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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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A Journey Into the Paranormal 

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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?

His brand new ebook LANES END is now available.
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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.
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We hope your New Year will be a great one, and scary only when you want it to be!

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We don’t believe in no ghosts! (do we?)

30 Oct

On this eve of Halloween 2013, we at Light in the Dark Paranormal would like to acknowledge both the believers and the skeptics.  There are still more who don’t believe in the reality of paranormal phenomena than those who do, but we suspect that most of the non-believers have never had a convincing supernatural experience.  Many who have don’t like to admit it.  But for those who have come out of the dark closet, bully for you!  Here are some interesting stats from one who has studied the issue…

Claude Fischer, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, explored Americans’ persisting beliefs in some supernatural phenomena in a recent blog post.

“As we approach Halloween, note that most American adults in the 21st Century say that they believe in life after death and in the devil,” Fischer wrote, citing data from Gallup and other sources. “Over one-third say that they believe in the spirits of the dead coming back; about that many also say they believe in haunted houses.”

Source:  http://living.msn.com/life-inspired/18percent-of-americans-say-they%E2%80%99ve-seen-a-ghost

 

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New Investigation

29 Oct
the Museum

the Museum

On Saturday, October 26, 2013, Light in the Dark Paranormal investigated Hose Company No.3 Fire Museum in downtown Pueblo, Colorado.  We are still analyzing the results, but we can tell you this now:  we have some amazing EVP’s (electronic voice phenomena)!

Stay with us for our more detailed analysis, including the EVP’s, video, and photos when we’re done.  We can also tell you this at this point:  its haunted.

To give you some background in advance, here’s an article from a TV news station when they covered the story just before Halloween last year…

http://www.koaa.com/news/are-there-ghosts-in-pueblo-s-fire-museum-/#

 

 

 

 

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How Do We Investigate (a Haunting)?

22 Oct

Our investigations rely on various pieces of equipment used to measure and record any paranormal phenomena that we might encounter.  I believe that the most complex and effective piece of equipment we have is located between our ears. Although our brains are used for lots of things other than perceiving the paranormal, it remains the best mechanism for sensing, recording, playing back and analyzing such things. We only use inorganic external hardware when our brains are incapable of registering events and experiences beyond our senses, such as sound above or below the normal range of hearing.

Other phenomena our brains can’t pick up on include electromagnetic fluctuations too small for us to notice, or images too fleeting or ephemeral to be seen and remembered. Then we have to rely on digital or electromechanical devices like K2 meters, digital recorders, and video and still cameras.

What we do not do is over-rely on hardware. When I was in the video production business some years ago, I noticed a certain handicap that every videographer has to deal with, whether shooting a wedding or a haunted investigation: having his/her eye stuck on the camera most of the time. The operator then fails to notice “the big picture.” Though an expert on recording every micro-event caught by his camera, he often looses track of what is going on around him outside of the frame he is focusing on. That ends up excluding almost everything else.

In the context of paranormal investigation, it is important for the investigator to keep her eyes and ears attuned to what’s happening all around her, not just what is registering on a meter or showing up on a screen. So we bring in the required minimum of equipment. Then we rely on ourselves.

A word about ourselves…

Our team is made up mostly of individuals who are “sensitives.” A sensitive can be defined as someone who subconsciously uses his or her brain to receive and process signals that most people don’t perceive or don’t remember through their normal senses. In other words, the sensitive will notice what many others do not. The “what” can be vibrations, visual images, sound, fear, hormonal rush, telepathic communication, or any of a host of other things that paranormal events can generate. The ability to perceive these things is also referred to as intuition, clairvoyance, or ESP (Extra Sensory Perception). But perceiving phenomena is pointless if we cannot act on those perceptions.

