This popular true podcast episode illustrates the far-reaching impact of what Realtors call ‘stigmatized property,’ sometimes known as a ‘haunted house:’
While at work one day, I received a phone call, then quickly recognized the caller as a client I assisted with a home purchase months earlier. I soon detected serious concern in his voice as I’d never observed from him before.
While the client talked, I listened and automatically ran through a brief mental checklist of his closed transaction:
‘Paperwork completed correctly?’ Check.
‘Home inspection performed?’ Check.
‘Inspection issues addressed and/or negotiated?’ Check.
‘Building permits researched?’ Check.
‘Insurance, title report, loan and closing documents taken care of?’ Check.
I run through a few more items in my mind, then hear him say the word ‘Ghost.’