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The next time you go house-hunting, be sure to thoroughly look into the backstory of the house you’re interested in. These properties might have been inhabited by serial killers, used by members of the adult film industry, or contained the “essence” of the former (now deceased) owners. Real estate agents must, by law, disclose the truth about these potentially haunted houses, but some may not even know what happened there unless they speak to the neighbors.

 

 

Asked About A ‘Water Leak’

 

From Redditor /u/tieberion:

The lady next door to me [passed], and wasn’t found until she was […] more liquid than solid on her living room carpet. The family couldn’t pay back taxes or something, and the house went to HUD to auction. HUD paid for some cleanup, but not to replace the carpet, only to steam clean it.

So it finally sold, and was talking to the guy who is flipping it. Before I could mention the [passing], he asked if the house had a water leak under the foundation […] because when they ripped up the carpet and pad to put down the laminate floor, it was really dirty and got all over them and their clothes […] Told him what happened and how HUD went cheap on what to fix before the auction; he got green as a pea and started puking right there on his side of the fence.

An Adult Production Was Shot There

From Redditor /u/Grandmastrgusto:

An old friend of mine bought a nice house in a quiet neighborhood. The place is beautiful and has a really nice deck outback with a hot tub. About 3 weeks after closing he was cleaning out some previously owner junk in one of the closets and found an old DVD. It was a Bridget the Midget porno with a hot tub scene on the cover. His hot tub. It was epic.

They Dug A Basement

From Redditor /u/_old:

My grandma sells/rents houses in the Denver area. A few weeks ago I had to help her evict a few college bros from one of her properties. This is a cottage-style home, no second floor, no basement. These guys literally dug a hole in the wood floor and made a basement where they’ve been throwing trash away for the last year. Like it’s a living room… with a tv… a couple arm chairs… and a giant hole in the ground filled with ice cream wrappers, pizza boxes, and cigarette butts.

Old Tenants Locked Their Kids In The Closet

From Redditor /u/JaytheFarmer:

My parents were realtors, and also flipped houses. When I was growing up I used to help them a lot, usually by cleaning. When I was 12, I was helping with a house that was infested with roaches. I noticed the closets were smeared with shit and children’s hand prints, with fingernail scratches on the insides of the doors as well. I asked my parents why this was the case. They told me the old tenants used to lock their toddlers in the closets for days.

Former Resident Had Secret Cameras

From Redditor /u/youdirtynetwork:

[S]o two years ago my step dad was charged with some child porn offenses, not a great time, 0/10 would recommend. More to the point of this story, flash forward to this October and the police contact my sister wanting to ask some questions. As it turns out, he had little creepy cameras all over the house and had been filming her since she was in grade 9 until she moved out! Needless to say my mother is selling the house. I feel bad for the next people who buy and possibly come across something the cops missed!

A Converted Victorian Era Asylum

From Redditor /u/Zutsky:

Not a realtor, but I used to rent an apartment that was in a converted Victorian asylum. It was rumored to be haunted, but I never heard or saw anything whilst living there.

When I met with a leasing agent to hand the keys back at the property, and for him to run through a final inspection he asked if we had been ‘happy’ there. I said something to the effect of yes, but we were only moving as the landlord had it up for sale. It became clear he was after some kind of ghost story as he explained that none of his colleagues liked going to any apartments in the building because when taking photos to market one of them, the red eye detector kept triggering on his phone when no one was in frame!

The poor guy looked nervous as heck the whole time we were there.

Two Homes With Previous Occurances

From Redditor /u/WillSmiff:

I photograph homes. It’s normal, people die in homes. I’ve photographed a few homes where the reason for sale was a recent suicide in the home. I photographed a new home that the builder [took his own life] in the garage just before the project was complete.

The weirdest one was mostly very creepy and suspicious. I photographed a billionaire’s compound where the guy had [an] absurd fascination with flesh. There were well over 50 heads mounted on walls from water buffalo to elephant. 5-10 large cats, stuffed. Chandeliers made from the feathers of rare birds. Stools made from elephant feet/legs. Paintings and abstract photos of oily skin, “veiny” muscles of humans and animals etc etc. I looked for his kill room, but I never found it. In general I find billionaires don’t behave like normal people, but this one was particularly weird.

Someone Took Their Own Life In One Of The Rooms

From Redditor /u/ControlYourPoison:

When we were looking to buy a house we looked at one in which the father of the family committed suicide in. You could tell which room it was because it had clearly recently been sheet-rocked and painted. It didn’t really bother us though and we didn’t get any creepy feelings. We chose not to put an offer in because the rest of the house needed a lot of work.

And no, the realtor did not tell us that someone had [passed] in it. I happened to know because it is very close to the house I grew up in and it’s a very small town.

A Lack Of Hobbies

From Redditor /u/stuisthebest:

My aunt is a realtor and was selling a house that a lady owned but had been renting out to her college-aged son and a few of his friends.

When they went to do the first walk through so my aunt could take pictures and such, it was apparent the lady hadn’t been in the house in ages. [Every single room] had a tv, a chair, a box of Kleenex, and a bottle of lotion. They were literally just jacking it with each other all over the house all the time.

The lady was so embarrassed.

A Monster Deal

From Redditor /u/Yup4545:

When I was looking for my last house, I went with my wife and realtor to look at several houses. We went to look at one house in particular because it didn’t seem like the price they were asking for could be real […] huge house sitting on tons of land with outbuildings, going for millions under market value. We got there, and the realtor said ‘Oh, I should mention, a serial killer lived here and when he was put away cops found 11 bodies on the property.’ Source. Oh, well that’ll do it.

