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Haunted Properties: Valuable Real Estate or Tough Sells?

27 Oct

It depends. Selling a haunted property can be easy or very difficult. First, the seller has to feel comfortable in disclosing to prospective buyers that they have residents who go bump in the night. Many are not, fearful of devaluing their property. That’s a legitimate concern. But certain kinds of real estate, like Bed & Breakfasts, often find that a ghost or two is actually good for business.

Second, a distinction has to be made between “stigmatized” and “haunted” buildings. Stigmatized buildings have a bad reputation that most people know about, and is usually the result of a murder or some other heinous crime committed there. But that does not mean the place is haunted, unless the victim is still hanging around as a ghostly tenant.

The following are not stigmatized properties, but are some of the allegedly haunted properties that are currently for sale in Colorado . . .

 

LoganCtyHospThe old Logan County Hospital–Sterling, Colorado. 

I currently have this piece of Sterling history listed for sale for only $80,000! For more information about the real estate, click here. To find out about its supernatural past, click here  (if you dare).


The Bross Hotel–Paonia, Colorado

Back when the Light in the Dark Paranormal team was just myself and my wife Adrian, we investigated this fine old B&B. Located in the Western Slope
 BrossHotelmountain town of Paonia, it is available for $689,000, including the building and the business. Mother Bross supposedly still tucks in her guests at night. Trouble is, she died quite some time ago.

Watch Part 1 of the video we produced on the investigation below.
For Part 2, click here.



 

The Tarabino Inn- Trinidad, Coloardo

tarabinoinnThis wonderful building is for sale for $675,000, and includes both the real estate and the bed & breakfast operation. Its a thriving business frequented by many out of state tourists and business travelers. It is also alleged to have a ghost or two. Click here for some scary background.

Contact Us above for more information if you are interested in buying. I am a real estate broker who specializes in haunted property!


A Story of a Stigmatized Home

Most everyone knows the story of OJ Simpson. Years ago in California, he was accused, arrested, and tried for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman. Found not guilty, nicolecondohe was set free only to be found guilty for a different crime a few years later.

This case and the stigmatization of the home where the murder occurred illustrate some important points about such places. The condo was eventually sold far under market value, which is typically the case with stigmas resulting from homicides and other terrible crimes. But the more interesting question is this: is it haunted? I am unaware of any paranormal investigations having been done there. Haunted or not, one might think that any future buyer might want to know about the unsolved murder just in case Nicole’s ghost was still hanging around. What if that buyer was stuck in an elevator in Siberia for the last twenty years, and didn’t know O.J. Simpson from Santa Claus?

Under Colorado real estate law, a seller or his or her broker is not required to disclose a murder or suicide to a prospective buyer without the seller’s consent. If the seller does not provide it, then the buyer is left to find out on her own, even though the broker may know every detail. The broker is under a gag order!

But California is different. In that state, details that you do not need to disclose include whether a prior occupant had Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), or whether someone died on the property as long as the death occurred more than three years before the current potential buyer’s purchase offer. If however, a potential buyer asks you a question about any deaths on your property, you must still truthfully answer even if the answer involves an occurrence more than three years in the past. (See, California Civil Code Sect. 1710.2.)

If someone wanted to buy Nicole’s former condo today,  its “don’t ask/don’t tell”, since the murder of OJ’s ex-wife and her friend happened more than three years ago. But if a buyer asked if anyone died on the property, the broker would be compelled to say something like, “Oh, now that you mention it, yeah. Some guy named OJ allegedly killed his wife here a while back.” Honest disclosure. If the buyer happened to believe in earthbound spirits who still hang around trying to remedy an injustice, he may conclude that poor Nicole may want someone to know who really killed her, whether it was OJ or someone else. The buyer might be grateful for the disclosure of not only a homicide, but a potential haunting.

Over one third of Americans believe in ghosts and hauntings (source: Gallup polls). Whether you believe in these things or not, enough average citizens do, and courts across the country discuss the phenomena as if it was real.


MY PROFESSIONAL ADVICE TO BUYERS: ALWAYS ASK THE SELLER IF ANYONE HAD DIED IN THE HOUSE . . .


