With the recent downturn in the real estate market, a haunted house could become an even harder sell. Haunted houses usually aren't explicitly described as haunted, they are typically given the more pleasant and scientific sounding term of "psychologically impacted".
Psychologically impacted doesn't just mean haunted. It is a real estate term used to describe any house that will be considered a hard sale due to a death, murder, drug lab, suicide, or even if the person who lived there had a long history of violent mental illness. People are superstitious, and these houses are 50% more likely to stay on the market and sell for a reduced price than other real estate; even if no unexplained phenomenon has ever been reported.
All states require that psychologically impacted property must be disclosed during the viewing, but not all states require that you must disclose a haunting. Houses which were former drug labs, which might possibly still contain chemical residue, must be disclosed under these laws, but other states have different guidelines as to disclosing the stigma of death unless it was caused by AIDS, which could be viewed as discriminatory.
Secrecy only feeds fear, so most reputable real estate agencies ask that sellers disclose any strange happenings up front to potential buyers. In New York, it is illegal to sell a haunted house without disclosure, so you could end up with a large liability if you don't know the laws for your state.
Precedent was set by a now famous case in the real estate world wherein the sale of a Victorian mansion was contested after the Stambovsky family made an earnest payment of $32,500 on a $650,000 home which resembled the TV home of the Munsters. Even though the house was decidedly spooky at first sight, the couple did not know about its truly weird reputation. The seller had promoted the home as haunted and had even had a write up done on it for Reader's Digest and featured it on a haunted walking tour of the city. When the sellers chose to sell the house they stopped promoting it as haunted.
While the Mr. Stambovsky was not particularly worried about the homes reputation, his wife was deeply concerned, and the couple tried to back out of the deal. The owner refused to cancel the sale or return the down payment. The Stambovsky's took the seller to court and lost, only to win with a narrow margin or 3-2 in appellate court, after the court found that by deliberately fostering the belief that the house was haunted, the buyer had to by law disclose.
Why hadn't the couple known about the houses reputation if it had been featured in so many haunted tours and books? They were from out of town.
Most haunted houses on the market have very little in the way of strange events. More than likely, it is limited to electrical goings on, or the occasional door opening and closing by itself, possibly even cold spots that do not warm up even if a heater is placed nearby. Due to this, they do not have the"psychologically impacted" status, and many buyers find themselves sharing their house with a ghost.
To find out the disclosure laws for psychologically impacted property in your sate, visit the Haunted Real Estate.
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I would love to find a haunted house to live in. How could I find out who's selling them in Alabama?
Becareful Beth... it could be something you dont want living with. I read a book about a nurse's experience and they delt with rancid smells through out the house and she had what she called "sufficating nightmares". She said they happened often but she knew she was awake durring these (and would stay up for a while afterwards) and couldnt wake her husband up sleeping soundly beside her, and later found out her 13 year old daughter experienced the same, but not as often. Her daughter also woke one night to her glass gerbal cage fall from the ceiling and land on her bed. thankfully she had time to roll onto the floor. the gerbals fate was not so lucky. I know, trust me im damn near obsesed with the paranormal i have everything from evps and damn good photos of everything from countless different colored orbs to misty human like aparitions as well as animal like. and i myself am intrigued by living in a house with "abnormal activity", please just becareful. not everything is doors that open and close by themselves and footsteps and all the good stuff. i just dont want either of us getting exactly what we ask for :) take care
Beth, be careful what you wish for...I have lived in three different "haunted" houses, and they were all very different experiences. It can ruin your life - or, make it a living hell. Alabama has a lot of historic homes for sale, a good percentage probably haunted. Ask around. Google "haunted real esate" and look up your area. Contact your local ghost hunters society/paranormal research group.
It really isn't as much "fun" as you would think, living in an "already occupied/haunted" house.
Anyone who works in a hospital, any hospital, has seen enough goings-on. Go work at a hospital to get your "haunted house" fix. But don't ever live in a haunted building.
