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Please disclose: Is your house haunted?

Posted: October 31, 2013 11:37 a.m.
Updated: October 31, 2013 11:37 a.m.
 

SANTA CLARITA - “We have ghosts in the master bedroom,” the seller of a Valencia home informed Santa Clarita Realtor Connor MacIvor.

“There are times when I will put something on the bed, and it will end up on the floor,” she said, grasping her husband’s hand as she turned white.

“Other times the bedroom will get extremely cold when the rest of the home is warm. I also hear people talking a lot while I’m sleeping.”

The startling answers came in response to a number of routine questions MacIvor asked the couple selling the home, all part of disclosure requirements under state law.

He ran through the usual list of items — HOA information, repairs to the home, deaths on the property, and oh, poltergeist activity.

“I had learned not to joke about any one of the disclosure items because I had run into situations in the past when family members had committed suicide in the home,” MacIvor said.

Clearly, the ghosts in the master bedroom were no laughing matter to the sellers.

Inspired by a survey conducted by realtors.com that reported more than half of home buyers are open to buying a haunted house, The Signal asked Santa Clarita Valley Realtors to share their stories about haunted houses.

The response was surprising.

One realty company was actually sued by a buyer when told by neighbors that “the sellers thought the house had a ghost,” said local Realtor Kathy Salisbury.

“We now have a disclosure with the question, ‘Is your house haunted?’” Salisbury said.

Realtor Paul Gonzales recalled asking a seller the disclosure questions and being told, “Yes! I have guests in my home.”

The seller said an elderly man would sometimes visit the house, but he was harmless — he was her uncle. And he was dead.

Sometimes chairs would move and lights would turn themselves on and off, she said.

“Upon some fact-finding I took the listing,” Gonzales said. “I did disclose there were oddities about the home — reported paranormal activity within the last five years.”

That revelation seemed to bring more odd people out to buy the home, he said.

“One guy, who looked like Uncle Fester from the Addams Family came in and wanted to hold a séance,” Gonzales said.

He would only write an offer “if someone on the other side responded,” he said.

The eventual buyer of the home had the last name of “Karloff,” he recalled.

The buyer of a home listed by Realtor Dwight Hawkins asked him to query the seller about spirits or “unsettling movements around the home,” Hawkins said. The place just didn’t feel quite right, the buyer reported.

What made the situation odd, Hawkins said, was that the actual buyer worked for a mortuary and always wore black and glasses.

As for the Valencia couple, they didn’t like disclosing the ghosts in their master bedroom, MacIvor said.

“They themselves thought they were crazy.”

But their house sold.

“The buyer brought a priest to the home to bless it,” MacIvor said, “then brought a paranormal investigator during the inspection phase of escrow and the home was pronounced ‘clean.’”

jana@signalscv.com
661-287-5599

 

 

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