Should Georgia home sellers be required to disclose ghosts?

There’s a reasonable chance that State Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick was either joking or asking on behalf of a constituent when she wrote on Facebook to inquire if a home seller is required to disclose the presence of a ghost or the prior commission of a murder at the home in question, but it raises an interesting question.

No, not “Who you gonna call?

The issue is addressed partially in Georgia Code §44-1-16, which deals with “stigmatized properties.”

(a)(1) No cause of action shall arise against an owner of real property, a real estate broker, or any affiliated licensee of the broker for the failure to disclose in any real estate transaction the fact or suspicion that such property: 

(B) Was the site of a homicide or other felony or a suicide or a death by accidental or natural causes; provided, however, an owner, real estate broker, or affiliated licensee of the broker shall, except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, answer truthfully to the best of that person´s individual knowledge any question concerning the provisions of subparagraph (A) or (B) of this paragraph. 

A professor at Wright State University studied 102 stigamatized homes in Ohio, which included the sites of 46 suicides, 27 murders and 6 hauntings, and concluded that while such homes averaged an additional 45 days on the market, the price difference of such homes averaged 3%.

But we don’t have an answer for whether the seller has a duty to disclose if their home is haunted. May someone will write some legislation to take care of that. If nothing else, it would be a perfect opportunity for the house to haze a new State Rep. when they present their first bill.

Earlier this year, the house made famous in “The Amityville Horror” was offered for $1.35 million. That home actually was the site of a mass-murder when all six members of a family that lived there were found executed. The next owners vacated after 28 days, claiming the home was haunted. When that house was on the market in 2010, it was sold for $950,000 after 70 days on the market with an initial asking price of $1.15 million. No word on why it was up for sale again a year later.

8 comments

  1. CobbGOPer says:

    Um, it looks to me like she’s worried about buying a potentially ‘haunted’ house…

    And if she’s seriously worried about buying a ‘haunted’ house, then I feel sorry for the constituents who have to deal with this obvious fruitcake.

    Ghosts aren’t real, Representative Kendrick. Stop being a moron.

    • Toxic Avenger says:

      I know Rep. Kendrick, and she has her own (very nice) home. So your theory fails, there.

      Further, she’s obviously either pondering aloud or inquiring about a legitimate legal question, which is evidenced by another attorney responding below her (who I also know).

      Stop being judgmental.

    • kyleinatl says:

      Maybe you should get to know Rep. Kendrick a little bit to understand her sense of humor and worldview before you call her a moron. Don’t be a mouthbreather.

      • Todd Rehm says:

        Maybe if you on the left had taken such a generous view of Rep. Bobby Franklin, we’d be more inclined to do so when it comes to your lefties saying things that sound crazy.

        • kyleinatl says:

          I’ll try not to speak too ill of the departed here, but Rep. Franklin invited criticism with his quite radical viewpoints, Rep. Kendrick simply posted a question on her Facebook page. You can’t compare the two.

        • GAPolitico says:

          When Representative Kendrick sponsors a bill that says people need to disclose Ghosts, then you can say something Todd. The problem with Franklin was that he put his craziness into legislation that he tried to force upon our state. Kendrick has a sense of humor, Franklin had screw loose.

    • ricstewart says:

      There are other ways of getting your daily amount of exercise than jumping to conclusions, CobbGOPer.
      If you were familiar with Representative Kendrick and her Facebook posts, you would realize that she was being lighthearted with that post. People do that on Facebook sometimes.

      Even if I don’t agree with all of her political views, I can’t deny that she’s a very level-headed, hard-working legislator.

      Just calm down.

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