Believe it or not, there’s a lot of jurisprudence on this, including the famous Stambovsky v. Ackley case in New York that requires sellers to disclose the existence of a ghost. (Haunting, they find, is a defect that even a reasonably prudent buyer probably could not discover on his own during inspections.) Because the seller in question had given interviews in the local media about the ghost in the house, that seller was estopped from denying in court that the haunting was real, which meant that the house was haunted AS A MATTER OF LAW.
If all law were like this, I’d still be a lawyer. But I digress.
Anyway, to my delight, I’ve found a Web site that deals with the hard issues facing sellers who want to unload 3 br./2 bth./1 ghst. residences: Haunted Real Estate.
There are even tips for how to frame the existence of a ghost as a plus. Turns out plenty of people would like to live in a haunted house.
(Sometime I’ll talk about Aunt Kitty’s poltergeist. She loved him dearly.)