Used to be you couldn’t get people IN houses, now you can’t get them OUT! I got a call from folks up in Flower Mound that another house squatter has been told to get out of a luxury home located at 2013 Annabel in Flower Mound, this one about two miles south of the neighborhood where James Robinson squatted for more than six months.
I went up there and sure enough, the front yard at 2013 Annabel Lane in Grand Park Estates is strewn with belongings. (At first, I thought there had been a fire or something!) There were two U-hauls loaded up with mattresses and belongings, Suburbans stuffed to the gill. Four or five people (who were not willing to share names) were helping a Michael Edwards move out of a home. When I got there, his brother, Maurice, was busy moving and complaining that police would not let him take their refrigerator loaded with food out of the house. (His brother, reporters told me, had been taken to jail on small charges like toll tag violations.). Maurice told me that his brother’s family had been living in the house for six months and they own it. Did you buy it, I asked? Yes, he said. We have been living here six months and taking care of the house, improving the property. I asked if they paid the property taxes — he said they tried to. That’s about all he said, not wanting to talk any more. He also told me the movers stole $400 out of Edwards’ son’s bedroom.
Neighbors are claiming this is another squatter case. Edwards and his family took possession of the home by adverse possession and the home, they say, is in bad shape — from Valley Ridge Road you can see a huge boarded up window in the backyard overlooking the pool. And not one neighbr was helping him move out. The home is valued at $386,779 by Denton County. Built in 2005, it has more than 4200 square feet, five bedrooms and three and a half baths. Edwards is a protege of James Robinson: he also claims ownership by adverse possession. The HOA contested the affidavit in October and put the home into delinquency foreclosure at which time the home was sold. That owner is the one who tried to get the Annabel Squatter out today.
Looks like the previous owner who defaulted, Jacob Emmel, didn’t pay his HOA dues. The new owner has a PO address on Skillman in Dallas. A 4912 square foot home down the street at 1904 Annabel is listed with Keller Williams for $439,900 and was built in 2005. You gotta give them credit: these house squatters have good taste in homes!