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Tips for Selling Haunted Huntsville Real Estate

By: Huntsville Real Estate Expert Mike Manosky On October 30, 2012

No, this isn’t just another timely spooky story, although it just may have to do with ghosts!  Be you a believer or a scoffer, the fact is that there are pieces of Huntsville real estate on the market which are purported to be haunted and thus are more difficult to sell.  Known as “stigmatized” properties, these houses have the reputation of being haunted or are the site of a previous violent crime–and the perception of ghosts and gore is not easy to erase.

  • Become familiar with state laws regarding disclosure.  Contact the Alabama Real Estate Commission to see if you’re required to disclose information about the stigma attached to your Huntsville real estate because you could be spooked by a lawsuit if you don’t.  Regardless of what the state dictates, being upfront about your home’s paranormal guests or ghoulish histories is always the best moral policy.
  • Pay attention the appearance of your property—inside and out.  To minimize any thoughts of ghosts, your home needs to look spirit-free and inviting on the outside. Avoid a dark, forbidding atmosphere by clearing away dead trees and hanging branches; replacing rusty iron gates with a white fence, and getting rid of unwanted residents like stray cats and spiders. On the inside, think warm, bright, and clutter-free. Doing away with darkness and gloom that could promote the idea of spirits may require removing outdated, musty furniture, antique rugs, old pictures of ancestors, and any other items that contribute to an “eerie atmosphere” so that you can alleviate any pre-conceived notions in potential buyers.
  • You may have to resort to bringing in a Ghostbuster.  David Frankin Farkas, owner of HouseHealing.com, makes a full-time living ridding properties of specters and/or negative energy.  Click here to find groups who will investigate paranormal.
  • And finally, pricing your Huntsville real estate to sell is another strategy you must consider.  By lowering your price 20-25%, you may make your property more attractive to potential buyers, especially investors.

Having lived in the Huntsville AL area for most of his life, Mike Manosky understands exactly what makes this community special.  In fact, those who know him well will tell you he carries the same traditional values and focus on the future as Huntsville. 

Mike brings with him a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Huntsville AL home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why his clients benefit from his unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Mike Manosky will help make the most of your Huntsville AL real estate experience. Give him a call today, 256-508-0211 Direct or 800-803-0053 Toll Free, and discover the difference he can make during your family’s move.

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