How is the Ghost going to pay rent??
A listing with a ghost? Most buyers OK with that
CHICAGO – Oct. 16, 2017 – 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 housing expert Sarah Staley. "What we found may be a sign of today's tight housing market … for many living in a haunted house doesn't have to be a deal breaker."
What if someone died in the home but, so far as anyone can tell, their spirit has moved on? Almost half (47 percent) of respondents wouldn't be deterred by a death in the house, and an additional 27 percent (74 percent total) would at least consider it, according to the survey.
Still, 40 percent of consumers said they'd need a price reduction in order to choose a haunted home over a non-haunted home. But a good neighborhood, extra square footage and more bedrooms could convince them to overlook the undead too, according to the survey.
On the other hand, 42 percent of respondents insist they aren't open to the idea of buying a haunted home, even for extra perks.
For some consumers, living in a haunted house may not be considered a stretch because they claim they've already lived in one: 28 percent of survey respondents said they've lived in a haunted house, and another 14 percent think they may have. They say their house was haunted because of strange noises, odd feelings in certain rooms, and even some reports of objects moving or disappearing.
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