Paul S.  Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  West Pensacola Street - real estate is totally devalued.  The liberal Tallahassee City Government opened a "Shelter" that offers 3 meals per day, bed to sleep on at night, no questions asked. 

    There are hundreds of vagrants wandering around.  "Work for food" transients are on every street corner.   Stores in the area are shoplifted, many are now shuttered.   Apartment complexes had homeless people bathing in their swimming pools, so they drained them and fenced them off.  They have cut their rents to rock bottom.  Everybody avoids that part of town.


Jun 20, 2018 11:19 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Poverty and mental health issues exist in all parts of our society.

Is it a problem. Yes.

Should it be criminalized? No.

Be aware, the option most used results in innocent people being shot and killed by those sworn to protect and serve.  It is a fine mess we've got ourselves into.

The real question is what will each one of us actually do to help in these situations? Actually do? Will agents hire a homeless, a felon, someone without an address, no recent work history? And there you have it. What are these poor souls to do?

Jun 21, 2018 05:47 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Yes (but not close to where I typically sell) and no (have never had an issue with a vacant listing occupied by homeless).

Jun 21, 2018 03:50 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

HUGE issue of homeless in my area. It is sad and depressing.  Thankfully none are camping in my listings.  

Jun 21, 2018 07:32 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I think homelessness is both a local and national concern.  I'm glad people "see something and say something ".

Jun 21, 2018 06:12 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

There are homeless, but they usually aren't a problem. Some years back a homeless couple did burn down an old vacant house where they were trying to stay warm. Most homeless know how to move around and blend in. I bought a homeless man a cheesburger and coke the other day at McDonald's in Frederick MD. It was over 90 degrees out, and some will hang out in fast food restauarants which some businesses don't like.

Jun 21, 2018 06:04 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I always tell the neighbors to call me or call the police if weird stuff starts happening. I don't have a problem with vacant listings but I have had a few instances with REO's where squatters moved in. I think that if I were in a more urban area that would happen more.

The village that I live in don't even acknowledge homeless people.

Jun 21, 2018 05:47 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Homelessness is a big problem in our area; however, most gather in the downtown area.  I have never found anyone in one of my vacant listings.

Jun 21, 2018 05:07 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We have a couple of Shelters , that take them in 

Jun 21, 2018 04:52 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Not a big problem however, as we grow I see it more often.  As far as the vacant homes being occupied, not that I've heard of, as it means prison time in our state.

Jun 21, 2018 02:53 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

They are fairly concentrated in a few areas and we have very few issues with vagrancy in our vacant listings...thank goodness!

Jun 20, 2018 10:39 PM
Jon K. Judd
Keller Williams Realty - Central Delaware - Dover, DE
GRI, e-PRO, SFR, Delaware Homes

We do have a problem in the area... 

On occasion they do make their way into vacant homes...

There are programs to help the homeless in the area... (though not all appear to want to receive the help)

It's a shame in the USA that there is a homeless issue... and issue that many try not to see...

Jun 21, 2018 08:23 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

OMG... where do you live???? no we don't have those issues..... do you want to move to Franklin MA? we'll have a spot for you on The Todaro Team.... another exciting and rewarding career for you....and a future personal trainer for free.....

Jun 21, 2018 06:32 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

I really don't have that issue.

Jun 21, 2018 06:10 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

No and IDK

Jun 21, 2018 06:04 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Yes, Chicago has a problem. No they don't find listings attractive.

That said, when I was in Martin County Florida, they found some commercial listing a place to congregate!

Jun 21, 2018 05:55 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Not in my listings, however, I have an investor that loves these properties and we come across undocumented tenants all the time. It used to be worse.

Jun 21, 2018 05:55 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I haven't run into this.

Jun 21, 2018 05:43 AM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Over the years I've had squatters help themselves to some of my vacant listings

Jun 21, 2018 05:13 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

In my area we do not. But, in the downtown area there there are homeless, more than often druggies breaking in center city properties to use drugs. I see it more in the winter than warm weather periods. The metal thieves never seem to take a break. Having neighbors that watch is key. 

Jun 21, 2018 05:11 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Not so much here in the middle of the country but the homeless are everywhere.

Jun 21, 2018 04:48 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Many years ago, I was about to show a small office building to a baseball pro.  Music and a Christmas tree greeted us.  We backed out of the building, and I called the owner whose office was two buildings away.  A homeless guy had moved with an electic plate to cook on and made himself at home...


Jun 21, 2018 04:18 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Across from where homeless reside, they are building $1.2-1.4M KB tree houses on ~672 sf lot. The homeless moved to next street. CA is a favorite place for them. Warm, I volunteered to work in the kitchen. Some get to sleep there at night in a shelter about 2 blocks away. Some high tech workers who earn at least6 figures sleep inside truck so they can afford a 1 br condo at similar price range.

You think homes do not sell? Wrong DOM is about 4 days..............

Jun 20, 2018 10:07 PM
PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent)
PropertyMinder, Inc. - San Jose, CA
Modern Tools for the Modern Agent

The Beautiful Way One City Is Helping The Homeless (link jumps to a Facebook video). - Tim

Jun 21, 2018 11:49 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It's growing problem throughout our country. Haven't heard of it being a partiular issue with vacant listings but would be surprised.

Jun 21, 2018 07:56 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Yikes! So, no homeless problem here but I seen my fair share of it when I lived in NYC. Some do inhabit vacant dwellings. 

Jun 21, 2018 06:50 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

We do have homeless people in our city. I am not aware of any homeless person getting into vacant properties. 

Jun 21, 2018 03:38 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Most of the homeless in our town are friends, I see them and care for them at Franciscans Downtown, and they dont bother my properties.

Jun 21, 2018 02:10 PM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

I remember showing a vacant condo to a lady.  I opened the door to an empty place except for a man sitting at a table in the kitchen (no other furniture)  wearing only his underwear. 

We did not go in.

I called the listing agent to tell her that she had a squatter...she kept denying and told me I was a liar.

So, I hung up.


Jun 21, 2018 10:09 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

The homeless are a problem, but not as much as the panhandlers a.k.a. "The Fake Homeless."  We typically have neighbors watching vacant homes and/or security installed, so it's not an issue.

Jun 21, 2018 09:01 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast




Jun 21, 2018 08:16 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Yes we do, but fortunately, San Diego puts them up in  5 star hotels at our expense

Jun 21, 2018 07:10 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Jun 21, 2018 03:34 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I recently have seen more homeless in my current area, and thought they were more in the downtown Denver area.  Still have not had any issues in my vacant listings.

Jun 24, 2018 12:59 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow,  never had that happen to me.


Jun 24, 2018 09:15 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

I do not see that here in my affluent towns, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,

Jun 21, 2018 10:32 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

None that I know of gere

Jun 21, 2018 07:24 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes and no.

Jun 21, 2018 03:48 PM
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel

There are homeless in our community but they are not problem very often.  There were squaders at one of our listings last year.  Fortunately the showing agent made us aware of it and we got them out and they didn't return.

Jun 21, 2018 02:29 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Yes to a homeless problems...No to my stuff having issues. 

Jun 21, 2018 01:28 PM