The seller’s broker may not know, or be prohibited from telling you even if he did (as in Colorado). So ask the seller directly. You still may not get a truthful answer, but even if the seller revealed that someone did, the place may be just fine if it was a natural death. The home hospice movement facilitates the passing of people in their own homes, and this will be even more commonplace in the future. But if the answer is “yes,” your follow-up question should be a little more pointed. Ask if the death was from a murder or suicide. Depending on your state, the next answer (or lack of one) could determine your future peace-of-mind in that house.

BTW: in case you haven’t noticed, Halloween is right around the corner. Visit my annually recurring post on the subject, where you’ll learn more about how ghosts affect real estate sales long after the trick or treating is over.


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Paul Hill is the co-founder of Light in the Dark Paranormal,
and he has a brand new ebook: 
LANES END
A Journey Into the Paranormal 

Its now available! Read excerpts from the book

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Home is where the heart…what was that!?

14 Jun

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On Sunday evening, June 14th, Light in the Dark Paranormal will again be guests on Living Paranormal, from 7 to 9 pm, MDT (9 to 11 Eastern). Along with co-hosts Jason and Rob , we’ll be talking about the investigation of our own home, which isn’t always the recommended thing to do!

We’ll reveal some startling evidence that you can access from the show’s website.

Hope you can join us streaming live at http://www.livingparanormal.com/live . If you can’t, you can view an archived version of the show anytime from their website, http://www.livingparanormal.com .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better Ghosts and Gardens

7 May
Living Paranormal Show-May 10th, 9 pm EDT

Living Paranormal Show-May 10th, 9 pm EDT

UPDATE: We already did the show live, and it was great! But you can still hear it as a past show by going to the Living Paranormal website, or get the podcast from I-Tunes…

On Sunday evening, May 10th, my wife and I are going to be on Living Paranormal! The title of this episode is Better Ghosts and Gardens, where we will discuss stigmatized and haunted real estate for sale with co-hosts Jason and Rob.

The time is 9 pm to 11 pm EDT, and the link to their live show is http://www.LivingParanormal.com/live . Its a live streaming Internet broadcast–you can just listen or join in the discussion with questions and comments via their chat room. If you can’t make it for the live show, drop by their website anytime thereafter and look it up as a past show.

We’ll be talking about the Cripple Creek Piotrowski house of Ghost Adventures fame, the Jon Benet Ramsey home, and the haunted old Logan County Hospital. This will be a fun couple of hours! We hope you can make it.

Haunted Hospital For Sale!

12 Apr

 

LoganCtyHosp

Old Logan County Hospital

If you had to go to the hospital, would you come to this one? It was state-of-the-art back in the 1920’s in Sterling in northeast Colorado.  It was built to accommodate victims of the flu epidemic that ravaged the entire country at that time. The county morgue was located in the basement level.

Today it sits abandoned, with some of the only “living” things being the dandelions that are popping up in the Spring. Of course there are “things” there that are no longer among the living, like a little boy who will tug on the sleeves of those brave enough to walk its hallways at night. Then there are the old rotary style telephones still sitting on unoccupied desks, ringing for someone to pick-up even though they are connected to nothing. Maybe someone is trying to call the old man that visitors claim to see standing at the base of the front steps.

THIS PROPERTY HAS BEEN SOLD!  New owner info:
916 S. 7th in Sterling, the old Logan County Hospital, was bought by a Precision Investments LLC earlier this year. I don’t have their email or phone, but here is info on their LLC from the Sec of State’s office. I was no longer the listing broker when it was sold, so I have no info on their plans for the building. I can tell you that I did not allow my own paranormal team to investigate it, as it was in dangerously bad condition at the time.

Precision Investments LLC
Status
Good Standing
Formation date
12/27/2013
ID number
20131741717
Form
Limited Liability Company
Periodic report month
December
Jurisdiction
Colorado
Principal office street address
2649 W 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80211, United States
Principal office mailing address
2649 W 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80211, United States
Registered Agent
Name
Adam Steinbach
Street address
2649 W 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80211, United States
Mailing address
2649 W 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80211, United States

NEW INFO:

Precision homes employee
March 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm Edit #

I am actually working with Precision homes in the hospital currently. Their plans are to make it into an apartment complex. In the Historical Society is having as keep the old style on the outside and possibly throughout!! I think we are going to make it a gorgeous place!!


