The alien in the basement, and other buyer turnoffs

Got-ghosts-00Some houses are heart-stopping perfect. But John Boyd's ticker skipped a beat a few years ago for another reason when he was previewing a house on behalf of a client.

It was a "pretty expensive house," said Boyd of Home Buyer's Agent in Ann Arbor, Mich. "It was mostly vacant. There was some furniture, but it was clear no one was living there anymore. And I was alone."

When he reached the basement, it was pitch black, so he had to fumble around for a light switch. Finally, he found one around a corner. When he flicked it on, he came face to face with a model of the monster from the "Alien" movies. And it wasn't even Halloween.