On Thursday, Halloween revelers explored “haunted houses” across the country. These attractions span from humorous to creepy to downright horrifying – with one haunted house in San Diego going so far as to require visitors to sign a waiver before entering.
But as it turns out, the perception of ghostly inhabitance has a material impact on real estate. Realtor.com commissioned a poll finding that 23% of consumers believe they have, in fact, shared their home with ghosts.
This is a major concern for home buyers and sellers. 54% of respondents in the survey said they would never purchase a home that is believed to be haunted – even if they liked the house! And 51% would sell a house immediately upon learning of ghostly roommates.
Another 6% would have the house torn down, while 23% would try to rectify the situation with renovations to make it seem less frightful. Unfortunately, it’s unclear how well ghosts respond to remodeling!
While sharing a house with ghosts seems unpalatable to most, sharing a neighborhood apparently isn’t so bad. Nearly 70% of consumers are open to living next door to a haunted house.
So while spirits may be unwelcome guests for most Americans, just remember that these ghoulish roommates have also had a tough time…
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