This piece is spooky in its assumptions about “hauntings”. But let’s think about this…
Respondents who would not consider buying a spirit-occupied place (35%) just slightly edged out those who would (32%) or might (33%) consider it.
As for what paranormal activity they’d be willing to live with, nearly two-thirds said they would not be deterred by warm or cold spots, and almost half said they’d tolerate ghostly footsteps and slamming doors. And a hardy 41% said apparitions would not scare them away.
So, about a third of people would have a problem with a “haunted” house. This confuses me. Why is the house considered “haunted”? Did someone die there? Well, there is no evidence that someone dying in a house creates real-world problems, contrary to myth. Are there strange things that go on? As they note, sounds or areas of erratic temperature and misbehaving doors is considered paranormal but they more likely are related to construction problems in the house. Other activity that may be characterized as paranormal could be related to poor plumbing, pest infestations and faulty electrical wiring. So, actually, that might hint that it IS a bad buy.
The haunted house is more likely to “have a history” – read that as old. Then, it has that problem of being a money pit, constantly needed repairs and maintenance. So, there may be some logical reasons to stay away from a so-called haunted house. Or, you could just embrace it and charge for tours, like LOTS of historic sites and hotels are doing these days. It’s a gimmick.