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Would a Haunted Listing Spook You?

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You make an offer and it's accepted (Yay!). Except you come to find it has a history of hauntings (Boo!). No really. BOO!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style= "mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: normal;"> <span style= "font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;"> It's one thing to stay in a haunted hotel like the <a href= "http://www.seeing-stars.com/died/haunted.shtml" target= "_blank">Hollywood Roosevelt</a> for fun. It's another thing altogether to call a haunted house home.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style= "mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: normal;"> <span style= "font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;"> Chances are you will not find 'haunted' in the list of disclosures from a seller. Most real estate laws require sellers to disclose only 'material facts.' These include structural issues such as cracks in the foundation, leaks in the roof, water in the basement, etc. Aside from the property's physical condition, a seller does not need to elaborate on levitating plates.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style= "mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: normal;"> <span style= "font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;"> If you are a buyer and this is a concern (maybe you've been spooked before), one thing you can do is talk to the neighbors - chances are they would know of anything noteworthy. Or even Google the home for possible paranormal activity. As a seller, if a home is known to have spectral tendencies, it's best to fess up before engaging a buyer, or <a href= "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stambovsky_v._Ackley" target= "_blank">it can come back to haunt you</a>.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style= "mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: normal;"> <span style= "font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;"> Of course, if we had a scary listing, we'd make the most of it:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style= "mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: normal;"> <i><span style= "font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;"> The Shining new countertops and (phantom) gourmet kitchen will have you howling at the moon! The spacious living area creaks with personality and oozes charm. Just off the living room is a bonus room - perfect for an office or Bogeyman-cave. Levitate up the stairs to the master suite w</span></i><i><span style= "font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;">ith a walk-in (and through) closet. The beautiful grounds </span></i><i><span style= "font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;">are so peaceful your cares (and maybe you) will vanish! Glide on in, this home is sure to get you in the house-hunting spirit</span></i><span style= "font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;">!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal; text-align: center;"> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style= "font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;"> Take our survey and let us know what you think (if you dare!)</span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style= "margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal; text-align: center;"> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style= "font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black; text-transform: uppercase;"> <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2HK2NRH">Would a Haunted Listing Spook You<span style= "text-transform: none;">?</span></a></span></b></p> <p><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style= "font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black; text-transform: uppercase;"> <span style="text-transform: none;"><img class= "size-medium wp-image-638 aligncenter" alt="Pumpkin" src= "https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5388/blog/misc/Pumpkin-300x225.jpg" width= "235" height="176" /></span></span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style= "mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; line-height: normal;"> <span style= "font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: black;"> This is all in good fun, but when it comes to buying a home, you really just have to trust your gut(s) - or at least your Sixth Sense ;)</span></p> <p>Have a happy and safe Halloween!<span style= "font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 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