Pulse is a recurring column where we ask for readers’ takes on varying topics in a weekly survey and report back with our findings.

This is a time of year when we stop and count our blessings. For many, that impulse leads to a desire to give back to clients, the community and the industry that provides so much. Some people tie giving to each transaction, some set a giving goal for the year, and others make giving back through community service a foundational part of the culture in their business.


We asked you to think about expressing your appreciation, then let us know: How did you give back in 2023? Did you continue a beloved charitable tradition? Did you start a new one? Did you get out in your community and get to work alongside your colleagues? Did you go above and beyond for clients? Here are your responses:

  • Thanksgiving pies, volunteering and Christmas pop-bys
  • I am very involved in the community as the senior vice commander of my American Legion post and a board member for the Realtor Giving Network. I donate generously to both nonprofits. I also do a lot of repairs for both sellers and buyers, before the listing and after the closing. That’s one reason why referrals make up more than 90 percent of my business. I also look for opportunities to give back on NextDoor, offering to make free repairs if time allows. I work hard and sleep well at night.

What did we miss? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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