Posted by Ron (MD) on February 08, 2001 at 11:37:15:
I limit my properties to homeowner neighborhoods that are relatively safe.
However, in Baltimore City, the character of the neighborhood often changes
from block to block. As a result, you sometimes have to drive by marginal
blocks to get to your homeowner block. I have never had a safety problem.
The only part of the business that is scary is looking at prospective houses
to purchase. They are usually vacant, and have been for some time. Even
though the front door is almost always locked, you never know who might have
entered from the rear. I enter very gingerly and usually carry pepper
spray. The very worst part is going down into the basement, which is often
pitch black. A flashlight only illuminates so much, and I am always nervous
about who (or what) might be lurking down there. However, I’ve probably
done it a couple hundred times and the worst thing I’ve ever encountered was
Having said that, I would not do it if I were a woman. I often drive by
street corners with a handful of young men (putting it nicely) standing
around. I’ve never been bothered, but I wouldn’t let my wife drive down
there. I certainly wouldn’t let her go into an empty house. Even when I go
into these empty houses, I often think it would be nice to have someone
along (preferably bigger and stronger).