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A Good Gift For Customers Who Are Purchasing Mobile Homes

We often fall back on getting gift cards or some other type of nondescript presents for buyers and sellers. However, I have begun to purchase weather radios for my customers who are buying a mobile home through me. I got the idea a while back when I read that the federal government was considering a requirement that all new mobile homes would come with such a device.

With hurricanes, we often have several days of warning so there is plenty of time to get to higher ground or to find an emergency shelter. However, tornados can pop up at a moment's notice, often when we are asleep, and that is why they can be so deadly. The combination of incredible wind speeds and unpredictability are often a fatal combination, especially for mobile home dwellers. However, even conventional homes can be severely damaged.

Many weather radios have alert features so they are silent until the US Weather Service sends through the alarm. At that point the occupants can be warned, even if it is in the middle of the night. Hopefully giving them plenty of time to move to a more secure location.

I checked online and Radio Shack has models ranging in price from $15.99 to $89.99. Walmart had a model priced at $12.86. I saw one model that had a built-in flashlight. Not a bad idea since it is likely that the power grid will be disrupted as a result of the storm.

So whether via a gift card to a store that sells such radios or by purchasing the device for them yourself, this may be something different that your customers would appreciate having. Thought this idea was worth passing along to those of you who live in areas that are tornado prone.

John Elwell - REALTOR


Bill Nye Realty, Inc.


Licensed in Florida


Comment balloon 6 commentsJohn Elwell • July 21 2007 04:28PM


Great idea especially here in Florida.  Thanks for that tip, I will add that to my list of possible closing gifts for my buyers.
Posted by Linda Reynolds, Bradenton Real Estate (Bradenton Real Estate - Linda Reynolds) about 13 years ago

What a great idea. I do not live in a mobile home but I own a weather radio anyway. Okay, it goes off at least once a day warning me of the obvious 3pm thunderstorm bla bla bla. However, I like the fact that it will keep me on top of things during a hurricane and get me out of bed in the middle of the night if there's a tornado coming my way.

I believe everyone should have one, not just folks living in mobile homes.

Posted by TheMillsTeam YourSebringRealtors, 863-212-5441 (Advantage Realty #1) about 13 years ago
Thanks for your comments Linda and Andrea. I had never given it much thought before. But when I read that the government was thinking of requiring them in mobiles, it just seemed logical. And since we have so many mobile subdivisions in Florida, it seemed like a natural gift concept. Though I am not sure I would mention the gift before the closing. The customers might think we were trying to tell them something, oh no!!!! Though I am sure they will appreciate the thoughtfulness and the peace of mind. Have a great weekend you two. John
Posted by John Elwell, You Deserve a Full-Time Agent, Not Reduced Results (CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc.) about 13 years ago

This is a great idea, nice post and I am sure it is going to benefit many people who read this post. 

Posted by Bob Sloop, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN (RS Mortgage Consulting) about 13 years ago
H ere in Tennessee we have tornados and lightning storms. This is a great gift I have given many times.
Posted by Pam Hofmann, Your Crossville, Lake Tansi & Fairfield Glade Specialist (Third Tennessee Realty & Associates, LLC) about 13 years ago
Pam, I bet your customers appreciated it too. A practical and useful gift. Plus it has the bonus of showing your customers that you do care about them.
Posted by John Elwell, You Deserve a Full-Time Agent, Not Reduced Results (CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc.) about 13 years ago

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