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Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Paul, yes I had some squatters had to call the police.  Turns out they were growing pot on the property, the police ask me to help them pull it up and bag it.

Jan 13, 2019 02:01 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I am seeing more and more people breaking in to homes I am showing. I found that the police need the homeowner to file a complaint and to sign a document to allow them  to go on to the property! 

Jan 12, 2019 11:14 PM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I had a commercial listing on a former Wendy's and it did have some squatters. The police removed them and the property was secured!

Jan 13, 2019 04:09 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Not recently but many years ago, I had a foreclosure listing which was broken into and there was evidence of "living".  The property was "boarded up" and the issue was resolved.

Jan 13, 2019 03:23 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Once walked into a foreclosure and found a squatter in the bathroom, he was quite surprised to see us.

Jan 13, 2019 02:54 AM
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Thankfully, never once in 25 years. Now the subject of uncooperative renters when you are trying to show a home for sale.... that's a whole other story, Paul.

Jan 13, 2019 04:17 AM
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Mimi Foster
FALCON PROPERTY SOLUTIONS - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

In Colorado, squatters had a lot more rights than owners. If an owner went on vacation and squatters moved it, it literally took months to legally get them (and their dozen friends) out. I showed several with squatters, and when we found out how horrid the laws were, I was extremely proud of my daughter (a property manager) for working with our state Senate to change the laws. Now it takes 24 hours and the sheriff can remove them.  

Jan 13, 2019 08:07 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Showing a multi-million dollar property at the lake last year, we opened the vacant home to show the property and found squatters there. We phoned the listing agent and then the police and left! We never went back to visit that one either!

Jan 13, 2019 08:06 AM
Rainmaker
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Just this week, a new bank owned listing and squatters try to get in nightly. It is now secured and requires daily checks. 

Jan 13, 2019 04:59 AM
Rainmaker
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Valeria Mola
SIB REALTY - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty

No, never.

Jan 20, 2019 08:50 AM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

No, never.

Jan 20, 2019 07:21 AM
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471,891
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

I've not run into any yet, but do try to be alert to the possibility...
Bruce

 

Jan 13, 2019 07:15 AM
Rainmaker
730,271
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I've had some of each.

But none in the past 5 years.

Jan 13, 2019 05:15 AM
Rainmaker
4,785,688
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

no.... we have never had any squatters in my town... and we DO check our vacant listings every day....

Jan 13, 2019 05:10 AM
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Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Yes. I had a listing that was a spare home that a couple held on to but hadn’t rented out. A vagrant claimed it and had to be evicted.

Jan 13, 2019 04:39 AM
Rainmaker
783,282
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Fortunately, no.  And I hope the streak continues.

Jan 13, 2019 04:21 AM
Rainmaker
536,776
Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME.
Gulf Place @ 30A - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Let me help you find your path to the beach.

Not really but signs someone else has. Been there definitely.

Jan 13, 2019 03:47 AM
Rainmaker
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Never.

Jan 14, 2019 06:49 PM
Rainmaker
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

Only once & I didn't ever see them in the house. I could see where they entered & I found evidence that they'd been there.

Jan 13, 2019 08:50 PM
Rainmaker
1,197,043
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No issues with that, just people who get foreclosed on who won't go without an eviction.

Jan 13, 2019 07:24 PM
Rainmaker
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

No

Jan 13, 2019 05:50 PM
Rainmaker
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Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

One of our agents recently had a lock box hacked and a homeless person was camping out in the vacant listing.

Jan 13, 2019 03:56 PM
Rainmaker
3,735,339
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

No but in the rural areas I've heard of many agents with problems with squatters.

Jan 13, 2019 02:28 PM
Rainmaker
5,167,560
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Nope, thankfully.

Jan 13, 2019 12:20 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Paul no I haven't been then again we do our absolute best to lock everything up tight. Several years back we had somebody steal all the new appliances in a listing. I think it was a bad apple agent or a client of theirs. Thankfully my client had insurance.

Jan 13, 2019 10:58 AM
Rainmaker
2,999,350
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Yes, one time in a vacant homes 5 people where in it in sleeping bags.

Jan 13, 2019 09:37 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I have not.  I did a walk through with the buyer of a condo that was purchased at a trustee sale ... there were dozens of mice squatting ... that is about it. 

Jan 13, 2019 09:07 AM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Paul,

I had one in a building we had listed.  Luckily. I was accompanied by a buffed professional baseball player who was interested in the property, and the squatter was not in.  The building owner was in the building next door, and we handled it swiftly.

Ron had one in a store that had busted the back lock.  The man left peacefully.  A

Jan 13, 2019 08:38 AM
Rainmaker
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

Squatters were not uncommon during the recession when lots of abandoned houses sat for months. Not an issue these days....said with fingers crossed.

Jan 13, 2019 08:35 AM
Rainmaker
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Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

No, I haven't

Jan 13, 2019 08:31 AM
Rainmaker
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I have not.

Jan 13, 2019 07:39 AM
Rainmaker
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

I did have squatters in one REO. They avoided me each time I showed up to talk them into taking some cash and moving.  They were a little shady, so the last time I showed up, I had a 45 on my hip. They thought I was law enforcement and moved. I never corrected them. I wouldn't encourage others to follow my lead, but my background makes that easier for me.

Jan 13, 2019 07:33 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

There are house cages one can lease. It feels like selling a jail but it is impossibe to get in.

Jan 13, 2019 07:01 AM
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Many times this has come across my plate over the years as property management, development and foreclosures include this dynamic. 

Jan 13, 2019 06:37 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

No nothing recent

Jan 13, 2019 06:37 AM
Rainmaker
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Maria Sapio
Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

No, I haven't - 

Jan 13, 2019 06:33 AM
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I've run into them on rare occasions.

Jan 13, 2019 06:31 AM
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Just once long ago. What a great real estate story!

Jan 13, 2019 05:57 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Luckily no.

Jan 13, 2019 05:07 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Jan 13, 2019 03:33 AM
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Not that I can think of.

Jan 17, 2019 02:37 PM
Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Not yet

Jan 14, 2019 03:49 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

No, but it's a scary concept...

Jan 14, 2019 01:05 PM
Rainmaker
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Not yet, but that would be unpleasant indeed!

Jan 14, 2019 08:40 AM
Rainmaker
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yes, few times... one short sale with already excising squatter who my client tried to evict for very long time. The lady was quite ...educated and she had to be paid a lot of money to move out in order to close that escrow.  SoCal is not really LL or homeowner friendly in such situations. 

Jan 14, 2019 12:07 AM