Would Buyers Shun a Home With Ghosts?

October 30, 2019

Supernatural concerns are a reality for many home buyers—but fortunately, a large share of them are not scared of ghosts.

Clever Real Estate surveyed 1,015 Americans to find out whether they believe in the supernatural and, if so, how that affected their home search. The survey's findings: The potential for a crime near the home is a bigger concern for more people than a home that is possibly haunted by ghosts. More than 75% of respondents say they are less likely to buy a home if it was located in a crime-heavy area, near a prison, or was previously used as a meth lab. But only 54% said purchasing a haunted house was a problem.

In fact, one in four supernatural believers said they’re more likely to purchase a home if it was haunted, someone died there of natural causes or was murdered, or if it was located near a cemetery. For every home, there is a buyer. Consider, consumers who say they’ve had a supernatural experience in a home are 13 times more likely to pay more for a house that is haunted than those who hadn’t, the Clever Real Estate survey showed.

Younger generations may be the most open to buying a haunted home. Millennials were 13 times more likely to purchase a haunted house and 17 times more likely to pay more for it than baby boomers, the survey showed.

View how the states stack up to those who believe in the supernatural and would be more likely to purchase a home that was believed to be haunted, where someone was murdered, or was located near a cemetery.


Do you have to disclose a haunted home? Clever Real Estate offers an overview of state disclosure laws through this interactive chart.


How Paranormal Activity Impacts Home Values,” Clever Real Estate (Oct. 21, 2019)