In a recent survey by Realtor.com, 33% of people said that they would consider living in a haunted house. Sharing your living space with the spirits isn't for everyone though, and you certainly won't find the majority of estate agents openly advertising that a property is frequented by ghosts
. So why exactly would you buy a haunted house?
In the Realtor survey, getting a reduction in the purchase price was a big incentive for buying a haunted house. A massive 40% said that they would be more likely to overlook ghosts and paranormal activity if the cost of the house was reduced. Let us consider 284 Green Street, Enfield. This was the location of the notorious Enfield Poltergeist
. Between 1977 and 1979, single mum Peggy Hodgson and her 11 and 13 year old daughters experienced a series of terrifying poltergeist-related incidents in the house. Their experiences were made into the TV series "The Enfield Haunting," starring Timothy Spall. 284 Green Street was sold recently for £330,000. This is £15,000 less than the average similar house on the street. That is the cost of a poltergeist.
Buying a haunted house can not only be a financial investment, but can actually make you money. When you're researching mortgages
, you should discuss with the lender that you are planning to use the house as a business opportunity. It may help you get a mortgage that suits your needs. To make money from your haunted house, you could offer the public tours of your home, giving them information about the history of the hauntings. Alternatively, it has become increasingly popular to stay in a haunted house for the night. You could list one of the bedrooms on AirBnB and make a regular income. As it turns out, people will pay extra if they are lodging with spirits. In fact, many ghost hunters tour around Britain, staying in as many haunted homes as possible. Take for instance The Ancient Ram Inn, in Wotton-Under-Edge
, Gloucestershire. It is reportedly one of the most haunted houses in Britain - a dark portal and the site of two converging ley lines, as well as a pagan burial ground. Evidence of ritual sacrifice and devil worship has been found at the inn, and there are plenty of ghostly sightings. You can stay there for £80 a night.
Many people find that living in a haunted house
is a comfort - it is proof that after death, there is another plain or existence that is waiting for us. Sometimes we can get glimpses of this, or it can spill over into our reality. These occurrences manifest as paranormal activity, or hauntings. It is also a reminder of the rich and dark history that we have. Don't think of those creaking floorboards as scary: just think of it as having a friendly lodger.
Living in a haunted house might not be for everyone, but you can grab yourself a bargain, or even think of it as a business investment. A haunted house is unique, and it certainly has a history that is far more interesting than your new build house.