Halloween events in Silicon Valley

On my Silicon Valley real estate blog, I compiled a list of fun Halloween events in the San Jose – Los Gatos – Silicon Valley areas.  Here’s the link:


Trulia’s unnatural hazard zone of Zombies, Vampires, and Ghosts

Trulia Unnatural HazardsMapRealtors and real estate home buyers reference Natural Hazard Zone maps to see where earthquake fault zones, 100 year floodplain zones, liquefaction and other zones may be.

How about the UN natural zones of Halloween lore?

Trulia has put together another useful article to advise home buyers (who aren’t scared) where to stake out a home to purchase. Few quick tips:

·        Avoid the walking dead, don’t visit Providence, RI.  (Been there, cool place. But Salem didn’t make the list?)

·        Don’t want to be the next victim in a Stephanie Meyer “Twilight” novel, stay clear of San Diego, CA. (But you must go!  The Whaley House is calling!)

·        Not all ghosts are friendly like Casper so skipping a trip to the Big Easy (New Orleans, LA) will keep you free of the unwanted haunting. (That’s three for three of absolute must-see places. So what if they are all a little haunted?)

They include three different lists – one for most likely to have zombies, another for vampires, and a third for ghosts.  I only believe in one out of three but think it’s a great bunch of lists just the same.

Example of data – Where vamps go after coming out of the coffins.

# Urban Area Blood Banks and Hospitals Per 50,000 People
1 San Diego CA 3.2
2 Austin TX 3.0
3 San Francisco–Oakland CA 2.5
4 Louisville/Jefferson County KY–IN 2.4
5 New Orleans LA 2.3
6 Oklahoma City OK 2.3
7 Boston MA–NH–RI 2.2
8 Seattle WA 2.2
9 San Antonio TX 2.2
10 Phoenix–Mesa AZ 2.2


Now go check out the full article yourself.  Have fun!

Selling a haunted home

got ghostsAlthough it’s a seller’s market in Silicon Valley and throughout the country, at least in most areas, it’s virtually never a big plus for the home owner to need to disclose that his or her house for sale is haunted.  Looking for buyers who want to live with ghosts is harder than finding a needle in a haystack, it’s more like finding a needle in a warehouse of hay!

Today I read an article with some excellent information and guidance on selling a haunted home.  Here’s the link, check it out:

How to sell a haunted house


Quote from the article, which is a nice summary:

Basically, there are two scenarios:

  • You may be legally required to say something about your haunted house and subject to a possible lawsuit down the road if you don’t;
  • you may be able to say and do absolutely nothing.

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:

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 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!

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!

Article on Haunted College Campus Buildings

Today I got an email which brought my attention to an article I think my readers will like:

10 Campus Buildings That are Totally Haunted

My own children will be happy to learn that their university did not make the list!

Slideshow of Spooky Ghost Towns

A friend sent me a link to this online slideshow of haunted places in the US.  Hope you like it!

What’s the law on disclosing haunts in a real estate sale?

Great blog post which includes info on various states’ laws on the disclosure obligation when selling a haunted house.
Buying and Selling Haunted Houses

Haunted College Campuses

Fun post on Huffington with a list of some of the haunted college campuses in the US. It’s not exhaustive, though, as it does not include the “Lone Mountain” part of the University of San Francisco, which is notoriously spooked.

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