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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 »

Full Disclosure Laws: Janet Milliken Sues Seller, Realtor Over Home's Notorious Past

By Susanna Kim Stigmatized homes are tricky. It can be hard to sell a home where a murder has taken place (as the owner of Jeffrey Dahmer's childhood home can attest). These homes often sell at deep discounts because of their grim histories, but sometimes that works out for investors. In any case, some states have... 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 »

Jeffrey Dahmer, Andrea Yates, the Lemp Family: Life Inside Homes Where Grisly Deaths Took Place

The handsome, Spanish-style home on the corner of Beachcomber Lane and Sea Lark Road in Houston couldn't look any more idyllic. With its charming brick exteriors, and leafy, tree-flanked lawn, the cosy three-bedroom property is picture perfect. But behind its pretty doors lies a gruesome past. It's where 37-year-old mom... Continue Reading »

A Real Horror House for Sale

Around this time of year, horror houses are a dime a dozen. Unless it's a real horror house, in which case the price is $589,000. That's how much agent John Weinrich is asking for the Pennsylvania home that his parents fell in love with and bought nearly 25 years ago. In an interview he gave to ABC News, Weinrich told... 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 »

Joel Rifkin Serial Killer Home Finally Sells

Serial killer Joel Rifkin is said to have slaughtered some of his victims in the East Meadow, N.Y., home he shared with his parents, but that apparently doesn't bother the new owners who closed Feb. 24 on the sale of the notorious home, pictured left, and in the photo gallery below. Identified only as a school teacher... Continue Reading »

JonBenet Ramsey House Listed for $2.3M

The 5-bedroom, 6-bath Boulder, Colo., home where a six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey was found dead nearly 14 years ago is back on the market for $2.3 million, according to news reports. That's $100,000 more than the list price it had when it was put on the market in May 2009 and never found a buyer. Since the death of... Continue Reading »

DJ AM Goldstein's SoHo Apartment Sells

The estate of the late Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein didn't have to wait long for a buyer. The corner unit at 210 Lafayette, which went on the market a couple of months ago for $1.79 million, is now under contract, reports the New York Times. Its new owner apparently doesn't mind the tainted past of the 1,147-square-foot... 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 »

Brittany Murphy's Home for Sale, at Big Premium

Brittany Murphy's Hollywood Hills home is up for sale less than three months after her death. The actress died in its bathroom with elevated levels of Vicodin in her system. Brittany's husband, Simon Monjack, told TMZ on Monday that Brittany's mother, Sharon Murphy, has listed the home for the steep price of $7.25 million... Continue Reading »

The Doomed Abode of 'DJ AM' Goldstein

The New York home of the late celebrity turntablist Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein is on the market for $1.795 million. "This stunning corner unit located at 210 Lafayette in the Soho/Nolita area is filled with sunlight and open city views," says the web site of Pru Douglas Elliman broker Jared Seligman. There's only one... Continue Reading »

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