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Be a Welcome Wagon to the World

Welcome WagonYears ago it seems somebody, I don't know who, hired this Welcome Wagon company to stop by newly moved in residents in neighborhoods. The idea was to give them an introductory basket of many useful goodies to get them going in the new house. I don't know if times have changed or we're moving just faster nowadays but you don't hear about this as often.

The concept is a good one though. We should all practice to


Being friendly to others. Newcomers and strangers alike. Showing appreciation for what others do and for just who they are. Saying thank you will make you happy. Did you know that?

Try taking a little of the Welcome Wagon in you out into the world each day. You may not be able to change the WHOLE world. But you sure can change the part that's right there in front of you!! Good luck.

Comment balloon 31 commentsGary Woltal • August 27 2008 11:26PM



What a wonderful idea.  Not sure we even have the Welcome Wagon program in our community.

How sad is that.

Good suggestion to find out and what an opportunity if there isn't.

Posted by Linda Lipscomb, 731-695-1118, Lexington TN Homes (Linda Lipscomb RE/MAX Lexington Henderson County TN) almost 7 years ago

Thanks Gary - I was with someone today who asked me how friendly people were here.  She said she had heard that most neighbors don't even acknowledge each other - what she heard is sadly true.  I told her it was important for her to reach out even though she's the 'newbie'.... later in the conversation she mentioned that she was a Christian and I invited her to church on Sunday - her face lit up like a Christmas tree.   It's obvious as a 'newbie' here that she is starving for that ol' down south hospitality that is not very common is Las Vegas.

Posted by Mary Warren almost 7 years ago

Gary, It is always nice to show people you appreciate them.  I know it makes me feel good to be appreciated!

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

I think this is a great idea.  I don't think the welcome wagon, as such, exists any more, at least around here.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 7 years ago

Linda: Maybe we can rejuvenate the Welcome Wagon company or just be the light ourselves.

Hi Mary: I am so glad you connected with that lady and can invite her over to your church.

Roberta: Everyone you are right, thrives on appreciation.

Christine: I guess if that company went out of business, then it is definitely up to us!

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 7 years ago

Love the idea. I remember the Welcome Wagon's for sure. I have always wanted to make newcomers feel welcome in many settings.

I will ponder how to incorporate this into my world! Thanks Gary, you never cease to amaze me!

BethAnn in Spokane

Posted by BethAnn Long, Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate (RE/MAX Inland Empire) almost 7 years ago

Gary, We are the welcome wagon of our neighborhood. As a matter of fact our 9 year old is the one that encourages us to bake when a new family moves in, a neighbor is not feeling well, or if someone has a baby,  just name it she is there to welcome everyone she meets.

Posted by Mana Tulberg, Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA (805 County Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

BethAnn: Just being friendly will make any newcomer feel welcome. We probably can all do a better job of this since know one seems to know where the Welcome Wagon went.

Hi Mana: That is so cool. What a great 9 yr. old and family you have. Of course, knowing you, I knew it would be the greatest :)

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 7 years ago

I do this everytime a relocation call comes words etc. A little kindness goes a long way.

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Century 21 Liberty Homes) almost 7 years ago

mmm almond roca and caviar! lol........quite the lush welcome basket you are!  :-)

Posted by Liz Moras, Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford (Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake) almost 7 years ago

I had forgotten about welcome wagons.  Perhaps I thought the selling Realtor would have a raised eyebrow if I did it.

Posted by Melody Botting (Melody Botting Real Estate Network) almost 7 years ago

Gary, Sharing the life and light within you with those around you as well as just saying welcome to the neighborhood.  Awesome sir, we have moved away from that and do not even talk to those right next door to us.  Thank you sir for the reminder.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 7 years ago

Gary - when I would move into a nieghborhood people used to come and introduce themselves and say hi. The last two places I moved to, strangely enough, both in the south, not one neighbor did that. I have gone and introduced myself to several. I do try to welcome new folks as they come in. I take the caviar out of the basket though;^)

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) almost 7 years ago


I usually give those types of gifts to my clients at the closing table and they actually give me gifts sometimes too:) My neighbor just gave me some wine and just because I fixed the lock on their door when they couldn't get the key out.

