Here's an excerpt from the article:
Before buying a home, inspections usually mean checking the foundation, roof and pipes. But, sometimes there is another area of concern, things that are a bit more intangible. When there are questions regarding...the unknown... future homebuyers will be especially glad to know that there is someone to turn to.
Investigators with OPHIR (Occult & Paranormal House of Investigational Research) in Salem, Oregon, want to make it easier for homebuyers to make sure all the creaks and bumps are, shall we say, Of This World.The team's founder says that they do not charge for the paranormal investigation itself, but they do charge a fee to investigate the history of the property.
The article also says this:
This specialized inspection service isn't just for buyers, though. Sellers, beware! You too may have some explaining to do, should you not follow your inclination to see that your property is void of unwanted guests. "You don't want buyers coming back and saying you never warned them about the house's past," Powell said.
"Protect yourself and make a wise future investment," Powell says. "There is a good chance that homes with a reputation or negative history may be harder to sell down the road, so you could get stuck with one."Read the whole article here. H/T
I don't see any problem with investigating the history of a property if a buyer is genuinely interested in learning about the property's history. If it's a very old house, the history may be very interesting, especially to someone interested in history. But should such an investigation be a necessity? That last sentence quoted in the excerpt above sounds an awful lot like an advertisement for a service where the advertiser overemphasizes the importance of the service with the intention of making a profit. In other words, the team claims they can help 'protect' your 'investment' if you buy their service.
I've heard of people moving into a home and then wanting to move out after realizing that it is haunted, but is it really that big of a problem? How many houses are rented or sold everyday where this isn't a problem? I wonder what the ratio is for houses sold where a haunting doesn't turn into an issue and houses sold where a haunting is an issue. I don't know what the ratio is, but something tells me that the number of houses sold where a haunting isn't an issue far exceeds the number of houses sold where a haunting is an issue.
The team's founder also advertised their services to sellers, saying, "You don't want buyers coming back and saying you never warned them about the house's past."
Could this really become an issue? It might be a little uncomfortable for a seller to admit to a buyer that a house is haunted, but could something like this turn into a lawsuit? Has anyone ever tried to sue someone for selling them a haunted house and not disclosing that the house was haunted? I don't know if such a lawsuit has ever occurred, but if it has, I'd be curious to know the result of such a lawsuit.
I don't know much about this team of investigators, and they may be a well-intentioned team of paranormal investigators who sincerely have a passion for their field. If they perform an investigation of a property's history, then I suppose they have a right to charge a fee for doing so. But something about the idea of doing 'paranormal inspections' and a couple of the founder's statements regarding the service they perform sounded almost like a scam from the 19th and early 20th century spiritualist movement to me.