Can you disclose if a Building or Home is Haunted to your Clients?

Industry Observer

Goldfield Hotel in Goldfield Nevada 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)! an can be seriously be fined and sued for disclosing such information.


This building above is 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.



Goldfield School 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!



 Haunted Home on Main Street in Goldfield by Robert Swetz



And the 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.



Haunted Home on Main Street in Goldfield 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.



 Goldfield Nevada Graveyard by Robert Swetz



Photo (above) ... Goldfield Graveyard


"Have a wonderful day and Happy Haunting"


Posted by

Robert "Vegas Bob" Swetz  

Direct: 408 410 4171

"Have a Wonderful Day"



Comments (16)

Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

In California we only have to disclose if someone died on the property in the last 3 years.  Personally, I would disclose if anyone had ever died in the home, just to be safe. As for ghosts, I wouldn't even mention it.  Impossible to prove and what happens if weird things do happen?

Sep 22, 2011 04:16 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Bryan and thanks for stopping by and in the State of Nevada and licensed Real Estate Agents ... we (Can Not) disclose if there has been a Murder, Suicide or Haunting!

VB ;o)

Sep 22, 2011 04:18 AM
Stacey Smith
Keller Williams Realty - Aliso Viejo, CA
Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor

Interesting Bob... I believe in the state of CA. we only have to disclose if someone died/murdered  in the property in the last three years.. I would have to agree with Robert..... Once it comes to paranormal activity, that could mean so many different things to different people, that is what buyer's due diligence is for.. If they feel there is something crazy going on in the house, they can call a "specialist" to send the spirits out..

Now in regards to Goldfield.... That city must have some crazy history to have that much ghost activity going on...

Sep 22, 2011 08:50 AM
Linda K. Mayer
License # 01767321 - La Verne, CA

Seriously, and if you, as a person don't believe in "haunted houses", how in the world are you supposed to "disclose" it?

Sep 22, 2011 08:53 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Stacey and States are different across the United States, and Vegas happens to be one that protects homes from being exposed to murder, suicide and ghosts ...

And Linda you are very right, there are many people in the world that don't believe in ghosts/ spirits ... but murder & suicide is real!

VB ;o)

Sep 22, 2011 09:39 AM
Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®
DPR Realty LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona

Hi, VB --  Very interesting photos and town (I was unfamiliar with Goldfield, Nevada).  You know what is interesting about that last photo, of the graveyard?  It reminds me very much of the last scene in the movie "True Confessions" with Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall.  Do you remember seeing it?

In the film, De Niro portrays a a Priest who falls from grace and is re-assigned to a little church (I believe they say it is in New Mexico).  Anyway, his brother (Duvall) comes to see him and De Niro takes him out to where he will eventually be buried.  If memory serves, it looks just like that photo.  I wonder if they used that setting for the scene?  Have a great weekend,
Eric ^0-0^

Sep 22, 2011 01:53 PM
Rodney Mason
Guaranteed Rate NMLS# 2611 - Atlanta, GA
VP of Mortgage Lending - AL, FL, GA, SC, & TN

The rules of disclosure do vary from state to state.  I'm sure the agents in Savannah would know about haunted houses.

Sep 22, 2011 01:53 PM
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Love the photos - did you see this video on YouTube about the house with "unspeakable evil"

Sep 22, 2011 04:14 PM
Amy Robinson
London Pierce Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Realtor, Scottsdale Arizona Homes For Sale

SERIOUSLY I am SCARED. I will NEVER visit Goldfield ever never never ever!!!!  You are so brave : )

Sep 22, 2011 04:33 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Eric and there is a possibility they have used this graveyard, but there are other yards that look very similar.

And Ruthmarie, I will have to check this out when I get more time ...

Hello Amy and if you visit Las Vegas and ever go to Lake Tahoe from Vegas you will have to drive through "Goldfield" ... ;o)


Sep 22, 2011 05:49 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good morning, VB. I would like to visit these places the next time I get out to NV. Maybe we can hook up...

Sep 22, 2011 09:51 PM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


It sounds like Goldfield has more residents than they bargained for

Sep 23, 2011 12:57 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hey VB:) I use the measure "...well your Honor the reason I did not disclose....." if it passes that test I am OK. As far as California is concerned we have to disclose everything we know or were told. So I am not sure if the above comments are accurate until "some one checks with the legal dept of the California Association of Realtor" I would not take it as "gospel"

Sep 23, 2011 02:16 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Michael and sounds good to me ...

And Tom, yes Goldfield has some extra old time residents!

Endre, I do know that is is different from state to state and you may just be right about Cali, just as I am about Vegas.

VB ;o)

Sep 23, 2011 02:57 PM
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties

VB, I like the photos. It is obvious that you are having some fun....great photos coming our way. Haunted....uhm....?

Sep 24, 2011 12:49 AM
Larry & Jacque Ficek
Alaska Dream Makers - Wasilla, AK
Realtors - Wasilla Alaska

Hey there VB or possibly KK (alter ego Kaliforia Kid), these are very interesting photos-they really look like they have stories to tell. I went on a tour with mum through Savannah a few years back and they talked about a building that Miley Cyrus stayed in and was really scared by ghosts.

The next building on the tour had reported screams and muttering all year round. When we drove around to it to take a look, it was the IRS building...

Jacque & Larry

Sep 24, 2011 05:57 AM