Owned By A Heroin Dealer

From Redditor /u/dgbgb:

Not a realtor, but when the sold sign went up on our last house our neighbor came over and said, “Now you’re moving out, would you like to know about your house’s history?”. Turned out the previous owner was a heroin dealer, who allowed his customers to shoot up in the living room – explains the brown arcs all over the walls when we stripped the wallpaper. He also used to pimp his wife out from an upstairs room (our then bedroom). Lovely

They Felt The Presence Of The Previous Owners

From Redditor /u/EdgarAetheling:

I failed to sell a townhouse built in the 1800s last year – two separate buyers said they could still ‘feel’ the previous owners in the house and that’s what put them off making an offer. Spooky as both sets of buyers used the specific phrase that they ‘feel’ whatever is still a presence there.

But seriously, I’ve been in 100 ‘spooky’ houses with gruesome back stories and have only got the serious creeps in two or three over my whole career.

Finding Reversed Locks On Doors

From Redditor /u/CubbieBlue66:

I’ve been doing this job for a while now. The thing that scares me most is how often I find the locks reversed on bedroom/basement doors.

There’s lots of [crappy] parents out there.

Giant Closets = Morgue Remnants

From Redditor /u/Player_Haterz_Ball:

Not a realtor (have taken the course twice just never took the test), but I’ve been in the residential property management industry for 14 years and have managed/leased thousands of apartments and single family houses. A historic building I used to lease apartments for was formally an insane asylum and prior to that was a hospital. The building itself is on the national historical registry. Thankfully I never had a bad experience here, except for one unsettling thing in a stairwell, but I did meet people over the years with stories.

Anyways, certain things are required for historical landmarks and restoration tax credits in this particular city, so in many of the apartments had to maintain certain features of the original design/architecture, like some old tile was still on the walls and floors. The thing that creeped me out was the basement. Even after 50+ years on most days you could catch a whiff of formaldehyde. Some days were more pungent and distinct than others. Of course being the basement it also had the addition of that musty basement smell. Since this was once a hospital, obviously it had a morgue. There are a handful of apartments in the basement, and the original tile on the floor marked where the morgue actually started. In one of those apartments there is a bedroom with incredibly spacious walk-in closets. If you haven’t already figured it out, these two massive closets are the old body lockers with the original latches on the walls next to the entrance to the closets. I still for the life of me cannot understand how anyone could live in that apartment, because I wouldn’t even go into that apartment by myself.

Australia’s Finest Previously Owned It

From Redditor /u/Belmontlives:

My uncle bought a caravan down the coast on a well-known beach, just prior to selling it police detectives turn up and turn the place upside down and inside out looking for some sort of information. Turns out the family of one of Australia’s most notorious serial killers used to own the caravan many years ago.

A Former Nunnery With A Wall Full Of Literal Skeletons

From Redditor /u/Moonwarden666:

This happened to some friends who bought a property, a very old site, about 300 years old, which had been part of a convent. The aforementioned place had been refurbished as small apartments/houses about 50 years ago.

They went to live there and there was some maintenance given to certain parts of the property. There was a wall which was slightly wider than the others. They began to give maintenance to that wall but the outer layer fell apart due to the rain and age. While trying to fix it they found dozens of skeletons of babies.

Well, authorities and historians came and went, and they came to the conclusion that the nuns tossed their babies there right after giving birth to them, Lord knows if they were alive or dead by then.

MIA Former Owner Found In The Attic

From Redditor /u/colonrody:

Property inspection turned up a […] body in the attic, a suicide where someone hung themselves. Home owner thought her husband had left her years ago…

It Used To Be A Genetalia Enlargement Center

From Redditor /u/personalspaceinvader:

Australian property manager here. I had taken on a new property which had a bathroom vanity in each bedroom. I questioned the landlord to why the bedrooms required sinks. He informed me the house was previously a penis in enlargement centre. Had a bunch of uni students move in and disclosed to them the reason. They thought it was a great story and lived happily in the penis centre home.

Built With Stolen Materials

From Redditor /u/wyvernwy:

I learned just how extensively the original builder had embezzled from the school district to build the house. People of a certain age would marvel at the fact that all the bricks, flooring, door and window frames, light fixtures, all kinds of elements were exactly “1920s public school construction.” Turns out the builder was the school superintendent and deliberately built the house with diverted materials and labor from a school project. He was caught and publicly shamed for it.

Commercial Property Was A Former Tug-And-Rub And More

From Redditor /u/lookielurker:

From the other side of the fence:

I went with a friend of mine to view commercial properties for his start up computer business. There was one in particular that he was very excited to see, as the setup sounded just perfect. It had a large front room for seating customers/display, was in a strip mall with several other businesses, and it had two back rooms, one he could use for stock, one he could use for doing repairs. It also had it’s own portion of the basement, for additional stock or whatever he might need it for.

We hadn’t been in the door more than 30 seconds, and the realtor started telling us how it was a combo nail salon/massage parlor, before it was seized and her company bought it. Yeah, “massage parlor” and “seized”…you know where this is going. The two back rooms still had the mattresses on the floor, and there were about eight more mattresses and lots of women’s clothing scattered around the basement. He didn’t take the property, even though I told him he should have. The looks on the faces of old clients that came in still expecting the brothel to be there would have been priceless.

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