This property was a listing of the Property Owner’s Network.  Information was deemed reliable but not guaranteed.  Availability was subject to prior sale, withdrawal, or change in terms. CLICK HERE for property specifications.

If you didn’t have $80,000 for real ghosts, how about $14.95 for fictional ones?

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Happy Haunted Holidays!

21 Dec

Happy Holidays (and Winter Solstice) to both our faithful and occasional visitors! This is a ghost investigator’s least busy time of year, for obvious reasons.  But hauntings go on, as with the “slightly haunted” house for sale in Pennsylvania.  It appears that the owner will part with his home and his ghost friends for a very reasonable price.
Visit our Links page for the details: http://www.lightinthedarkparanormal.com/links.html.

We hope your New Year will be a great one, and scary only when you want it to be!

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The Enduring Fascination with the Piotrowski House

3 Dec

Piotrowski House videos & evp’s from our investigation:
http://www.lightinthedarkparanormal.com/videos.html

Every time the Travel Channel re-runs the Cripple Creek Colorado Ghost Adventures episode including the segment on the Piotrowski House, we get hammered!  Last Saturday night was another such night, and we received over 300 views on our various Piotrowski House pages.  So to make sure Piotrowski fans see everything we’ve posted about Dan’s house and what’s  happened to it, including the continuing saga of what happens next (we’re going back…), we’ve put them in a separate category.  Visitors can click on that link under Categories on the right and pull up everything we’ve had to say on the subject.  Stay with us. This is unfinished business.

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LANES END
A Journey Into the Paranormal 

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Piotrowski House Update

19 Oct

As you may recall, our plan is to talk to the new owner of the Piotrowski House in order to find out what’s going on there now, if anything.  Unfortunately, we have been unable to pin down a valid phone number for her.  That leaves only one alternative:  to go there and find out who’s home.

It may be the owner; it may be a tenant, or it may be no one.  No one we’d want to meet after dark, anyway.  Stay with us for further updates…

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Is Your Place Haunted?

9 Oct

There is no better personal ghost detector than what’s between your ears. Your own brain and central nervous system have been designed by thousands of years of evolution to perceive what we call “paranormal.” The problem is that modern civilization has failed to keep certain parts of our brains properly exercised, and now most people don’t even know they are there. With all of our education and sophisticated technology, we have successfully filtered out the things that go bump in the night from registering in our consciousness.

Though some folks are better than others at detecting the presence of ghosts and other paranormal phenomena, it is an aptitude that can be developed and refined. That being said, most don’t have the time or the inclination to do that, so they have to rely on others. But before you call us or any other ghost hunting team when things get strange, there are a few things you can do and ask to help determine if your place is indeed haunted…

Symptoms: unexplained sounds, like knocking, footsteps or voices; unexplained sights, like people who wander through a building seemingly unaware of the real people around them; unknown smells, like cigar smoke, perfume. or certain cooking smells that appear to have no origin; bad or disorienting feelings that have no reason; cold areas in rooms that should not be there; items falling off shelves; hearing your name called when there is no one present; shadows that seem to move on their own with no cause; electrical fixtures that malfunction or turn on/off with no apparent operator; new batteries in devices that suddenly drain; waking up with visions of strangers in your room; personal items missing and turning up in a different place, etc.

Some Natural Explanations

  1. Is your building old, say over 100 years? Old buildings may emit strange sounds due to settling, or in the winter when old heating systems are turned on. Uneven flooring can cause items to fall off shelves, and nearby highway or flight path vibrations can have the same result.
  2. Is there a natural or man-made power source nearby, other than the usual connections to utilities? For example, is your place near a flowing creek or moving underground water? Is it near high-tension power lines or unshielded electrical conduits? Any source of a strong electromagnetic field can make people or pets feel or behave strangely.
  3. What about your local geology? Any seismic or volcanic activity? Any known concentrations of mineral deposits or certain underground strata like limestone?
  4. Are there nearby military or private research facilities that could be the cause of strange sights, smells, or sounds?
  5. Are there any family members, friends, or strangers who may be playing tricks for various reasons?

