At some point in their career, almost all real estate professionals have dealt with that one house that just wasn’t quite right. Whether it was a strange atmosphere, or an unusual feel, the energy of the home was just – off. Some of these homes are known stigmatized properties, while others are not. What they all have in common is that they’re difficult to sell.
The National Association of Realtors defines a stigmatized property as a home in which a real or rumored event occurred that didn’t physically affect the property, but could adversely impact its desirability. Events falling under this category include murder, suicide, criminal activity, and even a reputed poltergeist.
A stigmatized property carries what the name implies – a stigma that puts off potential buyers. Often, one must take strong measures to improve the prospects of such a house.
Catherine Filarski is a healing practitioner who is able to clear negative energy from homes and properties. She is also a licensed Realtor.
According to Filarski, “Since 2005, I’ve been hired to clear hundreds of properties for clients. I want to let people know that there is a viable, easy solution to the stigmatized property problem.”
She adds, “I don’t have to go to the house, as all the clearing work I facilitate, which is actually healing work, is done remotely. I have clients across the country, from California to Florida, and I even worked with a client in Australia who also happens to be a real estate professional.”
Like with any other occupation, Filarski says that people should not try to clear heavy or negative energy themselves. It’s important to leave this work to the professionals.
“I had a calling to do this type of healing work for people. I underwent extensive training. Once I began clearing professionally, I was just as amazed as my clients when the problems went away. I feel blessed to be able to help people, and I’ll be doing this work the rest of my life.”
The profession is not without its difficulties. Filarski says that people often mock her or call her work fake. Individuals who are looking for the help she can provide are often unsure how to look for a property clearing professional.
“As far as clearing haunted houses, I don’t care what people think. If they want to poke fun at the issue, they don’t have to hire me. But my clients know what happened. They know the house or properties in which they live or work feel better, and that the negative energy is gone. That’s all that matters to me. It doesn’t make a difference to me what others believe or don’t believe. That’s not my concern. What I care about is the health and happiness of my clients,” she says.
Filarski adds, “In one instance, when I facilitated clearings on a public building, the employee who hired me was afraid that if she provided a testimonial and used her real name, that she could get fired. It shouldn’t be that way, but that is the perception of where many people are at about the whole ghost thing and/or paranormal subjects. At this point, it’s a matter of education. It is unfortunate there is a stigma about it, especially when there are solutions to the problem.”
She cites several popular culture examples of how there’s more to life than meets the eye.
“There have been positive movies about the afterlife, from Ghost with Demi Moore to Heaven Is For Real with Greg Kinnear,” Filarski says. “Why is it so difficult to understand that not all answers to problems have to be scientifically based? If my clients feel better and I was the solution for them, that’s all I care about. You don’t have to believe what I believe to have a property cleared. But there is no reason to leave homes, buildings, or people in a negative state when a positive outcome for everyone is possible. It’s obviously a better way to live.
It can also make things easier for the realtors involved.
“I’ve personally witnessed how clearing property has a positive effect on selling real estate, as well in bring in the best buyers or renters for a property,” she says.
According to Catherine Filarski, the earth— and the homes or structures that were built on it— absorbs and compiles human emotion and energy. The energy of people can last within a home for a few hours or hundreds of years. This is where problems arise for homeowners, even if the traumatic event in question occurred decades before.
“It really is healing work, and it’s probably pretty rare to find a Realtor who also is trained to clear energy from properties,” she explains.
Filarski says that staunchly religious types or paranormal skeptics are the ones who attack her the most as a result of her work. On numerous occasions, she has tried to have an open discussion with these groups, but found herself rebuffed. They seem to only want to make claims against her instead of talking or actually trying the service she provides.
“As I stated before, if my clients are happy, that’s what I care about. I’ve lost friends because of the clearing work I do. Do you think if the healing didn’t work, I’d be doing this? People who make draw conclusions and make claims without hiring me, should refrain from judgment.”
Filarski finds there’s an important human aspect to her work.
“In most cases with my clients, they just want their lives returned to normal. They don’t want their names on the Internet, and who can blame them? If your house was haunted and now life is peaceful and back to normal, most of the time, my clients just want to leave their experiences in the past and move forward. I have to honor that. The proof, for me, is a happy client,” she says
Filarski contends that her work is a professional service like any other, noting, “I’ve also had some people comment that I should be doing this for free. Again, all I can say to that is, if you’re trained to do a service, which I am, you should be paid for it. If you’re good at something, never do it for free. You pay your doctor, lawyer, plumber and others that provide a service. It’s the same thing with clearing and healing work. I provide a service; I have to eat and pay bills like everyone else. “
As she further explains, haunted houses are a real issue for many people. “Most of these people don’t want to talk about it. They are scared and they don’t know where to turn. When I became a Realtor, I was shocked at the misinformation there is about solving the stigmatized property problem.”
Elaborating on these misconceptions, Catherine Filarski adds, “Often people think using sage to smudge the home is going to solve the problem. In my experience, this isn’t the case. I have even seen comments about using lemons or clapping. These are the myths that are out there. It’s ridiculous.”
Filarski says it’s important to know what you’re getting into when bringing someone in to clear a house.
“I want to people to understand that hiring paranormal investigators and psychics doesn’t mean they can solve the issue. There is a difference. I’m a healer who happens to be a Realtor. In most cases, paranormal researchers and psychics are not necessarily trained to clear and heal properties, or even want to. Their mission is to find ghosts and record the evidence. I’m concerned about the people who live and work in these properties. I’ll know if the ghosts and other issues are there. I’m not here to prove that, but if the client wants the healing to occur, that’s what I’m here for.”