Happy Soon to be Home Buyer or Delusional Squatters

Real Estate Agent with Realty World Alliance

Saturday evening I scheduled showings for my Clients on three vacant homes. The first 2 were your typical uneventful showings.

When we arrived to the third one there were two vehicles in the driveway. My first thought was they doubled book the showings. I asked my Clients to stay in their van while I checked to see what was going on.

The front door was shut, the lock box was hanging on the knob intact. So I knocked on the door and waited. A mid aged women answered the door. I asked her if she was the Seller or a Realtor. To my surprise she told me she was the new home buyer. She just stopped by to do some work on the house because it was in terrible shape and required substantial work to be done before it could close.

I walked back out to the street and informed by Clients that there must have been a mistake because the home was under contract.

As I was driving away I had an uneasy feeling that something wasn't right. I called the listing agent and left a message when he didn't answer. He called back later in the evening and I explained what had taken place. He told me there was no contract on the property and he would get back with me tomorrow after he talked with the Seller.

The next day he called to let me know the people inside had tried to purchase the home but couldn't get loan approval. They had been coming into the home and would answer the door when ever someone came by and telling them the same story I had been told. They thought if they could turn enough people away they would have no choice but to work something out with them so they could purchase the home.

If only they had put that much effort into correcting their situation so they could get a loan.


Comments (21)

Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Now that's Noive!!  What a world we're living in.  I actually felt a concern for you Denise, confronting these squatters, unaware.  Be careful!!

Mar 02, 2009 01:56 PM
Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate

Hi Denise - Oh my...just when you thought you'd heard it all.  Thanks for sharing this very odd story.  I'd like to invite you post it to Adventures in Real Estate  group.

Mar 02, 2009 01:59 PM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Denise, if they didn't own the home, how come they are inside? How do THEY have access?

Mar 02, 2009 02:13 PM
Brandy Hart
Capital Pacific Real Estate - Riverside, CA

Yes, I've encountered a few squatters out here in REO's.  Guess that's one benifit to using the supra boxes rather than combo's huh?

Mar 02, 2009 02:16 PM
Jessica Wallace
Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345

Wow that takes some guts!

Mar 02, 2009 02:23 PM
Denise Gray
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Realtor SRES, Wichita Kansas Homes

John, people can be amusing.

Susan, that's why I had the client wait in their van.

Gary, I have no idea how they got inside. The Realtor told me this wasn't the first time they've done this.

Mar 02, 2009 02:25 PM
Maria Mastrolonardo, IL Probate Specialist
RE/MAX of Naperville & RE/MAX Enterprises - Naperville, IL
Illinois Probate Realtor

Denise - That is the first time I ever heard anything like that, it's amazing what some people will do.

Mar 02, 2009 02:42 PM
Justin Ukaoma
Vizion KC - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate Investments

What a crazy story.  I applaud their creativity but like you said their efforts would be better if was focused on getting approved for a loan.  In my mind currently their breaking the law.

Mar 02, 2009 02:51 PM
Lisa Southern
Lisa Southern Real Estate - Raleigh, NC
Lisa Southern Real Estate


How are they getting in? I hope someone called the police! Scary!


Mar 02, 2009 03:37 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Denise - Great post and featured at: LATE NIGHT - EARLY MORNING AT ACTIVERAIN

Mar 03, 2009 08:25 AM
Denise Gray
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Realtor SRES, Wichita Kansas Homes

WOW Robert thank you.


Mar 03, 2009 12:30 PM
Sandy Childs
Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC
Realtor - Spartanburg, SC


I will be in this business for 15 years in May and this story tops any and all!!! Great post. Thanks for sharing.

Mar 03, 2009 03:28 PM
Tara Campbell
RE/MAX Family - Harker Heights, TX
Broker/Owner, GRI, CDPE

WHAT?!!!  That is crazy LOL!   My thought was the same as Lisa's "How are they getting in?"  Some people will go to great extremes to get what they want but should be looking at other things like they wont even be able to purchase because of their issues!

Mar 04, 2009 12:12 AM
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Okay Denise, Now this is a very strange story. What were they doing in the house? How did they get in? I hope the listing agent called the police on them. Eerie!

Mar 04, 2009 05:11 AM
Denise Gray
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Realtor SRES, Wichita Kansas Homes

I have no idea how they got in. The Realtor did not go into the details. He was more interested in getting me to break the couple back out to look at it.

As far as what they were doing, I never entered the home. When she answered she held on to the door like "your not coming". She told me she was making repairs on the home.


Mar 04, 2009 05:21 AM
Corey & Erika Kahler
The Cascade Team - Kirkland, WA

Wow.  You'd think someone that gutsy, tenacious, and creative could think of better ways to apply their skills!  Yikes!

Mar 05, 2009 06:54 PM
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Denise, that's just crazy!

I once had a buyer call the Vice President of the company I worked for saying "Lara won't let me buy a house." It wasn't me, it was no money, 2 recent backruptcies, and credit so bad that alarms were going off! I think some people are just living in denial!

Mar 07, 2009 08:17 AM
Denise Gray
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Realtor SRES, Wichita Kansas Homes

Corey and Lara: You have to give them credit for being creative.

Mar 07, 2009 09:03 AM
Dawn Isenhower
Sibcy Cline Realtors - Milford, OH

That's really scarey, but I can see how it happened. Someone probably forgot to scramble a combo one time or they left a door or window unlocked. I agree with an earlier comment-the listing agent should call the police. You're awesome for handling everything just the right way. You protected your clients, didn't get confrontational with the squatters, and you made the listing agent aware of the situation. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Mar 14, 2009 04:01 AM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

That is one scary story! How do you get someone out like that? At least with a lease agreement it should be easy to go to court and get them out, but in this situation, even getting them to court maybe impossible.


Mar 17, 2009 07:36 PM