Of course there are other reasons and causes of strange happenings in buildings (or even around outside sites, like cemeteries and forests). But when you’ve eliminated the natural explanations and the symptoms persist, what’s left may be supernatural…

Some Supernatural Explanations

  1. Same question as #1, above: is your building or outside event site really old? While there’s nothing about “old” itself that contributes to genuine hauntings, its just statistically true that the older a place is and the more people had lived, worked, or played there, the more likely it is that some event had happened that resulted in a haunting.
  2. Is the site on, over, or nearby a cemetery or other burial site? Some believe that the simple proximity to such places can open the door to supernatural entities. Funeral homes, morgues, or old hospitals or clinics have been known to produce similar effects.
  3. Has anyone, friend, family member, or total stranger, recently died on the premises? Has anyone died there in the history of the building or site? Ghosts may originate from sudden, violent, or unexpected deaths. The deceased then linger in the place they died.
  4. Has the event site ever been a source of continuing conflict? Some buildings absorb the negative vibrations of any kind of violence or abuse, including fights, arguments, or other negative but unresolved human interactions.
  5. Is the place the site of a story about sudden death, violence or an unrighted wrong? Did anything really happen there as depicted by a very sad story about unfortunate things happening to good people?

In determining whether your property is experiencing paranormal activity, first rely on your own instincts. Try and eliminate the obvious natural explanations. If what you’re left with just can’t be explained and the phenomena persists, contact us!

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How NOT to Buy a Haunted House

9 Oct

Worried About Buying a haunted home?

Haunted houses have been the source of many a scary story, and the practice of real estate has not been immune to them. Ask any real estate broker who has been in the business long enough if he/she has ever had a strange experience in one of the homes they were showing or selling. Whether a believer or not, many would admit that they did.

Consider the broker who is selling a home in a nasty divorce situation.  Sometimes one can just sense the acrimony, even though it may now be vacant. There is a spectrum of energy left in homes, ranging from just a little bit to downright humongous! Consider a home where there was a murder, a suicide, or some other kind of violent energetic episode, and you may be considering a haunted house!

How do you as a buyer of real estate know whether a house is afflicted with negative energy? Your own perceptions are the first to be acknowledged; if you just don’t feel good there, perhaps it is best to move on. But if you are persistent, and you think the home is just “too good of a deal”, some remedial action is possible. Hiring a feng shui consultant or a house healer may be in order. In more extreme cases, a priest or minister can be asked to bless the house, or a psychic can be called in for a session. If you’re more inclined to the high tech approach, bring in your local ghosthunters with all the latest equipment. We won’t talk about exorcisms, the most extreme solution.

What if a broker thinks that a home for sale is haunted? Does she have a duty to tell the buyer? Colorado real estate law does speak to this issue: under Section 38-35.5-101 of the CRS Statutes:

Nondisclosure of Information Psychologically Impacting Real Property

We note in Paragraph 2:

No cause of action shall arise against a real estate broker for failing to disclose such circumstance occurring on the property which might psychologically impact or stigmatize such property.

In other words, Colorado law makers didn’t want brokers to be able to inadvertently stigmatize a property by saying it was the scene of emotionally violent acts like murder or suicide, let alone haunted (see Related Story for a different state’s interpretation).

On the other hand, you as a buyer would certainly want to know this before you inherit some things in the house you may not want. What if a property has a well known reputation of possibly being haunted, like Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs? When it was recently on the market, the listing broker made no bones about disclosing the “haunting.” But since it was purchased there has been no further news. If it were to come up for sale again, would I as a broker disclose that possibility to an uninformed buyer (Better to Disclose)? Probably. It would be hard to stigmatize a property that already has such a well-established reputation.

But what if that property in Colorado* did not have such a reputation, and you were shown it as a buyer? What if you sensed something wrong? Even if you were convinced it was haunted, and the broker showing it agreed, the next time he showed it to a different buyer he would not be required to disclose his opinion.

