Tip Tuesday: Haunted Home for Sale!

Ok, so here’s the thing….we love Haunted Houses. Setting out in the crisp Fall night air, arm-in-arm ready to be scared is a great thrill and we’ll talk it in any form…house, hayride, trolley ride….you name it we’re there. But, can a real haunted home sell?

For many people the idea of a home actually being haunted is a fantasy and for others it’s a legitimate concern. The National Association of Realtors, reports that over 28% of Realtors have had to once sell a home for a client who was convinced that their home was haunted.


What do you do?

Now, we’re not ghost whispers so we’re not experts but every home has creeks and groans, especially older homes. However, if you have doors periodically slamming and items flying off of shelves, maybe that’s something you keep to yourself…..or do you disclose it? We go to the law. Sellers only need to disclose information regarding any deaths or violent crimes in the home if buyers ask for it. As a buyer, if you’d like to check on your own regarding if anyone has died in the home you can visit this website (there is a fee associated) but it can help you verify crimes/deaths in the home. (Please note that we have not utilized this website yet so our experience with how great it is is limited).

You can also try a different marketing tactic. Some people may love the idea of a home that’s protected by its previous owners. A home that has history that’s still leaving its mark! On the other hand, maybe you try to ask the spirits to leave with advice and tactics from expert Mediums!

In all seriousness, we recommend having an honest, long conversation with your Realtor regarding this and coming up with an effective game plan.

You can contact us for all of your Haunted House marketing needs and remember to have a safe and happy Halloween!

Tip Tuesday: Be Sure This Halloween Is a Treat And Not a Trick For Your Pet

Trick or Treat!  Halloween is a few days away and there’s so much to think about.  Decorations.  Food Allergies.  Costumes.  Party Plans.  Etc, etc, etc.  But let’s not all forget that Halloween affects our pets greatly.

My sister's dog as a Candy Corn last Halloween
My sister’s dog as a Candy Corn last Halloween

Take these steps to ensure that this Halloween you’re pet friendly!

  1. Candy: Obviously chocolate is a complete no-no, but many other candies can prove dangerous as well.  Don’t take the unnecessary risk of offering your pet candy, but instead, be sure that you’re stocked with yummy pet treats.  You can even try your hand at these homemade pumpkin dog biscuits.  Even if you don’t give your pet candy, make sure that you throw all of the wrappers to your candy out!  Tin foil and cellophane can be very dangerous if swallowed so be sure to keep out of reach.
  2. Decorations: It’s always fun to decorate with real pumpkins, corn, and hay.  While those things aren’t toxic, they can be a source of a very upset stomach.  Also, decorations that make noises, produce dry ice or light up can create anxiety for pets.  Keep decorations out of reach.
  3. Trick or Treaters:  Whether you bring your pet out trick or treating with you or keep him/her home with you to hand out candy, there are important steps to take to keep them safe.  If you’re bringing them out, use brightly colored costumes or visibility vests/lights to keep them visible to others that are out.  If you’re staying home, keep them in a separate room, away from the chaos of trick or treaters.  Too many strangers can create anxiety as well.

Anything you’d add?

We hope that you, your family and pets all have a safe, fun, & happy Halloween!  Share your costume pictures with us!