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The Haunted Home Tour - A Seriously True Story

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In the dead of the night... I heard something from far, far away.

A familiar sound... but alarming.

I jolted awake to glance fearfully at the clock. 2 AM it blinked.

My cell phone was RINGING!

My heart starts to pound. Is it some emergency?

I don't recognize the number ....I let it go to voicemail. I wait....the cell buzzes that a message was left.

 Now, I'm really awake wondering who would contact me at 2 AM and leave a message??

I call voicemail and it reveals a man calling about a house in a nearby town. He wants to schedule a tour. Could I give him a call back? WHAT? Does he think I work all night?

Finally, I get back to sleep. It's hard to get it out of my mind...but finally I do and I dream of a strange house that is deserted and boarded up.

For some reason I'm inside and climbing the stairs to the attic. I reach the top step to open the door and I hear the voice. It so soft I almost don't hear it. 

Bam....I pop out of the dream and realize the voice I was hearing was my dog Chanel making little noises to get me up for breakfast.

Rubbing my eyes, I glance at the clock and see I have overslept to 8AM. As I climb out of the cozy bed, my mind skips ahead to my day.

That call! Did I dream it? I grab my cell to check to see if there really had been a message. It was real alright. I first think maybe I shouldn't call so early. I might wake him up. What? He wasn't worried that I would be bothered at 2AM. I write down the number and make the call.

The same male voice picked up the phone. The story spills out that it is a family that wants to tour one house about 20 miles away ...could I set it up for later that day? Without hesitation, I schedule them in the afternoon.

I decide to go a little early.

It's in unfamiliar territory on a street I've never been on in my life. I write down the directions.

As I arrive, the street is deserted except for a mongrel dog digging mindlessly through the dry leaves littering the yard.

I swing my car into the dirt driveway that circles around the front of the house. It's overrun with trees and weeds. One tree was almost growing out of the house.

Can this really be the place? I recheck the rusty number on the mailbox.

Hmmmm...right place alright.

The house with it's windows boarded up looked like it had been vacant for years. I open the lockbox and take out the key. I've done this a thousand times and like routine... I open the lock.

I step inside and my eyes try to focus on the dim surroundings. I suddenly feel a bit alarmed as I see the lights don't work.

That figures, the electric is off! Quickly, I walk through the rooms that have rubbish and filth scraped into disorderly piles. A broken chandelier is in the floor.

Dust and cobwebs cover everything. As I look closer, I realize that all the wood floors are unlevel and slope inward. I vacantly wonder how furniture would work to make you not notice the slope.

I move through the kitchen and decide to go out the back door to see the backyard and porch. While there I make a call to the listing agent to chat a bit about the house. Since I'm early there's not much to do but wait.

Then while we talked, I heard the door bell chime(we BOTH heard it). One of those with 8 bells. I quickly told her I needed to go, because my clients must have arrived even though I knew I had left the front door standing open. I walked back though the house to greet them.

There at the open front door...it was standing open exactly as I had left it.

No one there and not a soul on the street and the dog was gone too.

What the ****! How did the doorbell ring? Wasn't the electric off? There wasn't anyone here to ring it. Suddenly, fear was washing over me.

In that instant...I felt an icy breeze brush the back of my head!

Then, I felt something shove me toward the door like a hand on my arm. Let me tell you... I was out that front door faster than I've moved in my life!!

I decided to wait for the clients out in the car. In about 10 minutes they showed up.

 Nice little family that quickly walked through and decided they didn't like the sloping wood floors. Fine with me.

I stayed out front and tried to act normal. I didn't utter a word about what had just happened. I was still in shock!

They left and then I realized I had to lock up.

Totally freaked out, I rushed through the house to get the back door locked. Somewhere upstairs, I heard a door creak... then slam!

Petrified, I tiptoed back toward the front door to get it locked.

My hands were shaking as I could barely put the key back in the lockbox. I ran to my car, got in and locked the door.

I couldn't get out of there fast enough!

What had happened in that house? I'll never know.

Something was still living there in the emptiness. Something sinister.

I found out later it was haunted and many people had mysteriously disappeared after living there.

It's still for sale.

P.S. The house in my post is not the same house (I love the look of it and it has great bones!)but was great eye candy for reliving my story don't you think?

   Lizette Realty Lizette Fitzpatrick 

Lizette Fitzpatrick- Principal Broker at Lizette Realty.

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Comment balloon 14 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • October 25 2009 10:01PM

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Okay Lizette - Is this really a true story?  Pretty spooky!  Happy Halloween! Stop by our Blog Hallooween party - see my blog.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) almost 10 years ago

Lizette,

This one creeped me out!

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) almost 10 years ago

I once listed a house that was supposed to have at least 13 ghosts.  I hosted a Broker's Open on Fri. the 13th at 10pm...........nothing happened.

After reading your post............I am so very glad that nothing happened!

Happy Halloween, Lizette!

Posted by Christine Hooks, Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate! (Pino Agency) almost 10 years ago

Good gawd girl.  Is this seroiusly true.  Scary as heck and a good reason to get Chanel that big brother.

I've had several calls in the middle of the night.  A couple I've groggily answered.  They didn't expect someone to answer, just wanted to leave a vociemail so I'd call them first thing in the monring.

Like you, my cell phone IS my business phone.

Glad you made it out all right.  Don't know I wouldn've gone back through to lock up, maybe go around instead!

Posted by Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY (B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)) almost 10 years ago

SPOOKY Lizette! I love the pics.. really added to your story nicely. I have my own ghost stories to tell on Halloween night BOO !!

Posted by Karen Singbeil, Living In & Selling Shuswap : Sicamous | Mara Lake (Royal LePage Access Real Estate | Associate Broker | Personal Real Estate Corporation) almost 10 years ago

That is creeeeeepy!  Love the pics you used.  They really set the scene.  Happy Halloween!

Posted by Erin Golding (Hallmark Sotheby's International Realty Hopkinton, MA) almost 10 years ago

Lizette,

I don't even go see scary movies and this sounds like it would make a great script for on.  HMMMMMM....

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 10 years ago

Wow that was a great story to read on an early rainy Monday morning.  Kind of creepy but good.

shelton

Posted by Team Honeycutt (Allen Tate) almost 10 years ago

Okay Lizette... you picked a great house to go along with your story.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) almost 10 years ago

Lizette,

The story was creepy. I think I would be very concerned about a 2am caller. That just is abnormal. I hate those midnight calls...always an emergency.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

2 AM calls aren't so creepy Steven.  Not everybody works 9 - 5.  For a period of time years ago, I was a midnight shifter.  Most of those calls though, expect to leave a voice mail, not actually speak to someone.  They just want to be first on your list in the morning.

 

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Posted by Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY (B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)) almost 10 years ago

Now come on is that true, you might of met bones. Of course the home in th epicture would be perfect for a haunted house.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) almost 10 years ago

Just read one of Monica's posts.  Turn her loose on this house!

Posted by Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY (B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)) almost 10 years ago

Lizette,

I liked the feel of this one and read it again. Erby, I used to work an all night shift in radio, so I used to make some of those calls but I just do not get calls like that anymore unless something bad has happened to a family member. That is just how it is.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

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