haunted real estate

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.

How can you learn the history of your haunted property?

Who lived here before?How can you find out who lived – or died – on the property before you owned it or lived in it? It helps to know a friendly real estate agent or title company employee if you want to get the distant past history of your haunted land.

A title company can run a title search and get what is called the “chain of title” for you.  That will tell you much more than a property profile or the county records, which often go back only about 10 years. A chain of title can go way, way back – as far as Mexican or Spanish land grants in our area.

Sometimes the chain of title will also include death certificates, so you’ll know if anyone died on the land or in the house.  But don’t expect this to be absolutely perfect – no guarantees here!

The title records won’t include everyone who lived at the property address, only those who were on title, so at best it can give you a particular window. But with the owners’ names you may be able to expand your research and learn more about what took place there in days gone by.  Google and other search engines can be a huge help, but so can archives from the paper (San Jose Mercury News and others). Don’t forget to just ask the neighbors – you’d be surprises at how much they might know!

Haunted Real Estate Questions for Mary Pope-Handy

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