Realtor Wonders: Are There Haunted Homes In Payson Or Just Dreamy Dogs?


We have all heard creaks in our homes that remind us of the scary Halloween movies, but do haunted homes exist?

Shortly after a family member passed away, my wife and I were awakened at 2 a.m. by an unearthly, and very loud shriek.

We both sat up straight in bed and asked, “What the heck was that?”

We could not pinpoint where the noise came from.

Turning on the lights in our home I searched and could not find anything.

Was it just water in the pipes? “No,” I thought, “they don’t make that kind of noise.”

Were we being haunted? We went back to an unsettled sleep.

Some weeks later, the same noise woke us up in the middle of the night again.

The noise continued intermittently for months and we grew accustomed to it even saying “Hi” to what we believed was our deceased family member.

Then one night I happened to be half asleep when lo and behold, the noise erupted right near the bed.

Our dog, Bob, had decided to sleep in our bed that night and the spine tingling noise was coming from him.

When I turned on the light, I found him sound asleep in a puppy dream.

He never made this sound during waking hours, but alas we had found our 20-pound ghost.

There are homes and commercial buildings in the Rim Country believed by some to be truly haunted.

One agent, Annie Behn, was in a vacant home with clients she had been working with for some time.

Unusual for the Rim Country, this home had a basement.

When they turned on the basement lights and went down the stairs, both were overcome with an unsettling feeling.

They noticed that under the stair landing were some small stuffed animals.

Back up the main level of the home, the group continued their tour. When it came time to leave, Behn went back to the basement stairwell to turn off the lights.

She called to the client to come look. The stuffed animals were removed from under the stairs and were now sitting at the bottom of the stairwell.

Not surprisingly, they locked up and left in a hurry.

The home is still on the market if you are interested.

In checking with legal consul, according to case law, if you suspect that your home is housing apparitions, it must be disclosed to prospective buyers.

In other words, the government has backhandedly acknowledged that there are ghosts. Happy Halloween!

Ray Pugel is a designated broker with Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty. Contact him at (928) 474-2216.


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