Since the country’s economic crisis began in September 2008, it is estimated that more than six million homes were lost to foreclosure. And foreclosure was often just the start of problems for these properties. With that volume, many times these properties became “zombie” foreclosures, which means the property was abandoned and much time elapsed before the lender (or a buyer) took possession. These situations often led to properties falling into disrepair or subject to vandalism, theft of furnishings, or general poor condition. In some cases, to compound the problem, unauthorized persons moved into these properties attempting to establish adverse possession through some form of “squatters” rights.