I was talking to another appraiser and he thinks its a waste and at times really puts the Appraisers life in danger to get comp photos. And I think he has a point. We all know that we are required to at least visually inspect the comps from the street and like he said the best representation of the property is at the time of the sale. So other than it being required by the client in the scope of work or the occassional wrong pic of the comp in the MLS, why should pics of the comps have to be taken? And yes, I know some will say that when they went to drive by and take the pics of the comp it was torn down or extensively remodeled into a different kind of property. But like the other appraiser was saying, the sale happened based on the house that was there, so regardless of what was done to the property after it was purchased, the important things is what happened at the time of the sale and the improvement on the property at the time of purchase. So just throwing it out there for discussion, other than the client requesting it, why do pics need to be taken? How many of you feel that way especially with the current climate of homeowners being home in the middle of the day, maybe going into forclosure, and not wanting anyone taking pics of their property? I would appreciate all comments, but Please be more creative than the typical "Well if you're there, why wouldn't you take a pic". And I'll say it again....Apart for your particular client requiring it in the scope of work.....in other words, other than for that reason.....Like the appraiser I was talking to feels, Are original comp photos truly needed? What do you think? Thanks Everybody.