Taking Pictures of People's Home
Okey J

Saint Albans, WV

#21 Sep 27, 2009
It also could be a theif taking pictures and then going to google and getting the address. And going online to watch when you leave. Or giving you a call to see if someone answers before sending a crew in to rob the house.
umm

United States

#22 Sep 28, 2009
I would chase them down !!!!!!I have before ROFLO , Scared the #### out of them ! lol security cameras help!
Candid

Wytheville, VA

#23 Sep 28, 2009
Google does not take the street level photos by satellite - they are taken by camera-equipped trucks.
weird wrote:
<quoted text>i thought those pics were being taken by sattellite....so why would somebody drive out to do this...from Mis.?
Weirded Out

Wytheville, VA

#24 Sep 28, 2009
Sounds weird and eerie even. Were they dressed in black?
NJ Guy

New Castle, DE

#25 Oct 11, 2009
This just happenned to us. The car stopped in and a dude got out and started shooting pictures of our house from the street. We are refinancing but the paperwork is almost done, also, in the past appraisers have come by on appointment, we've even shown them inside. This was very creepy. I went out to take a picture of the car but he left.
weird

Charleston, WV

#26 Oct 21, 2009
Candid wrote:
Google does not take the street level photos by satellite - they are taken by camera-equipped trucks.<quoted text>
do you know how often they are taking these pics,...b/c there is now a more recent photo of my home on google than the first one i viewed from a yr ago....this one was taken around this past spring...and what kind of truck is taking thse pics...i dont like that
weird

Charleston, WV

#27 Oct 21, 2009
NJ Guy wrote:
This just happenned to us. The car stopped in and a dude got out and started shooting pictures of our house from the street. We are refinancing but the paperwork is almost done, also, in the past appraisers have come by on appointment, we've even shown them inside. This was very creepy. I went out to take a picture of the car but he left.
what kind of car was it and what kind of clothing were they wearing
Harpo

Wytheville, VA

#28 Oct 22, 2009
Probably a big, black Cadillac or Lincoln Town Car and wearing black suits.
Mike

United States

#29 Oct 22, 2009
Chasing someone down is not cool. I travel with a concealed weapon, if you chase me down you will be greated with a .45 in your face. People have the right to take pictures of anything that is in public view. Stop being so paranoid...it's all on Google StreetView anyway.
Dave

United States

#30 Oct 22, 2009
It's the government. They are trying to find out what you have so they can give it to someone else that is poor. Some homeless bum gets your new house, because he doesn't have one. Thanks Libs!
Whew

Nashville, TN

#31 Dec 1, 2009
I have had four visits from the photo snappers. It really concerned me, because I am involved a nasty litigation matter. Tonight, they took the pictures after dark. We could not discern a logical reason for anyone doing so. Therefore, I alerted the police just to be cautionary.
However, since we are in the middle of a loan modification, I decided to call the mortgage company. The cars/van seemed more professional than of the criminal element, so I just wondered if, since this whole loan modification process is so new to the country, that maybe there was a connection.
The very nice lady told me that because our loan modification was still in the processing state, although it has been SIX MONTHS, that they proceed as though the home will go into foreclosure, even though we have done what we are supposed to do. Part of that involves them hiring an independent company to photograph the home. They do so every 30-45 days. Hence, "whew!"
She also said that the Underwriters are so busy, that they are backed up. Therefore, they proceed as if there will be a foreclosure, just in case we don't qualify for the modification.(i.e. if we have lied about our hardship and are just deadbeats.)
Whew

Nashville, TN

#32 Dec 1, 2009
They should at least send a postcard to warn people, though. Even if they don't give you a date and time, so that we don't have to google to assuage our worries, and to prevent speculation.
looker

Columbus, OH

#33 Dec 2, 2009
All one has to do here in Ohio is to go to their county auditors office and you look up anyones home. This will show the picture of the home and the value and tax amount. It does seem dangerous that this information is available to anyone. I don't personally like this, but there isn't anything you can do to stop this. Of course if you are very well to do they don't show the information for security. The rest of us are.
ashley

Bunker Hill, IL

#34 Mar 10, 2012
we had the same thing happen today and it was not the city because my landlord is not on the city board me and my uncle managed to get their license plate and gave it to the police they took a picture of my neighbores child at the park to they were driving a black cheverolete however you spell that totally weird and i know they didn't live here
boomaus

Jersey City, NJ

#35 Mar 11, 2012
Don't freak out people...it's google. As another poster stated they're just mapping areas
jess me

Charleston, WV

#36 Mar 12, 2012
Our home was photographed last summer. My husband asked the man, who by the way was driving an out of state vehicle, what was going on, turns out that he was contracted to photograph and contact homeowners who's property will be affected by a new sewer system.
Jamie

United States

#37 Mar 12, 2012
Does anyone know of a good divorce attorney? I just found out that my husband is having an affair and want to make sure myself and my children are protected. Any information will be greatly appreciated!
terry

Demotte, IN

#38 Mar 13, 2012
Who is
Knome111my

Clanton, AL

#39 Nov 3, 2013
My mortgage is never late nor missed so why are my home being looked at?
Hwy Geez wrote:
Hitting the car with a rock would be a criminal act. Taking a picture of somebody's home, on the other hand, is not a criminal act. So go ahead, throw some rocks so that if you hit the person in the head, he/she will be sure to sue you, provided you haven't killed them with that rock. Then, that criminal act would become a felony. The people having the pictures taken of their homes are delinquent on their mortgages and the banks have every right to check on the houses, considering that they hold the financial stake in them.
Mskamish

Charleston, WV

#40 Nov 19, 2013
I can think of several reasons:
County Inspectors
Assessor's Office, or contracted company
Insurance Adjuster
Mortgage Company verifying property
Reassessment for the 911 system
Highway/roadway reviews
Insurance Investigator
Federal Govt reviewing property value trends

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