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Shoddy evidence for “haunted” Liverpool property

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A HAUNTED house has gone up for rent with the incredible disclaimer that its former occupants experienced “paranormal activity”. Haunted house: Rightmove list property where ‘paranormal activity’ happened The terraced three-bedroom home in Toxteth, Liverpool, is allegedly haunted by a 135-year-old spectre called the Pickwick Poltergeist. The poltergeist supposedly once lifted a former tenant out…

Massive infestation of venomous spiders drives family out of home

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This is an absolute nightmare house. And it’s real. A house was infested with brown recluse spiders (whose bite can be painful and lead to complications) that the previous owners apparently did not disclose. Spiders ‘bleed out of walls’ at family’s home. A family was driven from their suburban St. Louis home by thousands of…

Some people want their house haunted

The girl in the window is beckoning you to buy this house.

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. Buyers Are Dying to Live in Haunted Houses | MyCentralOregon.com. “There are buyers out there that think it’s cool to own a home…

Renter was not told house was spot of truly heinous crimes

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I have to sympathize with this woman. She was in for a big surprise that was rather unfair. Woman sees home on TV, learns deadly secret | KMOV.com St. Louis. Catrina McGhaw signed the lease without worry. Her section 8 voucher covered 810 dollars in rent. Until a family member told McGhaw to check out…

Suing for superstition. Failed.

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This is one I hadn’t heard before – suing the family of your former tenant because he stigmatized the property by committing suicide. Actually, in this area of the world, this is serious stuff. Landlord loses lawsuit in haunted house case A landlord, surnamed Chen, lost a lawsuit yesterday in a case in which he…

Historic homes all come with ghosts anymore, don’t they?

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You may have heard this one recently… advertise your house as “ghost included” and see what that gets you. Now in Florida. Historic home for sale: ghost included | HeraldTribune.com. The 1893 Sandlin House on West Retta Esplanate in Punta Gorda is listed for sale at $ 1.59 million […]. The historic house, once said…

Haunted property lawsuit dismissed as a joke

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Another story about haunted or not haunted real estate and what that means for buyers. Well, it’s not clear what it means, actually. A judge dismissed a lawsuit after finding there is zero evidence that a building in Kitchener is haunted. The new owner felt the building was stigmatized and wanted out of the deal…

Grease “curse” invoked for Olivia’s house nightmare

Recall a few weeks ago that Rosie O’Donnell backed out of the purchase of Olivia Newton-John’s Florida home. This was after a ritual took place supposedly to cleanse the place after the builder doing the renovations, Christopher Pariseletti, committed suicide IN the house. Well, the beat goes on. EXCLUSIVE: Grease star Olivia Newton-John hires priest…

Celebrity house deal falls through even after exorcism

An unfortunate incident that occurred in a celeb home is causing consternation for the other celeb buyer who seems to be uneasy buying a house where a suicide occurred. EXCLUSIVE — Despite Exorcism, Rosie O’Donnell Won’t Buy Newton-John’s House!. TV talker Rosie O’Donnell rescinded her contract to buy actress Olivia Newton-John‘s house just days after…

What the law says about “haunted houses”

The girl in the window is beckoning you to buy this house.

Author and investigator Diane Diamond has a piece on selling a “stigmatized house”. A Spooky House, the Law and You. Anyone out there live in a haunted house? It might seem like a silly question but as home sales pick up you should know there are laws against selling a house without full disclosure. A…

House for sale. Full disclosure: haunted

Considering the housing market here, you sort of need a gimmick to make it look like a good deal. Is house a scary good deal? – Times Leader. The sales listing for a Wilkes-Barre property touts it as an “authentic haunted house.” City resident Betsy Summers, who lives across the street, designed the advertisement hoping…

Ghost comes up in divorce settlement

Another case of the paranormal excuse. Australian woman claims house is haunted to lower the value. It didn’t work. Woman invents ghost to keep house in divorce settlement | adelaidenow. A VICTORIAN woman claimed her family home was haunted in a bid to keep the price tag low enough that she could keep it in…

Hongza haunted residences not such a big deal in a sellers market

This story seems to come up every year. We have reported on it before. With housing costs high in Hong Kong, superstition is not such a big deal anymore. Someone died there? It’s still a nice place. Hong Kong’s Real-Estate Boom Conjures a Scary Development – WSJ.com. The city’s property boom is so powerful it…

Durham County UK saves you from having to fret about the number 13

Durham County Council bans ‘unlucky’ 13 for homes House builders will no longer have the tricky task of selling number 13 to superstitious buyers after a local authority banned the reputedly unlucky address. Durham County Councillors (U.K.) agreed to the decision at a Cabinet meeting yesterday, which will apply to new builds and conversions in…