April 23, 2012

Trespassing Squatters Occupying Short Sale Property File TRO Against the Selling Agent. Yes You Read That Correctly.

Happy Monday!  We’ve got another exciting story for you, about some riveting residents who really respect realtards.  Read on!

Squatters issue restraining order against real estate agent

120421-antioch-squattersKTVU Channel 2,
Posted: 9:49 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2012

ANTIOCH, Calif. —  A Bay Area real estate agent said she’s being taken to court by squatters in Antioch who have taken over a house she’s trying to sell.

As many as three people have been living in the Concord home since December. Even though the owner never gave them permission to move in, they’re apparently not moving out without a fight.

Real estate agent Melissa Case said she can’t get too close to the four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home she’s listed for sale in Antioch because the unauthorized residents took her to court.

“I have a temporary restraining order against me right now,” Case said. “I cannot come within 50 yards of the home, which was filed by the squatters.”

Case is definitely a Real Estate Professional.  You can tell from the way she talks, because it reads just like listing copy we see every day here.  The home was filed by the squatters,  Got it.  So you’re going to love this next quote from Ms. Case:

“Actually the police came out and verified that their… rental agreement? [air quotes]… was false and full of misspellings.”

Because nothing says Real Estate Professional like an example of their work product written up full of misspellings.

Here’s the house, and it was not easy to find.  Case described it as a “four bedroom two and a half bath” but Redfin listed it as a 4/3.  Also just to really mess with our minds, the article also said it was in Concord (see the second paragraph above).  Do you have any idea how many freaking short sales there are in Antioch? Or Concord?  Let’s just say I have a feeling we’re not in Los Altos anymore.

5116 THISTLEWOOD Ct
Antioch, CA 94531
$149,000

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BEDS: 4
BATHS: 3
SQ. FT.: 1,873
$/SQ. FT.: $80
LOT SIZE: 5,900 Sq. Ft.
TYPE: Detached
STYLE: Traditional
STORIES: 2
YEAR BUILT: 1991
COMMUNITY: Antioch
COUNTY: Contra Costa
MLS#: 40568008
SOURCE: EBRD
STATUS: Pending
ON REDFIN: 23 days

End of Court Location and Across the street from the neighborhood park!! This home needs TLC.

End of Court!  Get it?  Get it?  Because the agent got taken to court!  Ahahahahahaha!

And speaking of short sales, the “homeowner in Berkeley” picked up this winner of a house for $460,000.  In 2004.  The current asking price is 23% less than what the house sold for, new, in 1992.  Perhaps “needs TLC” means “Teardown, Level and Condemn.”

Comments (18) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:08 am

18 Responses to “Trespassing Squatters Occupying Short Sale Property File TRO Against the Selling Agent. Yes You Read That Correctly.”

  1. Sunny(vale) Kim Says:

    That’s a peculiar case for agent Mellissa Case.

  2. PK Says:

    Maybe there was a difference in counting – it used to be in style to refer to three quarter baths which had a shower stall. Nowadays, that’s a full bath – but perhaps Case was putting her Real Estate Professionalism to good use and being particular?

    And c’mon Antioch. Land is cheaper there than here. No more snout houses!

  3. nomadic Says:

    WTF is wrong with California courts that allow squatters to get a restraining order?

  4. nomadic Says:

    PK, you can’t do a side entry garage on a 5900sf lot. But the lots should be bigger up there.

  5. SEA Says:

    Too bad the whole world is not RBA.

  6. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    The RE agent may have yelled, screamed, thrown beer bottles, stolen their crack or anything. In this I side with the squatters, they’re more solid citizens than a RE agent can be presumed to be.

  7. Winston Says:

    nomadic,

    You’d think lots would be bigger in Antioch, but they are all pretty much 6000 sf lots. The lower land prices just translate into lower house prices. As for the difference between Antioch and Concord, when comparing similar houses in similar neighborhoods Concord is about twice as expensive as Antioch because the commute out of Antioch and Pittsburg toward Concord is hellish (worse than anything in the South Bay) and the demographics are changing with land prices as welfare recipients realize their section 8 vouchers go farther in East County.

    What you see in places like Antioch, Pittsburg, Brentwood and Oakley are the Bay Area’s new ghettos.

  8. nomadic Says:

    But Gilroy Alex, I presume it would be all right for the rightful “owner” (mortgage holder) of the property to go to his house with a shotgun and order the trespassers off his property?

  9. SEA Says:

    #8- Tough call. What kind of lender loaned money on a place that went from $460k to $150k in 7 years?

  10. madhaus Says:

    Did any of you follow the link to this story? There’s video, including a brief shot of another Antioch house that had an aggressive dog keeping snoopy TV reporters and would-be investors away.

    Winston, I’ve been following the change in East Contra Costa demographics with interest. Antioch and surrounding areas have become Palmdale del Norte. My very first guest post here discussed the same dynamic in Southern California, in Hemet, but it was Palmdale where I first read about Section 8ers in the exurbs.

    This really is worth a fuller article at some point.

  11. madhaus Says:

    Here’s an August 2011 piece from the NY Times on Lancaster’s same experience with the Rise of the Section 8ers. Lancaster is near Palmdale. Sounds similar to East CC except in the latter case many of the new residents came from Richmond or Oakland.

  12. Crissa Says:

    The law presumes people in a home have a reason to be there, so it takes court action to remove them. Be careful of who you have over for houseguests in California, that’s all.

    But in a way, that’s how it should be. It should take slow, deliberate court action to remove squatters. Else you would have mix-ups where people were thrown into the street and garbage bins on false orders – which has happen, even with this law.

    You don’t think a landlord might lie about who they rented to, if they wanted the house empty, do you?

  13. trip Says:

    you could rent that for $1200 and be cash flow positive.

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  15. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    #8 – the owner would be smarter to have the sheriff do it but yeah. Owners are better than squatters are better than realtards.

  16. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    #12 – Yes it’s best to read up on the law. Squatters may be considered tenants if they’ve been there very long. Tenants can always be evicted.

    To me, a RE agent hassling anyone, including squatters, is kinda like the neighborhood wino walking up to ‘em and ranting away. Except most neighborhood winos are more intelligent and have more class than an RE agent.

  17. nomadic Says:

    In my view, the realtard is the owner’s agent – hired not only to sell the house but to get the squatters out. You know, like a wimpy mercenary. ;-)

  18. sick of it Says:

    There is a squatter living at 4344 Greenholme Drive #20 Sacramento, CA 95842


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