a Cornerstone loan officer to find out how.
3. For the realtor who’s always a little chilly.
Sometimes, office temps are just plain Arctic. Give your realtor a beautiful cashmere sweater in a neutral color that will look great any time of year, with any outfit.
4. For the realtor who could use some R&R.
5. For the realtor who’s on a health kick.
It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Purchase a “healthy snacks” subscription box like Love with Food, Conscious Box, or Nature Box, and your realtor will be reminded each month of how much you care about their hard work.
6. For the realtor who really loves their desk.
Try upgrading their office supplies – give them a gold stapler and scissors, a brushed copper lamp, nice pens, and unique business card holder.
7. For the realtor who’s a caffeine addict.
Give them a personal espresso machine that they can keep at their desk or a basket filled with fancy, whole leaf tea, honey, and fresh mint.
Word-of-mouth is priceless: Brag about your realtor on Instagram
A simple, thoughtful gift is one of the kindest ways to tell your realtor that you couldn’t have done it without them. Show your appreciation for your agent — and show them more love — with the hashtag #loveyourrealtor and share them with us on Instagram. If you’re ready to buy or sell and need a good realtor in your corner, we’re also happy to help. Contact a Cornerstone loan officer, and we’ll refer you to a local agent we’ve successfully worked with in the past.
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*Based on a 30-year fixed rate for a $200,000 house, 20% down, escrow not included. Not a commitment to lend. Borrower must meet qualification criteria. Equal Housing Opportunity.