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Home sellers required to declare hauntings ?

October 16, 2015 | Comment icon 63 comments



Would you buy a house if it was thought to be haunted ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
Some US states may require that sellers disclose the fact that their house has a haunted reputation.
One of the things that must be taken in to account when buying or selling a property is whether or not it holds a "psychologically impacted" status - something that tends to apply if the house was the scene of a murder, a suicide or some other event that might dissuade someone from buying it.

What isn't as well known however is the fact that a haunting can also fall under this same category and that the alleged presence of a ghost can have a negative impact on a property's value.

Despite the fact that many people do not believe in ghosts and that there is no realistic way to definitively prove whether a house is haunted or not, lawyers in some US states have taken the matter seriously enough to have pursued legal cases against sellers purely on this basis.
One infamous example of this occurred in a town north of New York City in 1991 when a woman who sold her house to a couple for $650,000 ended up in court when they later learned of its allegedly haunted status and demanded to be allowed to back out of the sale.

The seller ultimately lost the case on the basis that the house's haunted reputation, regardless of whether it actually was haunted or not, was enough of a factor to negatively affect its value.

So while the whole matter of declaring a haunting is generally seen as a bit of a legal grey area, there have been enough stories of such cases to warrant at least some degree of caution.

Source: Examiner.com | Comments (63)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #54 Posted by Sakari 6 years ago
True, and most people hearing tarmack level decible house disturbances like we did will naturally check for normal causes first. Just like we did. But when none could be found (how can you explain the sound of a 2x4 dropping on a hard wood floor from 6' with nothing disturbed?), we had to explore other possibilities. Then the evp we got on audio confirmed what we suspected. Though up until that time I was sure it was the guy who had the house before who died. So I kept addressing the ghost as him...which probably angered her even more until I played my guitar for her. The high heels clicking o... [More]
Comment icon #55 Posted by third_eye 6 years ago
Well, it is a fact that some things do occur more commonly at places that is uncommon at others ~ and if something really bad occurs someplace, chances are certain things are prone to happen at those places. Does not have to have anything to do with the paranormal or ghosts ~ ~
Comment icon #56 Posted by Mark One 6 years ago
Well if you live in a hot climate I would declare the spooky hang-ups and charge more cash for my house. Just think of all those cold-spots where the spooks do their stuff, no need for fans or air cooling systems.
Comment icon #57 Posted by freetoroam 6 years ago
Then why are there so many articles online explaining to realtors how to sell stigmatized property, including haunted houses? http://www.realtor.o...ized-properties This page offers some creative marketing tools http://www.realtor.o...ized-properties Texas also requires agents to disclose murders and suicides to home buyers, according to an Edel Financial article. Virginia, meanwhile, requires ghost sightings and violent deaths to be disclosed “only if they physically affect the property.” Home buyers can also use Edel Financial-recommended web site diedinhouse.com to find out whether someone ... [More]
Comment icon #58 Posted by Sakari 6 years ago
Then why are there so many articles online explaining to realtors how to sell stigmatized property, including haunted houses? http://www.realtor.o...ized-properties Maybe to get advertisement, as I could not read any of them without a huge amount of pop ups and questionnaires. Why are there so many articles saying Bigfoot is real? Look at realestate laws, and talk to realtors.......They do really laugh at this. There is no " is this house haunted " question for them. I posted the laws.
Comment icon #59 Posted by SSilhouette 6 years ago
Well if you live in a hot climate I would declare the spooky hang-ups and charge more cash for my house. Just think of all those cold-spots where the spooks do their stuff, no need for fans or air cooling systems. There's actually somewhat of a market for haunted bed and breakfasts so maybe it could be a boon for some potential buyers?
Comment icon #60 Posted by Ashotep 6 years ago
My mom had a super haunted house in Minnesota. It was disclosed when she bought it and she had to disclose it again when she sold it. I spent the summer there and it was crazy haunted. It wasn't just daily stuff, it was constant. That's all I'll say for now then. If I get talkative I'll be sure to let you two know. The stories I can tell. lol I've seen a ghost so I do believe a house can be haunted, however we hear some really far fetched stories sometimes that even a firm believer like me doesn't believe.
Comment icon #61 Posted by AustinHinton 6 years ago
I'd buy a haunted house.
Comment icon #62 Posted by ChrLzs 6 years ago
It should be pointed out again that the laws (which are only in some states) do NOT recognise hauntings or ghosts! They refer to ANY 'stigma' or public 'reputation' that may apply to the house - eg if it is widely reported as having been a site of murders or *anything* similar, then the sellers should declare that. This is NOT any sort of legal recognition of ghosts..
Comment icon #63 Posted by davros of skaro 6 years ago
I had a haunted house once. A Weeble Wobble Ghost lived in the attic.


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