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Is there a market for haunted homes?

October 29 2012

market leader hauntedWith a two-year-old and an eight-week-old at home, it's not often that I get a chance to kick back and watch a little television. However, last Friday I was fortunate enough to get a couple of hours to zone out in front of the tube. I caught a show on the Travel Channel called "Ghost Adventures," where a group of three "ghost hunters" lock themselves into a haunted location overnight and use various gizmos and gadgets to capture haunted activity.

This particular episode featured a young couple who had recently purchased Black Moon Manor in Greenfield, IN. Since their purchase, the couple has experienced "unexplained" activity and asked the "Ghost Adventures" crew to investigate (cue the "Ghost Busters" theme music).

As the crew interviews the owners and videos the inside of the house you have to wonder, why on earth would anyone buy this property?

Just one look at the house and you'd swear that Norman Bates was staring at you from the top window dressed in his mother's finest.Of course, the history of the home is also quite Hitchcockian. In the early 1800s, Black Moon Manor was turned into an infirmary to treat victims of smallpox. Legend has it that 200 people lost their lives on the property.

Being in the real estate business, I couldn't help but wonder how an agent would go about selling a house like this. For some reason, a home like Black Moon Manor doesn't scream "SOLD!" in my book. Have you ever had to sell a home with a dark past and/or that was supposedly haunted?

In the meantime, check out this article from bankrate.combankrate.com. Seems there's a market for everything, including haunted houses.

To view the original article, visit the Market Leader blogMarket Leader blog.

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