5 Instances I Was in Hazard as a Actual Property Investor

Final Up to date on March 2, 2023 by Mark Ferguson

I’ve been in actual property for 20 years as an actual property agent, dealer, and investor. Over these years I’ve had some loopy experiences as many individuals see on my YouTube channel. I’ve handled evictions, squatters, foreclosures, break-ins, meth labs, stolen autos, needed murderers, and extra.

Fortunately, I’m nonetheless right here to inform the tales (knock on wooden) and hopefully, I might be round loads longer to maintain telling them! I don’t wish to flip individuals off from actual property as a result of this isn’t the norm for most individuals. I get myself in some conditions due to the kind of actual property I used to be concerned in and the properties I purchase. That is half 1 and the primary story on this sequence.

Half 1: Threatened with a gun after shopping for a foreclosures

About 5 years in the past I purchased a home from the foreclosures sale. The home was a large number and wanted a ton of labor. I had truly tried to purchase the home from a wholesaler earlier than shopping for it on the foreclosures sale. A wholesale deal is when an investor will get a home below contract to purchase after which tries to promote it to a different investor immediately with out doing any work. My venture supervisor had seen the within (I used to be on trip) and mentioned there was trash in all places and a reasonably large gentleman simply sat in a chair till the top of the exhibiting who didn’t seem comfortable. I obtained the home below contract to purchase however the deal fell aside as a result of federal tax liens.

About 6 months later I noticed the home come up on the native foreclosures record to be offered at public sale. The beginning bid was round $85,000 which was extraordinarily low cost for the property and I knew what the within regarded like. My venture supervisor and I went to the sale and had been bidding towards one different girl who bid us up all the way in which to $134,500 or one thing near that. We ended up being the excessive bidder and after ready for the redemption interval to finish, we had a brand new home to work on. I used to be planning to flip this home.

Assembly somebody who simply misplaced their residence to foreclosures

One of many drawbacks to purchasing on the foreclosures sale is the occupants often didn’t wish to promote or lose their residence. In an everyday sale, they voluntarily put the house up on the market and issues often go as deliberate, often. Generally with a foreclosures the occupants usually are not comfortable or is not going to even discuss to you in any respect.

Speaking to an occupant after their home had been offered on the foreclosures sale is all the time somewhat nerve-racking as you by no means understand how they are going to react. I used to promote foreclosures for banks and would do that on a regular basis on homes that I used to be going to promote for the banks. I’ve numerous expertise on this space which has proven me something can occur!

I knocked on the door and nobody answered. I knew the occupant was nonetheless dwelling there so I knocked just a few extra occasions after which regarded round the home just a bit bit. I by no means wish to look in home windows or do something that may get my head blown off except I believe the house is vacant. I didn’t see anybody however as I walked again to my automotive I heard the door open and a burly-looking gentleman requested me what I needed in a not-so-nice manner.

I used to be about 20 Ft away from him and I instructed him the home had offered on the foreclosures sale and that I had bought the house. Often, after I inform individuals this they understand it occurred and had been anticipating somebody to indicate up and inform them they needed to go away. It truly goes a lot smoother than you would possibly assume since most banks will supply money for keys. The financial institution pays individuals to depart the home, which most individuals usually are not anticipating, and they’re grateful for something and the flexibility to have 30 extra days or so to maneuver. This gentleman didn’t give me an opportunity to inform him something or supply residence something.

Threatened with a gun by the occupant

As quickly as I mentioned I purchased the house, he began yelling at me, telling me it was his home and that nobody might take it away from him. He instructed me he had a shotgun and that if I didn’t go away proper now or if ever got here again on the property he wouldn’t hesitate to make use of it. I let him rant and when he was finished I fought the urge to simply go away and get in my automotive. We might do an eviction however that may get even uglier and I would like to inform him just a few issues.

I instructed him very calmly that the foreclosures sale value was greater than what he owed and he could be getting a refund from the Public Trustee. Since he owed $85k and the bid was $134k. After charges and lawyer bills, he could be getting no less than $30,000 again.

After I talked about he could be getting a refund his complete demeanor modified, he instantly obtained a smile on his face and apologized to me. He mentioned he wouldn’t shoot me and to inform him extra concerning the state of affairs. I instructed him the way it labored and he was tremendous grateful. He mentioned all he needed was loads to place a fifth wheel on and he had no concept he could be getting any a refund. He even ask me if I might drop a dumpster off so he might assist me by throwing out as a lot trash as he might. We obtained him a dumpster, he crammed it, and he moved out by no means to be heard from once more.


There was not a protracted time frame I used to be scared, however there was a brief time frame after I was apprehensive he would get a gun or assault me. Regardless that I’ve been part of many evictions and encounters like this it’s uncommon anybody will get violent or threatens violence. The home was nonetheless an enormous mess even with him cleansing it up some. We fastened it up and offered it and you’ll see the movies of that home under. I additionally wrote a guide about my loopy actual property tales which incorporates this one in additional element and about 20 others!

Right here is the hyperlink to the guide: My Crazy Insane True Stories As a Real Estate Entrepreneur: 23 Stories About Meth Houses, Fire, Eviction, Tires, and Murder

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