With Tight Inventory; Buyers Aren’t Spooked by Haunted Houses

Posted by Cary W Porter on Monday, October 16th, 2017 at 10:40am

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Many said they could be convinced to live amongst spirits if it the price was right, or if it was in the right neighborhood.

With inventories so tight, many consumers say they’re even willing to live in a haunted house.

Thirty-three percent of more than 1,000 consumers recently surveyed say they’re willing to live in a haunted house, and another 25 percent said they’d consider it, according to a newly released survey by realtor.com®.

“Haunted houses are a popular attraction this time of year, but we wanted to see how many people would actually live in one,” says Sarah Staley, a housing expert who commented on the study’s findings. “What we found may be a sign of today’s tight housing market, or for many living in a haunted house doesn’t have to be a deal breaker.”

Further, 47 percent of respondents said they’d live in a home where someone has died, and 27 percent additional respondents said they’d at least consider it, according to the survey.

Settling for a spook

What would it take for someone to purchase a haunted house? Well, it doesn’t seem it would take much to sway someone’s decision. I’m not sure these would be enough for me.

About 40 percent of people who are open to a haunted home said they’d want to see that home price go down to put money down on it. Another 35 percent said it would have to be in a better neighborhood to make the move, 32 percent said they wanted extra footage and 29 percent said they’d move in if they had more bedrooms.

Only 8 percent of respondents said they require no additional perks to purchase a haunted home. Basically, they wouldn’t hesitate and would move right in.

What about if someone died in the house? Actually, 47 percent of those surveyed said they would live in a home where someone died, 27 percent said they might, and 26 percent said, “NO WAY.”

Most people said they were not okay with unknown touches in their home.

Paranormal can be normal

Some people don’t mind a little spook here and there. For example, 48 percent who agreed they’d make a haunted house home said they could tolerate cold or hot spots in their home.

Things that go bump in the night? Here, 45 percent of respondents said, “no problem.”

That feeling when the hair stands up on the back of your neck? Thirty-nine percent said they were okay with strange feelings in certain rooms.

A strange shadow over your bed while you sleep? Well, 35 percent said “meh” to unexplained shadows.

But, when it comes to floating tables or creepy, unknown touches, only 20 percent of respondents felt comfortable with this.

Many homeowners already feel like they live in a “haunted” home.

For some consumers, living in a haunted house may not be considered a stretch because they claim they’ve already lived in one. For example, 28 percent of respondents said they have lived in a haunted house, and another 14 percent think they may have. 

When asked what made them think the home was haunted, 58 percent said they heard strange, unexplainable noises, 51 percent felt that creepy feeling in certain rooms and 40 percent said they’ve seen objects move or just completely disappear.

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