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.
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.
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.