Zoom Call 4.04.23 Lauren Williams Working With Hoarders

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Lauren Williams Working With Hoarders

Lauren Williams Working With HoardersThe call was labeled as working with hoarders and as Lauren Williams started her presentation it was apparent that yes, it was about people that collect, but it really morphed into something far greater. The act and compulsion to hoard is a disease and is identified as such.  Knowing how to identify people that have a genuine illness and the right way to assist them is essential and the fix is not just to clean out the place.

Lauren Williams offered that she has taken better than 60 hours of professional training in order to recognize and treat people with this compulsion. She is a paid professional that gets paid by the hour for her work and in some instances, it is recognized as a medical issue.

There are private groups that will fund treatment and not all insurance carriers identify it as a treatable disorder so many people will tap out their resources trying to get help.

https://activerain.com/profile/casualunclutteringShe discussed that it could take as few as 5 minutes of carefully offered questions to recognize that there is more to the clutter than meets the untrained eye.

It is a mental illness that affects app 2.5% of the people around the world, and this is greater than the percentage of people diagnosed as bipolar, OCD, PTSD among few.

People have sympathy and recognize the lesser common and few identify with the hoarders. While a hoarder may not recognize the difference between a used pizza box and a Picaso painting. They cannot make a decision between what is and is not important. https://activerain.com/profile/casualuncluttering

The identification of the disorder is not simple and can start as young as 5 years old.  It is not easily diagnosed as people do not recognize the disorder or look at it as a fringe to something easier to diagnose.

https://activerain.com/profile/casualunclutteringThe disease does impact people in many ways. In the case of a parent, they may be raising their children in an unhealthy environment. Neighbors may ne complaining about horrible orders as well as pest infestations, or fire hazards.

Lauren Williams Working With HoardersCleaning out a home or apartment is time consuming as well as unhealthy and can take a lot of time, as the person that created the mess, sees it as a threat to their possessions.

Lauren Williams Working With HoardersLauren offered links to resources for understanding the disease as well as ways to get help for afflicted people.

Lauren Williams Working With HoardersIt was a highly enlightening call and Lauren was very open with her response to questions.

If one does know of someone suffering with the affliction seek help from the resources offered or reach out to Lauren through her ActiveRain Profile.

Lauren Williams Working With Hoarders

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Comments (21)

Trish Cole
Veterans United Home Loans of Puget Sound NMLS#1907 - Puyallup, WA

It is a sad state of being when a person is caught up in the disease.  I have seen it first hand and it is baffling to those who can't relate.  There is not an easy solution. Thank you for posting this information.

Apr 06, 2023 11:40 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed I missed because of a class I had to take.  Sounds like this ZOOM Meeting provided a lot of new information on hoarding.

Apr 06, 2023 01:04 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ed,

WOW! I learned a lot of new things about hoarding that I had never heard of.  I wish I could have been on the call.

Apr 06, 2023 04:55 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed:

Wow, I learned so much from your recap! I was disappointed that I could not fir the Zoom call into my schedule Tuesday - I had a doctor appt. that ran late. Lauren was a wealth of information, as was your post! Thank you!

What a helpful post to help sensitize and educate others about this problem...so 

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Apr 06, 2023 05:29 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Ed- What an interesting Zoom presentation. It gave us insight into Hoarders.  It really isn't a matter of someone being lazy...it's a real illness. 

Apr 06, 2023 07:30 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I am certain all who were able to attend Tuesday's Zoom session benefitted from doing so, Ed.

Apr 06, 2023 07:53 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Ed, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Apr 06, 2023 07:53 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Wow Ed this is an excellent recap of Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO presentation.  She really knows her business!  As I mentioned on the meeting we had a neighbor that was 'was' a hoarder and that lasted for as long as we've been here, over 25 years.  Sadly she retired and passed away shortly after that. It truly is an illness.

Apr 06, 2023 09:10 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Lauren's presentation was so informative - I haven't run into this yet in my own business and/or life but I'm sure I will at some point. What I found most sad is the amount of time it could take to help someone get past this disease, if they ever can.

Apr 07, 2023 04:40 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Nina Hollander, Broker   There was a lot of information that few had knowledge of. She has a great sensitivity.

Trish Cole   I may have had a short sale once and the house was extremely filled. It took 3 dumpsters to clean it up

Apr 07, 2023 06:27 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

George Souto   It gave all that were in attendance insight as to how to approach if we encounter it in the future.

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®   She gave an excellent presentation and I do not believe I gave clear exposure with the recap.


Apr 07, 2023 06:29 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Jeff Dowler, CRS   It was a good and informative call, and she gave a lot of information as well as links to get assistance if one encounters a harder.

And, Thank you for the recognition.

Kathy Streib   It is also as large or larger than other illnesses that people are more familiar with and sensitive to.

Apr 07, 2023 06:32 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Myrl Jeffcoat   All that attended did as evidenced by the comments.

Thank you for the recognition.


Apr 07, 2023 06:33 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Ed, We have seen many investment properties that looked like hoarders must have lived there, otherwise cannot understand, unless it was a disease, how anyone could live under those circumstances!

Apr 07, 2023 06:35 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I doubt that my Mom would accept that she has the disease of hoarding but she sure seems to keep more things in her possession than I feel is necessary, haha.

Apr 07, 2023 06:37 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker   It is worse when the hoarder has no family close.

There was an instance about 2 miles away from where we live, where a house collapsed within itself. It was older and a recluse lived in there alone. A neighbor heard the noise early evening and called the police. The police in turn called the fire department. They new she was inside, but as she had so much clutter and piles of stuff, it tool all night to get enough of the debris out of the house to find her dead in the basement.

Kat Palmiotti   It can be shocking to encounter but at the very least we learned to be patient.

Apr 07, 2023 06:37 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

I've heard of situations similar to the one you mentioned Ed. Very sad.

Apr 07, 2023 01:34 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400   It will be easier for others to recognize now.

Brian England   From the information shared, it would take a lot of conversation nd counseling for a hoarder to recognize. Would one of the things she kept you?

Apr 07, 2023 06:45 AM
Brian England

I was her first so my brothers wouldn't have come along if she didn't keep me, haha.

Apr 07, 2023 06:51 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ed, this Zoom meeting would have been good to hear, have sold a couple homes, and really don't understand how people can live like that.

Apr 07, 2023 08:18 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Ed, for sharing your report on this Zoom session.


Apr 07, 2023 09:57 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Ed, thank you for bringing us this summary and the take-aways from Lauren's presentation. 

Apr 13, 2023 08:36 AM