Once we notice unusual things, we will first try to “debunk” them, i.e., find a logical, natural explanation on the spot. For example, when our K2 meter was going crazy at the Piotrowski house investigation, we tried to find a source of any stray electromagnetic activity before we attributed it to paranormal activity. Searching for even an electrical outlet nearby was fruitless, so we considered outside wiring just on the other side of the exterior wall. Sure enough, when we went outside to check, we found a bundle of coaxial cables running down the building. But when we followed them to their source, we realized they were connected to a satellite dish that was quite dead. There were no signals being received by it that night.

The ability to communicate with paranormal entities is very important for us. Once we knew that the K2 readings were not from “normal” sources, we concluded that they might be paranormal, and began our conversation with the unseen force. We were rewarded with Class A EVP’s (clear and interactive electronic voice phenomenon recorded on our digital recorder).

Our modus operandi is simple: we first interview the owner and any other eyewitnesses with stories to tell. Next, we travel to the event site and establish baseline readings and feelings by touring the entire property, not just the known “hotspots.” We pay attention to our innermost feelings and intuitions as well as the readings on our measuring devices. Then we try and debunk any anomalous information. If it appears to be paranormal, we try and establish communication using any known historical facts (names, dates, events, etc.) we would have researched before we arrived.

When we are done anywhere from 4 to 8 hours later, we return to our office to analyze what we found out. A written report is then sent or personally presented to the owner of the property. We will say if we think the property did not present enough evidence to be called paranormal. But if we have the data, we have no problem with saying that a site is haunted.


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How Can We Get Rid of Ghosts?

10 Oct

trinidadhouse

Getting rid of ghosts sounds like pest control. A better question might be should we get rid of ghosts? One answer is no…ill-conceived or incompetent attempts to do so might only enhance the unwanted activity. Another more important no is that ghosts may exist at a site in order to protect a surviving family member from danger, or perhaps to correct an unrighted wrong.

One of the mistakes some investigators make is the misidentification of a ghost, or a misunderstanding of why they are there. If a ghost seeks to find out why they were a victim of foul play, or to protect a mortal from the same fate, who are we to argue with their reason for existence?

Other investigators work from a religious point of view, and feel it is their spiritual duty to get the ghost to move “into the light.” My opinion is that its a bit presumptuous to think that a ghost is merely “stuck” in its present position, and with the right “push” will happily move on to the next level. As investigators, I do not think we should be in the business of saving souls. We should leave that to the clergy or others who specialize in the treatment of the human spirit. They can be and often are called in to help clear more serious situations. On the other hand, it is our duty to research and identify the people who lived at the site and the circumstances of their passing. Often the revelation of those facts is enough to get the ghosts to move on all by themselves.

There are some justifications for encouraging a ghost to pack it up. The most significant one is when the ghost is exhibiting malevolent behavior, or is actually causing harm to someone else. Yes, evil ghosts can arise from evil people. Then the offending party has to be removed by any means necessary.

Another less serious circumstance is when a home owner is trying to sell, and wants to do it without ghosts included. Another may be where the living occupants are tired of hearing phantom footsteps in the hallway every night, and need some sleep!

Get rid of the ghosts? Maybe. Some recommend that we tell the ghost in a loud and clear voice: Go Away! We don’t want you here. That may work. But sometimes what is really needed is communication between the living and their counterparts. Then no one has to force anybody into anything.


RELATED LINK: Paranormal Investigation: Are Ghosts Draining Your Energy?

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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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Do Ghosts Really Exist?

9 Oct

Do ghosts really exist? Yes, and not just during the Halloween season.

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.

Or 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, theaters, 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 earthbound spirits, we call it haunted. . .

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 some high school physics, you may have 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 believe 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.

So to ask why ghosts tend to hang around properties, 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.
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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!

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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 finally realize that he or she has passed on (they don’t always know it).  May all of your Halloween ghosts be friendly!

