Winter Wild Cards
It’s a genuine dilemma for listing agents (representing Sellers): if you show a seasonally “white” winter photo of a home’s front or backyard, Buyers can’t really see anything.
However, if you show a non-seasonal Spring or Summer photo, Buyers (and their agents) may draw the mistaken conclusion that the home has been for sale forever.
Or worse, that the home is a foreclosure.
I go with the seasonal photos on MLS, and include the more flattering, out-of-season photos inside the home — usually on the Dining Room table next to the Seller’s Disclosure — where prospective Buyers can see them during showings.
See also, “Which Photo is More Flattering?”
*The caption for this MLS photo: “view of yard and stream;” the listing stats indicate that the lot is well over 1 acre.
Google’s Street View also shows that there’s a pond in the distance (the small homes in the center of the photo are on the other side).