While one-third of Americans believe they don't want to live in a haunted house, more than 10% say they have experienced shadows, hot-cold areas, strange pet behavior, or a "feel" in certain places.
Haunted homes are popular attractions this time of year, but most Americans believe they wouldn't want to live in one. According to realtor.com's annual Halloween survey released today; the majority of individuals who feel they presently live in a haunted home say the scary events they've witnessed aren't reason enough to relocate.
According to a realtor.com annual Halloween survey of more than 2,000 Americans, 13% believe they live in a haunted house, and the majority of them – 54% – knew or thought the property was haunted before moving there. However, the majority of people (62 percent) stated they are unlikely to acquire a house that is reputed to be haunted. Despite this, 56 percent of the 13 percent who feel they share space with ghostly residents have not contemplated moving.
"We wanted to explore how many individuals genuinely feel they live in a haunted house this time of year," says Lexie Holbert, a realtor.com housing and lifestyle specialist. "Despite the fact that just a small fraction of respondents feel their home is haunted, it was astonishing to learn how many are quite content sharing their place with spirits from the other side."
With 18% of respondents believing they live in a haunted home, the West led the country, followed by 13 percent in the Northeast, 11 percent in the Midwest, and 10% in the South.
Northeasterners were the most comfortable living with spirits before moving in, with 76 percent, followed by those in the West (57 percent), the South (51 percent), and the Midwest (50 percent) (35 percent).
Strange noises topped the list of eerie things that occur for the 13% of people who believe their homes are haunted, with 44 percent, followed by:
- Shadows account for 38% of the total.
- 37 percent of people have hot and cold areas.
- The atmosphere of specific rooms – 34%
- Unusual pet behavior - 30%
- Items in motion – 29% (tie)
- The sensation of being touched – 29% (tie)
- Objects that levitate - 17%
According to survey findings, spirits manifest themselves in various ways depending on location. Here's what topped the list of dreadful sensory adventures in our region:
- Northeast – Room atmosphere (41%), shadows (34%), and weird noises (33 percent)
- Strange noises (57 percent), shadows (37 percent), stuff moving, and hot and cold places (36 percent) are all common in the Midwest (tie)
- South – strange noises (58%) and shadows (48%), as well as the atmosphere of a room (44 percent)
- West - hot and cold areas (38%) (tie), unusual noises and shadows (33%) (tie), and the sensation of being touched (33%) (28 percent)
In comparison to 70% of women, about half of the males polled (54%) stated they would not imagine living in a house known to be haunted. People aged 55 and more were the least likely to consider living in a haunted house (64 percent), followed by those aged 18 to 34 (62 percent) and those aged 35 to 54 (54 percent) (59 percent).
When questioned about a discounted home price for the haunting, many people stated something in the 10% range would encourage them to buy a haunted property, but one in four respondents (23%) aged 18 to 24 said no discount would be sufficient.
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