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Historic mansion is very cheap, but there's a catch

Historic Mansion Is Shockingly Cheap... But There's A Catch

A beautiful Victorian mansion outside of Chicago is on the market for an unbelievably low price, but there's a catch... it's haunted. The massive three story, 5,000 square foot red brick mansion is listed at $159,000, but it has a bit of a dark history. It was built in 1882 for Hiram B. Scutt, who held early patents for barbed wire, and paranormal investigators say he and his children haunt the home.

Adding to its history, back in 2004 a teenager was shot and killed in the Victorian mansion, and in 2007 another man died just months after purchasing the home. So buyers beware. Oh, did we mention there is a doll room. Yes, the third floor of the home is full of creepy china dolls.

It should be noted that the real estate agent had an energy reader look around, and they found the house was not haunted. Then again, why would the real estate reader say otherwise?

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luckymrdave May 05 2014 at 9:19 AM

Perhaps they are saying haunted to get people interested. There are many people who would love to get this place just because of that feature!! Good luck with the sale

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Paddy May 05 2014 at 6:10 PM

There is no such thing as a ghost - what a load of bollocks

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chrisp442 May 05 2014 at 3:33 PM

ghosts are about as believable as aliens or god. its so funny how so many are so quick to shoot down one and then turn around and have an iron clad view despite no proof of the other. this goes both ways also. fat scrubs with out of focus alien pictures and some scrub in Buenos aires with a waflle that looks like jesus.... they all the same. idiots.

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Karen Bara May 05 2014 at 5:47 PM

where's it at, i'd love to make an offer, ghosts don't bother me i'm married to a schrew, she'll kick their ghost asses out of the place in one week for sure.

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muscle3332007 Karen Bara May 05 2014 at 5:57 PM

So funny! I can't believe that the price wouldn't attract many bidders. It must be somewhere awful.

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lvramona muscle3332007 May 05 2014 at 6:42 PM

It is somewhere awful, Illinois! Enough said!

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major.lackland May 05 2014 at 12:47 PM

I'm not sure about Illinois, but it's a CYA for the realtor and seller. Whether you believe it or not, a seller must indicate the fact that someone died in the house. There have been cases whereby the seller was sued because the history of the house was not revealed. -And won!

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llhuberarchitect major.lackland May 05 2014 at 1:18 PM

Actually it is not required to reveal a death unless the buyer asks and the Realtor has personal knowledge of the facts of the death. Any home with an elderly resident will likely be a place of death as they die in their sleep of old age etc. My old Victorian has had death in it and it is just fine. Mother of the wife who owned the house with their husband died in our guest room. No problems after 7 years.

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mhdjl llhuberarchitect May 05 2014 at 1:33 PM

I think it depends on where you live as to whether or not a death occurred in a house. The same thing holds for whether or not a place supposedly has a ghost or two. This happened in a community not far from where I live. A couple was in the process of buying an old Victorian home. They found out that the house was haunted and sued to get their money back. They won, even though the owner of the house, although not disclosing it, had published several articles about her ghosts. The realty agent didn't disclose anything either.

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josbornemadera major.lackland May 05 2014 at 1:47 PM

"MR HUBERARCHITECT.....COME TO THE ATTIC...WE'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR A FOURTH FOR BRIDGE FOR SEVEN YEARS....YEAH, AND WHEN YOUR CAR DIDN'T START IN JANUARY...THAT WAS US...AND WE DRINK MILK STRAIGHT FROM THE CARTON....just kidding, Dad. Honest, let me out of the attic, I promise to look for a job."

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buckyjfw May 05 2014 at 12:45 PM

I'll take the dolls, I love old dolls!

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jwosr98 May 05 2014 at 5:35 PM

I thought the problem was that Obama once lived there.

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sylvia jwosr98 May 05 2014 at 5:46 PM

Why do you doofuses always have to make some political statement. Grow uo !!!!!!!!!!

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marcagnos sylvia May 05 2014 at 7:47 PM

What's the matter, can't handle anyone making fun of the failure? You must believe it's true.


MARC

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marcagnos jwosr98 May 05 2014 at 7:46 PM

It's not in Kenya.



MARC

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Hello Butch May 05 2014 at 10:33 AM

and the world is flat

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cruzerseitz003 Hello Butch May 05 2014 at 10:55 AM

no the world is a round like your head lol

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WJM May 05 2014 at 5:31 PM

I might have to move to Chicago to buy with wonderful home at such a 'steal deal". Every house that dates back any timeframe has most likely had someone die in it> In fact the whole planet earth is one giant grave. If you are afraid of dead people, you need to check yourselves -- because it is the live ones that you need to be afraid of.

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satoristrings May 05 2014 at 12:43 PM

Don't get me wrong, it if probably not the so-called 'ghost' that is causing the price drop in the sale price of the mantion; it more than likely has a lot more to do with the real cost of renovation...which may be in the upwards of $300K to $1million dollars.

I too looked at a turn of the century home in W. Virginia a while back; a 3-story 6,600 sq.ft. Victorian. It was then listed at $350K, but is needed at least $200K in renovation. However, the home was listed as a historical home, the city was not willing to share in the cost of renovation....thereby, putting the new home owner at the city's mercey.

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mhdjl satoristrings May 05 2014 at 1:06 PM

A city is not required to help someone renovate a historic home. However, if someone buys one, they need to know that only certain materials can be used (the same or equivalent to the ones at the time the building was built). The owner(s) also can only use contractors that are familiar with structures from the time period. I live near an area that was settled in the late 1600's. There are businesses and homes in the historic area that have to follow the guidelines set forth by the town historical agency.

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