WATCH: New Study Finds That Plenty of People Are Willing to Buy a Haunted House
From mortgages to hidden costs, buying a home is scary enough as it is. So, it seems fair to assume that spooky, potentially spirit-inhabited houses would be pretty hard to sell, right?
When it comes to locking down prime real estate, plenty of people are undeterred by things that go bump in the night. According to new report from Realtor.com, one in three people—especially millennials—say they're willing to take a chance on a haunted home if there was something to "sweeten the deal." And a staggering 18% of respondents claimed a home's haunted nature would have zero impact on their decision to purchase.
"In a competitive market, it's harder for prospective buyers to be extremely selective," Danielle Hale, chief economist for Realtor.com, said in a release. "If a house is commensurately priced, or has desirable features, the fact that it may be haunted seems to matter less. This report shows that, for those looking for a good deal, a lower price, better neighborhood, or larger kitchen can balance out a few spooky happenings."
Meanwhile, 49% of respondents said there's "no price low enough or kitchen large enough to make them purchase a haunted home." Not surprisingly, it's the older (and wiser) generation of home buyers that's most reluctant to take up residence in haunted house. Sixty-one-percent of people over 55 said that they would never buy a haunted home, compared to 41% of millennials and Gen X'ers who felt the same.
The Realtor.com report only gets crazier from there. Apparently, living in a haunted house is a relatively common occurrence. Nearly two in five people believe they have lived in a haunted (or possibly haunted) house, and a bone-chilling 44% of them either suspected or were fully aware of the haunting before they moved in. As for the most common evidence of hauntings, 54% report hearing strange noises, followed by 45% who claimed to experience odd feelings in certain rooms, and last but not least, 34% said they noticed erratic pet behavior.
Wondering how so many Americans end up in haunted houses? That's because buyers aren't always made aware of a home's paranormal tendencies. Only 34% of people said they would tell interested buyers everything, and 27% of haunted home owners said they would only share the spooky details when asked.
What do you think? Does a big kitchen compensate for a ghostly roommate or two?