My colleagues and I could write a big book about all the experiences, some captured on photographs. Snoring heard in a room on an abandoned hospital floor, with nothing in it but a mattress. Security opened the door and the snoring stopped. A nude patient laying on a perfectly made bed, seen on the monitor. A nurse sent into the room to see what is going on. She sees nothing on the bed, waving to us at the monitor, signaling, there is no one on the bed while we all see the nude lady laying on the made bed right behind her. And hundreds more stories just like that.
I have to agree with HGH, if you want to have a paranormal experience just go to a hospital.
I used to work with mentally challenged adults in a residential setting. One client I worked with lived in a building that had been remodeled from a hosptial to an apartment building. I dreaded the times I'd have to use the elevator in that building, I never knew which floor I'd end up on. I'd push the button for the second floor and end up on the third floor (with no one around once the doors opened) or in the basement. One time the elevator went up to the third floor, stopped, went back down to the first foor and back up to the third floor without stopping to open the doors. The lady who was on the elevator with me, and I couldn't wait to get off that thing. Why not use the stairs you ask? Did it once and wouldn't do it again. I felt someone rush past me and bump me, but no one was there. I felt I'd rather take my chances with the elevator.
There were so many stories floating around that building, it would be hard to know which were fiction and which ones actually happened. All I know is that there was something happening with the elevator.
There's a cool haunted house in southern New Mexico that is on eBay. I just found it by searching for "confirmed haunted house" -- sounds neat!
I am working on a site that will allow me to market haunted houses for sale & distressed properties people haven't been able to sell. We will of course adhere to any currnet local laws in the state of Georgia. I think instead of being afraid to bring attention to these homes because of local stigma, this will allow them to find an audience.
i am an empathic/psychic medium and paranormal investigator and would love to find as historic haunted home to buy, especially if it came at a discounted price due to difficulty in selling. If anyone knows where I can find one of these homes, preferrably good sized and under $100k, please feel free to let me know. Thanks!
I have to do a book report for school and don't like to read. So I decided to find out a question my boyfriend got stuck in my head... Do real estate agents have to inform the customer if the house is haunted? If so is it a state or federal law? If anyone could help that would be great.
Monica, Did you ever get your website up and going? If so, I would be interested in knowing about your website. We have a haunted house we would love to list for sale in Georgia.
My husband and I have live in a very active home. It is not haunted. It has an open "PORTAL". It is up for sale. I can tell you that I have seen many spirits walk in and out. I am a sensitive and I can not live in an active home due to lack of sleep. I do have some photo's. My husband has also seen spirits as also my cat. We live in an "Native American Indian" street named area. My neighbor also has activity. So if any body would like to buy a home with active spirits let me know. "'
I love haunted homes and have one now, but my family is to big for such a small home, how can I find another haunted home to buy in New York?
Hello everyone. I own several homes and two are haunted or I might better say I have guests which are ghosts. The female ghost is very friendly and often chears me up when sad. She will flick the lights, open doors and sometimes run feathers across my neck ever so sexy. All ghosts are not bad and most are fun. I have had my ghosts now for 9 years and we are very attached. If you would like to buy one of my homes with ghost we can talk but I am not sure I want to loose her. My homes are in New York State.
I'm seriesly wanting to buy property that is haunted. If you have any info on anyhomes for sale or where to locate property that sales ligitamitly haunted property please let me know. Every website I look up gives me the runaround. Sincerly darlene
It depends on the type of haunting that's going on in the house as to whether on not its worth living in. If it's demonic in nature or a malevolent spirit, you might be risking your physical and mental health. If its a playful child-like spirit, you may find yourself the victum of practical jokes (having your keys hidden--the lights turned on after you've turned them off etc.) If you're dealing with the spirit of someone who was murdered or their life was cut short, they may ask for your help by leaving you clues in the form of dreams or visions. We have a poltergeist in our home. Its the spirit of a man who died at 50 from a heart attack very suddenly. He's fond of throwing things at us when we criticise his wife's taste; she did a horrible job of redecorating and remodling. He also likes to let us know he's around by suddenly stinking up the air with the smell of cigarettes--no one in our house smokes and it smells of fresh--not stale cigarettes. We've learned to live with it. I burn a lot of scented candles and I keep my mouth shut about his wife's crappy taste & workmanship.
