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Does a haunting affect a house's value ?

By T.K. Randall
February 10, 2009 · Comment icon 15 comments

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It might be the last thing on most people's minds when moving in to a new home, but on some occasions it can be that the previous tennants haven't even moved out - or moved on. There have been more and more reports of homes being sold with the added 'bonus' of a resident ghost, but can this really increase the value of the property ?
So, you've just moved into your new home. Beautiful house, fantastic location, and you got it for a good price. The previous owners seemed very keen for a quick sale. Wondering why? Well, could it be that they thought it was haunted? Stranger things have happened. Beautiful properties have become houses of horror thanks to unexplained happenings. Some families decide to move out. Others learn to live with their ghosts, or resort to exorcism. "


Source: Independent | Comments (15)




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Comment icon #6 Posted by PaperMoon 16 years ago
Interesting! I would definately want to know if a house I was buying or even renting has a history of being haunted or strange happenings there. I would definately NOT want to live there!
Comment icon #7 Posted by EyeWonder 16 years ago
Here in NZ I think that a supposedly haunted house would go for cheaper. I mean, if it was a family house then I think most parents wouldn't want their kid/s growing up with a resident ghost - they might think it will scare them or disrupt their lives in some way. However I think that if a company/business were going to buy a property then it would be more expensive because especially if they are planning to turn it into a cafe, bed & breakfast etc it may attract tourists if they hear it's haunted...so more profit for them.
Comment icon #8 Posted by ROGER 16 years ago
Interesting! I would definately want to know if a house I was buying or even renting has a history of being haunted or strange happenings there. I would definately NOT want to live there! Oh come on. Wheres your sense of adventure?
Comment icon #9 Posted by jbondo 16 years ago
An intelligent consumer would never make such a large purchase without talking to neighbors first. Always ask questions around the neighborhood and visit the area at night. The subject of hauntings should come up in the natural progression of doing this. What if you move into a house and it has one window with a loose lock and a week later someone breaks in and shoots your wife during a robbery? Are you going to sue the former owner fro not disclosing the loose lock? IMO, at least 70% of those homes that are reputed to be haunted are in fact not haunted at all. Most haunting activity takes pla... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Fluffybunny 16 years ago
In the state of California it is actually a real estate law that requires the Realtor to check into whether there have been reports of haunting by the tenants of the house, and if so, pass it along to their clients. When my wife and I bought our house in Running Springs we had our Realtor go through the spiel about there not being any reports of ghosts in the home, and there was an actual document to sign off regarding it...I asked him if he ever had to let people know that there was a history of hauntings...he told me that it happens quite often, and even his own home is documented as having ... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Cleomenes 16 years ago
An intelligent consumer would never make such a large purchase without talking to neighbors first. Always ask questions around the neighborhood and visit the area at night. The subject of hauntings should come up in the natural progression of doing this. What if you move into a house and it has one window with a loose lock and a week later someone breaks in and shoots your wife during a robbery? Are you going to sue the former owner fro not disclosing the loose lock? IMO, at least 70% of those homes that are reputed to be haunted are in fact not haunted at all. Most haunting activity takes pla... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by SpIdErCyDe 16 years ago
As someone who has been experiencing strange happenings with a rented property, I can say first hand that this was never something I thought could happen in a million years. It's nearly to the point now where we are starting to think about ways to co-exist with the presence, or move. I eventually want to have kids with my wife, but I'm not sure if it will be there.
Comment icon #13 Posted by PaperMoon 16 years ago
Oh come on. Wheres your sense of adventure? LOL!!! Not when it comes to otherworldy & other deminsional beings! Hhahah!
Comment icon #14 Posted by SpIdErCyDe 16 years ago
LOL!!! Not when it comes to otherworldy & other deminsional beings! Hhahah! Yeah, I totally agree. I try to follow this rule...Never mess with the undead, unless you want them to mess with you back.
Comment icon #15 Posted by PaperMoon 16 years ago
Yeah, I totally agree. I try to follow this rule...Never mess with the undead, unless you want them to mess with you back. Yup, exactly!


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