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Christina Botteri
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I agree with the idea of using a terrific interior shot as the primary image.

But I would also include both the wintery and springtime exterior pictures in your album collection.  If the snow goes away for good, you can either remove it from your album or replace it with another.

Assuming your system has captioning capability, I say this is a great opportunity to have a little fun while at the same time showcasing this home is a home for all seasons.

Feb 16, 2015 01:34 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
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Use the snowy pic, then switch to the green photo if it lasts long enough for the snow to melt.

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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

I would use a photo that reflects the current appearance

Jun 17, 2017 04:26 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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It turned out to not be a big issue. Sellers were unable to get repairs completed because of the weather. There is only a little snow on the ground now. So I will take new ones in a few days and freshen up.

Feb 25, 2015 11:13 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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The snow has been so deep that the sellers are delaying me so the phoot may not be a problem by the weekend.

Feb 18, 2015 10:26 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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Now I am confused. So many differing views on the subject. I haven't been able to get out for two days so as it may turn out a snowy picture may only have to be up a couple of days. I think it may be a good idea to put a snow picture in the photo gallery too.

Feb 17, 2015 11:21 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
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Debbie, if you use a snow picture, you can always take a new exterior shot when the snow melts.

Feb 16, 2015 12:55 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I think I would use a Spring photo.  It looks more inviting. Snow is a negative and Spring is a positive.

Feb 16, 2015 12:52 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debbie Reynolds I'd say, use the current pictures in MLS - and on other sites, share additional spring pictures. When it is spring, change the MLS pictures, too.

Feb 16, 2015 12:38 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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A Spring Photo!  The snow will be gone before you know it and you won't have to think about changing the photo out.  Besides, they will want to know what the yard looks like normally.

Feb 16, 2015 10:45 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I wold use a current phot, and follow it up with a spring or summer one.  Same for in the back yard.

Feb 16, 2015 07:57 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Determine first the action(s) of your MLS. 

For example, my MLS REQUIRES the street shot. Miss that little detail and all friendly peer agents will have you under the bus in a nano second.

My MLS allows buyer to place preferred homes in a favorites list. When the text in the description is changed, an image is changed or the price changed, these buyers will receive special notification in addition to the listing being regenerated to the area agents. My point is, there may be real strategy in making changes after a listing is first published.

I would suggest a plan to use current image, followed by editing the first five words in description, then followed by new image when appropriate.

Go for what gives you and your client the biggest bang.

Feb 16, 2015 06:03 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I would use both, with a caption for the spring photo indicating when it was taken.

Feb 16, 2015 04:58 AM
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Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Given that we have such little snow here, I wouldn't include the snow photos. If the seller's summer photo isn't good, use an interior photo as the primary photo.

Feb 16, 2015 03:43 AM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I would use a snow scene and then change it as soon as the snow is gone.

Feb 16, 2015 03:42 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I would use a current photo and then change it when the weather improves.

Feb 16, 2015 03:36 AM
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Bill Dean
Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo. - Fenton, MO
William Dean - Broker, Salesperson

Definitely use both, and if it doesn't snow much there, most folks will know it IS a current listing.  Make the snowy one (most current)  primary picture.    Take a new picture as soon as the snow is gone, it gives you a good reason to pop by.

Feb 16, 2015 03:18 AM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Anyone being shown the home now would expect to see snow. And that makes it look like it is a NEW listing. When the snow is gone, maybe next week, put in the non-snow one. Maybe using an interior shot as the primary one, though. It's not a big deal to move them around once you have the photos.

Feb 16, 2015 02:43 AM
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Matt Brady
Watermark Capital - Del Mar, CA
One of San Diego's Best Lenders

Using the springtime photo as primary would make it seem like the property has been on the market a long time. I would include it but not as the primary shot.

Feb 16, 2015 02:41 AM
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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Anything that smacks of misrepresentation to a home buyer will make them suspicious of any info from the seller/agent.

I'd use both if I had both.  Otherwise plan to change the photo when the snow is gone.

Feb 16, 2015 02:37 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debbie,

I would use both, what it is now, and how it would look in the spring time.  I am adament about telling like it is now...A

Feb 16, 2015 02:15 AM
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Debbie Reynolds - How about using an awesome room in the house as the primary photo?  Maybe a photo of a room with the fireplace going so the feeling of warmth is conveyed.

Feb 16, 2015 12:51 AM
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Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I might consider making the primary photo a warm interior shot. If there's a fireplace, light the fireplace...something cozy and inviting.

Feb 16, 2015 12:25 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c) that may be the best option but covered in snow it will not attract any buyers.

Feb 16, 2015 12:04 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Jill, I can do that but which one for the primary photo? I don't want it to look dated on the market either.

Feb 16, 2015 12:03 AM
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I'd use both if the house is visible with all of that snow.

Feb 16, 2015 12:00 AM
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I've always use a present photo, but change it IMMEDIATELY as soon as the snow disappears...

Feb 16, 2015 12:00 AM