Trying to sell a house is a delicate process. There are appraisals and inspections.  There are offers and counter-offers.  There are pending sales that don't work out. Sometimes, the whole thing can be very discouraging.

Recently, the house that was the subject of a runaway horror movie hit "The Conjuring" sold in Rhode Island for much more than the asking price.  The Amityville horror house has sold several times, for much more than the average house in that neighborhood. With these haunted landmarks fetching incredible prices, maybe the way to get more money for your property these days is to tell everyone it has a haunting, or ghostly activity.

Photo: Sothebys International Realty
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You can't turn on cable television these days without countless ghost hunting and paranormal shows.  Paranormal is big money these days. While hauntings were a stigma to the Baby Boom generation, apparently Millennials are all for it. 24% of Millennials say they would be more inclined to live in a haunted hosue.

It really has to be harder to be a ghost seeking solitude these days. In fact a recent survey from Realtor.com showed that 60% of people would consider buying and living in a haunted house. Perhaps the fact that haunted attractions typically bring in over 50-thousand dollars a season, is another good reason, you should market your property as "haunted"  It might make it quicker
to sell at above market value.

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Even if you doubt that being haunted is a positive selling point, you really don't even have to say anything. There really are no laws in Texas that require you to tell that to a buyer. In other states, that's not the case. In neighboring Oklahoma, you have to ask in writing if the house is haunted or "psychologically affected".  Then the seller must reveal the information.

In California, you don't have to acknowledge a death on a property for sale if the death occurred more than three years ago.  However, if the buyer asks, you must disclose it.  Most Californians can detect dead auras anyway, right?  In New York, you must disclose it period.

It almost makes me sorry my house isn't haunted.  It seems more and more people are attracted or at least curious about paranormal activity.  Ghost tours are big money. If you think of your house as an investment, then the more haunted the better.  It really worked for The Conjuring House.  How else would something with such an utter lack of curb appeal manage to recently sell for 1.5 million dollars.

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