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Phyllis Mcar…, Real Estate Pro in San Mateo, CA

If a seller wants to disclose paranormal activity in a home he is seller, how would you word it in the disclosures?

Asked by Phyllis Mcarthur, San Mateo, CA Mon May 27, 2013

A Seller has let me know that believes his home is haunted and wants to sell, (no joke) I'm not sure what to think, 4 years ago a similar situation turned out to be raccoons in the attic, not the case here as we had exterminators though the home, what to do?

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Aren't there two good reasons for disclosure? One is to protect the buyer, which is why disclosures are state-mandated; the other is to protect the seller. In this instance, the seller should word it as they deem best.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon May 27, 2013
Just have the seller disclose his belief "I believe there to be paranormal activity because I have experienced the following . . . "
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 27, 2013
Hi Phyllis,

While I don't believe it is mandatory to disclose the possibility of paranormal activity in California, it would definitely be in the best interests for all concerned to do so. Who knows, some may view it as a selling feature!

Good luck,

Barbara Grandolfo
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue May 28, 2013
I would think a disclosure would be a tanginble documented occurrance ........ tangible. A death or suicide is a documented tangible occurance. Spooky sightings of ghosts and goblins could or could not be a belief system - all in the eyes of the beholder. I would reccomend my clients bring in the clergy for a good ol fashioned house cleaning for their peace of mind.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue May 28, 2013
Whoa, that's a tough one. In Florida, we do not have to disclose death or suicide, and paranormal activity is MOST LIKELY not required either, but California, and other states differ. It seems to really have much more to do with whether the home is widely KNOWN to have paranormal activity (like the Amityville Horror house) than if just the owner suspects it. Chances are disclosure is not required, but that is a question for an attorney in your state. Even if it's not required, the safest bet is to disclose, but it may cost you a longer time on the market and a diminished sale price. Tread lightly, and best of luck...
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon May 27, 2013
YIkes Phyllis..well, if the seller believes it is a "material fact" it has to be disclosed to any potential buyer. I don't know how the buyers will take it. It might turn off some of them, while others won't be concerned or might even think it's funny. I would advise the seller to make it short and sweet, something like, unexplained noise in attic?
Good luck with this one!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon May 27, 2013
"Unidentified sights and sounds have been reported. It is unknown if the phenonimon is related to the consumption of RUM or restless spirits. Home warranty provided :)"
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 29, 2013
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