Monday, September 15, 2014

What would you do if this happened to you?

As a realtor I have learned to overcome endless obstacles and unforeseen problems on an almost daily basis but there is one situation I have not yet encountered, squatters. Rod Nylund of Gresham, Oregon cannot make the same statement. Mr. Nylund describes himself as a small time investor in the area and has recently had a most unusual experience.

His latest investment was a $200,000 short sale that he had purchased with the intentions of renovating and placing back on the market. It’s his normal practice to drive by a property the night before the closing just to be sure that everything is OK. This time, however, he was out of town for the closing and was able to do the paperwork via federal Express. Upon returning he had sent his son to the property to install new locks and that’s when it was discovered that the house was not empty.

Mr. Nylund decided to handle things on his own at this point. He went to the house and spoke to the people living there. They told him that they had been living there for about 10 days because they had nowhere else to go. Mr. Nylund began eviction proceedings immediately but luckily was able to “strike a deal” with the squatters. He offered them $500 to assist them in finding a place to live and they soon departed.

Due to the fact that they had not damaged the home in any way and children were involved Mr. Nylund wanted to help them. The entire situation caused only a 1 week delay in his plan to begin working on the home and Mr. Nylund was OK with that.

I for one salute Mr. Nylund and the humane way that he handled the situation. Clearly he was under no legal obligation to help the family in any way but he decided to expedite matters and to help the family at the same time. Mr. Nylund leaves us with a bit of advice for new home buyers, “Make sure you check the house before going to the title company”. I couldn’t agree more.

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