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Taking Comparable Photos

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Cascada

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It has happened to me several times this month. I have been going to the sites to take the comparable photos and get questioned by the homeowner "what the heck are you doing", in some cases an explanation of the process is enough to satisfy the enquiry of the person but lately things have escalated to another level. I got a guy asking me to leave or he will call the police, another person taking a photo of me, my car and my license plate.
The violence, terrorist attacks etc. are getting people concerned. When are we going to stand as a profession and say enough is enough. The banks are not the ones risking their lives, it is us. This is our safety and yes, we could say nobody has been killed yet (I guess), but why we need to get to that point.
 

Bobby Bucks

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My solution is a relative simple one, when I don't feel comfortable taking the photo, I either take a sloppy one from a distance or none at all....then I uses an MLS photo and comment why. We don't get hazard pay. None of my photos have ever been published in National Geographic, nor do I expect them to be.
 
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Digger88

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exactly what bobby says. if someone in front just move on and use an MLS pic and insert a comment. never had a problem with that.
 

timd354

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It has happened to me several times this month. I have been going to the sites to take the comparable photos and get questioned by the homeowner "what the heck are you doing", in some cases an explanation of the process is enough to satisfy the enquiry of the person but lately things have escalated to another level. I got a guy asking me to leave or he will call the police, another person taking a photo of me, my car and my license plate.
The violence, terrorist attacks etc. are getting people concerned. When are we going to stand as a profession and say enough is enough. The banks are not the ones risking their lives, it is us. This is our safety and yes, we could say nobody has been killed yet (I guess), but why we need to get to that point.
Get a go prop which can be mounted on the the side widow of your car and will snap photos upon your voice command - people will not even know that you took photos of their home
 

Terrel L. Shields

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Photography is advanced enough to eschew standing outside with a cell phone camera or DSLR and "taking pictures". Been in the business 25 years and had up to 4 partners. In all, I think we may have been run down twice in all those years. A removable magnetic sign on the side of the car would also be a way to deflect problems - And if you didn't want to say "appraiser" on the sign, then "Surveying Crew" or "Survey in Progress" works.
 

norapp

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When I worked on Long Island I lost count of the many times I was chased down by car of homeowners wanting to know what I was doing. I always explain and if there are kids playing outside I never take a photo. I take a picture of the street sign. One guy demanded I hand over my camera. I told him to call the police if he wanted. Very hostile.
 

Cascada

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Get a go prop which can be mounted on the the side widow of your car and will snap photos upon your voice command - people will not even know that you took photos of their home

This guy knew about it and he started taking photos back and demanding. It was the fact of only slowing down in front of his house, he jumped outside the house immediately. Somebody asked to put a sign in the car, I did this before then insurance of my car said I had to get a commercial car insurance policy that means a lot more money, so I removed the banners from my car.
 

TRESinc

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This guy knew about it and he started taking photos back and demanding. It was the fact of only slowing down in front of his house, he jumped outside the house immediately. Somebody asked to put a sign in the car, I did this before then insurance of my car said I had to get a commercial car insurance policy that means a lot more money, so I removed the banners from my car.


so you are admitting to insurance fraud?
 

Cascada

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When I worked on Long Island I lost count of the many times I was chased down by car of homeowners wanting to know what I was doing. I always explain and if there are kids playing outside I never take a photo. I take a picture of the street sign. One guy demanded I hand over my camera. I told him to call the police if he wanted. Very hostile.

Hostile is the correct word and dangerous. We all know there are a lot of CRAZY PEOPLE out there. All we need is one of those people to start shooting at you just because they felt that their personal space was violated. I think this needs to be addressed. This banks do not have any clue of anything, plus what is the point of taking a comp photo. The house closed and in most cases it has a MLS photo on file from that transaction, whatever happens to the house after closing is irrelevant, the transaction happened.
 
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