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Did someone die in your house? Do you own “stigmatized” real estate?

Have you ever wondered?

Maybe it’s because you’ve always gotten a creepy feeling at certain times or in a certain place in your home. Maybe it’s because you’re interested in purchasing a home with age and character. Then again, maybe you don’t want to know… or don’t care.

 

DiedInHouse.com

I heard about DiedInHouse.com through a commercial on my Sirius XM radio in the car on Friday. It caught my attention, and at the next light I made a note in my phone to check it out. I can tell you that the radio spot was much darker and creepier than the bright and cheery video I’ve embedded below. Apparently “you have a right to know” and they can find out for you by doing the research and sending you a report. 

 

For some of the locations and properties MOSS has investigated, I’ve spent a bit of time researching most of the things that are covered in this report.  It takes some digging, but most of this information you could find yourself for free. At $11.99 per search, you’re paying to sit back and let someone else to do it for you. 

 

Do you own “Stigmatized” Real Estate?

A few years ago I discovered a fascinating blog (HauntedRealEstateBlog.com) by a real estate agent from Silicon Valley. Mary Pope-Handy, the writer of the blog, says that “A stigma can be caused by a murder or other crime, usually violent – it does not have to result in death for a stigma to be attached to the property. The presence or suspected presence of a ghost would cause a stigma, but so would the a murder, rape, or other highly negative event.”

Different states have different laws about disclosing information about deaths in a home.  I’m not able to find a master list of states that require you to disclose the haunted history of a home, however, Mary Pope-Handy has compiled information about the laws and disclosure for Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington.

According to Susan Funaro in article from legalzoom.com, “Sellers should disclose grisly facts about the house, so they will not be ‘haunted’ later. Even if not required by state law, in order to soothe prospective buyers and avoid lawsuits, sellers should be upfront about their home’s paranormal guests or ghoulish histories.” 

You may also be interested in swinging by Mary’s blog to check out some of the results of the Realtor.com® Haunted House Report from 2013, where 62% of respondents say they’re open to purchasing a haunted home. Is this just another side effect of what I like to call “The Great Paranormal Craze”?

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Haunted Real Estate…

In honor of our open house today, where NO ONE showed up, even after making the house look museum quality, lighting all the candles, and the dog and I vacating for two hours to erase any hints of his existence (so sad), I got to thinking about haunted real estate as a blog topic today. My home is definitely not haunted, but would it draw more interest around here if it were? Or… would people avoid it like the plague?

 

[BREAKING NEWS: An hour and a half later, while writing this post, we had to halt life and completely vacate again… moving dog things (and myself) down to the basement because someone wanted to show it while we were here.]

 

 

As a seller, should you disclose the details of haunted or “stigmatized” real estate?

I found a really cool blog by a real estate agent from Silicon Valley… http://hauntedrealestateblog.com/. Mary Pope-Handy, the writer of the blog, says that “A stigma can be caused by a murder or other crime, usually violent – it does not have to result in death for a stigma to be attached to the property. The presence or suspected presence of a ghost would cause a stigma, but so would the a murder, rape, or other highly negative event.”

I’m not able to find a master list of states that require you to disclose the haunted history of a home, however, Mary Pope-Handy has compiled information about the laws and disclosure for Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusettes, New Jersey, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington, It seems as though it is different for every state.

According to Susan Funaro in article from legalzoom.com, “Sellers should disclose grisly facts about the house, so they will not be “haunted” later. Even if not required by state law, in order to soothe prospective buyers and avoid lawsuits, sellers should be upfront about their home’s paranormal guests or ghoulish histories.” 

 

Is there a market for haunted real estate?

And more importantly… would it add to home value? Apparently it depends on what you’ll use the property for. Bed & Breakfasts often attract guests because of their suspected ghosts. I’m willing to bet that there are quite a few B&Bs out there with manufactured ghosts for this reason. I’ve always wanted to have an old Victorian haunted home though, for a B&B or something similar… especially after reading House of Spirits and Whispers, by Annie Wilder.

There is definitely more information about NOT getting stuck with a haunted home… or even how to UNLOAD your haunted home.

 

Anyone have experience with buying or selling a haunted home? It’s an interesting new topic for me. 

 

 


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