Be careful the next time you walk through a vacant home, because it may not be so "vacant." Between the squatters in the foreclosures, to the undesirables that previous seller's have left behind, there is no telling what you may stumble upon. Either way, it is best to be safe when entering vacant homes!
In addition to being a Realtor, I also invest in rehab properties. A recent purchase almost proved deadly when upon opening a closet door, a loaded gun fell out into the room. No, it did not discharge, although there was a bullet in the chamber. The gun fell out into the room, seemingly in slow motion, before it landed in front of my brother on the floor. I could not believe what I had seen, and had to remind myself to breathe after fearing that the gun may discharge, and fire a bullet into my brother.
Thankfully, the gun did not fire. And upon investigation of the weapon, the police believe it may be linked to a number of cases still being investigated.
Vacant homes can be a sacry thing. Whether you're going into a home alone, or walking buyers through and empty home, take special precautions to make sure everyone is safe. You never know what could be waiting behind those closed doors!