Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't ever give knives to anyone as a gift, client or otherwise. It is bad luck. I give very few closing gifts in general. I mean, does my doctor give me a closing gift after surgery; how about my accountant or my attorney?

Jun 06, 2016 10:28 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

If you ever work with German customers, giving a knife is considered "cutting" the friendship.  There is a workaround, just ask them to "pay" you as little as a penny in return so it's a "sale" not a gift.  In a case like that, I would err on the safe side. 

Jun 06, 2016 10:24 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I never did do the Cutco thing for clients. My brother is a blueberry farmer and I loved giving 2 blueberry bushes as gifts for new homeowners.  It's a gift that keeps on giving.

I did not know giving a knife is supposed to be bad luck.  And... I do love giving this gift to newlyweds:  Knife set (with block), cutting board, and a Knife Skills book.   I know, all kinds of smarty pants remarks can be made about that but I wish I'd had a good set of knives when I set up housekeeping.  LOL

Jun 06, 2016 10:20 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Pearls for the Soul is a book of over 800 positive sayings that makes for guaranteed, pleasant, ongoing memories. Perfect gift all occasions

Jun 06, 2016 11:31 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I have seen a demo of Cutco, but have never given that as a closing gift.  My gifts are unbranded.

Jun 06, 2016 10:25 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Branded Gifts are not gifts, IMHO. They are marketing pieces. I've never used or given Cutco knives. 

Jun 07, 2016 02:57 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I agree with Nina Hollander .  Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES is right about the European market, and I was thought that it was bad luck also, or give a penny.  

Jun 07, 2016 12:41 AM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I do not Lise Howe 

Jun 06, 2016 11:56 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I haven't provided Thank You gifts in a few years now but when I did (or do) I like to duplicate the idea from the movie "It's a Wonderful Life"  See the clip below:


It's a Wonderful Life Housewarming Party

Jun 06, 2016 11:28 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

No, only Veg-A-Matics!

Jun 06, 2016 11:01 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I don't.  

I believe when giving cutlery you need to include a coin(even a penny).

My name is included on the card unless I'm giving anonymously.  

Jun 06, 2016 10:58 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I know some who do this, I prefer to give something a bit more personal myself

Jun 06, 2016 10:54 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

I never used CutCo. If you give a knife, tradition is you give it with a penny, the recipient gives it back as payment, thereby preserving the relationship & their fingers.

I do not give branded items, I typically give a celebratory dinner or something specific to that client's interests or needs. I stay in touch with my clients, so I do not need to brand my gifts. 

Many agents do not do gifts, and I love that they are my "competition". I enjoy it when a client says "my last Realtor didn't buy me a thank you gift?"

Jun 06, 2016 10:51 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

No, but I have used branded items but not as closing gifts.  One size does not always fit. I prefer to match the gift & the client.

Love Carol Williams gift of blueberry bushes

Jun 06, 2016 10:33 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I never gave closing gifts.... most of my deals were cobrokes and they all had their own buyer's agent.... I listed new homes.... but I gave my builders gifts on all holidays....

Jun 06, 2016 10:27 PM
Nat Wallen
BellaRuby LLC - Charleston, SC
Founder of the BellaRuby Free Real Estate CRM

I used to give a home warranty, and then I switched to a seafood pie (they are delicious), but I needed a system to help me keep in touch after the gift... so I created a closing gift software that doubles as a past client follow up automation system. 

Feb 27, 2017 04:15 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I don't but I see them represented at almost every trade show and expo.

Nov 17, 2016 12:16 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

My preferred gift is new locks for the doors.

Jun 13, 2016 06:53 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have heard it is bad luck.

Jun 07, 2016 09:38 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I give a gift based on the client.  And no I wouldn't EVER give someone a knife. It's simply not allowed in my family.

Jun 07, 2016 03:22 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

They did a demo at out office a month or so ago.

Jun 07, 2016 12:40 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Beyond a pen or stylus once in a while, I dont give gifts.

Jun 07, 2016 09:54 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Have not given Cutco; yes, might be considered bad Feng Shui,

Jun 07, 2016 04:12 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I don't give gifts in general.  If I do, it's some food I made, most likely, or a gift card.

I don't see knives as a bad "ju-ju" gift, simply because I like knives and they tend to be a common theme at holiday gift exchanges (aka the annual knife and flashlight exchange).

Jun 07, 2016 03:51 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

I have seen the Cutco display at trade shows, but would probably not give that as a closing gift. It just doesn't seem appropriate, even though they are customized.

Jun 07, 2016 12:58 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I have heard the buyers return these bad luck weapon grade gifts... 

So and so was stabbed the weapon used has engraving "Sam the realtor" name on it in the local paper.... Is that something the realtor had in mind?

Jun 07, 2016 12:41 AM
Shawn and Angela Miller
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®

No knives, but a gift card to Home Depot, Lowes, or Menards or local hardware store puts a smile on all of our buyers face.

Jun 06, 2016 11:49 PM
Toronto, ON

I am not familiar with that company or brand.

Jun 06, 2016 11:17 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Never used Cutco or any branded gifts!

Jun 06, 2016 10:50 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I don't but I like their knives.

Jun 06, 2016 10:50 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

We do not

Jun 06, 2016 10:34 PM