Several months ago, I drove up to a vacant repo home that was assigned to us. I was there to do my monthly report and take pics for the bank. Our For Sale sign had been up for several weeks but it wasn't listed yet and wasn't going to be listed for another couple months more. When I pulled up, I saw a male figure pass by the window of the upstairs bedroom. The key was still in the combo and the front door was still locked. Since no one else had the combo but me, I assumed it was a trespasser so I called the police and patiently waited in my car for them to show up. The Fontana cops were there quickly and had the two gentlemen cuffed and on the curb in a jiffy. When they explained their story, I didn't prosecute for trespassing and merely told them they were stupid for entering the vacant home. Then the cops took their turn in yelling at the two for nearly getting themselves shot. You see, apparently, someone else had already busted a window and left the rear slider open. These two home-searching knuckleheads assumed, since there was a sign out front, they could just go on in and look without a Realtor. I totally believed their story but the cops still put their names down in the police report.
You really don't want to go poking around someone's residence. I spend much of my time every month making contact with residents of newly foreclosed homes on behalf of the bank. Sometimes it's a tenant who doesn't know of the foreclosure and sometimes it's the former owner. Either way, it's embarrassing for all and I can imagine how embarrassing it was for you as well getting kicked off the property. You shouldn't be checking out homes without a Realtor to help you. First of all, if the home is still occupied by the former owner or tenant, you don't want them calling the police on you. And if it's a squatter, that could be very dangerous for you.
There are numerous issues with distressed properties and you need to get with a Realtor if you're really serious about looking for a home. Good luck!
Keller Williams Realty
If you want a bank owned property you need to wait until it hits the market.
I have a banked own property and it's been a year of back and forth to get them out.
Yes you are tresspassing and please watch out for your personal safety.
You are looking at Squatters or the Old Homeowners who are still living there.
If the House is Listed on the Local MLS, then there will be a Realtor that you can talk to about it.
If the house is not Listed, then you should probably walk away; it wll be a problem; don't make it YOUR problem.
Good luck and may God bless