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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Hmmm.   The LA is not pulling any punches, moving in for the kill, she is pretty aggressive.

 Call the Buyer.  Tell the Buyer you talked with LA; tell Buyer that she (the LA) is giving them a gift basket.   

Then do what Candice A. Donofrio said.  Raise the stakes, step up the game.

May 06, 2021 05:56 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

What if as a neighbor she acts neighborly? Your role is your role. Invest in that and be at peace 

May 07, 2021 06:39 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker Associate
Miramar Beach - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Let it go, say thanks and move on.  Keep in touch with the buyers in a better way.  Service after the sale. 

May 07, 2021 04:52 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Just say " Thank You, and that my clients will appreciate all of the closing and house warming gifts that they receive!"

 I know you probaby feel like sending the sellers a gift basket with note saying how much your buyers love the house, and if you have and friends or relatives thinking of selling, that you'd appreciate referrals. Follow that with a post card mailing to the listing agents address and farm area saying that your buyer just bought in neighborhood, and if you are thinking of selling, call me....!

May 07, 2021 03:20 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

"Oh my gosh, thank you so much for giving my clients a gift basket!" and then give them something else...  A drawing of their new home with your name/number on it, a chef's knife or cutting board they can use on a regular basis, a knocker for their door with their name on, a home-made treat, a few bottles of their favorite wine, etc. You're the one that will be staying in contact with them, sending them cards on their birthdays, etc.  

May 06, 2021 06:07 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I think it's classy and why be insecure? Unless you suck as their agent, 😉or lose touch, 😱 you'll never lose them over a basket. 😀 I've had many listing agents get the house cleaned and leave wine or champagne. No worries and good for my buyers. I always get something nice and more personal as I know my clients better than a generic gift basket represents.

May 06, 2021 05:58 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Let it be OK . . .  and get your clients something nicer than a gift basket, maybe a gift card for a nice dinner out.

The listing agent wants to sell their house someday . . . LOL  . . . 

I will gift the client, escrow company and even lender but not the other side . . . it's the wrong time to think resale. They haven't even moved in yet!

Good that she is cleaning carpets!!!

Just say nice of you, thank you and leave it!

May 06, 2021 03:31 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Do not worry about what the other agent does. You cannot control her actions. Give your own thoughtful gift. Follow up with this client and all of your clients on a regular basin through phone calls, mailings, and/email. Be in it for the long haul and not only at closing.

May 07, 2021 11:25 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

5 years ago the listing agent had the house cleaned and left a gift basket on the kitchen counter for my buyer clients.  My clients were not impressed with the listing agent - we will leave it at that. 

Two weeks ago my clients called me - come list me - we are moving! 

Provide excellent service to your clients.  Stay in touch with them - send holiday cards and birthday cards - and they will call you when they need real estate services and they will refer their friends and family.

May 07, 2021 06:57 AM
Ken Jones, ASA | Broker & Appraiser
Kenneth J. Jones, Inc./Global Valuations - Newark, NJ
Commercial Real Estate Broker & Appraiser

Carin Molin You may not like it because the listing agent is poaching your former client. (Yes. When the deal is done, the buyer is no longer your client; they're fair game for any and every agent).

You have to realize, that listing agent is now trying to convert your former client to their future client.

And, since the deal is closed, there's absolutely nothing unethical or improper about what that listing agent is doing.

You may want to up your game and do what Candice A. Donofrio said; get them a better gift and stay in touch with them, regularly.

May 07, 2021 04:46 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Thank her for the carpet cleaning and do as Karen Climer suggested beat her at her own game.

May 06, 2021 06:52 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I agree with Candice A. Donofrio and if the seller is staying in the area, @Karen Climer has a good suggestion.

May 06, 2021 03:57 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

The listing agent is being a bit over the top, so step up your game, leave a bottle of champagne or something they would like even more!   Glad she cleaned the carpets.

May 07, 2021 05:58 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

naww, in my world this is poaching. I know that they are no longer my clients but ..... it's poaching. Now suddenly the deal is over & 'they belong' to whom?

Very possessive people love to do this. They 'will' become my client. I think this is just asinine behavior.

LA's do not clean carpets in my area unless the sellers did something negative prior to closing.

May 07, 2021 05:41 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I't a party! Everyone brings a gift. 
What will be the dynamics in 5, 7, 10 years when these folks may move again? That is one important factor knowing there is ALWAYS a realor closer to the suspect than you are. And as you may know, human behavior is controlled by avoiding shame. Can this person endure the shame of having your sign in the front yard while the 'good nighbor who has done so much' gets kicked to the curb.
Now, the best track, in this case is appreciate the gift but stay closer than a belt buckle to this client and always be present for those referral oppotunites and to deliver those intangibles that restores one faith in mankind.
PS: it should be noted that in Floria Realors May Edition pg 6, item 11 lists as potential listing opportunities the buyers of your listing.  Seems like this is being encouraged and the big gift is simply that FIRST IMPRESSION we have been taught to exploit.

May 07, 2021 05:17 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Be a valued resource to your clients long after the closing table and the gift basket won't matter.  

May 07, 2021 04:44 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I really like Candice A. Donofrio suggestions. especially  giving the listing agent a gift, there is nothing better than killing someone with kindness.  A

May 06, 2021 08:56 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Not a lot you can do except do better and stay in touch with your clients. She obviously will.

May 07, 2021 05:59 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Let her have her fun, keep in touch with your client after the sale and this incursion will be forgotten long before the next transaction.

May 06, 2021 11:51 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I would not object to these activities.

You need to do your own thing to maintain your relationships.

May 07, 2021 10:29 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I take a gift to anyone who moves in my neighborhood, no matter who the agents were.  It's what I do.

May 07, 2021 09:57 AM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Carin Molin,

You may want to send a gift to the Sellers at the closing table. Just after the sale, give your buyers something really nice with your information on the back. 

May 07, 2021 07:54 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I’ve had them ask for the email and / or Cell # at the Closing

May 07, 2021 06:10 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Over 26+ years being a Realtor, not everyone received a closing gift from me. Yes it has happened that the other agent has left a gift to the new home owners, my buyers..... what I have given my buyers is straight advice, good advice and honest strategies in their purchase.... every one has become a repeat client buyer, then  seller and  then buyer again. The relationship was built on trust not one upsmanship with closing gifts.

May 07, 2021 10:44 PM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

I have had this happen occasionally...including  them soliciting my buyer for a future listing.

I think that reeks of an agents desperation...

I would let the buyer know that the listing agent is giving them something...I would still give your client a gift even if it costs less than her gift...she is just  trying to one-up you.  



May 07, 2021 04:38 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Once the property records, the contract is satisfied and they are no longer your clients unless you are helping them buy multiple properties. She has a giving spirit and not doing anything wrong, other than trying to secure the listing later on! Do something nice for your clients and keep in touch.

May 07, 2021 12:35 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I throw a house warming party for my buyers and have them invite their friends, pick up lots of business from it.


May 08, 2021 11:47 AM