A Screaming Deal Thanks to a Squatter!

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Real Estate Agent with Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real UT DRE# 6541633-SA00

A Screaming Deal Thanks to a Squatter!


Arriving at a vacant property to take photos in preparation of listing it on the MLS, it felt as if someone was closely monitoring every move made when walking from room to room,  searching out all details.


Miscellaneous junk was scattered shelter-skelter, so getting good, photos was very challenging. After moving some old bedding and clothes away from one corner, sudden movement caught my eye.

 

I imagined a snake or rabid skunk or raccoon foaming at the mouth, attacking me and let out a blood curdling scream! The neighbor, who was watering her yard, almost dropped the garden hose!

 

It was shortly discovered that a lone squatter had taken sole possession of the property. The last renters had left it in dire condition when vacating, along with scads of their personal belongings.

 

The mouse had no idea what the fuss was about as I was the first human to visit in quite some time and was just trying to be friendly. Anyone at all interested in purchasing a screaming deal, real cheap? 

 

It comes with a tenant in-place and a welcoming committee!

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Comments (10)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning @Wanda,

OHG!! What a surprise!! Sounds like a screaming deal could be made!!

Aug 10, 2022 07:56 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Wanda - real estate has always offered opportunities for discoveries to be made, lessons to be learned and seeing everyday life that some people can only imagine existing in fiction.  

Aug 10, 2022 09:17 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Wanda, I am glad it was only a mouse that was the squatter and not some guy there.  

Aug 10, 2022 11:13 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Though it was in poor condition, someone loved the area and the large lot, Dorie Dillard Austin TX. We went under contract quickly, it closed and recorded! Never found out what happened to the tenant, hopefully he moved onto better living conditions as well.

Aug 10, 2022 01:37 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

That particular day, I got some extra cardio and did a bit of running to get out of that house quickly, Michael Jacobs. No two days are alike in this industry, thank goodness!

Aug 10, 2022 01:40 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

During the last downturn, my clients and I came across a squatter situation in a vacant house. The bed was made out of hay bales and his belongings were neatly stacked nearby. Thankfully, he was not there at the time, Will Hamm!

Aug 10, 2022 01:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Oh my gosh, Wanda...If it had been me, you would have been able to hear my scream from Houston to Utah!!!  Glad to see that you've closed on it. 

Aug 10, 2022 06:18 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So, the sellers aren't going to get it fixed up and sell for top-dollar?  Someone is going to get a great deal.

Aug 11, 2022 05:23 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

LOL! I'm pretty sure that scream was far reaching, Kathy Streib. After that little incident, getting out of there was the biggest goal for me!

Aug 11, 2022 08:16 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

It did sell for much less than if someone would have done the work to get it up to standards, Brian England. Rental properties seem to get beat up as time goes by!

Aug 11, 2022 08:18 AM