Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Welcome to the Neighborhood- Gifts and Visits

Welcome to the Neighborhood- Gifts and Visits

Welcome Neighbor

Housewarming Gifts and Visits, a Dying Art
I live in a small development and it is easy to keep track of who is moving out and who is moving in. In fact a new home is being built next door to me and the new buyers hope to be in before the holidays.

I confess I am not the kind of neighbor I should be. Working lots of hours means I am on the go and don't invest the time I should getting to know my neighbors. I intend for that to change.

When I moved two years ago several of my neighbors stopped by to introduce themselves. Some brought gifts to say hello and welcomed us to the neighborhood. This made my husband and me feel very welcome and wanted. It takes effort and this effort was appreciated. 

I intend to be a better neighbor. When my new next door neighbors move in I will visit and take them a welcome gift. I also plan to have them over to get to know them better. It is a good practice to know your neighbors especially in case of an emergency.

We agents do these visits for our clients to make them feel welcome and see if there is anything they need. It's a neighborly thing to do and part of our routine and customer service.

Extending a welcome within our own neighborhoods will be well received and make the newcomers feel like a part of the community.

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Comment balloon 23 commentsDebbie Reynolds • October 29 2016 07:28PM


Good morning Debbie.  In my community of 72 homes it's in the HOA rules that the buyers' and sellers' Realtors have to host a welcome party for the new residents in our clubhouse.  Works great for meeting the new folks.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 2 years ago

Good Morning Debbie - I must confess that I have not gotten to know some of our newer neighbors.  I should do that.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 2 years ago

What a wonderful practice. That way everyone knows each other and they don't feel like strangers, Gabe Sanders.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

We stay so busy, Grant Schneider, which is why that has happened to me too.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

Good morning Debbie. In our last community the neighbors got together regularly! Not nearly the case in an apartment in downtown Chicago. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

hello Debbie.  I would not be considered a good neighbor unless they like being left alone and that I stay to myself for the most part.  Double edge swords as always.  Mark

Posted by Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227 over 2 years ago

Many of us should be following your lead. Getting to know the new neighbors can add add to the quality of our lives and the enjoyment of living in the community.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 2 years ago

Hello Debbie

Interesting write my friend and VB never really bonds with neighbors, he prefers his privacy. But then again whenever I am out of town I do like when the neighbors watch my home.

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 2 years ago

While have only 2 neighbors and none of us can see the other as we're all on some acreage, we have made an effort to get to know them well because having good relationships with neighbors is a big plus when you or they need help with something and for security reasons. The plus is, you also have the chance to make new friends.  Like Robert Vegas Bob Swetz , we moved here for the privacy, but then again, so did our neighbors, so it works perfectly. 

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 2 years ago

Good for you Debbie. Being a good neighbor takes time and effort and you are working hard. Have a great day.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 2 years ago

Good idea Deb....nothing like great neighbors !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 2 years ago

Hi Debbie Reynolds - our jobs make it so difficult on our personal schedules.  But both my neighbors travel and we are always watching over their homes for them.  Bringing a welcome gift to new neighbors is a very warm jesture that your neighbors will appreciate!  

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 2 years ago

Debbie I think bringing a welcome gift is a neigbhborly thing to do!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 2 years ago

It is something I need to do more of as well, but always so busy. Trick or treating is always a nice time to meet the neighbors Debbie Reynolds 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 2 years ago

Debbie I have to admit I have not been very good at welcoming new neighbors to the neighborhood, but it is something I need to follow your lead on and start doing a better job of it.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 2 years ago

We did something similar when we moved into our neighborhood.  A 15 home cul-de-sac and within a year better than half moved put.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 2 years ago

You are a tribute to our profession and your community Debbie Reynolds 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 2 years ago

Debbie, good for you!  I just had a conversation with someone yesterday who has lived where she lives for 16 years and "barely knows 2 or 3" of her neighbors!  We discussed how being neighborly seems to have changed so much over the past decade or two because our lives are just chock full from sun-up to sun-down.  We all need to make a better effort to welcome our neighbors - and keep the communication going too!  There's nothing more fun that a great neighborhood group!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 2 years ago

Hi Debbie Reynolds ,  I guess that's why they talk about being neighborly. It's almost like having your family living all around you.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) over 2 years ago

Debbie,  I confess I have mixed feelings about getting to know my neighbors. I do like my privacy. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 2 years ago

Thank you for sharing. I have not made an effort to go and welcome neighbors. I shoul start doing it.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 2 years ago

Hi Debbie --- I don't know many of my neighbors and living in a condo it can be days(or longer) before I see anyone depending on my schedule.   

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 2 years ago

Nice Debbie-the word "neighbor" implies so much more than just someone that lives near you.

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) over 2 years ago