Every time a home sale closes, the buyers gain a new home and the real estate agent earns a commission. However, the signatures on the closing documents don’t tell the whole story. For a sale to have occurred, a relationship first had to form. The buyers had to share their vision for their home, the personal details of their family, finances, history, and more. The agent, to be of assistance, had to listen carefully.

 
This ensuing relationship is typically more intimate than, say, the relationship one forms with a salesperson when purchasing an appliance, or even a car. Appliances typically do a single job and cars provide transportation but a home shelters an entire family and provide the backdrop against which they live their lives. It houses not only their bodies, but also their hopes, dreams, successes, failures and life dramas. It is their place of retreat, a refuge where they feel safest and most secure. When at last the perfect home is located and the paperwork signed, both home buyer and real estate agent share a sense of achievement.

 
It has become customary for real estate agents to give a gift to their clients upon the purchase of their new home. This practice is partly to communicate appreciation for the privilege of participating in their journey with, partly to say congratulations, and partly to commemorate the time they spent together, to be a memento of a good memory. Like any gift, a real estate gift can be impersonal, automatic, and rote, or it can be thoughtful and genuinely meaningful.

 
A surplus of material goods inundates today’s world to the extent that there is currently a growing movement away from consumerism and towards minimalism and simple living. It is therefore more important than ever that a gift, when given, be more than a mere obligatory gesture. Gifts, including closing gifts, should commemorate an experience and articulate the appreciation and respect felt by the giver.

 
Every real estate agent wishes to give gifts their clients will treasure, but not all people are equally skilled when it comes to selecting the perfect gift. The following “Do’s and Don’ts” will help real estate agents to select gifts that not only will be sincerely valued, but also which will serve the practical purpose of creating repeat clients in the future.

 

Do listen. Beginning in the initial interview, pay attention and take notes for each person, couple and family. By taking notes you won’t forget important observations or inadvertently confuse one client’s likes and interests with another’s. Things to be on the lookout for are lifetime hobbies and interests, such as gardening and cooking, strong convictions, such as spiritual beliefs, food choices, imbibers of alcohol (or not), sporting affiliations, whether they are animal lovers, etc.

Don’t view your gift as an opportunity to hawk your brand. Your name discreetly marked on the back of a cutting board is one thing, your full logo engraved on the front of that same cutting board is just plain tacky!

Do understand that what defines a great gift is the degree of thought put into them, not the amount of money spent.

Don’t fail to deliver your gift in person. A real estate closing gift is all about expressing gratitude, and also, about relationship building. Don’t miss out on this all important opportunity to make a final (for now) and lasting impression.

Do make your gift a personal one, whenever possible. When faced with those rare, inscrutable clients who seem difficult to get to know, opt for gifts that are classic, tried and true. For example, for such individuals consider things like sketched note cards of the house with the new owner’s name and address at the bottom, tasteful garden art, or (when appropriate), a vintage bottle of fine wine.

Don’t make the mistake of failing to give a gift. Adopting the attitude that you rendered your service and don’t owe anything more is a churlish one, and sure to inhibit your overall success as an agent. Whether or not you agree with the practice, closing gifts are now an expected part of the real estate game.

 

Modern society is transient, fluid, and networked. No matter where a person lives today, it is a given that he or she knows people all over the globe. People need homes wherever they go, and real estate agents are the go-to resource when seeking a suitable home. Just as you’d ask a neighbor for a recommendation for a caterer, so someone moving from one part of the country asks his friends in another to recommend an agent to help him find the right house. People tend to remember and recommend agents who not only helped them find the perfect home, but also, who gave them the perfect closing gift!

Looking for a side dish that cooks quickly and won’t heat up your kitchen? Try Healthy and delicious Zucchini and Squash Au Gratin!

 

Ingredients

2 Tbsp
butter
1 large
zucchini
1 large
squash
2 medium
shallots, minced
1 tsp
garlic (fresh or jar)
1/2 c
heavy cream
shredded cheese, just a handful to sprinkle
salt and pepper to taste
sprinkle of oregano
Parmesan cheese, to taste
Instructions:
1.Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
2In a large skillet saute your shallots and garlic in your butter. Cook until shallots are translucent.
3Add your zucchini, squash and heavy cream. Add your salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese.
4Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture is bubbly.
5Transfer to an oven safe baking dish and sprinkle with a little more parmesan and your shredded cheese.
6Bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and golden brown on top.

This Easy Blueberry Crunch Dump Cake recipe is so simple to make! You dump all the ingredients together, then bake, and you have a delicious dessert perfect for everything from a family celebrations to holidays. It is shown on Good Morning America’s website as a recipe Justin Timberlake’s grandmother makes for him, so it must be good!

