Color me confused

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline New Hampshire & Maine

So I'm browsing through the MLS tonight searching for some homes to email a new client and all of a sudden I realize I'm getting confused about what time of year it is.

In east Tennessee we have 4 very distinct seasons; there is no confusion at to when it's Summer, Spring, Winter, and Fall because of the colors and what's typically in bloom.

After checking the calendar and confirming today is indeed the first day of August you might understand my confusion better when you see that I'm looking at home photos like these below.

This photo with no leaves at all on the trees tells me this photo was likely made in the Winter. Wonder how long this home has been on the market?

winter photos

The photo below with the blooming pink Dogwood and other blooming bush in the background tells me this is a Spring shot; the Dogwoods around here typically bloom in April.

spring in east tennessee

This is a typical photo of Summer in this area; everything is pretty uniformly green.

summer in east tennessee

I'm no detective but this photo was almost certainly made in the Fall and since it's still summer here I can only assume it was the past Fall. Wonder how long this poor guy has been for sale?

knoxville fall

So now maybe you can understand why my recent search caused me to check my calendar to see what month it is. You can also probably see a pretty good reason to check your listing photos to make sure they're not such an obvious clue as to what season it is and maybe how long it's been for sale.

Maybe you might even think about updating some for those listings you've had for a few months now? ;-)

Posted by

Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)  RE/MAX Shoreline

100 Market St., Suite #200, , Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

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Comments (5)

Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
Jim, it is amazing what we see in pictures.  I try to update my photos as my clients update but I will keep the seasons in mind also.  Good post.
Aug 01, 2007 04:00 PM
Randy L. Prothero
eXp Realty - Hollister, MO
Missouri REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
That doesn't work here in Hawaii.  The only change of season we get is more rain in the winter.
Aug 01, 2007 09:02 PM
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I hate taking photos.  I have a listing that is 6 months old today, we were supposed to close last Monday but the buyer did not get financing.  I have probably already changed the photo 4 times.  Definitely at least three, snow, spring summer.  I don't want an AUTUMN photo!!!! 

We have more seasons... we have the green part of summer and the brown part of summer. We have the winter parts with snow and without snow.....  There is a listing in the same neighborhood with snow but it is early 2006 snow in the picture, it was in MLS with that picture all last summer too. 

Aug 01, 2007 09:39 PM
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Jim - I see those same kinds of pictures here in our MLS, too.  When I come upon those, I wonder if the seller knows how 'well' their property is being represented and presented to the public and to area agents.  Just makes you wonder what the listing agent is doing that they can't change out the picture to reflect the current time.  Jeez, I bet those same agents don't bother to update or refresh the remarks section on their listings either......


Aug 01, 2007 10:39 PM
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL

I think interior  Christmas shots date a listing, and I'd certainly replace barren winter shots, but I think it adds to the appeal of a property to see how beautiful it looks during dogwood season and in the fall with colorful leaves. Perhaps having mutil-season shots would take away the "how long has this been listed" question.

Aug 02, 2007 12:39 AM