My name is Regan McHenry. I’m a real estate agent on my way to do a listing presentation. I’m a little nervous about this particular property and could use some company. Would you be willing to come along with me?
I’m usually glad when business finds me without me having to chase it, so you’d think I’d be pleased to get an invitation out of the blue to do a listing presentation in Bonny Doon where my husband and I live. The problem is that I know the property. It’s the Murder House. A bloody double homicide took place at the Murder House — that’s how it got its name — and the crime has never been solved.
We Realtors live with the knowledge that after police and firefighters, members of our profession are the next most likely to be killed on the job; in fact, one of the murder victims was a Realtor. And there are persistent rumors about the house. Many Realtors and many Bonny Dooners think it’s haunted.
I’m thorough and competitive — you have to be to be a successful Realtor like I am — so I’ll go take a look. I’m creative, too. My marketing plan includes advertising the house on several paranormal websites, maybe doing an open house at night when there’s a full moon, and putting the house up on a site dedicated to stigmatized properties.
I’ll be looking for a buyer who likes the idea of owning a house with a reputation. That’s if I get offered the listing…and if I take it. I want to meet the owner and see what he’s like. More importantly, I want to see the house, be in the house, and experience it for myself. I don’t believe in ghosts, but I’ve been in houses before where the hair on the back of my neck stood up the minute I crossed the threshold.
If either of us picks up a vibe like that at the Murder House, let’s agree right now that we’ll be gone in a flash, okay?
You can read more about Regan in The Murder House, the fifth book in the “Regan McHenry Real Estate” mystery series, published by Good Read Mysteries. The first book in the series is The Death Contingency. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.
Meet the author
Nancy Lynn Jarvis finally acknowledged she’s having too much fun writing to ever sell another house and let her license lapse in May of 2013, after her twenty-fifth anniversary in real estate.
After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, she worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News. A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later a stint as the business manager for Shakespeare Santa Cruz at UCSC.
She invites you to take a peek into the real estate world through the stories that form the backdrop of her Regan McHenry mysteries. Real estate details and ideas come from Nancy’s own experiences.
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