Perfect Question for Halloween!

Asked by Sharon Hutchinson, 08360 Fri Oct 31, 2008

This is NOT a joke question, although I think it's the right day to post it.

I am searching for a home and on various message boards I belong to the question has arisen as to whether or not the seller and/or agent must specify if a house has a reputation of being "haunted". This is not a trick question as I grew up in a house with strange activity, so I know there is the distinct possibility this subject may arise.

Some of us who are house hunting were wondering if there are any rules about mentioning possible activity in a house. Sounds strange, but nonetheless there are some of us who would want to know if this is something that must be disclosed or is left to the discretion of the seller. This information might make some buyers shy, while on the other hand, may actually prove a positive point to others!

Thanks in advance and Happy Halloween!

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Sharon Hutch…, Home Buyer, 08360
Wed Nov 5, 2008
Thank you all for your answers. As stated, this question has come up on a number of boards, including some people's blogs. Very interesting; I am surprised that this is something that must be disclosed, given its controversial nature.

It wouldn't deter me, at least depending on what kind of activity is reported. But then I'm kind of used to it anyway! :)
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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Fri Oct 31, 2008
"Paranormal" - I like that - and yes, I agree with all the that commented before - in NJ, anything relative to the house itself should be disclosed. However, if the house next door is haunted, you may never know ---- and that is a spooky thought.

Happy Halloween!

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Anne Shearman, , Morris County, NJ
Fri Oct 31, 2008
I agree with Nicola;NJ is a full disclosure atate but the right question must be asked of the agent/seller for an answer.

Good Luck!

If you want to preview homes in Morris Cointy that are not haunted, please call or email me. I am happy to assist in non-haunted homes!!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN
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Nicola "Nick…, Agent, Hackettstown, NJ
Fri Oct 31, 2008
http://www.njar.com/risk_management/pdf/rec/May2007.pdf

This article will help you to understand the law in New Jersey. As a buyer you need to ask the right questions and then the seller has a duty to disclose relevant information.
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terryriw53, Agent, Sewell, NJ
Fri Oct 31, 2008
New Jersey is a full disclosure state. If it is material to the transaction is must be disclosed.
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Jeffrey Halp…, Agent, Hopatcong, NJ
Fri Oct 31, 2008
If you are in NJ, you must disclose paranormal existence within a home.
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