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I know of a malevolent spirit, haunted house. I don't know the exact location but i know it was in Alabama. A beautiful mansion-like home that no one would live in. Has very strong signals, very very active and i believe dangerous. I jus dont know the name or location, i have only heard a story about it. If anyone has any info email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, thanks! :)
I don't understand why anyone would want to buy a house that was really haunted. That sounds terrifying and I don't think I would ever get a good nights sleep.
The entire concept of human or animal energy remaining in dwellings, etc., is most intriguing. It's always important though to be skeptical of paranormal claims. A true skeptic always approaches the situation with an open mind, unlike a pseudo-skeptic who isn't objective at all and will "debunk" without just cause. One building I would love to tour is the Thomas Whaley home in San Diego, CA. The Whaley home is even authenticated by the state of California (San Diego) as an officially haunted home. Whether the hauntings are from discarnate intelligent entities or residual energy the documented evidence screened through paranormal researchers is positively remarkable.
I would love to inhabit a hunted house for research. I also would not mind buying or even renting one. I would also like to find job investigating hunted wonders of the world.
I would like to buy a haunted house as well, or at least what others consider a haunted house to save money. There is no such thing as ghosts. It's all in your head.
I'd like to buy a house with naked female apparitions. That would be cool!
That way, I would not be so afraid. Might even like it!
i think im living in a haunted house. My mom says shes been levitaiting and i was once strangled. Its not safe at all... i asked about moving but that night i had a dream a ghost girl closed and locked the front door and said "dont go" and i immediantly woke up...i dont know what to do, can someone help me? anyone?
I don,t believe i ever lived in a house that did not have some kind of activity,some more then others and some more dangerous then others.be careful what you ask for people. a house can stay calm for up to a year or more before things happen or wait till you remodel something before you notice ,,then there are others that show you right away...i am now living in one a man had died in and is haunted ,we lived here several months before the activity started .also you never know who it will target in the family it could be your children ,watch what you wish for and ask about the history of the house and check it out with local libary and neighbors first....before buying,there is no such thing as not getting the crap scared out of you...now is there? watch all the local paranormal shows they all jump when confronted with something unseen....
Joey, I feel really scared for you. I have never experienced anything like what you and your mother have but i have watched haunted tv shows and none of them ended good with simular activities. I would really consider relocating if possible. Try to get an opinion of a medium. that would be the first step. Getting physical contact like that shows a harmful intent and will only get worse.
The only reason I'd want to purchase a "haunted" house is simply because no one else would purchase it, thereby giving me the opportunity to move into a nice old home for cheap. I don't believe in ghosts and goblins and all of that nonsense; however, I DO believe that whatever people claim they are seeing are entities. They are demonic in nature as all entities are. I don't believe that grandma and grandpa are coming back for a visit and I don't believe Uncle John's late brother who lived in said haunted house who wants to still own the home, is walking around scaring everyone to death. I believe entities (of satan himself) are big fat liars and make themselves look like they are people who have passed on simply to reign the unsuspecting person in. I am proud to say I'm a Christian and I don't have an issue saying any of this. I HAVE seen things in my years, things that I KNOW were entities who want to do nothing more than harrass the bajeesus out me...that's what they like to do! However, I simply have learned to ignore their harrassments and they don't bother me. I pray them away or I simply ignore them. That being said, I'm not going to sit here an argue that other people have had face to face combat with them. I'm simply telling you what I've been privy to. Coming from a not so nice family home environment, I can tell you I've seen, heard, and experienced my fair share of unwanted entitiles in the home and around me. Each person is different. If you're a negative nellie...more than likely you're going to have these demonic forces hanging about you...but even if you're the most positive person in the world...their job is to get YOU on THIER side of the equation. So, they harrass, tease, conjole, and express their desires that they not go unnoticed. They live off of fear, anxiety, hatred, worry...etc. But they don't like it when people are happy either...Misery loves company so if you're happy...don't expect that you won't ever see anything evil in your life...okay...enough of that rant...there are some great homes on historichomes.com...I love just reading about the history of these old homes but if you're a "Ghost follower/whisperer" or whatever...you never know...open the door wide enough...I'm sure something will be glad to come right in if invited!
