Does a real estate agent have to disclose a haunting?
Posted 01 March 2008 - 03:05 PM
I am new here. My question is a bit odd. My fiance and I are in the process of buying a house. Does the seller have to disclose if they suspect there is a haunting? We live in MA.
Thanks in Advance
Posted 01 March 2008 - 03:27 PM
Nor do they have to inform you that any criminal activity took place in the house, the seller's reason for listing or anything else of the sort.
When you see a home you like, do your homework, go to city hall and pull permit history, look up the abstract/title information, go to the police office and request any public records pertaining to the address (and ask, if the clerk seems nice, how the neighborhood seems) and see if there are any listings in the local historical society's records pertaining to either the specific house or the land it's on.
If there is any work done to the house that needs a permit pulled and one hasn't been... have the sellers pull a permit and get an inspection retroactively for all work done (especially if there's gas appliances involved) as a condition of the purchase agreement.
My husband and I knew this stuff... and didn't do it in the house we own currently (though we did do it on a house we bid on and lost) and we REALLY regret it.
Posted 01 March 2008 - 03:38 PM
Posted 01 March 2008 - 03:58 PM
Posted 01 March 2008 - 04:18 PM
Posted 01 March 2008 - 06:10 PM
I wouldn't blame the seller at all if we bought a house that had activity in it. I guess what I am saying is, it's not a deal breaker but if the seller is aware of activity I would like it to be disclosed.
I am just not sure how to ask it?
I am firm in my beliefs but I don't want my Realtor to think I am a kook.
Thanks Annie for the nice welcome!
Posted 01 March 2008 - 06:47 PM
It is the sellers obligation to list everything that is "wrong" with the house that he is aware of. However, he may think spirit activity is something "wrong" with the house or may be so used to it that it is a non-issue. It is the obligation of the realtor to tell the buyer what she/he knows about the house. However for the most part, it is the potential buyer's obligation to himself to research the property and land records before entering into a deal. Whereas a murder, suicide or some other crime scene would be part of the public record, hauntings.....not so much.
Welcome to Ghostvillage.
Do you want the house to be haunted? I mean chances are with a house built that long ago in Massachusetts, there could some activity. I'm in CT and we have lots of haunted houses right here in my town, mine included! Just remember, they can't hurt you and if you do purchase a home with a "resident" in it, just realize he/she may be a bit confused and could cause activity because it is scared of you.
Best of luck, house hunting is very exciting!
Posted 01 March 2008 - 06:55 PM
Posted 01 March 2008 - 06:57 PM
My MIL lives in a haunted house. About 5 years after they bought the house, the former owners came by and asked if they could check it out (my in-laws completely renovated it inside and out). While they were walking around they asked if she'd ever met "Spencer". The answer was an emphatic "YES"... everyone in the house knew him!
Edited by Tantric Kitten, 01 March 2008 - 06:58 PM.
Posted 01 March 2008 - 06:59 PM
I understand that they may not be sensitive to the activity and that is fine. The house I think we are going to end up buying was built in 1780 and they will be some renovations going on if we purchase it. The last house we had was built in 1884 and we did some restoration on it and the activity picked up .
When you walk into the house there is a feeling of being watched. Not in a bad way but its curious.
The thing is this house is hopefully going to be our "forever" house, I am not opposed to it being haunted.The house I grew up in was haunted so I am not scared of it hurting me or my fiance. This sounds a bit weird but the energy in the hosue can only be described like a mischievous child.m It is pretty neat.
If the seller has any information I would love to hear it. I don't want them to think that if there is activity in the house that I would go running for the hills.
Thanks everyone for your help so far.
Posted 01 March 2008 - 07:02 PM
Thats a great idea.That is probably how I will approach it. I am a huge history buff so if the owners do have any stories I would love to hear them. After the closing is probably the best time to ask.
Posted 01 March 2008 - 07:11 PM
Posted 01 March 2008 - 07:23 PM
The house before this that we renovated had a very melancholy sad, feel to it.I didn't like that very much.I felt terrible for whatever was there. I wish I could describe better how this house feels because its different. The house I grew up in had a residual haunting and that was different because you really didn't feel much. No dread,sadness,and I wasn't scared.
We looked at one house and the whole time I was in there the hair on the back on my neck stood on end(the fiance of course loved it lol) I hustled out of there as quick as I could.
We are looking on the South Shore. Easton,Weston,Westwood Areas. I really wanted to move to the North Shore but we ended up deciding to stay closer to our family.
Posted 01 March 2008 - 08:23 PM
Posted 01 March 2008 - 08:29 PM
Just be aware that once you start renovating this house, if you purchase it, activity will be stirred up. If it is not a malevolent entity, then you have nothing to worry about and it actually sounds like you are kind of hoping it does have a ghost.
There was a post on this board a while ago about people who were specifically looking to purchase haunted homes. So there is a market for them. The seller just may not be willing to discuss it because most people don't want to be thought of as crazy for seeing/hearing/feeling/smelling spirits. On GV we are all open minded about the paranormal, but most people aren't that way.
I was wondering if there was any way you could be in the home alone without the realtor and owner to do a little investigating of your own? You seem to be sensitive to spirit activity, so if you could be alone, maybe you could call out to whomever/whatever is there and let it know that you are not afraid of it and will not disrespect it when and if you move in. I always keep in mind that they were alive at one time, so as long as it is not evil, it can be reasoned with. You may even find out that it is stuck and needs to move on, in which case a little prayer and telling it that it's time to go into the light may help. However some spirits are just fine where they are and have no intention of leaving. I have posted here before about the grumpy old man who lives in my basement. He knows he's dead, but chooses not to leave. So we've made peace and when I go down the cellar to do laundry at night I always say hello to him and ask how he is today. Then I say good bye when I go back upstairs. I don't even have to do this aloud. He can hear me no matter what. Heck, he probably knows I'm writing about him right now.
Anyway, I've gone on enough, I tend to do that as everyone will attest.
Do you have any pictures of the house or is there a realtor website where it's posted? Some of us can pick up on spirits from pictures even when there is nothing obviously showing; we just can feel a presence or the mood.
Sounds exciting and as Ghostcat said, a great time to buy in Massachusetts. Hope you're going to be close to the water.
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