Can You Believe The Nerve Of Some People…..

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Realty Empire Incorporated

Let me explain why I am in complete and utter astonishment over the event that has transpired this President’s Day weekend…  I have been working with this really nice young couple helping them find their first dream home to start a family… We had seen several homes and finally we came across a home in their desired area that was/is perfect for them…  We had placed an offer on the home the very first day it came out. My buyers were excited and could not wait till we had a response to our offer.. So we waited, waited, and waited some more. Just when they were ready to give up…Finally at last… 32 days after we placed our offer the bank decided to accept it. The young couple was jumping for joy with excitement… Things were coming along. They hired a licensed inspector to perform a home inspection. All was in good condition, and nothing major needed to be repaired.

Everything seemed to be perfect… That is until this President’s Day weekend. The young couple wanted to visit the home so; we headed out to the property to visit their soon to be new home...  To our surprise, we pull up in the yard and found a car parked in the driveway… Which easily could be explained so; you don’t think much of it. You proceed to get off the car and approach the front door… Oddly, you notice the lock box is missing from the front door and in one of the windows you spot a bed sheet hanging as if it was meant to be a curtain…  At this point we are in SHOCK!     

We quickly check the house number and look towards the corner at the cross street sign… Making sure we are not going crazy and that we were indeed at the right home…  Well we were… We knock on the door and a woman comes to the door claiming she lives there… How can this be if we are in contract to buy this home and the home was vacant on Wednesday when we had the inspection done…  Where did she come from?

The lady did a lot of talking and talking but what she was saying made no sense. The cops came out and all to the home… As this woman had moved her and 2 small kids into the home. She was like, I have no money and no place to go. The cops were like don’t feel sorry for her or believe her cause, she even was giving us (the cops) the run around about her name and who she was. The lady had a suspended license and owes tons of parking tickets according to the police.  He suspects that the lady knows what is going on.

 Apparently, this woman is a scamming, taking advantage of a vacant property knowing that now once she is in the home that she can live there for free until she is evicted…  I cannot believe this is happening.  The nerve of some people has left me dumbfounded… 

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Stephanie Leon

Real Estate Broker
Realty Empire

6625 Miami Lakes Dr.
Miami Lakes, FL 33014

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Comments (10)

Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

It is happening all over the country.  It is the campers from the 99% group they said they were going to occupy vacant homes.

Feb 21, 2012 02:08 PM
Cameron Novak
The Homefinding Center - Corona, CA
Featured Corona Real Estate Agent Team

Wow.  Good luck getting that all straightened out.  Isn't this business interesting?

Feb 21, 2012 02:09 PM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Interesting. Reality is that people are doing that everywhere. If I was the owner I would try to have her arrested for tresspassing if she didn't move on.

Feb 21, 2012 02:13 PM
Christine McDaniel
Christine McDaniel Realty, LLC - Avon, IN
Broker Associate

Wow!  What a shock that would have been!  That would be scary.

Feb 21, 2012 02:33 PM
Dee Mayers
Covina, CA
San Gabriel Valley, CA

It was just last night on the news I heard of just the opposite.  A king of squatters he is called.  Apparently or allegedly, this person takes over—not pays, takes over foreclosed homes in the high end area and then transfers title in his name.  Then get this, he sues the owners.

Broke into a home while the owner was still there, someone called the police, squatter had papers to prove the home was his, owner paid thousands of dollars to get his home back.

You are dumbfounded and I'm appalled at what is happening in the industry.

Feb 21, 2012 03:31 PM
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

This happens more frequently than we think. I read about a REALTOR who used her lockbox key and moved her family into a foreclosed house. Needless to say, she was arrested and the family evicted. These times bring out the worst in people.

Feb 21, 2012 03:41 PM
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Stephanie--is this really possible?  How did she get into the house unless she broke in?  Wouldn't she be arrested for breaking and entering or at least trespassing?  This is all rather unnerving and I can't believe that now she has to be evicted. 

Feb 21, 2012 04:08 PM
Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

I hear it happens a lot courtesy of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Feb 21, 2012 10:00 PM
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

Yet another reason REO companies need to pick up the pace. The longer the home is empty, the more tempting it becomes.

Feb 21, 2012 10:32 PM
Stephanie Leon | Miami Lakes Realtor®
Realty Empire Incorporated - Miami Lakes, FL
Turning For Sale Into SOLD!

Thanks for all the great comments.... The strange thing is the lady can not be accused of trespass because she has a fake lease.. We are stuck... Cause the law works in favor of these types of crimes..  Making the owner have to take the these people to court to evict them...

We could do a cash for keys which would be less expensive than the eviction process. Although, it would be more like a ransom payoff since our home is being held hostage...

Times are tough but get real... Right is right and wrong is wrong... There is no excuse to break into any property. Vacant homes are not an invitation to break in.. I can not believe this happens and that they can get away with it.


Feb 23, 2012 03:16 AM