Haunted Houses, Haunted Real Estate
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It's that time of the year when all of the scary ghost stories remerge and are retold, perhaps more embellished with time. I wish that I could tell you that I have some fantastic stories of appraising haunted houses. I wish that I could share some scary events that we have encountered while appraising real estate. I really don't have any. I mean, we have certainly observed some places that would be considered creepy and houses that have been vacant for an extended period of time are especially uncomfortable to walk around in. The biggest scare I've experienced happened just a few days ago when we entered a house that had an alarm system of which we were unaware. The alarm was so loud and piercing. My heart was racing and I just knew a S.W.A.T team was going to show up at any moment to take us down. Fortunately, we were able to reach the real estate agent who apologized as she forgot to inform us and give us the code. I would like to share a few stories about some places that I know and then discuss the impact of stigmas on real estate.