Fall is always a nostalgic time for me. I can go back as far as I can remember and think of the first days of school each year, each place I’ve lived on a crystal clear early fall day, and all the fun days of pumpkin patches, apple picking, Oshkosh overalls, and cozy family time. Even now, as I see neighbors beginning to blow their leaves and rid their yards of any hint of fall, I relish in our leaf covered front lawn…watching my daughters kick them up as they run to the tree swing, and hearing them crunch under our feet as we walk to the bus stop in the morning.
Growing up, fall always meant Redskins season. On the Sundays when we weren’t racing around for soccer games, we always had the Skins on, with the downstairs windows cracked, and something yummy on the grill or stove top. Usually my mom was doing some combination of yelling out plays, grading papers, and getting dinner ready. My dad and brother would often tune in to the game on the TV, with the volume muted and then tune the AM dialer until they found Sonny Jurgensen’s trademark voice. To this day, I do not understand all the rules in football but you can put a game on the TV on a perfect September or October day and you may as well be passing me the world’s coziest blanket. It’s grounding to hear the snaps and the whistles and see my daughters running around in soccer uniforms or playing dolls and maybe tuning in for a minute or two the way I did at their age.
It turns out I’m not the only one who has this love affair with autumn. According to Kathryn Lively, a professor of sociology at Dartmouth College, our obsession with the season is a social construct that starts when we’re children. “We’re conditioned from a very early age that autumn comes with all these exciting things”, Lively told The Huffington post. “As children, we come to associate fall with going back to school, new school supplies, seeing friends. It’s exciting, for most. We still respond to this pattern that we experienced for eighteen years.”
In Real Estate, fall can be a good time to list, depending on the market. Some families are often settled into the school year and don’t want to think about moving until the spring but others are excited about the possibility of being in a new home before Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around and are hot under the collar to find the perfect property in September or October. At Dwellus, we love taking exterior photos of our upcoming listings in the fall. Since the spring market technically begins in January each year, we always do a round of photos for our sellers that we know want to list in the early spring. First, taking photos during a snow storm can be challenging and may not show the house in the best possible light. But also, show casing a home as it is in the fall can tug at a buyer’s heart strings. This is what their next home could look like during Redskins season, or apple picking season, or Halloween. It may sound silly, but it’s the same reason that playing music during an open house or staging a home has a psychological impact on a buyer’s response to a property.
In this vein, we are doing two things at Dwellus this week…scheduling exterior photos for early 2018 listings and sending our Redskins magnets with the 2017 schedule to our lovely friends and clients. Go skins!!!!