Have you noticed someone taking pictures of your house or maybe your neighbors? Many people may be alarmed to find someone taking a picture of their house. What most people don’t know is that it is probably an appraiser. Many appraisers are independent contractors that work for themselves and don’t have a car with their company name displayed on it. They just look like a regular person in front of your house, in a regular car, taking a photo.
WHY IS THE APPRAISER TAKING A PHOTO OF MY HOUSE?
When an appraiser does an appraisal, he selects comparable properties to compare with the subject property. This means that he has to find homes in the neighborhood of the property he is appraising that are comparable to it. Most appraisers use properties that have sold within the last year. So if you have bought your home within the last year and someone is taking a photo of it, you can bet it is just an appraiser.