Whew! I’m glad we’re clear this place is NOT haunted

Ghosts can be a draw. Some people want to live with them; some, not so much. So, a real estate agent has made this distinction perfectly(?) clear. He posts a sign.

‘Haunted’ real estate signs in New Orleans are grabbers.

A New Orleans real estate broker has been getting lots of attention since actor/director/comedian George Takei posted a photo on social media Monday of a real estate sign reading “Not Haunted.”

The signs are an apparent reference to New Orleans’ unofficial title as the most or one of the most haunted cities in America.

He says he thought what better way to edge out the competition than with creating a buzz about ghosts. All the signs say “Haunted” and “Not Haunted” because Shelnutt was once a bond broker and believes in hedging his bets, he says.

“Ghost tours is a very large business in the (French) Quarter – very large. I mean extremely large. You can’t imagine,” Shelnutt said. “Thousands of people a night doing ghost tours. It’s, like, real big.”

Shelnutt should know. He also is owner of French Quarter History & Ghostbuster Tours, a company that offers walking tours of French Quarter haunted spots.

Photo credit: Finis Shelnutt

Photo credit: Finis Shelnutt

So there you go. Use hauntings to your advantage. [Can I sue if a ghost fails to materialize? I mean, you said the place comes with a ghost or two! I demand a genuine haunting.]

  5 comments for “Whew! I’m glad we’re clear this place is NOT haunted

  1. spookyparadigm
    February 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Somebody sent me a picture weeks ago of that, I have a number of friends in NOLA as I used to live there. I assumed it was near the LaLaurie House, which now is part of tours, has a sign, and is probably more famous than ever due to LaLaurie being a major character on that American Horror Story (or whatever the title is) show

  2. Rex Dart
    February 19, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    I wonder if they’re opening themselves up to charges of misrepresentation if the buyer “discovers” that the house actually is haunted? (By ghost-hunting standards, this would not be difficult, but whether that would fly in a Louisiana court is far less likely….)

  3. Chris Howard
    February 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Man, that is a great question!

    False advertising is punishable by law, but what constitutes as solid evidence of a haunting in a court of law?

  4. Rex Dart
    February 19, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    A plaintiff, first of all, would have to present some form of evidence of a haunting. The tricky part from the plaintiff’s perspective is getting that evidence admitted by the trial judge so that it can be presented to the jury.

    The “Daubert Standard” (link attempt below) governs this in most jurisdictions (including Louisiana, which has a slight variant). The standard is actually a pretty good bulwark against woo evidence in the courtroom, as it has to be both “relevant to the task at hand” and resting “on a reliable foundation” (basically, is it derived from the scientific method).

    Needless to say, I don’t think any evidence presented by any “ghost hunter” to date would pass the test.


  5. Chris Howard
    February 19, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Rex, you rock! Thank you for the explination.

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