If your clients asks if a house or building is Haunted, can you tell them?

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photograph by Robert Swetz

 If your clients asks if a house or building is Haunted, can you tell them?

 State Regulation across the country are different for disclosing if properties are Haunted or there has been a suicide or murder.

 What are your State Regulations for clients asking you questions about these subjects.

 In the State of Nevada it is a (No-No)! You can be fined and loss your license for disclosing such information.

 Now on the other hand this building above the Goldfield Hotel in Goldfield Nevada is not for sale. And so I can tell you it is Haunted big time, (Ghost Busters) television program was visiting the Goldfield Hotel several months ago and there is so much Ghost activity going on around there it would make your head spin!

 You know kind of like "The Exorcist" with Linda Blair.

 The (photo below) is another very, very Haunted building in Goldfield, the school right next to the police station.

photograph by Robert Swetz

 This lady I spoke with mentioned to me that police officers are always viewing and hearing very strange activity coming for the school.

 And the home below on main street in Goldfield, very, very haunted!

 photograph by Robert Swetz

 And my last photo below is Haunted and I really like this one because if you look real close you can see the glass bottles used to build the walls sticking out the sides.

photograph by Robert Swetz

 So if a client ever asks you if a home/ building is Haunted or if persons have been murdered or committed suicide in the home/ building, you better know your disclosures in the State where your license hangs.

 photograph by Robert Swetz

 "Have a wonderful day and Happy Haunting"

 Story and photographs by Robert Swetz (Vegas Bob) - Please don't duplicate!










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Robert "Vegas Bob" Swetz  

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Comments (10)

Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

One of our local hotels was featured on a paranormal show on television, which was subsequently in the newspapers. Guess one could just google to find out the truth.

Oct 30, 2009 04:01 PM
Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty
Leolinda Realty - Surprise, AZ
Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona

You truly can find out more information about a house from the neighbors than a seller.

Oct 30, 2009 04:05 PM
Jenny Kotulak
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage - Oakville, ON
Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate

Hi Bob,

I actually did an offer this week on a home where the owner had committed suicide in the garage 6 months ago.  The bank now owns the property.  Believe it or not my people actually competed on the property.  The listing agent must disclose this information if it is known, as a pertinent fact.

For sure the neighbours will be telling them also.

Oct 30, 2009 04:39 PM
Brian Burke
Kenna Real Estate - Lone Tree, CO
Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate

VB - yes, err, no, err, maybe... LOL. We have a famous claimed to be haunted house for sale around here - bank owned at that. It's been on TV etc. not sure how anybody could miss it's claimed to be haunted... ~Rita

Oct 30, 2009 04:58 PM
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

The bottle-cottage doesn't look haunted...just drunk.  The school doesn't look haunted...just in need of an extreme exorcism.

You are right about those rules...they do vary.

Oct 30, 2009 08:56 PM
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Jenny -

I'm not so sure the suicide is pertinent...but it sure was impertinent.



Sorry for that one...much to late here I guess.

Oct 30, 2009 08:59 PM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Hi VB, in CT we, as Realtors, are obligated to disclose material facts about a home. However.... the law says we also have to disclose pertinent facts that would important to a "reasonable buyer". What I think might be a fair release of information the courts might not, and they may not think it reasonable that someone needs to know if a murder or suicide has been committed in the home. 

Because our laws are so ambigious I went to the Connecticut Association of Realtors License Law and got this information directly from there:

Sec. 20-329cc. "Nonmaterial fact" defined. As used in sections 20- 329cc to 20-329ff, inclusive, a “nonmaterial fact concerning real property”

means a fact, set of facts or circumstances surrounding real estate which includes, but is not limited to: (1) The fact that an occupant of real property is or has been infected with a disease on the list of reportable diseases issued by the Commissioner of Public Health pursuant to section 19a – 2a, as amended; or (2) the fact that the property was at any time suspected to have been the site of a nonmaterial fact death or felony.

Sec. 20-329dd. Nonmaterial fact. No disclosure required. No cause of action. (a) The existence of a nonmaterial fact concerning real property is not a material fact that must be disclosed in a real estate transaction.

(b) No cause of action shall arise against an owner of real estate, the owner’s agent or any agent of the transferee for the failure to disclose a nonmaterial fact concerning real property to the transferee.

Sec. 20-329ee. Purchaser or lessee written disclosure request. Notwithstanding sections 20-329cc and 20-329dd, if a purchaser or lessee of real estate, who was in the process of making a bona fide offer, advises an owner of real estate or his or her agent, in writing, that knowledge that the property was at any time suspected to have been the site of a homicide, other felony or a suicide is important to the purchaser’s decision to purchase or lease the property, the owner through his or her agent shall report any findings to the purchaser or lessee, in writing subject to and consistent with applicable laws of privacy. If the owner refuses to disclose such information, his or her agent shall so advise the purchaser or lessee in writing.

Oct 31, 2009 12:49 AM
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

I'm still hoping to find an old house haunted by a young Cowboy.

Oct 31, 2009 12:52 AM
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

I'm laughing at Susie, that's cute.

In California you have to disclose if someone died in the property.

Nov 01, 2009 07:33 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

I would like to thank every one for their comments and your comments are very important to me. If for any reason you ask me a question in your comment and I do not come back with a reply to your comment please send me a email.

 I write about so many different things and post so many photographs that I lose track. It's very important to me to interact with Activerain Members when they are commenting on my posts!

 Once again thanks for your comments and "Have a wonderful day"


Nov 01, 2009 08:20 AM