An actual property agent in Montana bought an surprising shock when she confirmed a house over the weekend.
Alyssa Webb, of Billings, informed native station KTVQ in an interview that she was taking a potential purchaser by a digital open home when she opened a door off the storage — and located a person hiding proper behind it.
She screamed on the sight of him.
“I believed, ‘Is he going to assault me? Is he going to drag my leg? Is he going to deal with me to the bottom?’” Webb mentioned.
Webb mentioned she was capable of finding him when she began to scent cigarette smoke from the storage. She turned to see the place the odor was coming from — and when she turned to at least one aspect, she locked eyes with the intruder.
“I in a short time simply shut the door and took off operating,” mentioned Webb.
Webb has been an actual property consultant within the space for the final 5 years and had by no means earlier than skilled one thing like this.
She believes the person determined to squat there after seeing a “For Sale” signal on the entrance garden.
She was not alone throughout this encounter; her boyfriend was ready for her simply exterior, she revealed. By the point police arrived after a 911 name, the person was gone.
“I feel that’s one thing that may actually be talked about on this business, that perhaps ‘For Sale’ indicators will be taken away for security,” Webb mentioned.
“I’m going to have somewhat trauma to unpack shifting ahead in my job,” she mentioned, including, “I present properties at midnight, on the weekends, at night time, all hours of the day. And sure, I’m often on my own.”
Webb additionally posted her expertise to the social media platform TikTok in a sequence of movies, which have garnered over 7 million views.
She isn’t the primary actual property agent or individual concerned within the business to cope with squatters, nevertheless.
Feedback flooded with fellow actual property brokers from across the nation, who claimed to have skilled the identical scenario.
“For this reason my mother stopped appraising homes,” one individual wrote. “She discovered folks two instances and was executed. This was the 90’s earlier than cellphones too.”
“My husband’s a common contractor and is transforming a home and located homeless folks in it the opposite day,” one other commented.