The house owner accepted the buyer’s bid and considered the house sold when the date for the takeover were set to happen last year.
But in the meantime the buyer heard stories about unexplained phenomena and has since refused to go through with the transaction.
Now the controversy around the house purchase in a village in Gudbrandsdalen has been going on for so long, that the house owner has decided to sue to buyer.
Credit: JREF Forum
This is the first time the lawyers involved in the case have ever heard of ghosts being a dealbreaker in regards to completing a housesale.
How can they settle this? Should the buyer get someone to investigate the place for ghosts? Whatever anomalies they find will be pretty useless as evidence in court. Looks to me like the buyer has painted himself into a corner here.
But wait, there’s more! The newspaper who reported this story, Gudbrandsdølen Dagningen, decided to interview a medium/healer Andrè Kirsebom, president of the Norwegian Spiritualist Association and Norwegian Spirritualistic Religious Community, to get some answers about haunted houses*:
“Of all the cases I known of in terms of house takeovers, it’s either been the buyers who decide to get it cleansed first before they start moving in or they get it cleansed after the initial move when they notice strange things in the house.”
“Spirits have never done any damage to humans, but it can be uncomfortable to live in such houses when one feel someone is watching you. To put it like this, these are real energies that no one wants in their house.”
Just what kind of “energies” are these? It’s not uncommon for houses to have noises in and around them, all of which have perfectly reasonable explainations.
The guy buying the house in question never even said he heard or felt anything strange. He just heard stories by other people around the village.
Did someone make a financial oops and is trying to get out of the sale?
*Linked articles are in Norwegian.
UPDATE: Here is a link to a similar case from New York. (Tip @Krelnik on Twitter)
Neither Ackley nor her realtor, Ellis Realty, revealed the haunting to Jeffrey Stambovsky before he entered a contract to purchase the house in 1989 or 1990. Stambovsky made a $32,500 downpayment on the agreed price of $650,000 for the house. Stambovsky was from New York City and was not aware of the folklore of Nyack, including the widely known haunting story.
When Stambovsky learned of the haunting story, he filed an action requesting rescission of the contract of sale and for damages for fraudulent misrepresentation by Ackley and Ellis Realty. Stambovsky did not attend the closing which caused him to forfeit the downpayment (although he was then not obligated to buy the house). A New York Supreme Court (trial court) dismissed the action, and Stambovsky appealed.