Who loves good ghost stories and movies and Ghost Hunter shows? Who always loves to gossip about real life paranormal incidents?
It’s all about triggering the amazing fight-or-flight response to experience the flood of adrenaline, endorphins, and dopamine, but in a completely safe space.
With my kind of profession, I have to venture into distressed, vacant properties all by myself. Most often than not, the power is also shut off. Looks like a scene right off those haunted movies! With the coming Halloween, thought I’d share some spooky experiences with You.
House #1: This is the most recent experience. I went to see a house. Another Realtor was stepping out after showing his clients. He cautioned me against opening the bathroom door as it emitted super strong smell- a smell that would hit you hard in the face!
I quickly checked the rest of the property, held my breath and briefly opened the bathroom door for a quick glimpse. Looked OK. We put an offer that got accepted!
Since then, my business partner and I went to property few times (and it smelled and smelled).
One fine day, while I was sitting outside that house waiting for the architect and partner to step out, few ladies from the community came to pay a visit. Through them, I learnt that the owner was an old man who lived alone. His house was in shambles. About 20-30 cats called his house their home! He died in the house and no one knew. Till after 4-5 days, it smelled so bad that neighbors called the cops. Cops had to call his daughter from Texas for identification!!!
Sad story… But the weird part was, since then, every time we left the house, we would carry the stink with us. A good shower and change of clothes wouldn’t help. The stink seemed to accompany us in our own house- as IF we had brought back something from that property! And then out of nowhere, I started hearing strange squishing sounds in my house during noons!
BOOOOOOO. We took several measures at that property like keep windows open to let fresh air in, circulate incense stick around the house, gut most walls and floors. Result: Fresh, new, crisp smelling house. And those strange sounds? It so happened, my son had started playing games on Ipad and they were getting updated every noon with a strange squish sound J
House # 2: I went to see a half done house in Rochelle Park. It was a cloudy day and no power. Touring the 1st and 2nd floor was a breeze. The basement was pitch dark. I turned on the video on my phone for the flash-light, chanted God’s name and heroically dismounted the stairs. I could only see to the extent of my weak flash-light. I noticed a finished bathroom in the far corner of the basement. Sun rays squeezed in through the translucent window. As I started walking there, a knocking sound appeared from nowhere. The closer I went to the bathroom, it got louder. A quick peek in the bathroom and I scurried out of the basement- and out of the house! I went outside to check if there was any construction work going on in the vicinity, but could see (or hear) nothing.
BOOOOOOO. I came home and showed the video to family, who agreed to not only hearing the knocks, but they getting louder towards the bathroom. Curiosity took the better of me. I insisted that someone should accompany me to the house for another visit and see if this repeated. No one volunteered J Still wondering what it could that have been…..
House # 3: Around last Halloween, few friends met (some willingly while others obstinately following their spouses) to watch a horror movie ‘MAMA’ at night. For those who haven’t watched it, a dark ghostly image keeps appearing in the movie!
I saw a house in New Milford and thought it was a great Buy. I called my Business Partner to see it. Again, no electricity. Since I had already viewed the house earlier, I was standing at one corner, engrossed in my phone (aah, the joys of owning a smart phone). My partner stepped down in the dingy basement with his flash-light and abruptly retracted at lightening speed. He thought he saw something but wouldn’t explain! I failed to apprehend what it could be- I was there just 2 days ago!!! Maybe a small animal.. or a dog.. or even a homeless man?? What could it be!!!
BOOOOOOOO. Upon further interrogation, he mentioned he saw a black smoky shadow hanging in the basement, like a bat (Does it ring a bell? MAMA?) I had a good, hysterical laugh. He probably saw a shadow of stair-railing while flickering his flash light in the basement. Till date, I enjoy teasing him about that incident- WICKED!
I intend to stay put with my work- which means more property visits and more stories! Until next Halloween……. Ciao!