Have you recently moved into your dream home in a great neighborhood, only to find out that you are secretly under surveillance? Have you looked out your windows to see someone taking pictures of your home? Do they speed off when they see you so they can’t be caught? You may consider it a fluke if this only happened once, but it has happened several times. Why are you being spied on?
I’ll tell you why. Because you recently bought your home, and that person taking pictures of your house is probably a real estate appraiser. They are taking pictures of your house to use as a “comp” in another appraisal report. Is it all becoming clearer now? Good, no need to contact the authorities. In case you’re not familiar with how the appraisal process works (or if you are and just forgot) appraisals are based on what other comparable properties have sold for. We find other similar homes that have sold and use them in our reports, including pictures.
I have had my fair share of experiences while taking pictures, including being pulled over by a police officer and being chased down by a homeowner in their car. If you are a homeowner have you had an experience like this? If you are an appraiser have you been “pursued” for taking pictures of peoples houses? I would like to hear from both sides because I know there are some funny stories out there.