Buyers Want Discount to Share New Home With Ghosts
October 22, 2012
Based on a Realtor.com poll, nearly a third of prospective home buyers would not rule out buying a "haunted house" or a property where some sort of paranormal activity is said to have to occurred. However, 29 percent of those house-hunters said they would expect a discount of at least 20 percent for stigmatized property.
Warm or cold spots in a house, possibly from a supernatural source, are deal-breakers for 62 percent of those polled. Strange noises and/or voices, flickering lights or appliances, eerie sensations, ghost sightings, and levitating objects are other occurrences that are likely to put a buyer off from going through with a deal.
About 35 percent of those surveyed, meanwhile, signaled that they would not even consider buying a haunted house in the first place. At the other end of the spectrum, meanwhile, 2 percent of poll participants said they would pay a premium for a haunted property.
"Borrowers Will Buy Haunted Houses, But Expect Discount," Housing Wire (Oct. 18, 2012)
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