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Does Your Town Have Ghosts? Ours Does!

October -- for sports fans, it may be the best time of year.  What other month can you watch professional football, baseball, hockey, and basketball? 

For others, October brings entertainment and fun in the manner of ghosts, goblins, witches, and vampires. 


When you live in a city (Alexandria, VA) that has ghosts around every corner, Halloween is even that much more special. 

Ghosts & Real Estate -- What You Need to Know:

Ghosts & Real Estate

Houses with ghosts or haunted houses fall under the category of stigmatized property.  A stigmatized property is one where an event or condition (murder, suicide, or haunting) occurred that does not affect the physical nature of the property but which may affect its value to some people.  In other words, knowing that a murder occurred in a house or that there may be a ghost can have a psychological effect on the homebuyer.

There is NO federal law or requirement to inspect for, investigate, disclose, or verify whether a property is stigmatized.

Similarly, Virginia exempts disclosures about stigmatized property.



A house can be haunted, in fact, it can be swarming with ghosts, and neither the seller, the listing agent, nor the buyer's agent is required to report that news to you. 

Truly buyer beware.

CAUTION:  Don't shop for a home right after watching the movie Poltergeist!


So, what to do if you want to ensure that your house-to-be is not occupied by floating departed souls?


You can ask your REALTOR.  They are not under an obligation to disclose this, even if they've seen the ghost themselves.  However, perhaps they can help.

Old Town Alexandria Historic Home



The other year, I had some clients who were looking at historic homes in Old Town Alexandria.  Historic means the house has a plaque and is over 100 years old.  They very seriously told me that they did not want to purchase a home with a ghost.  Not sure what to do, I did some research and sent them to this website: Haunted Virginia.  I figured it was a start and they could continue with their own research.

To some people, a ghost may even be a selling point!

Historic Home Old Town AlexandriaDid you know that Old Town Alexandria is fabled to have some ghosts living among the historic homes and cobblestone streets?



During the month of October, you can actually take a Ghost Tour or Ghosts & Graveyard Tour of Old Town Alexandria and learn what ghoulish spirits continue to haunt Northern Virginia.



Whether you want a home with or without a ghost, I'd be happy to help.

October's a great time to buy a house.  You'll be settled in for the holidays.


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Comment balloon 3 commentsBrian Block • October 06 2009 03:32PM


Brian:  What a fun and playful post. I'm not much of a believer in ghosts ... I do believe in angels however.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 9 years ago

Brian, my house really did have a sweet little old ghost lady living here when I first moved in.  Some airy fairy friends got rid of her one Sunday when I was doing an Open House.  It annoyed me because she was fabulous at getting rid of house guests who overstayed their welcome.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

What a unique post and you cannot argue with great timing :) I really enjoyed it!

Posted by Dianne Hicks (Realty ONE Group) almost 9 years ago