When it comes to haunted houses, Americans can’t seem to decide whether they’re a trick or a treat.
A survey of over 2,000 Americans by realtor.com showed that 62 percent of respondents would be unlikely to purchase a home that was rumored to be haunted. However, 56 percent who believe their current home is haunted have not thought about moving.
Thirteen percent of respondents believe they live in a haunted home and 54 percent suspected the home might be haunted before they moved in.
“Haunted houses typically draw big crowds this time of year, but we wanted to see how many people actually believe they live in one,” Lexie Holbert, realtor.com housing and lifestyle expert, said in the report. “Although only a small percentage of respondents indicated they believe their home is haunted, it was surprising to see how many are perfectly comfortable sharing their space with spirits from the world beyond.”
Most survey respondents who believe their home is haunted were located in the West at 18 percent. After that, Northeasterners were most likely to have a haunted home at 13 percent, followed by 11 percent in the Midwest and 10 percent in the South.
Overall, Northeasterners are most at-ease living in a haunted home at 76 percent of respondents who reported being comfortable with living with spirits. Only 57 percent of respondents in the West were comfortable with ghoulish roommates, 51 percent were comfortable in the South and 35 percent in the Midwest.
Survey respondents reported multiple signs of a house being haunted, but most suggested that strange noises were a marker of a haunted house, at 44 percent. After that, shadows (38 percent), hot and cold spots (37 percent) and the feel of certain rooms (34 percent) made survey participants believe their home was haunted.
Oddly, depending on the region, spirits appear more likely to manifest themselves in different ways. The most common form of manifestation in the Northeast is the feel of the room, with 41 percent of respondents noting this as the most likely way in which spirits made their presence known. In the Midwest and South, it’s through strange noises (57 and 58 percent, respectively), and in the West, it’s through hot and cold spots (38 percent).
A senior female living in the Northeast is least likely to consider buying a haunted home.
Seventy percent of women said they would not consider living in a house rumored to be haunted compared to 54 percent of men. Across age groups, 64 percent of those 55 and over said they were unlikely to consider living in a haunted house compared to 62 percent of those 18-34 and 59 percent of those 35-54. Sixty-six percent of respondents living in the Northeast said they were unlikely to consider living in a haunted house, while 65 percent of residents of the Midwest and South, and 52 percent of those in the West said they were unlikely to consider it.
If they’re going to take the lengths to purchase a haunted home, many homebuyers need some financial incentive.
Thirty-nine percent of survey respondents between the ages of 18-34, 33 percent between 35-54 and 24 percent 55 and older said they’d require a discount of over 10 percent in order to purchase a haunted home.