If you found your dream home, would the possibility of ghosts make you think twice about making an offer? What if the for-sale sign listed the property as “definitely not haunted”? Would this unnecessary disclosure give you an even bigger pause?
Margot Bloomstein snapped this photo of a house in a Boston, Mass. suburb with a sign declaring the property was for sale with the addition of, “NOT HAUNTED” in bold print. Bloomstein said she has so many questions, and so do we.
For starters, why would someone announce a home was ghost-free? No need to declare something that doesn’t exist. Was the house previously haunted? Was an exorcism performed there, releasing the ghosts from the confines of the home? Or is the whole neighborhood haunted and this is the only ghost-free home on the market?
But by insisting that something is not true, it makes it feel true, you know?
At any rate, if it were previously haunted, why would a home seller or realtor declare that information, especially in Massachusetts, where the home is located? Zillow reports that Massachusetts sellers don’t need to declare if the property has been "psychologically affected," which includes parapsychological or supernatural phenomenon.
For that matter, Massachusetts also does not require sellers to disclose if the property was the site of a "felony, suicide or homicide." Massachusetts homeowners may want to start Googling their homes and its previous owners now to see if they’ve been in the news -- or not, if that sort of thing really freaks you out -- because your realtor probably didn’t tell you.
So, the seller does not need to tell the world any of this, which leads to the point: What are they trying to say here???
According to Twitter, stating that a house is haunted is quite normal in other parts of the country, like in New Orleans. Again, not something they need to disclose, but do, anyway. It makes you wonder if these home sellers are advertising this information for the clout. Is this maybe attractive to the real estate hunters of gothic NOLA homes?
Either way, we’re not buying it -- the house, the sign, any of it.
Time to buy some sage, just in case there's something about our house we don't know...