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The Creepy House (And What I Found Out About it After the Sale)

Feb 10, 2018



When a vacant Winnipeg home became part of an estate sale, I was the real estate agent the lawyer recommended to list it with.

“Bring a flashlight,” the banker said, “not all levels of the house have power, and it’s been boarded up to prevent vandalism.”

“No problem,” I said. I'd seen all kinds.  How bad could it be? “I’ll go over and get what we need for an opinion of value and get this listed for you right away.”

The next day I pulled up in front of the house and parked on the street. I leaned to look at it through the window, taking in the tall 2 ½ storey. Every single window was boarded up, the door was padlocked. I don’t generally get creeped out easily, but that day, parked in front of that house, a chill ran through me and I got a weird, eerie feeling.

I got out of the car, collected my measuring tape and my notes, and surveyed the neighborhood. That’s when I noticed a street gang on the sidewalk about 2-3 houses away, walking toward me. Their presence didn’t ease my nerves. I quickly locked the door, silently wished the car luck out there in the street by itself, and started walking toward the house.

I made it to the sidewalk and stopped. That creepy feeling was nearly sickening, and it was only getting worse. Something didn’t feel right. Still, I needed to go in and get those measurements.

I decided to call a friend. “Hey, can you come help me measure this giant house?”

“Sure can, buddy.”

He came right away. Wielding flashlights, we measured the place and got out of there. I never did tell him the real reason I called him was that I was totally creeped out. I also didn’t ask him if he was having that same experience.

Six to eight months after the house sold, I met a new client.

““You sold my uncles’ home,” she said. It had been the creepy house. Then she leaned in and, with a raised eyebrow, she added, “You know the house is haunted, right?”


“Yeah. He was a recluse. People were afraid of him. Even the street gangs were afraid of him!”

 I thought back to our time in the house – the cobwebs, the little beams of light from our flashlights, that sickening feeling I felt from the moment I pulled up. I was sure glad my friend joined me in that creepy house. 


After hearing that the house had been haunted, I was very thankful that, aside from that inexplicable creepy feeling, I didn’t happen to witness any paranormal activity while we were there.


Did you know that, in Manitoba, if there’s been a death in the house, natural or unnatural, or even if a house is haunted, sellers don’t have to disclose that? Obviously, I recommend disclosing and think it’s just a good thing to do, but sellers aren’t obligated to in Manitoba.


Have you ever had a run-in with a haunted house? 





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