While some of us would only consider living in a haunted house if it was the one at Disneyland, a recent survey found that as many as 62% of people would consider buying a home that was possibly haunted.

Some of those folks even were speaking from experience: 35% said that they have already lived in a house they thought was haunted.

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The spirit of home ownership

Realtor.com ran a week-long survey in 2013 to get a creepy grip on what people thought about “haunted” real estate.

Survey results from nearly 1,400 people revealed their thresholds for purchasing haunted houses for sale, past experiences with spooky homes, popular “warning signs” of a haunted home — and that folks expected discounts when buying supposedly haunted houses — especially if there have been some scary occurrences.

Would you buy a haunted house?

“Survey data reveals that while the majority of consumers are open to purchasing a haunted home, many buyers conduct their own research on a home’s history to be aware of any weird incidences,” said Alison Schwartz, VP of corporate communications for Realtor.com’s parent company, Move Inc.

They also found that while some people were willing to purchase a haunted home at a discounted price, “many say levitating objects, ghost sightings and seeing objects move from one place to another would deter them from purchasing a home.”

Overall opinions about a haunted house purchase:
  • 26 percent of people surveyed indicated that they would consider purchasing a haunted house for sale;
  • 36 percent shared that they might consider a haunted home purchase;
  • 38 percent revealed that they would not consider a haunted home purchase.
Experiences with haunted real estate:
  • The Haunted Lane51 percent of people surveyed had heard about someone else’s haunted home experience;
  • 35 percent of people surveyed had lived in a home they suspected to be haunted;
  • 25 percent have researched a home’s history to find out any eerie past incidents.
Most popular “warning signs” a home could be haunted:
  • 61 percent of people surveyed thought a cemetery on the property may be an indication;
  • 50 percent shared that homes over 100 years old could be haunted;
  • 45 percent thought quick transitions in owners might be a sign;
  • 45 percent believe that an unexplained low price on the home is alarming;
  • 43 percent felt that homes in close proximity to a battlefield may be haunted.
Of the respondents that would consider purchasing a haunted home, many indicated that they expected discounts for haunted real estate:
  • 12 percent reported that they would pay full market value or over for a haunted house for sale;
  • 34 percent shared that they would purchase a haunted home if it was discounted 1 to 30 percent;
  • 22 percent indicated that they would purchase a haunted home if it was discounted 31 to 50 percent;
  • 19 percent revealed that they would purchase a haunted home if it was discounted 51 percent or more.
For the people that would contemplate purchasing a haunted home, the following spooky occurrences would stop them from buying a home:
  • 75 percent would be scared off by levitating objects from purchasing a home;
  • 63 percent would be deterred by objects being moved from where they were placed;
  • 63 percent would be dissuaded by ghost sightings;
  • 61 percent would be discouraged by supernatural sensations;
  • 61 percent would be scared off by flickering lights/appliances;
  • 60 percent would pass on a home with strange noises (footsteps, doors slamming);
  • 34 percent would be deterred by warm or cold spots.

Of “curse,” disclosure laws vary state by state, so if buyers have concerns with purchasing homes that might be considered haunted, you need to advise the agents representing you and conduct your own investigation to determine whether they have a friendly ghost or a scary spook.


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About: This article was provided by Realtor.com.

Photo credit(s): Top image modified by Myria from a photo of the Webster Wagner House in Montgomery County, New York. Image 2: "The Haunted Lane" from 1889, courtesy of the US Library of Congress. 

Original publication date: Oct. 22, 2013

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