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (Premiere Associates Realty LLC) almost 7 years ago

Gary- If we could all be a little more welcoming what a better place the world would be, one person at a time- It only takes a spark..... Thanks great post!

Posted by Barbara Carter, Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle (C21 Alliance Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

As of two years ago, we still had Welcome Wagon, but it is a great idea. My neighborhood welcomes new folks but a cassorelle of some sort, we all know no one wants to cook when you move into a new home.

Posted by Nancy Larson (American Dream Referrals) almost 7 years ago

Gary, they are still out there.....when my family and I buoht our house 10 years ago, there they were. It is a great idea and should be "welcomed" by everyone.

Great post....let's all show our love for each other!


Posted by Bo Hussung (Bell Title /Triserv LLC) almost 7 years ago


I think that most agents miss the boat by not welcoming neighbors that bought from someone else ...what a great time to get your foot in the door, and who knows, you just might make a new friend!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers) almost 7 years ago

Excellent idea and post. This is a great way for agents to make and keep good clients!

Have a nice day!

Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) almost 7 years ago

I can be a welcome wagon wacko... and get too carried away sometimes... I just love presentation, which I've learned can translate big time to marketing... when I meet new-to-this-town customers that I'll be spending several hours with, I always have a basket of granola bars, snacks, apples & bottles of water in the back seat.. sometimes extra fun if they have young children. It provides sustenance for the hours of "work" and makes them feel "at home". I've always loved putting special baskets together for gifts. If I could make $$ doing that, I'd probably scamper away from the RE scene! Thanks for your wonderful posts, Gary, and sorry to get carried away!

Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) almost 7 years ago

Gary, Unfortunately the welcome wagons are long gone from's a shame.  But you're right, we can all welcome people every day--and it's so easy!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 7 years ago

Nothing like that in my area--it's a shame. I actually went to a house to introduce myself. I sold the house (had the seller) and another agent had the buyer, so it should not have been TOO STRANGE for me to knock on the door. It's even in my own neighborhood. The woman was very cold and acted as if I was a real pain. She had kids and I told her the bus stop location & time... and told her to call if she needed anything. She was so rude! Not warm at all. THey moved again about 2 years later.

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) almost 7 years ago

Gary:  I love to be the welcome wagon....even in reverse.  When my husband and I were the last to move into our brand new community, no one introduced themselves to us.  So I did it.  It was great!  I just think in this day and age, some people don't want to feel like they are "bothering" you. 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA) almost 7 years ago

Gary, I still think this is a wonderful idea.  Our town used to do it but stopped.  They were told that unless every business could have something in the basket, then they were being discriminated against.  Can you believe this?

Posted by Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889 (Johnson Real Estate, Inc.) almost 7 years ago

Gary - Too bad Welcome Wagon has become a thing of the past! It was a very nice concept. As agents we can make the effort. I often thought about throwing a getting to know you luncheon for the neighbors to meet my buyer clients after they move in - but I never figured out just how to do this without putting my clients on the spot. If you have any ideas let me know!   

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) almost 7 years ago

I remember Welcome Wagon but I hadn't thought about it in years.  I do wonder if it is still around.

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 7 years ago

One thing is for sure, everything is moving faster nowadays and I'm not sure it is entirely a good thing!  I don't know if it was the Welcome Wagon company but someone did recently drop by our house and welcomed us to the neighborhood with a bag of goodies and coupons (that was the first time I ever had that happen!).

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) almost 7 years ago

We like to get to know our neighbors and we exchange things from our gardens and orchards.

Posted by Georgie Hunter, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 7 years ago

Gary-What a wonderful sentiment. I like giving gift baskets to friends and clients. Thank you for reminding us all how important it is to be charitable.

Posted by Laura Watts (Positive Properties, LLC) almost 7 years ago

The Welcome Wagon in our area of Denver, NC stopped ten years ago. My in-laws was one of the last to receive a visit from them while moving into an adult community. Since then though two women have formed "The Welcome Basket". They have turned it into a pretty profitable business...



Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Many times, the agent that sells someone's home to them is their first friend in an area.  We should all try to remeber what it feels like to be the new kid at school. 

Posted by Pam Pugmire, Meridian Idaho Real Estate (Silvercreek Realty Group) almost 7 years ago