You can view a satellite image of your home location or neighborhood online via Google Earth and SatelliteViews.net. These sites allow users to search specific addresses. However, it is not guaranteed that the most recent photo displayed on the site is of the user's home as it stands today.
Capturing satellite images is a time consuming process that is entirely dependent on the weather. Satellites with a high enough resolution to capture decent detailed images, such as street views, must be located hundreds of miles above the Earth. As a result, their views are prone to obstruction by poor lighting, bad weather and polluted skies as they orbit around the globe. It is also important for the sun to be at a high angle so there are fewer shadows, according to Google Earth Blog. Hence, it is quite difficult to capture a good image.
After the process of capturing, operators of these websites must go through a selection process, comparing the long-awaited recent photos to the old images already in use on their sites. The better image is chosen. However, this may not always be the most recent one. For this reason, the images on these sites are not updated as frequently as users would assume. Updates normally occur in 30-day periods.