Most people are cool with buying a 'haunted' house
A new survey says that 62 percent of homebuyers might consider a house with a sordid history.
More than half of homebuyers are open to buying a haunted house, according to a new realtor.com report. Also, 35 percent of the nearly 1,400 people who took the survey say they have lived in a haunted home.
On Tuesday, realtor.com released the results of its "Haunted Housing Report," which ran on realtor.com from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1 and explored consumer sentiments around haunted real estate. Survey results reveal consumer thresholds for purchasing haunted houses for sale, past experiences with spooky homes, popular “warning signs” of a haunted home, expected discounts when buying haunted houses for sale and intolerable, scary occurrences.
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“When purchasing a home, buyers want to know what they are getting into and that includes anything potentially spooky,” said Alison Schwartz, vice president of corporate communications for Move Inc., which operates realtor.com. “Our data reveals that while the majority of consumers are open to purchasing a haunted home, many buyers conduct research on a home’s history to be aware of any weird incidences.
"Additionally, realtor.com data finds that while some respondents are willing to purchase a haunted home at a discounted price, many say levitating objects, ghost sightings and objects moving from one place to another would deter them from purchasing a home.”
Sentiment regarding a haunted home purchase:
• 26 percent indicated they would consider purchasing a haunted house for sale
• 36 percent might consider a haunted-home purchase
• 38 percent would not consider a haunted-home purchase
Consumer experiences with haunted real estate:
• 51 percent heard about someone else’s haunted-home experience
• 35 percent 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 thought a cemetery on the property could be an indication
• 50 percent thought homes over 100 years old could be haunted
• 45 percent considered quick transitions in owners could be a sign
• 45 percent believe that an unexplainable low price on the home is alarming
• 43 percent suspected homes in close proximity to a battlefield could be haunted
Of the respondents who would consider purchasing a haunted home, many indicated that they would expect discounts on a property:
• 12 percent would pay full market value or more for a haunted house for sale
• 34 percent would purchase a haunted home if it were discounted 1 percent to 30 percent
• 22 percent would purchase a haunted home if it were discounted 31 percent to 50 percent
• 19 percent would purchase a haunted home if it were discounted 51 percent or more
Among the respondents who would contemplate purchasing a haunted home, the following spooky occurrences would scare them away:
• 75 percent, levitating objects
• 63 percent, objects being moved from where they were placed
• 63 percent, ghost sightings
• 61 percent, supernatural sensations
• 61 percent, flickering lights/appliances
• 60 percent, strange noises (footsteps, doors slamming)
• 34 percent, warm or cold spots
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An old man heard a noise downstairs one night and came down the steps where he was shot in the chest with a shotgun and killed. My wife's grandfather bought the farm and he lived there with my father in law until they bought the farm next door moved to the larger house, and rented the old two story log cabin built before 1860. Most of the people who lived in the house over the next sixty years believed it was haunted.
When my wife and I got the farm, I dismantled the old log cabin, used part of the stone, and built a new home on the property. I slept in the old house the whole time I was working on it.
Nada !!!! Nobody home but me. Don't buy any of the "haunted house" stories.
My preacher used to tell the congregation that he would hear the footfalls of sandals in the parsonage on Easter and he would see shadows of Roman soldiers in battle on the church walls.
Expect high utility bills, and if a home were truly haunted to the extent of sighting, levitating objects, ect. I would purchase it just for the mere fact of it being a Ghost Hunter research center, test out equipment, photographic,evp, etc.. a ghost hunter training school of sorts. Maybe buy several and become a haunted house collector, and open up your "night gallery" during the witching hour, reservation only of course.
I love old houses. They have a history, soul, heart and maybe some "others", but who wants a new junk fabricated house from junk drywall, horrid wiring and sub-par work? Good for all of those who see the beauty and craftsmanship in these homes. God Bless and keep restoring.
I lived in a haunted house for 7 years. Loved it, kind of creepy at times but for the most part it was pretty awesome. As for being a Christian and not being able to believe in sprit or ghost, I don't quite get that. I don't know how a Christian can believe in Jesus Christ our Lord and savior and believe in Satan but not believe in sprits. When we die we don't take our soul with us. It stays in the spiritual world I would think.
Anyway, I did live in a haunted house as I said, even my small children would tell me of the sprits they encountered. The old guy with a beard and the little girl. They were to young to know that we were not suppose to see that kind of stuff. And the sprits would open and slam doors on occasion. So yes, I totally believe, and I actually miss living there. Life is a bit boring in a quiet house.
I had lived in this house since 1991, with no indication of any paranormal activity. Then, when my grandkids came along, an entity would sometimes interact with them. All three of my granddaughters would refer to him as Jim. He has never posed any threat, and only appears to children. I don't mind him being here.
However, in 2007, another entity, this one demonic, began banging loudly on doors, and scratching the girls. One granddaughter was thrown out of her bed, while she was sleeping, and she saw a shadow looming over her.
We had a clergyman exorcise the house, with no results. He said he sensed a "portal" in an upstairs bedroom wall. Well, I don't know about that, but that is where the activity first started, and he did not know that.
Then, my youngest daughter got pissed. She refused to leave the area where the demonic entity was growling and it began throwing things around. This was no small thing, because I could feel the evil of this thing, and it was terrifying. She blasted hard rock music full blast all day. She told me she was scared to death, but she wouldn't back down. Believe me, you would not want to get on my daughter's bad side.
It has been 6 years since then, and I have not sensed any evil presence since. I know it sounds crazy, and I wouldn't have believed it myself if I had not witnessed it all.
Old plantation house in Deep South. Used as a hospital in the War Between the States. Still blood stains on the floor. Has its own cemetery. Warned it was haunted by sellers. Confirmed many times by ancestors of original family and a few former owners.
Rarely have they made their presence known. And very, very rare that they have been mean. Nonetheless, prefer and expect that who or whatever they are, they stay away from we the living.
Still, snatching a quilt off the bed when you are in it is unacceptably threatening and will tend to piss you off ...