Haunted Houses are part of the real estate market and part of our modern culture, regardless of what you may or may not believe. Whether you’re buying or selling, it dosen’t have to be Halloween to sleep well in a haunted house!

Paul Hill

*Each state has its own law regarding disclosure of paranormal properties. Consult your local broker or department of real estate for details.

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We Know Who Bought the Piotrowski House

9 Oct
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the former Piotrowski House

This past July, an unknown buyer finally purchased and closed on the    former Piotrowski House, the one featured on that now infamous episode of Ghost Adventures.

It was previously foreclosed on when Dan and his wife owned it.  Unable to keep it rented long enough to pay the mortgage, their bank finally took it back and the buyer bought it from them for only $49,000!

Did he or she know about the disappearing water supply?  More importantly, did the new owner know about the home’s history?  Why would anyone want to purchase a home with such a notorious past?  Why would anyone want to move in with ghosts?  Is the new owner actually living in the house, and has he/she had any paranormal encounters?

Or was the Piotrowski “haunting” just a hoax designed to delay the foreclosure and sell the house for at least what they owed?

We are going to find out.  We know who lives there now, and we’re going to ask some questions…

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Do You Have a Haunted House for Sale?

7 Oct

Is your home or business haunted? Do you think it might be? Is it currently for sale or would you consider selling it? Do you know of any such place for sale?

As a real estate brokerage, we will soon be working with a reality show TV producer. Together we will produce a program about haunted properties for sale.  During our first season, we will feature six such homes or businesses, and at the end the one that is most genuinely haunted and the best real estate buy will be actually purchased by our Mystery Buyer!

For more information, respond by email. All responses will be kept strictly confidential. In the meantime, visit the video trailer for our show:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU_Hq8RZfXE

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Piotrowski House Almost Sold

20 Jun

For a brief chronology of what’s been happening with the Piotrowski house near Cripple Creek, check out the Comments on the previous post below (A Sad Fate–May 5th). We don’t know who the new owner will be, or whether he or she has any knowledge of what went on there.  But I’ll keep you posted…

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A Sad Fate

5 May

I am sad to report that the Piotrowski house in Florissant has been in foreclosure, and recently sold back to the bank.  As a REO (“real estate owned” property by the lender), it has been put back on the market with a different broker for not much more than the balance owed.

Leave a Comment if you’d like more information…

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Halloween For Sale

18 Sep

Halloween, based loosely on the Christian All Souls Day (also called All Saints Day), celebrates the souls of our departed brethren. Though experienced differently in different cultures, the idea is essentially the same. But the Halloween we know today has been considerably secularized, and has transformed into a popular holiday for kids who know it’s time for Trick or Treating.

It is in fact a day that even adults look forward to, happily decorating their front yards with orange lights strung on porches and bed sheet ghosts hung on trees.  But this story isn’t about Halloween that comes only once a year. That day is in some respects just an excuse for the more thoughtful among us to dwell on those supernatural things most of us don’t think about the rest of the year.  

Do you?

Every October, we allow ourselves and our kids to think of those scary manifestations of the dead…GHOSTS!   Ghosts are usually associated with houses, but could be in factories, government buildings, restaurants, theatres, hotels, or other commercial establishments.  In most cases they “appear” to be the former living occupants, owners, employees, or customers.  When ghosts are perceived by the living, and a building gains a certain reputation as home to those spirits, we call it haunted. . .

Haunted Houses have been the source of many a scary story, and the practice of real estate has not been immune to them.  Ask any real estate broker who has been in the business long enough if he/she has ever had a strange experience in one of the homes they were showing or selling.  Whether a believer or not, many would admit that they did.

 So how do haunted houses come into being?  Here are some theories…

The most popular explanation is that ghosts are the departed souls of people who left this life rather abruptly, and still don’t understand that they are “dead”.  Others believe that ghosts are those who have left some important thing undone in their life, or  have suffered some great injustice, and are sticking around to either do that chore or correct that injustice.

My favorite theory revolves around energy dynamics.  If you remember high school physics, you learned about the conservation of energy, i.e., energy cannot be destroyed, only converted to some other form.  People are bundles of energy, and the Great Question has always been what happens to human energy when a person dies?