I live on this street where there is a house for sale and it has one light on, a car in the garage, ( The people moved out 2 months ago) and photos and documents also in the garge, and booming noises seem to occur, and the water was running inside but it never floods, and when the water is going the electricity turns out and trust me the people once lived here are LONG GONE. So what do you think it is?
Your article is wrong, Massachusetts does NOT require disclosure of psychologically impacted property.
I'm 17 and I live in a haunted house and it is pretty cool, because the ghost in my house are nice and freindly, they'll turn the lights on and off sometimes, just to let us now that there here... it doesnt bother me... ha it is Kinda creepy dont get me wrong, but I get use to it. :)
Although built in 1966, the house I reside in is absolutely filled with spirits (I prefer that term to ghosts); in fact, the entire neighborhood is haunted! All one has to do is ask the neighbors!
Two houses, aside from mine, are impossible to keep tenants in--renters or owners. I have lived here for nearly 45 years and know first-hand of the complaints. Of course, I have never had a spirit on my property do anything harmful to ME; however, I have had guests--people of questionable character and undesired--encounter some pretty scary physical and verbal abuse.
Although not officially on the market, I would be willing to sell for a reasonable price--$245000. There is one and one-half acres here covered in live oak trees, decorative shrubbery, pecan and walnut trees, fruit trees, and more! The house has been completely remodeled and updated from its original form (as my Dad had built in 1966). There is travertine and ceramic tile, marble and granite floors, partial walls, and countertops. About half the floors are wood though the house is on a slab foundation. Completely fenced. If anyone is interested, please ask for photos! The price is firm, sorry.
@Jane-Where is the home you are willing to sell located? Would you be able to email me pics of the home and property? Photos and info can be sent to email@example.com. Thanks
if you have a place for sale that is small and haunted in the south plez e-mail me with pics and price. like in tennessee,alabama,kentucky .
Hello, I luve the tails of ghosts! but i think people that are afraid of ghosts are ungrateful. i wood luve to live in a real haunted house! especially if it,s near a McDonalds store.
My husband and i would love to buy a mildely haunted house,off by its self, about 2+ acres,2+ bedrooms,please, nothing evil! Mild fixer upper ok. Must be in hall,habersham,or white county georgia. Looking for something under 80,000.oo
i live in northern ny in the west potsdam area..my home is very haunted from rocking chairs rocking to listening to children speaking an walking around at night to scratching an hitting ...this place is not only haunted by human spirits its also haunted by demonic forces..if u would like to listen to sum of my evps an see pics of my home go to youtube...larrymarcellus..type that name in an u can listen to what has been caught i also have had father bob bailey an the taunton paranormal group here from animal lanet an a well known local team here called PISTOLS an my home is alson be on tales of the haunted on animal planet an i also have a local author writing a book about the attacks an living with spirits an demons of what my family has been through..i want to sell this home for 225000 dollars everything stays except for our personal belongings i am not only selling this home i am selling what ever dwells in this place..if u decide to contact me i am willing to give u a tour but if u decide to buy this home u will be warned this place is in my belief is demonically possesed
I AM LOOKIN INTO BYEING OR RENT TO OWN HOUNTED HOUSE I WANT TO LIVE IN A HOUNTED HOUSE FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REAMBER I DONT WANT A MANNSION OR SOMETHING TO CRAZY BUT I AM LOOKIN FOR AT LEAST A 3 OR 4 BEDROOM AND 2 BATH HOME IF YOU CAN HELP WITH FINDING ME A HOME LIKE THIS AND NOT TO MUCH A MONTH I WOULD REALLY APRESHATE IT ALOT. IT WOULD HAVE TO BE IN THE INDIANA AREA