Easy Blueberry Crunch Dump Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 11 ounces blueberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 ounce can crushed pineapple 20, undrained
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup stick butter 1/2, melted
  • Optional: whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13×9″ baking dish. In a bowl, combine blueberries with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar and gently coat blueberries with the sugar or you can use Blueberry pie filling.
  2. Pour pineapple into the bottom of the baking dish evenly. Sprinkle blueberries and sugar evenly over pineapple. Sprinkle dry yellow cake mix evenly on top of blueberries. Drizzle melted stick of butter on top of cake mix. Sprinkle pecans on top of cake mix/butter.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until top is browned.

It’s simple. It’s delicious. It’s a comfort food that is easy to take to a gathering or for a sick friend!

Here is our recipe for tried and true Chicken Rotel Spaghetti!
Chicken Rotel Spaghetti
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 pound thin spaghetti
1 can Rotel (original)
1 pound Velveeta cheese (original)
1 can cream of chicken
1 can cream of mushroom
1 stick of butter
Salt and pepper to taste


Boil chicken thoroughly and tear into small pieces. Cook spaghetti as directed. Drain water from spaghetti and add all ingredients. Mix well. Bake in casserole dish on 400 degrees uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Stir and serve.

We know it’s hard to find the perfect gift for the woman who does so much in your life! With Mother’s Day quickly approaching we wanted to share with you some of our top gifts we think she would appreciate as a token of your love and appreciation!

 

8X 8 cutting board 

 

Monogrammed wine tote

 

Photo 9X13lids 

 

Deluxe monogrammed 9X13 lid

 

Personalized Klean Kanteen

We all need some yummy and easy “go-to” recipes every now and again to get dinner on the table in a hurry! I love to use a rotisserie chicken so part of the work is done for me! This recipe is great for quick dinner, potluck, or to take to a sick friend. Of course we used our 9X9  “That’s my Pan” for even cooking and to show who was the creator of such delicious delicacies!

You will need:

a rotisseri chicken from you favorite market- pulled meat off

a box of Uncle Ben’s wild rice

a 1/2 cup of sour cream

a can of cream of mushroom soup

a sleeve of Ritz crackers

a 1/2 cup of melted butter

 

To Prepare:

Pull chicken

Make Rice according to package

mix all together with sour cream and mushroom

top with Ritz crackers crumbled

pour melted butter over top

Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until golden brown! This is an easy and delicious quick meal!  Enjoy!

 


 

Take personalization to another level!

Putting custom logos on our lineup of personalized products has proven to be a very popular option for both schools and groups. We can put these on our 9×13 and 9×9 lids, our white coffee mugs as well as our cookie tins. Several groups have used these for company giveaways. Our fundraiser partners get setup for free, and then their products are highlighted on their customer ordering website front and center, helping to bring more ownership to their groups fundraising efforts. We also offer these to the general public; just call and talk to one of our super nice customer service reps. All we require is that you own or have rights to the logo you want us to use, and then a high quality image for us to work with.

 

Need a quick meal idea for your family during the week?!

Just four ingredients and 10 minutes prep is all you need to for an oven-ready Italian-style casserole! Toss a side salad with some bread and you are done! I added hamburger meat to my sauce or you could try Italian sausage! Make it your own!

 

Ingredients

1 jar (26 to 28 ounces) tomato pasta sauce (any variety)
1 package (25 to 27 1/2 ounces) frozen cheese-filled ravioli
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Steps

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom and sides of rectangular baking dish 13x9x2-inches, with cooking spray.

Spread 3/4 cup of the pasta sauce in baking dish. Arrange half of the frozen ravioli in single layer over sauce; top with half of the remaining pasta sauce and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers once, starting with ravioli. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake 40 minutes. Remove foil; bake uncovered 15 to 20 minutes longer or until bubbly and hot in center. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

 

Seeing Red…

For quite some time now, our loyal customers have been asking for a true red lid. In the past this has been a problem for us since our lasers used for engraving your personalization have had an issue with the reds we have tried before.

We are happy to announce that we have solved the issue finally and here you have our new lineup of red lids!

 

These hot new lids are available immediately in our complete laser engraved lid line up including 9×13 traditional pan series (Traditional, Non Stick, Bar and Doughmakers®), our 9×9 series (both Traditional as well as Doughmakers®), our 9×13 original as well as our cover pie pan.

So if you have been waiting for a nice bright true red lid, you are set!

Colored Klean Kanteens®

 

We are pleased to announce the addition of several new colors of insulated water bottles to our line of Personalized Insulated Klean Kanteen. These compliment our very popular brushed stainless offerings, and add a bit of flare to your to go containers. These come in six new modern colors, and we have them in 16oz , and for those who want to ‘grande’, 20oz sizes. Like most of our product offering, you can add up to two lines of personalization as well as select one of our fun clip art images for free. These are great for both hot and cold drinks,  not at the same time of course, and make great gifts.