While some people may steer clear from “stigmatized properties,” others are drawn to them. This piece tells of a realtor who gets a flood of offers based on the “haunted” selling points.
“There are buyers out there that think it’s cool to own a home that may have ghosts,” real estate agent Cindi Hagley told ABC News’ 20/20.
Based in California, Hagley runs Past Life Homes, specializing in the selling of so-called “stigmatized properties,” and that includes haunted houses.
“Right now we are in a seller’s market in almost all of northern California,” Hagley said. “You can have a dead body swinging from the chandelier, and I’m still going to have ten offers on the phone.”
In California, it appears, the realtor is required to tell prospective buyers if the home has a known “paranormal” problem. That’s sort of a problem in itself. The reputation may be something very different from the reality of the issue (which could be electrical, vermin, structural, etc.). According the National Association of Realtors, about half of all states have laws regulating their sales of “stigmatized properties”. Disclosure would include murders, suicides, residents that had certain diseases who died there, drug manufacturing, sex crimes.
She also calls in a paranormal team to tell any less than friendly ghost to leave. Yes, it’s a bunch of metaphysical nonsense but the idea is mostly psychologically comforting. Some people find the idea of a haunted house intriguing (Like me! I want to see your evidence.) and some not so much. Some may see a personal or economic opportunity in haunted real estate. It seems very much a personal preference whether you like your houses with character or not so much.