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Teru Oshima has mapped out stigmatized locations in Japan

The Wall Street Journal ran a very interesting story this week – just in time for Halloween – about a very clever entrepreneur who has mapped out stigmatized locations in Japan:

“Mr. Oshima has built one of Japan’s most popular real-estate websites by compiling anonline map showing properties with histories of ghastly events. In Japan, that is valuable information: Landlords often give a discount to renters willing to take property that has a stigma.”

At the end of the day, everyone cares about real estate values!

Read the article here:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/map-of-haunted-homes-is-landlords-nightmare-in-japan-1414687248

Haunted Toys R Us in Sunnyvale, California (parts 1 and 2)

And next, part 2

House Of Horrors – Haunted House Music from 1920s and 30s

My son found this house of horrors medley from the 1920s or so on YouTube – love it. Enjoy!

On location: real estate sites for horror movies

OK, this isn’t exactly haunted real estate, but it’s a related genre and we are almost at Halloween – a holiday for all sorts of boys and ghouls, sweet and scary costumes.  So let’s digress today and check out a real estate site that is featuring set locations for horror films, Wrong Move (part of the WhatHouse.co.uk website).

All Hallows Estate in England sounds like the ideal place for vacationers wanting to avoid the sun. Seems to be the home of Eddie Kruger – I don’t watch horror movies myself but getting that Nightmare on Elm Street vibe:

Enclosed by forest and situated under the shadow of Mount Hood, the estate is often shrouded by a cloak of fog and darkness and receives far less sunlight than the national average. This unique location is perfect for families and couples who enjoy the outdoors. All Hallows Estate has been commended for its picturesque Lake of Eden and currently holds the record for the world’s largest graveyard.

Off on the right sidebar, find loads of links to other set locations of creepy films sure to keep you from sleeping peacefully at night.

Happy reading.  And Happy Halloween!

http://www.whathouse.co.uk/properties/wrong-move-all-hallows-estate#

Savannah’s haunted homes

got ghostsThe first “haunted tours” in the U.S. happened in scenic Savannah, Georgia – a place I’ve wanted to visit forever but haven’t yet been able to see.  Someday soon, I hope!  Meanwhile, I’ll do some armchair traveling and invite you to join me in doing so. . . .

This morning I got a nice email from a writer at Zerve, Emily Morris, who enjoys this blog and wanted to call my attention to an article of hers on their site: Celebrate Halloween by Discovering Your Town’s Spooky History.  Have a read and check out the other links for spooky tours around the country. You’ll want to put Savannah on your “must see” list too!

Happy Halloween!

Realtor.com® Haunted Housing Report: 62 Percent of Respondents Open to Purchasing a Haunted Home

Haunted Houses studyToday, Realtor.com, the leader in online real estate, operated by Move, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOVE), released the results of its Haunted Housing Report, which ran on Realtor.com® from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1 and explored consumer sentiments around haunted real estate. Survey results from nearly 1,400 respondents reveal consumer thresholds for purchasing haunted houses for sale, past experiences with spooky homes, popular “warning signs” of a haunted home, expected discounts when buying haunted houses for sale and intolerable scary occurrences.

“When purchasing a home, buyers want to know what they are getting into and that includes anything potentially spooky. Our data reveals that while the majority of consumers are open to purchasing a haunted home, many buyers conduct research on a home’s history to be aware of any weird incidences,” said Alison Schwartz, VP of corporate communications for Move. “Additionally, realtor.com® data finds that while some respondents are willing to purchase a haunted home at a discounted price, many say levitating objects, ghost sightings and seeing objects move from one place to another would deter them from purchasing a home.”

Sentiment regarding a haunted home purchase:

  • 26 percent of respondents indicated that they would consider purchasing a haunted house for sale;
  • 36 percent shared that they might consider a haunted home purchase;
  • 38 percent revealed that they would not consider a haunted home purchase.

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Looking for a haunted hotel room?

Haunted Hotel Rooms in the U.S.Is your idea of a great vacation one in which you stay in a haunted hotel room?  It’s not mine – I don’t actually want to sleep with ghosts – but apparently many of my readers love the idea!  So today’s your lucky day, if that’s your goal.  There’s a wonderful resource for finding haunted hotel rooms: http://www.hauntedrooms.com.

A quick look at the site reveals an intuitive layout (would you expect less for something related to the paranormal?).  The visitor can use a quick search tool by city or state, or instead navigate a map to located the ideal haunt.

Additionally, if you are the proprietor of a spooky site, you may also add your abode to the directory.

Right now there are over 100 hotels listed, with more coming online all the time.

Finally, this site is an expansion of another one in Great Britain, so for those of you who really want to go the extra mile, have a look at this website too: www.hauntedrooms.co.uk .

Happy trails!

Realtor.com survey: would you buy a haunted house? Surprisingly, many would – for a discount

Haunted real estate signRealtor.com ran a consumer survey Oct 1 – Oct 3 2012 regarding home buyers and their interest in purchasing haunted real estate.  Surprisingly, 29% would buy a home with a reputation of being haunted – but only if they got a substantial discount in the price, 20% or more off  from an otherwise normal house.  For a small minority, the property would be worth more if haunted (just 2%).

Of the approximately 1900 people polled, 35% said that they would not consider purchasing a home which was said to be haunted, 32% said they would consider it and 33% said they might.  In the U.S. today, about half of all Americans believe in ghosts – an interesting point to factor in.  It is not surprising that people who do not believe in spooky spirits would be willing to live in a house or condo with a haunted reputation; what is more surprising is that a third or so of those who do believe are willing (or interested) in living in a haunted habitat, and that any of them would pay more for it!

Los Gatos Victorian House, “The Lavender Lady”, said to be haunted

A lovely old Victorian house in the historic Almond Grove District of Los Gatos at 230 Tait Avenue is said to be haunted, according to its owner.  The area is filled with homes which are more than 100 years old and I’ve often wondered how many of them are haunted.  At Halloween most of them look exceedingly spooky!

This house is in the middle of a zoning and use controversy in Los Gatos.  The town does not permit Bed & Breakfasts (I think that’s a shame – it’s really almost ideal for that use) or short term rentals, but this house was being advertised as such for at least a couple of years – I noticed because links to one of my blog posts on my Live in Los Gatos blog was getting cited.

The website for the Los Gatos rental includes a page about the haunting which states that the

friendly Ghost has been heard many times by Lynley and her children and seen only once, by someone else, since Lynley bought the home in 2003

If you have any additional information on it, please share here!

Humorous article: 4 Tips for Fixing Up Your New Home (That’s Clearly Haunted)

Someone on Facebook shared the link to this article from the humorous blog cracked.com, and I thought my Haunted Real Estate readers would enjoy it too.

4 Tips for Fixing Up Your New Home (That’s Clearly Haunted)

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