The real estate industry no longer wants to use the term ‘stigmatized home’ ; they would like to convert it to a softer word by calling it a ‘distressed home’.
I find that utterly ridiculous and insulting. Instead of taking care of industry issues they want to re-label the words to be more emotionally pleasing. Changing the word is NOT going to change the issues we are having with stigmatized homes. The truth of the matter is that the real estate industry needs training, understanding, compassion, and more importantly an open mind into the paranormal.
A popular question you will hear from a majority of buyers when they find out someone died in a home is, “is it haunted”? For that reason, real estate professionals must be educated enough to discuss the paranormal, spirits, and haunted if you are going to overcome the buyer’s question, “is it haunted”.
Let me be very clear, to me a distressed home is a handyman special or a foreclosure. A stigmatized home means something happened in a house where I may not be comfortable living even though the house is perfectly habitable.