Here’s a scary but true real-estate horror story just in time for Halloween: Competition to buy a home has grown so fierce that buyers are struggling to even find “zombie” properties: homes that have been abandoned by their owners during the foreclosure process but are not yet repossessed by lenders.
They’re desolate, they’re deserted—and they can be a deal. But they are deadly difficult to find. With a national shortage of homes that has hit critical proportions, we decided to unearth the metropolitan areas with the most vacant zombie homes. These are properties that investors and desperate, cash-strapped buyers may be itching to get their hands on—no brain-eating required! All are reputedly haunted and inhabited by other-worldly beings—some friendly, others not so much.
Now if you’re a nonbeliever, or if you “ain’t afraid of no ghosts,” you might be intrigued enough to investigate these houses purely for historical, architectural, or business reasons. Some have been turned into thriving vacation locations and successfully used the phantoms as a sales gimmick. Either way, it’s the season to explore some haunted houses. For list of spooky homes that some actually use as an angle for vacation rental attraction are right here: