Have you ever lived in a haunted house? Better yet, have you ever sold one? Whether or not you believe in ghosts, spirits, specters or demons, one California-based realty group is making what some would call “a killing” selling homes inhabited by spirits, leading us to wonder, how many of our readers have sold a haunted home?
California-based agent Cindi Hagley runs Past Life Homes, a group specializing in the selling of so-called “stigmatized properties,” and that includes haunted houses. According to Cindi, the market is hot right now for homes with dead tenants.
“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.”
Hagley said plenty of houses for sale come with supposed tenants of the supernatural type, who have allegedly lived there for hundreds of years. In some states including California, realtors are required by law to tell buyers if a home purportedly has ghostly inhabitants.
Even after telling potential buyers that the house is haunted, Hagley said many are still interested.
“Some don’t care. Some expect a huge discount,” said Hagley.
A Realtor.com survey found that 62 percent of Americans would consider buying a haunted house, while 35 percent think they’ve lived in a haunted house.
But this doesn’t mean that a buyer is stuck living with undead roommates. When the home buyers want the spirits to leave, Hagley has her medium, Mark Christopher Nelson, ask the paranormal presence to go elsewhere.
“It’s not like on TV where you see, you know, these alleged Ghostbusters calling these ghosts out,” Hagley said. “We’re gentle in our approach. We’re not evicting them, we’re helping them.”
Regardless of whether or not you’re a believer, you have to believe that there are buyers out there seeking out some of the most undesirable of homes.
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