Making a Memory from a Listing Photo

Real Estate Agent with Solid Source Realty GA 320764

This is my entry to the October photo challenge on Activerain.

This artwork was created in a simple, free digital paint program. It was the main listing photo, which can sometimes seem a little boring when you shoot it to meet the requirements of your MLS -- exterior frontal view only, please. No special effects. No tricky stuff.

My client loved her house but had to sell. Relocation across the country for work was the only reason she would have parted with it. 

I created this for her and had it blown up and framed as a keepsake so she could take this version of her beloved Georgia house with her to California.

It was a small thing, easy for me to do, and it made a very special closing gift for her.

Comments (30)

Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

What a neat idea!  Now she'll always have a little something to remember her time there by.

Oct 19, 2017 01:27 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Elva what a lovely closing gift - so very thoughtful of you!

Oct 19, 2017 04:16 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Elva-and I love this idea!!!  It shows a lot of thoughtful planning on your part!!!

Oct 19, 2017 05:01 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Elva -- what a thoughtful gift --- it's one that will be remembered for a long time.   

Oct 21, 2017 08:20 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Great idea and very thoughtful!

Oct 21, 2017 09:44 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Elva, that's what relationships in business are all realized the importance of your seller's feelings and honored those with a forever memory. Good for you! 

Oct 21, 2017 01:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

                                Thank you Elva Branson-Lee 

Oct 21, 2017 06:00 PM
Elva Branson-Lee

Thanks for the feature, Kathy.


Oct 22, 2017 04:19 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Elva. What a great idea that goes beyond superior service! Enjoy your day!

Oct 22, 2017 05:51 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I can see why Kathy chose to highlight your post this week...great stuff!

Oct 22, 2017 07:20 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I used to hire artists to create detailed sketches of customer's homes. The idea of a digital painting is brilliant Elva. Thank You, here via Kathy!

Oct 22, 2017 09:11 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a neat idea, Elva, and so well done! I have taked photos of the front of buyers' new homes and made greeting cards from them and they are always appreciated.

I bet your client was thrilled!


Oct 22, 2017 05:05 PM
Elva Branson-Lee

Greeting cards! Thanks for the prompt, Jeff Dowler.

Oct 23, 2017 07:52 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Elva, what a sweet thing to do and I know she hs this picture hanging in her new home.

Oct 22, 2017 07:56 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Elva, loved the idea and the execution of it. On a side note your client must have gotten a culture shock relocating from your part of the world to my part of the world... Endre

Oct 22, 2017 10:45 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Your consideration of others is so nice and will make a memory more cherished than any painting!

Oct 23, 2017 10:12 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Elva Branson-Lee ,

I'm so glad I caught your post on Kathy Streib 's Sunday series of her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. What a thoughtful closing gift! The AR Gods were sleeping not to grant this one a Gold Star!!

Oct 23, 2017 05:16 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I ran across this post from the contest section. It's a great reminder of her special time in Georgia. Was there a particular editing app you used? So many are available these days.

Oct 23, 2017 07:14 PM
Elva Branson-Lee

I think it was, the free version.

Oct 24, 2017 09:58 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh my gosh, I absolutely LOVE this, Elva! Wonderful idea and especially for your sellers who we know loved and will really miss their old home.

Thanks for sharing this idea and great entry in the contest too!

Oct 24, 2017 08:51 PM
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

That was a sweet thing to do. Kudos to you. :) Thanks for sharing. 

Oct 25, 2017 09:21 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

That's not a photograph - it's an amazing work of art!

It's simply beautiful!!!!

Oct 30, 2017 07:43 PM
Janice Zaltman
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL
Energy Efficient And Eco-Friendly Homes in Florida

Elva Branson-Lee What a thoughtful gift. Glad she enjoyed it. 

Nov 10, 2017 05:29 AM