We haven't had snow in awhile - CHANGE THE PICTURE

Those of us who lived the "Snow-maggden" here in DC; know that anyone who listed a home back in February; had pictures on the MLS of their home with LOTS of snow in the yard, on the roof and coating the driveway.

So those pictures don't show off much of the house and yard.  HGTV never says; "So instead of planting flowers - dump 2 feet of snow in your yard - that will help your curb appeal."

No - a home covered in snow doesn't show much "Curb Appeal".  As soon as the grass turns green, the flowers start to bloom and trees sprout their leaves; it is time for NEW PICTURES !!!

Looking through the MLS photos this eve; I keep seeing picture after picture of homes covered in snow.  We have not had snow (at least not in any quantity) since the 1st of March.  

So are you telling me that for 6 weeks; agents couldn't get out and take new pictures?  Really?!  Are these sellers actually paying the agents to market their home or did they hire them to just fill out some paperwork?


Sellers: LOOK AT YOUR HOME's photos!  Are they "seasonally adjusted" ?   No buyer wants to see a home covered in snow when spring is in full bloom !






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Comments (8)

Samuel Kahuila
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors - Mount Laurel Township, NJ
Burlington County, NJ

I agree! Change out those snowy pictures. Right now in New Jersey, flowers and trees are in full bloom. There are still a ton of listing with pictures that are knee deep are highr in snow. Below is a Photo I snapped this morning of a new listing.


Apr 13, 2010 12:15 PM
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

James, it's long past time to get some no-snow pictures up on the net.

Apr 13, 2010 12:15 PM
Carol Kilburn
RE/MAX Allied - Windham, ME
Sebago Lake Area Expert

Lol we just got an alert from admin today to do the same here in Maine! The buds are on the trees and flowers are blooming.

Apr 13, 2010 12:27 PM
Lindsey Hasford
Edina Realty - Elk River, MN
Bringing you home...

funny. we run into that every year here. :0) makes me wonder if I changed out all my photos.

Apr 13, 2010 02:16 PM
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

James, I just reshot a house from the curb because the Bermuda Grass turned green.

I can't imagine having snow in the listing with the azaleas blooming all around now.

Apr 13, 2010 11:58 PM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

I"m guilty :-)  I have one under contract that still has the snow photo showing in the MLS.  I have taken new photos but stupid MRIS is not MAC friendly when it comes to uploading photos so I have to put the photos on a different computer.  GRRRRRR.

Apr 14, 2010 12:29 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Well thank God that's something we don't have to worry about in Florida.

Apr 14, 2010 12:34 AM
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

And while they have their cameras out, please, for the love of God, update that 20 year old picture on your business card!

Apr 14, 2010 01:08 AM

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