I lived in a house that had spirits I loved it I used to sit in the kitchen stricking a conversation with it never taught Hagersville Ontario canada had ghosts neat I love it hearing footsteps in the middle of the night I used to yell at him hey quit walking around your keeping me awake then it would stay quiet then our radio would start it was a old telefunkin radio that was weird
My sister and I made the unwitting mistake of playing with ouiga boards when we were teens. There were demonic occurences in my parents home. Our entire family is well aware of them. When my sister and I came into maturation of our Christian faith we were both brutally attacked in my parents home. My mom and dad were not practicing their faith and were not knowledgeable of the Scriptures or walking in the Spirit at any time. My parents thought my sister and I were out of our minds. It took some time, but eventually they too acknowledged the problem of the spirits in the house. They were not being bothered by them so much. They were really in denial. The closer my sister and I walked with God, the more suseptible we were to the attacks and they were violent. There were priests and pastors through my parents home attempting to exorcise the demons. It seems that as long as the master of the house is not fully believing or removing some things from home that open the door to these entities, the more likely of them returning. My sister and I renounced our childhood experimentation with the wicth boards. My parents still live in their home. My daughter has spent many nights there, but not in the room where my sister and I were attacked. I forbid her to sleep there. She witnessed some spiritual activity there when she was younger. It was never discussed with her or brought to her attention. The night she had an experience, she merely saw the manifestation. It did not touch her. It could not enter her bedroom. It was banging on what might have been a door. She described fists. When it could not cross he door way, she watched it walk into my old bedroom. When I heard this it really freaked me out. I told my sister who had the same violent experience that I had. We never saw the spirit, we only experienced the physical attack from it. We were both punched. Believe me, when I say be careful what you wish for in purchasing a haunted house. The subdivision my parents live on was a war of 1812 Garrison.
Joey - if you're serious about your mother, her levitation is cause for grave concern. Contact the bishop of your dioceses. Your mother's situation may require an exorcism. I'll say a prayer for you & her. If there has been any activity with the occult with either of you, it needs to be confessed and renounced.
Hi all, not sure if anyone is looking for a haunted house in PA, but we have one to sell. It has 4 bedrooms, 3 floors, old, needs work, cheap and is so haunted that we bought a 2nd house two doors down to get the hell out! When I say haunted I mean haunted. I got scratched, hit, bed vibrating, disembodied voices that mimicked our own, shadows, lights, insects, etc. I have the pics of my scratches that looked like devils heads at the end of my leg followed with a long scratch from thigh to ankle. I couldn't take it anymore cuz it seemed to mainly focus on me, but when we were buying the new home my hubby finally started to smell the smells, see n hear things. Our new house is haunted, but nowhere near like that. But we really want to sell. If u r seriously interested, drop a line here and I can give u more info. The house would be under $40k. Investigators told us we have more Amityville than Amityville did, Chip Coffey gave me blessed medallions. Yeah, that haunted. Mystery spots of water, moving objects. I could take most, but not being scratched, burned, hit. I have the pics. So, any takers? Lol
If anyone is interested in buying a civil war haunted house in GA please contact me as I am ready to get out of here as are my animals. I am a sensitive and its just way too much for me to handle. Its a nice 3/1 all hardwoods just been redone room by room and I will sell it to you for 75k I promise its haunted. firstname.lastname@example.org
I would love a haunted house as well 3/2 liveable, good bones ,if the right one is out there I know someone will contact me. The main reason I desire a haunted home, is for company for myself and cat. I find myself disappointed with most folks why not try the other side. Nice gentleman spirit a plus. Happy Hunting !
