With Halloween quickly approaching, people all over the country are having fun exploring the spooky side of life. Watching scary movies, dressing our homes and ourselves in ways that depict the paranormal, creepy-crawlies, and the living dead… all to be packed away at the beginning of November and replaced with lighter sentiments of the next holidays to come.
For some, creaking doors that seem to open themselves, cold chills following a passing shadow, and the sounds of children’s toys being played with when no one else is around, aren’t just a part of the movie you can shut your eyes through… but a haunting reality! The idea that many haunted houses exist raises the question, especially when considering the Real Estate market, “Would you live in a haunted house??”
When realtor.com asked this question a couple of years ago, the answers that were uncovered showed that about 1/3 of people would buy a home knowing that it had some “strange occurrences” taking place, although it seemed that millennials identifying as males were the highest percentage of people who said they wouldn’t mind some housemates from the beyond. Especially if the home had a lot to offer, like a desirable location, solid construction, etc.
With such a tight inventory of homes for sale in Vermont, buying a haunted house may help you finally secure the dream home that you have been searching for! A more recent study conducted by Real Estate Witch has shown that as many as 73% of buyers are willing to purchase a haunted home, up from 59% in 2020. While in the past you may have been able to secure a haunted place for well below the asking price, it seems there may be more thrill-seekers searching for these properties!
Where would you draw the line? I know for myself, I could deal with some minor unexplainable happenings taking place; the dog staring at apparently nothing in the corner of the ceiling, doors slowing opening in the middle of the night, or the feeling of a presence that didn’t have any harmful feelings associated with it wouldn’t be a high price to pay to live in my dream home. However, most people said things like an actual “ghost sighting”, or household objects floating in the air, or feelings of a presence that felt cold and harmful, wouldn’t necessarily justify the fact that the home had that desirable open floor plan they’d been searching for.
Happy Halloween to all you homeowners, homeowners-to-be, and to the housemates from the beyond who make every day for some, just a little bit SPOOKIER!
If you need help finding the perfect home, haunted or not, give me a call or shoot me an email, and I will help you find the home you have been searching for.