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

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Homelessness is an issue at the community/city, state and national level in my opinion. Obviously there are different degrees of impact.  That impact is felt far beyond the real estate level.  

May 20, 2019 06:07 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Like every city, we do have homeless but, it is so well-controlled, it's not really an issue. The community that they frequent has volunteers who canvas the area and gets them into one of the shelters or mental health facilities. 

The area that they are most often found is high-density and if left un-controlled, it would definitely impact real estate values in that area.

May 20, 2019 06:45 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I used to leave at least one light on in the enterior and the front and rear exterior lights on. Also like yourself Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS I also leave a radio on 24/7. I've never had a break-in or squatters.

May 20, 2019 06:52 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Yes we do. It hasn't affected my listings. They stay mostly around the downtown area where the homeless shelter is located.

May 20, 2019 06:07 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

We are fortunate in our community that we do not have a homeless problem. There are homeless in the surrounding cities

May 21, 2019 04:10 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

We do not ... and it does not affect our Listings

May 20, 2019 07:51 PM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

There are homeless people in our area.  They are not a problem per se.  The neighborhood where the shelter is, is not where buyers want to purchase. They have not caused any problems in our area that I know of.

May 20, 2019 05:54 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I think every city has a homeless problem to some degree and Charlotte is no exception. But it's nothing like what we hear about places like LA, SF, Seattle, etc. My market is not one where I come across homeless problems so I don't worry about precautions with my listings.

May 21, 2019 04:10 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

No homesless problem here. Once in a while 1 pops up at the main intersection corner & there is a line of people offering help. 

May 21, 2019 04:00 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I work closely with the homeless community in our town, they all know me and would never damage one of my homes, or anyone elses.

May 20, 2019 07:06 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

It is an issue in Dallas; however, most stay in the downtown area so it has never been a problem at any of my listings.

May 21, 2019 03:47 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. They haven't affected listings. They know how to blend in. Same applies to gangs.

May 20, 2019 08:02 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

We do have a mental health problem here. I image it exists in every community. Local authorities may be sufficiently funded to make the consequence of mental health against the law. So the homeless are either locked up as criminals, interned in remote hard to find even harder to see locations or given a bus ticket to a sanctuary city.

After all, the local wisdom is we can have those tourist seeing the dirty laundry.

What do I do? I actually have a list of resources where these folks can find help. It can be long term stay or as immediate of food and a place to sleep. If you don't have the phone number of the Red Cross, Salvation Army, YMCA, Catholic Relief Services and in my location, Metropolitan Ministries it may be helpful to find them, providing helping is the goal.

Don't, please don't  call 911. These folks are too often shot by those who serve and protect as the uniforms scream directives incoherent at the mentally ill.

May 20, 2019 06:07 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD


May 20, 2019 05:58 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

A small homeless population and it has never affected how I market my listings. Now, that last market downturn, it was a totally different story in many parts of the country.

May 21, 2019 06:35 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Not really, there are a few ,but so far nothing to be concerned about

May 21, 2019 03:29 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Thankfully it is very small.

May 21, 2019 02:47 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

Yes, but it mostly only affects Downtown's listings..makes the buyer pool smaller.

May 21, 2019 02:19 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Yes, every community is affected. We have them in the commercial areas. We have plenty of resources allocated to the cause, there are some who do no want to change. A

May 20, 2019 10:56 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It is an issue in most areas here in San Diego. Have not had any issues with listings.

May 20, 2019 10:05 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Homeless is an issue.  We have homeless tents all around.  I do not put signs on vacant listings.  

May 21, 2019 07:57 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

We have homeless in the downtown area. There are many resources available for  those who are homeless here. The problem is more with addiction and pan handling. A recent article identified about a dozen individuals in my area that pitted the community, the police and ACLU all working against each other for a solution. My only listings affected seem to be center city vacant buildings, which i currenty have none of.

May 21, 2019 06:16 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I suspect every market has their homeless issues. We have many resources for those who choose to use them. To my knowledge, the homeless have not caused an issue with home listings. 

May 21, 2019 05:17 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

We do not.

May 21, 2019 06:04 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We have a major homeless problem in the entire State of California and the politicians do not care one lick about it. Most are illegal aliens and the home breakins are off the scale.

May 21, 2019 07:43 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

out of control.

May 21, 2019 06:27 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

We do have a homeless problem. It has not affected us re: listings. Knock on wood!

May 21, 2019 06:06 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

no, we have no homeless here....a stray cow, now and then!!!!

May 21, 2019 06:03 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Listings do not suffer but the problem at large remains....

May 21, 2019 05:43 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

No longer an issue for me being retired. Once with a commercial listing, I had to have the local police assist in clearing out several homeless people. It was both a bitter and sweet experience. At least the listing sold.

May 21, 2019 05:04 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

These issues aren't isn't prevalent here. I'm sure it has happened. It was a little more concerning during the recession.

May 21, 2019 05:04 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

I haven't no but I know that the police tell that it's a problem. There's always that problem with REO's also.

May 21, 2019 05:01 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Licensed in 20 states - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Couple stories

I have a buyer who the vacant house a person moved in and set up house during our escrow. Seller had to evict her. She had no furniture, just grocery carts what a mess


May 21, 2019 11:01 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Paul there is a homeless problem and many of the folks asking for money on street corners are druggies so it's pretty sad to see them all strung out. As for it being a problem for listings, I haven't had any issues. With that being said I have no idea if there is a problem in other area. That could very well be the case.

May 21, 2019 09:26 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We do, and I did have a listing downtown where it was located about 2 blocks from a shelter.  That was during a buyer's season, and never sold.

Jun 07, 2019 02:41 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

We have a large homeless area and the city is trying to do something about it.


May 23, 2019 08:43 AM