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Buyers are snapping up 'haunted' properties

By T.K. Randall
July 12, 2014 · Comment icon 23 comments



Would you buy a haunted house ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
Interest in the purchase of allegedly haunted buildings has been on the increase in recent years.
Traditionally buyers tend to avoid purchasing houses in which someone has died or in which there has been a history of strange occurrences, yet real estate agents have recently seen a surge of interest in the buying of such properties due to their potentially haunted nature.

"There are buyers out there that think it's cool to own a home that may have ghosts," said estate agent Cindi Hagley who specializes in the sale of so-called "stigmatized properties".
Particularly popular are older houses with a long history of supernatural occurrences. "Right now we are in a sellerís market in almost all of northern California," she said. "You can have a dead body swinging from the chandelier, and Iím still going to have ten offers on the phone."

According to a recent survey, 62% of Americans would consider buying a house that is alleged to be haunted while 35% believe that they have already lived in one at some point in their lives.

Source: ABC News | Comments (23)


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Comment icon #14 Posted by sinewave 9 years ago
Something about this article strikes me as odd. The main interviewee is a person that specializes in selling stigmatized properties, and on her real estate page she is looking for properties because she is working on a TV show about it. So of course she would say that people want to buy stigmatized properties, it would be counter-productive of her to say otherwise. Yeah, there is certainly a self-serving angle to all of that. How many stigmatized properties could there possibly be in any given community? The worst history a house in my area could have is that the trim was once painted fuchsia.
Comment icon #15 Posted by rashore 9 years ago
Yeah, there is certainly a self-serving angle to all of that. How many stigmatized properties could there possibly be in any given community? The worst history a house in my area could have is that the trim was once painted fuchsia. Well, stigmatized is more than just haunted reputation. It can also include murder, suicide, occult kinds of activity that have negative notions, criminal usage/drug usage like a house being a meth lab or being the house of a gang, outstanding debts by the sellers, and even can include things like AIDS patients/deaths. Some of these things have to be disclosed by l... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 9 years ago
There is a new reality tv series. Haunted Homes for sale. Why am I not surprised by this. I'll stick with my HBO and FX programming, thank you!
Comment icon #17 Posted by Sakari 9 years ago
Went over this before. Realtors do not know if people died in the homes they are selling. Nor if they are " haunted ".
Comment icon #18 Posted by Sakari 9 years ago
Well, stigmatized is more than just haunted reputation. It can also include murder, suicide, occult kinds of activity that have negative notions, criminal usage/drug usage like a house being a meth lab or being the house of a gang, outstanding debts by the sellers, and even can include things like AIDS patients/deaths. Some of these things have to be disclosed by law depending on the state, some do not. Links for any of these disclosure laws please.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Stubbly_Dooright 9 years ago
Less shedding Good point! And no litter box to empty either.
Comment icon #20 Posted by mskate 9 years ago
Well God smack Me & color me blue!
Comment icon #21 Posted by rashore 9 years ago
Links for any of these disclosure laws please. Well, here's where I got the info about what the definition of a stigmatized property might include: http://www.legalmatc...d-property.html Some general information on what might or might not be included in disclosures: http://www.zillow.co...closures-62807/ Since the OP article came out of CA, here's CA disclosure: http://www.dre.ca.go...les/pdf/re6.pdf Now, for CA, death disclosure is not required for over 3 years unless the buyer directly asks. Haunting is not mentioned anywhere.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Myles 9 years ago
I would buy a a haunted house if I had the money How would you know it was haunted? A premium price for a haunted house mean many more houses will be reported as haunted.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Brian Topp 9 years ago
Remember what happened with ebay a few years back? People were selling junk and claim it to be haunted. Which the buyers complained that they got duped and demanded their money back. The end result is ebay forbids people to claim it is haunted unless it is a halloween novelty. I wonder if it be the same for the housing market?


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