Ghosts won't scare away homebuyers if the price is right

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The fact that a house might be home to spooks is not enough in itself to deter most homebuyers, according to a realtor.com survey of 1,400 consumers that ran on the site from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1.

More than half (62 percent) of the survey’s respondents said they “would” or “might” consider purchasing a haunted house, but an overwhelming majority (88 percent) said they would need some sort of discount to shack up in a home they suspected was filled with ghosts.

And haunted home shoppers might need those discounts. A report from Redfin yesterday showed that while homes near cemeteries take longer to sell, they sell for a higher price per square foot.

However, some of the potential scary homeowners don’t have the fortitude to follow through with a purchase if they witness spooky activity. Of the 36 percent of the realtor.com survey respondents who said they would consider purchasing an eerie home, a majority said that supernatural activity like levitating objects, ghost sightings, objects moving by themselves, odd sensations and flickering lights would close the door on the deal.

Source: Move Inc.