Encountering haunted homes while working as a real estate broker is what inspired me to write The Beijing Ghosts, my third book for The Beijing Family book series. I’m not a paranormal expert. However, in my real estate career, I’ve encountered two types of hauntings – one is the classic paranormal kind such as strange and unexplained sightings, hearing sounds like voices and footsteps, feeling cold spots and picking up strange “vibes”. Then there is the alarming poltergeist variety where objects are moving and sometimes quite aggressively and violently in a room. Some paranormal experts and critics don't believe in poltergeists and harshly debate its existence. I simply use the term categorically to reference hauntings involving moving objects. Both cases are not only frightening but potentially hazardous and can sometimes be legally problematic as realtors.
Speaking of haunted bars and restaurants, I once visited the notoriously famous Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop and Bar in New Orleans. It is reportedly one of the most haunted bars in America.