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Sellers generally don’t tell ghost stories

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2019 | Residential Real Estate

A survey from found that 60% of those polled said that they didn’t know that their homes were haunted before moving into them. However, Delaware residents and others may not even care if they are sharing their homes with ghosts. Furthermore, the survey found that buyers weren’t too concerned about living next to a home that was rumored to be haunted. The survey also found that 20% of respondents said that they thought that they had lived in a haunted house in the past.

There are many reasons why an individual may believe that a house is haunted. For instance, people may take the presence of hot and cold areas in the home as the mark of a ghost. Homeowners may also think that shadows or creepy noises may indicate that they’re sharing a property with a spirit. In some cases, homeowners may believe that items were moved by an invisible presence without their knowledge.

Ideally, sellers will disclose as much as possible about a home to a potential buyer. While there may not be a scientific basis for believing in ghosts, it may be worthwhile to disclose the presence of creaky pipes or loud vents. It may also be wise to provide information about temperature variations throughout the home. Finally, sellers may want to tell buyers about pests or other issues that the home may have.

Those who are looking to buy residential real estate may want to consult with an attorney before closing on a home. This may help them avoid buying a property that has water damage, pest problems or issues with lead. An attorney may represent a buyer both before and after a home sale closes depending on what the dispute is about.