Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Would YOU buy a haunted house?

In the spirit of the season, we found the following article interesting. . . . .
Survey:  Most People Open to Buying a Haunted House
Real Estate News - October 18, 2013 by Realtor.com Team
More than half of home buyers are open to buying a haunted house, according to realtor.com's 2013 Haunted Housing Report. Also, 35% of the nearly 1,400 people who took the survey say they have lived in a haunted home.
Today (Oct 18th) realtor.com released the results of its Haunted Housing Report, which ran on realtor.com from September 25 to October 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 intolerale scary occurrences.
"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% indicated they would consider purchasing a haunted house for sale
* 36% might consider a haunted home purchase
* 38% would not consider a haunted home purchase
Consumer experiences with haunted real estate:
* 51% heard about someone else's haunted home experience
* 35% lived in a home they suspected to be haunted
* 25% have researched a home's history to find out any eerie past incidents
Most popular warning signs a home could be haunted:
* 61% thought a cemestery on the property could be an indication
* 50% thought homes over 100 years old could be haunted
* 45% considered quick transitions in owners could be a sign
* 45% believe that an unexplainable low price on the home is alarming
* 43% suspected home 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% would pay full market value or more for a haunted house for sale
* 34% would purchase a haunted home if it were discounted 1-30%
* 22% would purchase a haunted home if it were discounted 31-50%
* 19% would purchase a haunted home if it were discounted 51% or more
Among the respondents who would contemplate purchasing a haunted home, the following spooky occurrences would scare them away:
* 75% levitating objects
* 63% objects being moved from where they were placed
* 63% ghost sightings
* 61% supernatural sensations
* 61% flickering lights/appliances
* 60% strange noises (footsteps, doors slamming)
* 34% warm or cold spots
Our comments:  Sounds like people are willing to buy a haunted house just as long as it is not haunted for them.  Hmmmm