Closing Gift Ideas- Home Portraits by KSchowe

I have always tried to think outside the box with my closing gifts.  Some clients appreciate a personal gift, while others would be just as happy with a restaurant gift card.  Sometimes I choose to share my artwork as a token of appreciation for my clients trust in me with their real estate transaction.  Many of my sales are second homes that my clients use during the winter season, then they return to their permament residence for the summer.  I give them a  work of art that they can take home with them to remind them of their new "happy place" in the desert.  

I create the home portrait with a drawing app. called Paper by 53. (Paper by WeTransfer), and usually have the artwork reproduced on canvas.  Then I make notecards for them with their home portrait as well.  I choose a favorite angle of the home, a closeup of a special feature, or depict the gorgeous view. My most recent home portrait below, and others from past sales.

Contact me if you are interested in a Home Portrait for your special client! Pricing from $225 depending on finished size. 760-333-8886


49800 Avenida Fernando

54510 Avenida Alvarado48771 San Vicente 2 by Kschowe49250 Avenida Fernando by Kschowe 

48771 San Vicente by KschoweHome Portrait by Kschowe












Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  California LifestyleRealty  California Lifestyle RealtySchowe Properties                                           



Comment balloon 27 commentsKathy Schowe • May 29 2020 11:04PM


Kathy Schowe thank you for sharing very good list of closing gift ideas.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) 5 months ago

Kathy Schowe - WOW! I love your idea and what this app can do! Those are really useful and personal gifts that every buyer would appreciate. The results you illustrated are absolutely gorgeous!!! 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 5 months ago

Hi Kathy- great and very thoughtful gift idea. Who wouldn't love a home portrait of their new home!!!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 5 months ago

What a great idea, Kathy.

I started making lots of notecards with my own photos, an idea I got from you a few years ago including the blank stationery!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) 5 months ago

Good evening Kathy Schowe - that is a wonderful gift.  I would really like something like that.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 5 months ago

I must agree that would be a wonderful closing gift...

Happy Friday Kathy Schowe 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) 5 months ago

Good morning Kathy. What a unique idea! Should get soe of us thinking. Enjoy your day

Carol Williams , this is one for you! 

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 5 months ago

Those artful portraits would be a great closing gift, Kathy.  I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 5 months ago

That is awesome and I am certain that anyone would love to receive one of those!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) 5 months ago

I'm sure this is a hit with many. Nice job Kathy. Hope you're having a great weekend. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 5 months ago


One of our Napa clients had an artist friend who did magnificent watercolors of homes.  That was one of her closing gifts all framed.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 5 months ago

Hi Kathy,
I think home portraits are a wonderful gift.  Thanks for sharing. 

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 5 months ago

What a very clever and original idea, I am sure these are well received.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 5 months ago

Hello Kathy - a thoughtful idea and one that is surely appreciated.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 5 months ago

Hello Kathy and I am sorry but I miss you in the rain.  What a great closing gift for your clients.  I think it is great!


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 5 months ago

Majestic and candy like and I like it quite a lot! Love and light and all the best!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 5 months ago

I'm so glad Carol Williams included this on her weekly post. Those pictures came out great! 

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) 5 months ago

You are so lucky to be so talented!  I can barely draw a straight line with a ruler and a pen! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) 5 months ago

Good evening Kathy Schowe ,

You are so talented! I'm so glad that Carol Williams included your post on her Second Chance Saturday series! What a unique closing gift to be treasured.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) 5 months ago

Very clever and exciting post.

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) 5 months ago

What a thoughtful gift!  The colors look especially pretty

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) 5 months ago

Kathy, you are creative & talented in so many ways! Your paintings are stunning. 

Posted by Tina D Saporito, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005, Call (760)799-8460. (Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs.) 4 months ago

Your gifts to your clients are personalized and unusual. I am sure that your clients value them highly.

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) 4 months ago

Kathy you remind me of my mother she had artistic talent and genes always giving gifts made from the heart and at minimal cost but more appreciated than expensive gifts, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 4 months ago

Thanks so much for sharing this closing gift suggestion.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker 3 months ago

Kathy, great idea and a beautiful hand-touched gift. I am sure your clients treasure those gifts. Beautiful paintings, great colors!

Posted by Steffy Hristova, Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work! (HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353) about 1 month ago