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Selling a 'Slightly Haunted' House

Zillow By Erika Riggs Greg Leeson didn't want to call his house haunted, so in his listing, he went for a nonchalant tone: "Slightly haunted. Nothing serious, though," he wrote. "When I was writing it, I had been thinking about it, and I went back and forth," Leeson explained. "The way I worded it -- I was trying to... Continue Reading »

Tips on Selling, Buying -- or Avoiding -- 'Haunted' Houses

Shutterstock By Geoff Williams Louisa Eyler didn't buy a haunted house, as far as she knows, but her new home does have a creepy past, and some friends and family members have already declared their intentions to stay as far away from it as possible. Her 12-year-old son, R.J., has asked for a thermal imaging reader to... Continue Reading »

Scary Money Stories: When Houses Haunt Your Finances

Getty Images Many of the scariest money troubles have to do with real estate. A misstep managing home-related finances can mean having to move back in with Mom... or worse. Come hear some of our readers' most spine-tingling tales of financial woe -- and find out what you can do if it happens to you. The Money Pit In the... Continue Reading »

Living in a 'Haunted' House Was 'Life-Changing,' Homeowners Say

Jason Baker Photography via Zillow By Erika Riggs Edwin Gonzalez's wife Lillian is the one who fell in love with the home. "Since she was a little girl, she's always wanted a Victorian," he explained. It was Thanksgiving 2008 and Lillian's sister sent her the Gardner, Mass., listing. Three days later, Edwin and... Continue Reading »

Buy a Haunted House? Most Would Consider It, Survey Says

The ghosts and goblins in our homes might be more than Halloween decorations fashioned from scissored bed sheets and carved pumpkins -- so say a large number of those recently surveyed about living in a haunted house. According to the poll by Realtor.com, more than a third of the consumers it questioned reported living... Continue Reading »

Haunted House Discounts in Hong Kong Scared Off by Housing Boom

The only thing more terrifying than a haunted house? A housing boom. So says one Hong Kong man who told The Wall Street Journal that since real estate prices have spiked there, buying a good old-fashioned horror house sure isn't what it used to be. You see, stigmatized properties -- such as where a previous tenant or... Continue Reading »

10 Haunted Houses You Wouldn't Want to Live In

By Erika Riggs Creaking floors, inexplicable cold drafts and eerie sounds usually don't top the list of dream house features. Unless, of course, we're talking about dream haunted house features. And surprisingly, most people would at least consider buying a haunted home. According to a recent Realtor.com survey, only... Continue Reading »

Couple Sues Landlord Over 'Haunted' House

Paranormal activity is fun to watch at the movies, but what happens when life (allegedly) imitates art? In the case of this New Jersey couple, a lawsuit, apparently. Michele Callan and her fiance, Josue Chinchilla (both pictured below), are suing their landlord for their $2,250 deposit on a Toms River home that they... Continue Reading »

Watch: AOL Real Estate's Interview With a Ghost Hunter

Is there anything scarier than plummeting home value? According to Kris Williams, ghost hunter extraordinaire, there's plenty to give homeowners the willies -- and not just around Halloween either. As a lead investigator on the SyFy Channel's "Ghost Hunters International," Williams has crisscrossed the globe in search of... Continue Reading »

Foreclosure Ghost Towns Haunt Nation

Foreclosures have made an impact all over the country, but certain areas, such as Las Vegas (pictured left), have been turned into virtual ghost towns. Bruce Watson of our sister site DailyFinance vividly reports on the human toll these ghost towns have taken. When pundits discuss homeownership, they often frame the issue... Continue Reading »

Halloween Real Estate: Real Haunted Houses

Visiting haunted houses is a Halloween staple. People pay to walk through buildings to experience spookily costumed characters, eerie sounds and ghostly apparitions. Most of these haunted houses are just dressed up for the occasion, but there are some homes in the U.S. that visitors say are haunted year-round, by the sound... Continue Reading »

In Hong Kong's Tight Real Estate Market, Death Is a Selling Point

Cultural differences are often reflected in attitudes toward real estate. Take Hong Kong, where space is tight and people live densely in high-rise apartments that make the typical Manhattan abode look spacious and cheap. Still, most residents of notoriously superstitious Hong Kong would rather not live in a hongza -- an... Continue Reading »

Would You Rent With Edward Cullen?

Handsome vampires à la "Twilight"'s Edward Cullen might be all the rage, but living with one is another thing entirely. Desperate landlords are doing all manor of things to stay competitive in this renters' market - including bragging about ghosts. While some landlords are cutting rent, giving away apartments and... Continue Reading »

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