If that energy truly does not die with the human form, and is converted to something else, what is that something other than just cellular decay?  Regardless of personal religious beliefs which purport to explain what happens, the fact is those who believe in ghosts think that in some cases, all or part of  that energy remains right here on earth, albeit in a different form.

The energy present in people’s homes is a result of all the energetic things within it:  people, plants, pets, etc.  Practitioners of feng shui believe in the positive and negative flow of such energies, and their substantial effect on the occupants within.  Healers believe that ailing people, pets, and places can actually be “healed” by the conscious direction of positive energy.

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So to get back to the issue of haunted real estate… we might hypothesize that the people who live in homes eventually imprint the structure with their energies (if they have lived there long enough).  Have you ever walked into someone’s house and immediately felt really good about the people and objects within it? 

Believers would say the occupants’ positive energies are part of the house.  On the other hand, have you ever been in a place where you just felt bad for some unexplainable reason, regardless of what was going on or what conversations were taking place?

These energies can be very positive or very negative.  It depends on who lives (or lived) in the house, and what they did.  For example, husbands and wives who might have argued incessantly while in their home could have imparted these “bad vibes” to the house itself.

Consider a home where there was a murder, a suicide,or some other kind of violent energetic episode, and you may be considering a haunted house! 

Ask the broker who is selling a home in a nasty divorce situation… sometimes one can just sense the acrimony, even though it may now be vacant. There is a spectrum of energy left in homes, ranging from just a little bit to downright humongous!  Consider a home where there was a murder, a suicide, or some other kind of violent energetic episode, and you may be considering a haunted house!

Such hauntings are not always the result of violence or ill will.  They can also stem from the friendly soul who perhaps needs to send a message to the living, right a wrong, or just finally realize that he or she has passed on (they don’t always know it).

How do you as a buyer of real estate know whether a house is afflicted with negative energy?  Your own perceptions are the first to be acknowledged; if you just don’t feel good there, perhaps it is best to move on.  But if you are persistent, and you think the home is just “too good of a deal”, some remedial action is possible.  Hiring a feng shui consultant or a house healer may be in order.  In more extreme cases, a priest or minister can be asked to bless the house, or a  psychic can be called in for a session.  If you’re more inclined to the high tech approach, bring in your local ghosthunters with all the latest equipment.  We won’t talk about exorcisms, the most extreme solution.

What if a broker thinks that a home for sale is haunted?  Does she have a duty to tell the buyer?  Colorado real estate law does speak to this issue:  under Section 38-35.5-101 of the CRS Statutes:

 Nondisclosure of Information Psychologically
Impacting Real Property
we note in Paragraph 2…

 No cause of action shall arise against a real estate broker …
for failing to disclose such circumstance occurring on the property which might psychologically impact or stigmatize such property.

In other words, Colorado law makers didn’t want brokers to be able to inadvertently stigmatize a property by saying it was the scene of emotionally violent acts like murder or suicide, let alone haunted (see Related Story for a different state’s interpretation). 

On the other hand, you as a buyer would certainly want to know this before you inherit some things in the house you may not want. What if a property has a well known reputation of possibly being haunted, like Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs?   When it was recently on the market, the listing broker made no bones about disclosing the “haunting.”  But since it was purchased there has been no further news.  If it were to come up for sale again, would I as a broker disclose that possibility to an uninformed buyer (Better to Disclose)?   Probably. It would be hard to stigmatize a property that already has such a well-established reputation.

But what if that property in Colorado* did not have such a reputation, and you were shown it as a buyer?  What if you sensed something wrong?  Even if you were convinced it was haunted, and the broker showing it agreed, the next time he showed it to a different buyer he would not be required to disclose his opinion.

Haunted Houses are part of the real estate market and part of our modern culture, regardless of what you may or may not believe.  Whether you’re buying or selling, it dosen’t have to be Halloween to sleep well in a haunted house!

Paul Hill
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 *Each state has its own law regarding disclosure of paranormal properties.  Consult your local broker or department of real estate for details.

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