Dennis Swartz, MBA, GRI...experience counts! (Full Circle Property Management)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't. There was a guy like this around the corner from my home in NYC who "worked" the same stretch of Park and Madison Avenues from 94th to 86th streets and every Friday I would see him at the Citibank branch on the corner of 91st and Madison making big cash deposits. I'll offer to buy a sandwich and coffee... and amazingly these people often turn them down.

Apr 06, 2016 09:20 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If I have small bills I will give aid to the hungry and homeless.

Until CITIZENS are ready to offer such people a JOB, they are not seeing the real problem but it is easy to assume to know.

So, what are the options available to these folks? I'm am serious. Once homeless they become unemployable. 

Accepting generosity from strangers is a better option than prowling backyards in darkness.

Apr 06, 2016 10:45 PM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

I don't spend a lot of time worrying about whether a panhandler has a cellphone or can afford a cigarette.

Apr 06, 2016 09:08 PM
Christopher Pagli
William Raveis Legends Realty Group - Tarrytown, NY
"I Stay Open Until You Close"

I don't.  I lived in NYC for many years and have seen it all.  If I gave to all of them, I would be hungry and homeless.  I used to work with an orgnization that tarvekled around NYC delivering food and clothes to the homeless. We found that many had money for things like a phone and clothes but not enough to pay rent in the City or boroughs.  Another thing is some don't want to appear homeless even though they are.

Apr 06, 2016 09:05 PM
Becca Rasmussen
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Highlands Ranch, CO

I do not. I give to a reputable homeless support organization, but I'll not give directly to anyone on the street. My step-son deliberately chose to live the homeless life for a while. They can make a pretty penny on a daily basis for not doing anything more than standing around. 

Apr 06, 2016 09:04 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I have in the past but I no longer hand out my hard earned money to beggars on the streets.  

Apr 07, 2016 01:39 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Racket or not, it takes a lot of indignity to beg for money snd suffer the disdain of others. If I have a little cash and I feel like it, I will give. There are people who walk around town who don't beg but I know are homeless. I see them, I will go get money and catch up with them again. Drives my husband crazy. But it's as much for me as it is for them.

Apr 06, 2016 11:48 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I hate seeing that.... there are jobs for them.... I don't give them money.....

Apr 06, 2016 11:20 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I don't typically give money.  

Apr 06, 2016 11:09 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Not usually. They are usually in very dangerous places and even some signs say they only want cash. That bugs me.

Aug 24, 2016 01:04 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Dennis - usually no. They need to work!

Apr 11, 2016 03:03 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I don't normally link to my posts on others' pages, but I wrote this a few years ago, and I'm just as likely to drive by as I am to stop. But this particular time, it was an enormous blessing.

Will Work For Food

Apr 10, 2016 02:20 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

No I don't.

Apr 08, 2016 05:59 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Lol, it is their job. But I'm not there to judge. If I have change, I give. 

Apr 07, 2016 05:17 PM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Absolutely Not!  There are jobs available and most are probably on government assistance or live with someone that is. 

Apr 07, 2016 01:32 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Plenty of free meals in our town, I just send them down to the Salvation army for a hot meal, or the food pantrys for groceries.

Apr 07, 2016 01:10 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I think you need to assess the situation.  My fiance and I saw a family this summer and the father was holding a sign.  We drove through Wendy's and got them a meal, they really seemed to appreciate it.

Apr 07, 2016 12:03 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I give them food if I have something like a granola bar.  If they look disappointed, I know they are probably scamming people.

Apr 07, 2016 08:27 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Great question. I don't give in hat way

Apr 07, 2016 06:51 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

It is stuff like that that make us walk away.  I have gotten to not give money but a meal instead

Apr 07, 2016 05:17 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

It depends and I do when a child or dog is with them. California had many, many on the street corners, but when we moved to TN they are on the street corners also, but with licenses on lanyards and sell a special newspaper created for them to earn money. I think that fosters much better self-esteem and helps them down the road.

Apr 07, 2016 04:49 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I don't.  Most of these people make in the 60k/yr range tax free.  They live in nice apartments and get all the government subsidies available.  Some even vacation in the bahamas and panhandle down there in the colder months.

Apr 07, 2016 04:44 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't usually give to anyone on the street.

Apr 07, 2016 04:29 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We give to the Salvation Army. and 'No!' to answer your question.

Apr 07, 2016 02:39 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I give to the FoodBank and the local Salvation Army, not individuals.  I remember one guy with a sign asking for money to buy footwear . . .  I looked at his bare feet and they were spotless, not a mark on them.  I asked him if he had been "beamed" down to the corner because he obviously hadn't walked there!!  

Apr 07, 2016 02:15 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Dennis Swartz Panhandling is illegal in my County.

Apr 07, 2016 02:00 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty


Apr 07, 2016 12:58 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I've given them food, or when I lived in NYC, I used to give them my plastic bottles that they could monetize.

Apr 07, 2016 12:50 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

They make about $17 an hour.  Most are faked..  I gave anyhow,

Apr 07, 2016 12:49 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

A definite no to those but the homeless shelter gets time, food and money from me each month.

Apr 07, 2016 12:37 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD


Apr 07, 2016 12:13 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The gov gives out these phones for free. Yes, its true. As far as holding a sign and working an area, it no longer works with me. My prompt has to signal

Apr 06, 2016 11:45 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

For most, that is their job. I see the same people at the same corners every day, i sit at the light watching people give them food, which they look at and through behind them. Most in my area are druggies. They have featured reports on TV and in the paper to not give them money. Parking cars behind businesses and walking there, and one guy who rides his bike carrying crutches, puts bike in bushes and stands on crutches....

Apr 06, 2016 10:29 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Have you noticed that the signs show perfect penmanship and the words are on a straight line. It's a racket.

Apr 06, 2016 10:20 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I have even thought the experts say don't.  It depends on how down beaten the individual look.

Apr 06, 2016 10:06 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I don't.

Apr 06, 2016 10:03 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Cigs in my area are like $9 a pack so I also question his homelessness. There was a guy in my area where they found out he was making $35K standing on a street corner just off the expressway. 

Apr 06, 2016 09:54 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Sometimes, but mostly no. Many are scam artists that panhandle for a living. last year there was a guy with a bicycle begging for $ at 7-11 in Herndon. The next day I see the guy w old bike at 7-11 in Leesburg. He jsut carries old bike in back of his truck and drives around looking for places to look poor and homeless and to ask for $.

Apr 06, 2016 09:50 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

No, I do not. When I see someone begging smoking a cigarette and drinking a Starbucks, don't see the need!

Apr 06, 2016 09:28 PM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I do not... the rest is my opinion and I'll spare you.  ;)

Apr 06, 2016 09:26 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

I do not

Apr 06, 2016 09:26 PM