Around this time of year, we always get asked, “Have you ever actually sold a ‘haunted house’ for or to a client?” While many people think that a haunted house is something that is an attraction at the Canfield Fair Grounds, schools or buildings throughout the Mahoning Valley, paranormal activity in houses is real and people think haunted houses are a better option. In a recent survey of 1,067 people in the United States done by Realtor.com, almost 50% of people claim they have lived in a house that was possibly haunted, if not definitely occupied by spirits other than their own. If you think about it, that’s about 40% of the population in the country!
Now, while Mandie Dillon is no stranger to showing houses that are spooked, as seen in her video above, it is surprising how many people would buy a haunted house in this survey. Actually, 1/3 of respondents in the study said that they would consider buying a haunted house if it achieved one of the following three results:
- A lower price
- Had a huge kitchen
- Would allow them to move to a better neighborhood…although how much better is the neighborhood if your house is haunted?
The spookier stat is that 18% of the people surveyed said they would buy a home knowing it was haunted even if it didn’t have any added perks! Really?
While 49% of all respondents wised up and said they would never purchase a haunted home, no matter how low the price or what amenities it came with, it is amazing to see how many people would sacrifice their sanity and share their home with the supernatural to save a buck or two.
We love this report because it shows how far people are willing to go to save money, find the kitchen they want or even move to the desired neighborhood, even if it means a few spooky things happening in their home. But how willing are people to share with others that their home is haunted?
You might not actually find out if your home is haunted until you buy it. While 34 percent of people (particularly men and millennials) would introduce prospective buyers to their spooky friends, telling them about the haunted nature of the home, there are still only 27 percent of people who would tell you if you asked and, 22 percent would remain silent, acting like everything is normal.
As Halloween comes this month, haunted houses may be a fun way to spend the evening with friends, but it could be a real possibility in the new home you are looking into. If things are going bump in the night, it may not be just the wind. And if you may feel like you are not alone in your house, you actually may not be. While it may lead to a better neighborhood, price or kitchen, would you be willing to make that purchase if it meant you would have roommates like Slimer or Casper? Let us know.