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Nice Freebies for House Shoppers

July 20th, 2008 at 04:36 pm

Today we attended a Home Tour in a nearby community where a builder was giving away $25 gas cards. In addition to the gas card, we got free drinks and snacks.

Awhile ago, we visited the model homes of a builder who was giving away Target gift cards.

I think we will see more and more of these giveaways if the home market remains soft.

Here in Austin, the housing market is still relatively strong compared to the rest of the country. I can only imagine the freebies that can be found in more depressed housing markets.

Might be worth skimming the real estate section of the Sunday paper, even if you aren't in the market for a new house.

4 Responses to “Nice Freebies for House Shoppers”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Saw a commercial yesterday in which one of the most popular home builders in the area is offering a new car with the purchase of a house. I think that says something interesting about the profit margin they previously had.

  2. Amber Says:

    $25 gas and target gift cards? now that's nice

  3. baselle Says:

    Do you get a heavy-duty sales job with the gift cards? Do you have to give up email and contact info? I'm asking because I'm interested in the freebee ... but not that interested in the real estate. Trying to figure out how much I have to steel myself for. Smile

  4. scfr Says:

    baselle - We got the usual "sales job" that we get when we visit any for sale home. When we got the Target card, we had to give out our home address because the card was mailed to us. (It arrived very promptly; within a week.) When we got the gas card, we received it on the spot; we were given a "customer information card" where we could fill in as little or as much as we wanted to. The sales job consists of the usual questions: When do you plan to buy? Are you renting now? Etc.

    I'd say if you go in to it accepting the fact that the sales people are just trying to do their job in a tough real estate market, it won't be too annoying. I always answer their questions honestly but as vaguely as possible. Someone who is "just starting to look" is much less likely to get a hard sale than someone who is "relocating and needs to buy this weekend."

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