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Just Because It Says Vacant Doesn't Mean No One is Living There

Today i arrived at a house in Prince George's County with my buyers.  The grass is over grown and the listing said that it was vacant.

I knocked before entering anyway and I thought it sounded like someone was walking around.  I knocked again and waited.

Then we finally opened the door and we entered the vacant home.  

We turned into the living room and 2 people were in there.  A young man was sitting on the floor looking as though he was rolling something into a cigarette and a young woman standing next to him.  Because at that point we weren't sure whether they were supposed to be there we spoke to them.  The girl answered.  The man never looked up or spoke.

Further into the house it was obvious that the back window was broken out and that was how they had entered.  There were 2 bathrooms on the main level that had obviously been used repeatedly even though there was no water in the house.

Of course as soon as we left I called the listing agent to inform him that there were squatters in his listing.


The sad thing is that it is a nice house that had obviously been well maintained by the owners.  It is sad to see people come in and destroy the home.


This is one of the main reasons why I do not preview homes alone.  You just never know what you are walking into.  These people could have very easily been violent.

If you or someone you know would like information about buying, selling, or renting a home in Prince George's, Montgomery,  Charles, Calvert, Anne Arundel, Howard, and/or Baltimore Counties please contact Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh of Century 21 New Millennium.


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Comment balloon 12 commentsDr. Stacey-Ann Baugh • June 12 2011 06:14PM


Hi Stacy- Ann. I am glad you are very cautious when showing homes, especially vacant homes. Like you said, "You never know what to expect".

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, over 7 years ago

Stacey-Ann... I see two sad things going on here.  One, that what was a lovely home is being abused... and two, that these two people are so in need of a place to live that they are left with having to break into a vacant home to have a roof over their heads.     "suggested"

I am glad you were not harmed when you came upon them.

Posted by Carolyn Kolba, Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio (Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio) over 7 years ago

Jerry - I use extreme caution in homes that are obviously vacant

Carolyn - so true.  I feel so sad thinking about the state of these 2 young people's lives.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 7 years ago

Yeow!  That's not what you expect to find when you get there!  Glad it turned out safely.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 over 7 years ago

What a surprise for you!  Perhaps if this young couple spent as much time looking for jobs instead of rolling "something" into cigs, their fortunes would improve.  Just an idea.  ;-)  I would have called the police.

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 7 years ago

Stacey-Ann, very sad and scary, you bring up such an inportant point to never go alone!

Posted by Brian Doubleday, Ladera Ranch, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo (Brian Doubleday - IML RealEstate - Orange County, CA Broker) over 7 years ago

Stacy, That's just horrible!  I have not had anything like that happen, but I have had people still living there and just today I went into an approved short sale that had a couch and pillow and a very small bag (Gym Bad), just outside the slider.  I think someone was living there part time, but the place was very clean and the water and utilities were turned on!  I felt so sad for that person, whoever it was!

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) over 7 years ago

Liz & Bill - Me too

Susan - I thought about calling the police but I didn't want me or my clients there whent they came so I let the homeowner and their agent handle it.

Brian - you just never know what you'll find

Jane - It is sad what some people live in.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 7 years ago

Wow Stacey Ann- Glad you were not alone. Todays times are bringing all kinds of craziness to life

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 7 years ago

Stacey-Ann, I usually take my husband with me when going to a vacant house. I hope the listing agent checked into this situation.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) over 7 years ago

Martha - I am really glad I wasn't alone

Rebecca - I will definitely have to practice some kind of buddy system 100% of the time

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 7 years ago

I was showing a REO last year and soon as we walked in we could hear dog barking. I was ready to run out , and we saw a note on the table .. The note stated that they are homeless and living in the property and their dog is in a cage.... go figure...

Posted by Keji Ogunleye, GRI, SFR, KejiYour Realtor (Fairfax Realty, Inc) about 7 years ago

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