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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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Haunted, for Sale Investigation–Update III, the EVP’s

30 Jan

Let the EVP’s speak for themselves

At long last, we are publishing the dramatic EVP’s we recorded at the haunted house in Florissant.  We’re just going to give you the link to the two recordings for now.  Next time, we’ll engage in some wild speculation as to what is going on in this house.  Link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afzrxB6GY3g

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All Things Preternatural

25 Sep

If the above title read All Things Supernatural, would we be talking about the same thing? What if it was All Things Paranormal? Same subject? While bigfoots, zombies, mutilated cattle, UFO’s, and ghosts* are certainly not ordinary, are they supernatural, paranormal, or something else?

Let’s get some definitions.  Merriam/Webster’s online dictionary says supernatural is …of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe, especially of or relating to God, a god, demigod, spirit, or devil. Whew! Surely a ghost fits somewhere in there, but is a dead cow the result of a supernatural event? That’s a bit presumptuous.

What do they say about paranormal? …not scientifically explainable: supernatural. Wait a minute! I’m not buying this either. There are lots of scientific theories supporting all of these things…zombies even! A theory is just somebody’s explanation that’s not (yet) proven—its hypothetical. Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is just that: a theory that just about every white-coated scientist believes despite lack of absolute proof.

Theories are cool. Though unproven, you can still believe one is true and rely on it day-to-day. So when it comes to having a less than rickety frame of reference for otherwise crazy things like UFO’s and ghosts, I think there’s no better concept than my old fav, the preternatural. I first heard this term uttered by a fictional character named Dr. Markway (played by Richard Johnson) in the 1963 film the Haunting  (the original movie; not the stupid re-make. It happens to be my favorite ghost movie, and I highly recommend it to any serious believer or skeptic.  I also blame it for my continuing preoccupation with ghosts decades later).


Dr. John Markway: A closed mind is the worst defense against the supernatural… If it happens to you, your liable to have that shut door in your mind ripped right off it’s hinges!-from the Haunting


Early in the movie, the parapsychologist is trying to explain to a skeptical but curious investigator his theory of why things keep going bump in the night in an old mansion in New England. He tells his dubious associate that there were lots of phenomena that were not explainable at the time they happened, but were later proven scientifically. He gave the example of magnetism. What self-respecting peasant in 16th Century Europe didn’t think that a (magnetic) rock causing a metal knife to inexplicably slide towards it wasn’t the work of Satan? It was supernatural then. Its Physics 101 now.

Markway’s term for this kind of stuff was preternatural. You know, as in before nature; before it was proven to be a natural part of it.

In this 21st Century we now have the words to talk about weird things, the theories that might explain them, the hardware to measure them, and the growing evidence that could eventually prove they exist. But most of us still don’t get it. What’s happening “out there” (where the truth is) is still beyond common understanding.

Enter the Valley by Christopher O’Brien is his second book about one very strange locale in southern Colorado, the San Luis Valley. It has a little bit of everything, including ghosts, UFO’s, and cattle mutilations. Trying to put all this into perspective, he offers up not only experiences and theories, but rules of how to investigate them. One of his theory/rules is “the (sub) culture itself may cocreate manifestations of individually perceived phenomena.”   If he’s right, some paranormal occurrences could be in our collective heads… as if our brains are responsible for conjuring up the very things our brains are anxiously trying to figure out!

Or instead do these “non-ordinary” events happen in a Castanedan universe–
a Separate Reality that exists independently of our own thoughts?

In the long run, only you know what you saw, heard, or felt if you were lucky enough to have a preternatural experience.  Don’t ever let anyone convince you it was just your imagination!

Paul Hill

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*Author’s comment:  10/1/2012–I was just reminded by a reader as to why no vampires are on this list at Halloween season:    “From my all-time favorite TV show, the legendary “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer” comes the notion that the one night of the year that you won’t find vampires and other demon-y creatures about is Hallowe’en.  They take the night off because, as one vamp in the show, said, it’s just too much of a mess out there, can’t always tell the real vamps from the make-believe, you could end up biting one of your own.”

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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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