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Survey: haunted house won't necessarily scare off buyers

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Would you move your family into a home where someone had been murdered? Or fall asleep hearing footsteps when no one was really there? What if you got it for a 'screaming' good deal?

While many are quick to say no, a Realtor.com 'Haunted Homes' survey says that some homeowners are open to the idea of living with ghoulish house guests if it means more home for their money.

The survey of 1,000 people found that 33% of people said they are open to living in a haunted house, 25% might be and 42% said they would not consider it.

Are there any factors that might sweeten the deal?

  • 40% said they would need a price reduction in order to consider a haunted home over one without
  • 35% would require a better neighborhood
  • 32% would need larger square footage
  • 29% would consider it if more bedrooms were involved

What about if someone died in the home?

  • 47% said they would
  • 27% said maybe
  • 26% said no

According to the survey, 28% of respondents believe they've lived in a haunted home, saying they believed the homes were haunted for a number of reasons including hearing strange, unexplainable noises, feeling creepy in certain rooms or seeing objects move or disappear. 

"Haunted houses are a popular attraction this time of year, but we wanted to see how many people would actually live in one," said Sarah Staley, housing expert. "What we found may be a sign of today's tight housing market, or for many living in a haunted house doesn't have to be a deal breaker."

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