Vacant homes pose risks for agents
Squatters — or worse — may be lurking in REOs
By Inman News, Tuesday, June 19, 2012.
By DAVID W. MYERS
It was a typical balmy Southern California afternoon when veteran agent Stephanie Janeshak of Tarbell Realtors in Corona stopped by a modest-sized foreclosed home to give it a preview before showing it to one of her clients.
She had toured dozens of vacant properties before and was comfortable with the task — so much so that she brought her 2-year-old toddler with her because a babysitter wasn’t available.
The front of the home was in fairly decent shape, Janeshak recalls, so she retrieved the keys from the lockbox on the door and walked in. The kitchen looked OK, and so did the living room; there were no broken windows or graffiti on the walls, two tell-tale signs that the home might be occupied by squatters or drug dealers.
And then, she opened the door to the bedroom.