Updating Photos with Fall Color to Evoke Emotions

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Updating Photos with Fall Color to Evoke Emotions

We all know that home buying is a very emotional decision.  And there is nothing that evokes emotions like the brilliant colors of the fall season.  When you see a tree adorned in bright orange leaves, you can almost smell the turkey and pumpkin pie of Thanksgiving.  Sure beautiful blue skies and green trees are lovely to photograph, but there is something special about the blue gray skies of falls and the warm palette of colors displayed in the trees.

Here are some examples of the difference a month made in some of the shots I replaced with fall color yesterday on single family home listing.

Deck with Green Trees in Back Ground

Fall Deck 


Patio with Late Summer Sun
















Patio with Fall Color Around













Back Yard in Early Fall

Back Yard in Late Fall












Our job as Listing Agents is not to take one set of photos and call it done.  Our job is to keep a listing fresh to continually attract buyer attention.  And the type of attention you want in the fall is that surrounding the "Home for the Holidays" mindset.


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Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Chris Ann Cleland Excellent idea, excellent photos, excellent colors and it is an excellent post.  

Nov 01, 2015 09:23 AM #16
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It is so important to change the outside photos as most sites don't show days on market.  Not good to have a pristine lawn in and area where it's winter

Nov 01, 2015 10:06 AM #17
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

CHris Ann, the fall colors really do make the house seem inviting.

Nov 01, 2015 10:23 AM #18
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Wonderful reminder to keep our listings fresh! Thanks for the tip and for the comparison photos. 

Nov 01, 2015 10:47 AM #19
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

This is a great tip for making sure our listings stand out - and we can use the changing seasons to our sellers' advantage.

Nov 01, 2015 12:04 PM #20
DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 )
American National Bank & Trust - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia

Chris Ann Cleland offers great advice.   Following her lead could have positive results

Nov 01, 2015 01:27 PM #21
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for a great post!!!

Our job as Listing Agents is not to take one set of photos and call it done.  Our job is to keep a listing fresh to continually attract buyer attention.  And the type of attention you want in the fall is that surrounding the "Home for the Holidays" mindset

Nov 01, 2015 07:38 PM #22
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good advice for listing agents to keep the listing fresh by taking new pictures according to the season.

Nov 01, 2015 07:46 PM #23
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

How simple it all appears if we let.....Thank you and good post





How simple it all is if we let it...Good post and thank you Chris Ann Cleland 




Nov 01, 2015 10:27 PM #24
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Chris Ann Cleland This is a great idea! Photos can tell the whole story. Hopefully, you won't have to update the photos this coming Spring.

Nov 01, 2015 10:33 PM #25
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Beautiful comparisons - those of us that have fall should take advantage of its beauty.

Nov 01, 2015 11:00 PM #26
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Chris Ann, great advice! Fortunately for us, we have the beautiful sunshine all year long and always green. Just this morning, I was looking through MLS, there's a new listing with an MLS photo from 2007..really? 

Nov 02, 2015 12:24 AM #28
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

The fall colors are beautiful and show the listing currently.  I think this is a great concept and suggestion Chris Ann Cleland 

Nov 02, 2015 02:23 AM #29
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

If only I had to worry about that here. We don't have many trees change colors or lose their leaves so pretty much everything stays as it was during the Fall and Winter. 

Nov 02, 2015 05:55 AM #30
DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 )
American National Bank & Trust - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia

When you commented me #21 earlier, you got my attention with "blog about kitchens" as I will be cooking for the entire family at Thanksgiving.   I will be watching for that post Chris Ann Cleland !

Nov 02, 2015 06:25 AM #31
Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!

Never would have thought of this and what a great example of a picture being worth a thousand words! Had you just explained this rather than sharing the before and after I might not have "bought in". Thanks!

Nov 02, 2015 06:49 AM #32
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

That is a great idea, Chris Ann. I don't know how many photos I've seen with snow in July. 

Nov 02, 2015 07:14 AM #33
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I agree.  I am headed out to take new exteriors of all of my listings today.  It is finally a sunny day!  Thank you for sharing.

Nov 03, 2015 01:00 AM #34
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Chris Ann Cleland it surely makes a big difference when we post the seasonal pictures - or update accordingly.

However, the market is so fast here, many listings rarely last for more than one season.....

Nov 03, 2015 06:22 AM #35
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Chris Ann - You make some excellent points, and have some great examples in your photos. Not sure if it is good or not, but we don't really have to deal with the changing colors of trees, or falling leaves here in Arizona.

However, I don't miss cleaning up all the mess I used to have to clean up in Oregon during this time of year.

Nov 03, 2015 01:00 PM #36
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