RESG would like to know from you, Seattle homebuyers, would you live in a home that had been previously haunted by a vengeful ghost? Does the idea of an exorcism excite you? Are you more frightened by wallpaper than a “666” address? Well you are not alone. Halloween is right around the corner and with this season comes thoughts of ghosts, ghouls and Chucky dolls.
Most people would not willingly seek out a home that is haunted but what if your dream home just happened to be the site of a former crime scene? Would you still purchase the home? According to a survey conducted by Trulia, 59% of homebuyers said a former crime scene would indeed frighten them off a for-sale home. What’s almost as frightening as a crime scene? Proximity to highways or freeways. According to the survey, 52% of homebuyers would be frightened away from a home that is near a highway or freeway.
Now, what about cemeteries? According to the survey, graveyards do not kill the deal. If everything else matched a homebuyers needs then 54% would still by a home near a cemetery.
What’s even more shocking is the type of ghoul or goblin that people prefer to be haunted by. 41% of people said they would actually prefer to be haunted by a vengeful ghost than other ghouls or goblins. Apparently Casper is no longer a desired house guest.
The most shocking of all? 9% of people said they would sell their soul for more square footage. While we do not recommend striking a deal with the devil, we do understand how valuable that square footage can be!
*These survey findings were taken from Trulia- www.trulia.com/tips/2014/10/spooky-stats-trulia-scare-report/