The logo colors of real estate

Harness the power of color to build your brand
Real estate illustration by Pinch Studio

A great foundation for building a brand

It’s a buyer’s market when it comes to hiring a real estate professional. Competition is fierce.  Clients want to know that you’re capable of helping them reach their goals while being responsible with their time and money. Plus, they want to like you. So to make the sale you need to appear trustworthy, knowledgeable and personable.
 
So what are the keys to appearing trustworthy while also standing out in the crowded real estate market? We’ve analyzed the color palettes of over 600 real estate industry logos, evaluated the brand personality traits that realtors want, and consulted color psychology experts in order to help you decide.

Making the appraisal: how real estate colors add up

  • Real estate industry popular logo color choices
Real estate professionals are a colorful bunch. Like many other industries, however, there is a preference for blue: over two-thirds of industry-leading logos feature blue, with the color being requested in over 50% of real estate logo design contests at 99designs. But other colors make a strong showing: green, for example, is requested about 26% of the time in briefs for real estate contests, and red appears in roughly a third (about 29%) of real estate industry leaders' logos. Gray, black and white are also popular as easy companions to any color.  
 
Pinks, on the other hand, appear in less than 2% of all real estate logos, ranking last as an color choice in the industry. Perhaps its softness makes it seem out of place, or maybe its youthfulness and trendiness subtract from the relatively conservative and trustworthy image that can be so important in making sales within the industry.

Logos from the four most recognizable real estate brands illustrate these preferences: 
  • Century 21 logo
  • RE-MAX logo
  • Coldwell Banker logo
  • Prudential logo
Blue appears in three of these logos, and is the prominent color in two—though the specific shades communicate different attributes. While Coldwell Banker’s dark choice is dignified and authoritative in navy, Prudential’s lighter, more buoyant blue translates as more calming and approachable.
 
Century 21, arguably the most recognizable brand of them all, reminds us that blue is not the only powerhouse on the block. Paired with a strong black text, yellow stands out and gives the house a positive, vibrant, welcoming vibe. Note that while Century 21 continues to provide this classic logo in their official brand asset resources, they have also started using a modernized word mark on their website in a slightly more luxurious metallic brass, shying away from their recognizable font choice and treatment. All of that said, these distinctive colors help Century 21 stand out in a predominantly blue neighborhood.

The colors you select for your logo can have a subtle yet profound effect on how clients view your brand, just as is the case with these companies. So, how can a smaller business emulate the success of trendsetting industry leaders without the multi-million dollar marketing budget?

Once you know what you want your brand personality to be, it’s easy to translate those traits into colors.

On the market: colors of brand personality in real estate

Start determining your brand personality by asking yourself these six questions:
 
  • Gender: Is my brand traditionally masculine or feminine?
  • Tone: Is my brand playful or serious?
  • Value: Is my brand luxurious or affordable?
  • Time: Is my brand modern or classic?
  • Age: Is my brand youthful or mature?
  • Energy: Is my brand loud or subdued?
We'll use your answers to see what logo color works best for you.
The universal sign of excitement, passion and anger. Looking for loud, playful, youthful or modern? Think red. More mature, classic or serious? Red may not be for you.
An invigorating, playful color. Go orange to stand out from the crowd. It’s used less often than red, but still packs an energetic punch.
Accessible, sunshiney friendliness. Yellow exudes cheer, and your brand will radiate an affordable, youthful energy.
The ultimate in versatility, green isn’t linked with many personality traits, but it has strong cultural associations. Are you in finance? Gardening? Consider going green.
The classic king of colors, blue appears in over half of all logos. It’s the symbol of trustworthiness and maturity. True blue will make sure you’re taken seriously.
Paint with purple to appear luxurious, cutting-edge or wise. There’s just a hint of femininity in there, too.
Nothing says “girly” quite like pink. But it’s more versatile than that. From pastel rose to neon magenta, pick pink for a modern, youthful, luxurious look.
Make your brand appear rugged, masculine or serious. Brown is very underutilized, so you’ll stand out from the competition.
Black is the new black. Want to look slick, modern and luxurious? Time to go black. Rather be economical and affordable? Stay away from the dark side.
The absence of color. White is youthful and economical, but can work for almost any brand. As a neutral color, consider white as a secondary accent.
Not quite dark, not quite light. Gray is the middleground of mature, classic and serious. Go darker to add mystery. Go lighter to be more accessible.
Here's how real estate businesses on 99designs define their brand personalities:
  • Real estate industry preferred brand personality traits
From this we infer that people in real estate want to be perceived as luxurious, mature, modern and serious. These traits align with the following colors:
  • Real estate industry brand personality-color combinations
Based on this, we would expect to see a lot of blue, black, purple and pink real estate logos, and very few that are orange and yellow.
 
In reality, we do see a propensity towards blue and black. Many real estate agents have relationships with larger brokerages (like Sotheby’s or RE/MAX), which could explain why we see a trend towards certain colors. Similarly, no large brokerage is using pink or purple in their branding, and this could explain the slightly more “classic” choices within the industry. But hey, nothing lasts forever—as entrepreneurs continue to disrupt industries, we’re starting to expect the unexpected—youthful, high energy colors may suddenly come into vogue.

A quick look at these three logos from 99designs reinforces the popularity of subdued, mature tones like blue, black and dark grey for real estate logos. The use of gold and crisp white accents lends a sense of luxury sense to these boutique real estate brands.
  • Goldpoint Properties logo
  • Willis Property Company logo
  • Wuhrlin Real Estate logo
Warm colors can give a logo a friendly injection of warmth and personality, which is why orange and yellow – despite ranking pretty low on popularity within the industry – are strong choices for accent colors.

Increasing your curb appeal: what colors should realtors consider?

If you’re willing to stray from the tried-and-true blue of real estate logo colors, there are several other options that can help you stand out visually while maintaining a brand personality that’s trustworthy and competent.
  • Psychology of color meanings
Both pink and purple are perceived as luxurious and mature, yet appear in less than 6% of all real estate industry logos (and just 3% of the industry-leading logos). Just because they’re not necessarily statistically popular does not mean that they are off limits. If you specialize in higher-end property, elevate your brand with the royalty of purple. Alternatively, if you are a buyers agent specializing in first timers or a more youthful clientèle, disrupt the norm with a softer, modern pink.
 
The unique value that only you can offer is your relationship with buyers and sellers. If you’re working for yourself, your brand personality will be highly influenced by your own personality.
 
Focus on how you can help clients reach their goals better than anyone else, and employ color to bring in elements of your unique charm. You could also follow in the footsteps of industry leaders who have chosen to play up other brand personality traits in their logo color choices.
  • Colliers International logo
  • Cushman & Wakefield logo
  • Newmark Knight Frank logo
As you seek to design your real estate logo, you’ll want to take your brand personality into account, and think about the traits you most want to convey. Color is a personal choice, but understanding color psychology in marketing can help you make an informed decision for your small business.
 
Have we confirmed your choice for blue? Or made you passionate about purple? Either way, when you work with a designer on your logo, remember to focus on what separates you from other real estate professionals in your market.

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