Ok, so here’s the thing….we love Haunted Houses. Setting out in the crisp Fall night air, arm-in-arm ready to be scared is a great thrill and we’ll talk it in any form…house, hayride, trolley ride….you name it we’re there. But, can a real haunted home sell?
For many people the idea of a home actually being haunted is a fantasy and for others it’s a legitimate concern. The National Association of Realtors, reports that over 28% of Realtors have had to once sell a home for a client who was convinced that their home was haunted.
What do you do?
Now, we’re not ghost whispers so we’re not experts but every home has creeks and groans, especially older homes. However, if you have doors periodically slamming and items flying off of shelves, maybe that’s something you keep to yourself…..or do you disclose it? We go to the law. Sellers only need to disclose information regarding any deaths or violent crimes in the home if buyers ask for it. As a buyer, if you’d like to check on your own regarding if anyone has died in the home you can visit this website (there is a fee associated) but it can help you verify crimes/deaths in the home. (Please note that we have not utilized this website yet so our experience with how great it is is limited).
You can also try a different marketing tactic. Some people may love the idea of a home that’s protected by its previous owners. A home that has history that’s still leaving its mark! On the other hand, maybe you try to ask the spirits to leave with advice and tactics from expert Mediums!
In all seriousness, we recommend having an honest, long conversation with your Realtor regarding this and coming up with an effective game plan.
You can contact us for all of your Haunted House marketing needs and remember to have a safe and happy Halloween!