Added info!!!! Price range up to 155k, prefer the west, possible south-east area. Thank You for sharing all expierences! email@example.com
Hi Monica! I am EXTREMELY interested buying a home in Savannah! Is your site up? I may be contacted at Joshmyob@gmail.com. Thanks!
I am in need of one or more real estate agents to talk with about buying a haunted house! Please contact me at your earliest convenience: firstname.lastname@example.org
I would love a big mansion. An old modernized beautiful castle. I am of a particular personality and thrill at odd things. I feel comfort in old, creepy and spirited. I enjoy the dark and gloomy. I have lived in a house as a child that which was posesed. It did not bother me. I am an empath and understand "spooks". Sadly i have no credit nor much money at all. I wish to find my "dream" house in california someday.
LOOK!,.I'M NOT LOOKING FOR A HAUNTED HOUSE!,.JUST HAUNTED/ENCHANTED ITEM'S FROM THAT HAUNTED HOUSE!,.AN ITEM A WITCH MIGHT HAVE OWNED SAID TO BRING HER LUCK OR WEALTH!,THESE KIND OF ITEM'S I WANT!,HOW DO I FIND THEM?...Thank's!..Walt!..
I'm looking to get one.haunted or not haunted..I know how to get rid of spirits etc..I've lived in 3 Alaska there was a demonic one Arkansas there were a few..an Kentucky there also were a few an a little boy who passed while he was getting taken care of by my mother..I don't mind an plus the degrees that I plan on taking an becoming hospital an the morgue will be my jobs..I'm over death an comfortable with it after my grandmother passed...so if you guys want just remember they won't bug you or harm you..you can ask the realtor or go find history on it...
I have a genuine haunted house for sale in the mountians of Colorado for $175,000. It was recently featured on Ghost Adventures. For more info, contact me: email@example.com .
If I'm not allowed to restore St Albans Sanatorium then I wish to purchase a similar property! Understand that I won't be happy with anything less that St Albans type of activity!
im looking for an old haunted or not haunted just spooky house in the state of mississippi. if possible i would love to be able to rent to own and would like it to be as big as possible. there is just something about having a big old home. i should have been born back in the civil war era.
added info!!! email is firstname.lastname@example.org if anyone has anything they think i might be interested in
Im in Mooresville NC and looking to buy a home in the next few weeks. The dead I have no problem with... Its the living that challenge me. Im looking for anything you call haunted in my kneck of the woods to buy. Thank you to anyone who can help.
We have a 100 year old Victorian in VA for sale. Spirits are everywhere in the house. Nothing evil. I have compelling video evidence. Serious inquiries only please.
Do ya'll watch destination truth look up the season about Guam they did not post that Guam was haunted there is a place they did not visit called bordallo mansion because people are scared or real anxious to no what lurks there well people have been killed no discoveries were made as to what caused them to die while trying to knock down the house cars or trucks would start on it's own a few years back a male was decapitated by a flat liner construction truck while trying to stop the thing he got caught workers got frightened they did not know what started the thing so yeah there are real creepy stuff going on in this world
I live in a 1921 two story beautiful Spanish revival home that was built by the widow of the chief of the Quapaw tribe. Had multiple experiences while renovating the home. Last summer would hear a mumbling male voice, couldn't understand what he was saying other than my name. Hear doors opening and closing, footsteps, banging mostly when I have guest over. Last Christmas had coworkers over and kept hearing a music box playing. Can't take pictures in the home without orbs and shapes showing up. Had the house blessed and each room anointed with holy oil since then the male voice has disappeared but my daughter and her friend have seen an entity that has taken my form lurking around recently. Don't believe anything here is demonic, just spirits wanting to make themselves known. Playful and sometimes make me laugh like the time the paranormal investigator mysteriously was locked in the bathroom and wasn't let out until we started taking the door off the hinges. Funniest thing ever! The main concern I have is that I have started collecting a lot of Indian art and my husband seems obsessed with collecting arrowheads. I can live with that! Might be willing to sale my home if the price is right, obviously we are located in Oklahoma.