Things that go bump in the night

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by Courtney Merchand on January 29, 2014

BOO: Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, homeowners have an obligation to disclose any and all information about their house to a potential buyer. Including if it's haunted or not.      Photo via flickr Sean MacEntree

BOO: Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, homeowners have an obligation to disclose any and all information about their house to a potential buyer. Including if it’s haunted or not. Photo via flickr Sean MacEntree

Do you experience unexpected noises, lights flickering on and off, or doors opening and closing by themselves in the comfort of your own home?

There are those who write these occurrences off and consider them nothing more than the creaks and groans of an old house.

Then there are those who believe there is something else going on – a spirit or ghost, per chance?

Whether you’re a believer in the supernatural or not, these manifestations could well be the deciding factor in someone’s decision to buy your house.

Most homeowners aren’t aware that they are obliged to declare any information about their home that may affect the decision of a potential buyer – including the presence of a ghost.

According to the Organisme d’Autoreglementation du Courtage Immobilier du Québec (OACIQ), “the importance of these factors depends on each person according to his values, perceptions, religion, age, etc.”

Essential factors that should be disclosed to your real estate agent include “a death on the property” and the “presence of an unexplained phenomenon”, among other things.

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