Long before I became interested in houses and residential real estate I had another interest: hauntings. It’s taken me on investigations around the country to some very haunted and some not so haunted places. I’ve appeared on local newscasts as well as in a segment on the Travel Channel’s My Ghost Story (Episode 53, Season 4 episode 27) to share my evidence and my thoughts on the subject. I’ve seen, heard and even felt some very scary things on these investigations, although mostly in abandoned hospitals and asylums. Haunted homes are pretty rare in my experience. But there are people who say they would prefer to own a haunted house if they could find one for sale.
There are a few special moments I recall from my investigations. I once stood in front of an old staircase in the lighthouse keepers’ apartments in Big Sur, California and heard heavy boots stomping down the stairs, but there was no one on those stairs. Across the compound in the head lighthouse keeper’s house I could hear people talking but couldn’t make out exactly what was said. And again, no one was there.
I was sitting in a nice home in Bloomington, Minnesota on what had been a highly uneventful investigation when I heard a camera suddenly move. (Down below I’ve posted the clip so you can see for yourself). In southern Minnesota I diligently stood in an old opera house asking questions of the unseen only to find later that someone answered one of those questions with a question. On my recording I could clearly hear a woman ask, “Is there someone there?”
And out in Fergus Falls, Minnesota I found my greatest confirmation. My sleeve was tugged, a shadow passed in front of me, a door slammed in my face and a deep voice penetrated the static of our radio ghost box during one of our question and answer sessions. He said, “Why do you keep asking the same questions?” He sounded annoyed and almost stereotypically evil. And that actually is a good question because the team did seem to be asking the same things frequently.
Do you live in a haunted house? And do you have to disclose that if you are selling that home? The answer is no, you can keep that to yourself since the law views the belief in the paranormal as an opinion. I’d love to hear about your experiences though.