"Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy."
---Alexander Fleming (1881-1955),
the Scottish bacteriologist credited
with discovering Penicillin in 1928
If you click the link above from Texas REALTORS® there is only one question about Haunted Houses and it states:
"A tenant moved in and now says that the house is haunted. She wants to vacate. What is the best way to address the issue?"
Answer: "Inform her that the landlord may exercise his default remedies under the lease. (The landlord must employ reasonable measures to mitigate any loss.) You might try to determine why she believes the house is haunted and see if there is a reasonable explanation for any mysterious circumstances. Also, ask the tenant to provide written explanations and requests for your record." Last updated 7/1/02004
I then checked to see what it says from the National Association of REALTORS® According to an article written on October 29, 2012, "Would You Buy a "Haunted House? 32% of Buyers say they would!"
Read the article! "17% of the potential home buyers say they'd expect a discount of 51 percent or more on the "haunted" home's market value, 19 percent say they expect 31-50 percent discount, and 18 percent say a 21-30 percent discount would suffice for them. Only 15 percent of those surveyed say they'd be willing to pay full market value for a "haunted" home."
Do you believe in ghosts? If you ever watched The Wizard of Oz, you may recall the scene when the Cowardly Lion was walking down the tunnel to meet the Wizard he convincingly repeated the words: "
I do believe in ghosts!
I do believe in ghosts!
I do believe in ghosts!
"Wine is the most civilized thing in the world."---Ernest Hemingway
Are you at least curious to know if ghosts exist?
David Farr, born in 1969, is a British Writer, theatrical director and associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. I love to read Shakespeare. Quoting David Farr, 'Hamlet" is a play of many strange parts, with ghosts and players, politicians and clowns.
"Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best
improve with age." ---Pope John XX111
Per the National Association of REALTORS®, the NAR "defines stigmatized property that has been psychologically impacted by an event which occurred, or was suspected to have occurred, on the property, such event being one that has no physical impact of any kind." Stigmatized properties can include:
- Stigmatized properties have been psychologically impacted by events such as murder, suicide, alleged hauntings, or notorious previous owner.
- Violent crimes and abandoned properties both have significant effects on property values and the surrounding neighborhood.
- Some buyers are happy to overlook stigma in exchange for an affordable price.
- Agents should be aware of their state disclosure laws around stigmatized properties.
Gruesome events can stigmatize properties, such as what happened in Killeen, Texas. Fort Hood SRP Building 42003 was demolished where the MAJ Hasaan shootings occurred on February 18, 2014.
Here in Texas, we say: Disclose! Disclose! Disclose! Sellers are required to disclose because it is better to disclose, than not disclose. Texas has promulgated forms to use for Seller's Disclosure.
Under Texas Property Code 5008[c], "as law, a seller or seller's agent has no duty to disclose a death from natural causes, suicide, or an accident unrelated to the property's condition."
One caveat to duty to disclose is "if the death is related to the condition of the property, regardless of whether by accident or not, the seller has a duty to disclose."
"Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young,
makes weariness forget his toil." ---Lord Byron
Are Ghosts Real?
As for me, I consider myself a very rational person and never believed in ghosts until..... well, I have to say, when vacationing in Sardinia, Italy in recent years, and on a separate occasion in Tuscany, Italy, I do believe in ghosts because of two different personal, and close encounters, that I consider real ghost stories, from different times, locations, and years. And, I wasn't alone when it happened. However, here in North Dallas, Texas, I can say I never encountered a ghost when selling houses . No! I haven't, at least not yet.
"When peoples of the Mediterranean began to emerge from
barbarism when they learned to cultivate the olive and the vine."
---Thucydides, Greek Historian, 5th century BCE
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Roy Kelley - On many occasions I had an eerie feeling going into homes. Other buyers did too. I have not doubt that Dolores' feelings were real.