Fun Real Estate Headlines from 2013


Some real estate websites feature reports about subjects like market trends or new technology.  Others may offer relevant financial advice or maybe mortgage information. While helpful and well-read, these topics tend to exclude the news that is not promotional and perhaps a bit outrageous.

Today’s blog highlights real estate news not affiliated with traditional chronicles of the industry.

  • 1) When buying or selling a property becomes too personal, people tend to act on emotion and can get in legal trouble.

A particularly odd story in July was Realty Agent Fired After Allegedly Vandalizing Neighbor’s Property. A real estate agent purportedly took extreme measures to ensure that their neighbor’s home in Haverford, PA did not sell. Andrea Staub lost her job with a Philadelphia area realty agency after she and her husband were allegedly caught by their neighbor throwing dead snakes and rats into her yard and knocking down the for sale signs.

  • 2) Not everyone who claims to have a property for sale is honest.

In November a realtor illustrated this point in her blog, Crazy Real Estate Story – Did You Hear About This? This is the story of a scam artist who listed a house he was renting for sale online. He actually showed the home and got an unknowing, prospective “buyer” to hand over the $3,000 down! Of course he eventually did get caught and charged with the crime.

  • 3) More than 50 percent of Americans would be interested in buying a haunted house.

In an October survey conducted by, 62 percent of respondents indicated they would be open to purchasing a haunted home. Another 35 percent reported that they had lived in a house that was haunted. Although statistics in the survey are deemed credible, we wonder how many people really are not afraid of cohabitating with ghosts or being surrounded by unexplained phenomenon within their own home?

  • 4) Real Estate agents tell the truth – they do get scared showing homes that seem to be haunted.

There are more than a few nightmarish stories straight from professional realtors who share tales of spooky, real-life “haunted” houses for sale. In this real estate blog, Bernice Ross, CEO of, recounts several first-hand experiences with hallowing homes on the market. If you’re ready for a good scare, read more at For Halloween – Haunted Real Estate.


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Michelle Manter Giglietti

Owner~Realtor at Manter Realty Group of Keller Williams
Top Producing Realtor and recognized blogger. In her free time you can hear her screaming fore at the local golf course,or catch her at home enjoying fresh cooking and a glass of wine with her husband and favorite 6 pound Morkie named Pedro.
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