A Gun in the Closet - Vacant homes not so "Vacant"

Real Estate Agent with Prudential Ambassador Real Estate

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!

Safety First...


Comments (3)

Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434 - Silver Spring, MD
Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR


Thanks for sharing your story and warning. As a femail realtor, I try to stay aware of vulnerable situations that I could find myself in while going into vacant homes.


Aug 26, 2009 03:14 PM
Jon Budish
Resident Realty - Fort Collins, CO

Sometimes we assume things are always what they seem. Thanks for the reminder.

Aug 26, 2009 03:21 PM
Matthew O'Shea
Prudential Ambassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
The O'Shea Group at Prudential - 402.310.5977 -


Absolutely! You have a responsibility to your own wellbeing. My office actually holds safety classes and urges our female Realtors to attend. Thanks for you positive affirmation!

Aug 26, 2009 03:23 PM