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New Survey Finds One in Three People Would Live with a Friendly Ghost. Would You?

Nicholas E. Barron

Would you live with a friendly ghost?

One in three Americans says they would. And 46% are willing to live in a haunted house if they could buy the house for below-market prices.

These findings are from Realtor.com’s annual Halloween survey, conducted by HarrisX in Sep. 2021. The survey included 2,583 U.S. adults.

Realtor.com Halloween survey’s ghastly results

Along with asking people if they’d live in a haunted house, Realtor.com’s Halloween 2021 survey surveyed respondents on other scary scenarios.

Here are some of the ghastly findings:

  • 17% would live in a haunted house.
  • 25% would live next to a haunted house.
  • 30% would live next to a cemetery.
  • 20% would live in a home where a murder occurred.

Realtor.com® Deputy News Editor Clare Trapasso said the country’s hot housing market might be making folks more willing to accept nightmarish homes.

“In today’s ultra-competitive housing market, buyers are looking for a break,” Trapasso said in a news release. “The majority are willing to consider homes that are rumored to be haunted, especially if they can get these properties at a discount.”

According to the survey, people looking to buy a home within 12 months are more willing to live in a haunted house.

Sixty-three percent of respondents who plan to buy a house within the next year would live in a haunted house if they got the property at a discount. That’s versus 46% of all survey respondents.

Notable murder houses sold in Washington, D.C.

It’s not clear if there are any haunted houses currently on the market in the Washington, D.C., area, but in 2019 you could buy a mansion where a murder took place.

Viola Drath’s husband, Albrecht Muth, murdered her inside the couple’s Georgetown mansion in 2011. The home, located at 3206 Q St. NW, went under contract in 2019.

Also, in 2019, another DC murder house went on the market.

Someone killed attorney Robert Wone in a Dupont Circle rowhouse in 2006. Authorities have never charged anyone with the crime.

The home, located at 1509 Swann St. NW, sold for $2,162,500 in Oct. 2019, just in time for Halloween.

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