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“Big deal or fact of city life?”

by Prince Of Petworth March 25, 2016 at 2:25 pm 18 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

Is it a common practice for private property appraisers to intrusively survey and document neighboring properties? We had an afternoon visitor (pictured) who didn’t knock, but came up on the porch and took measurements and then went through a closed gate and into a yard and took more measurements. All in all, about 12 minutes. I noticed because I’d been watching for package thefts on Capitol Hill by webcam.

On the chance it was a City re-appraisal, I checked with DC’s Tax and Revenue Office (Chief Appraiser Stephen Cappello was quickly responsive, thanks!) but determined the visitor wasn’t an OTR employee.

So, now I’m left to wonder who this person with a clipboard, SLR camera, sportjacket, rolling measuring tape, and possibly a nametag ID was. Have others experienced this? Do private appraisers do this? Big deal or fact of city life?”


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