(By Gary Vasey for My Haunted Life Too)
Not something that get discussed a lot… how does a ghost change the value of a property? A new study from the Metro explains all.
Terrifying twilight visits from ghosts are apparently not the only downside to living in a haunted house. Not only do haunted homeowners have to put up with the paranormal, but their property plummets in value if they are investigated, a researcher has claimed. A study into supposedly haunted homes in Britain found their value dropped by 17% compared to similar homes nearby.
Statistician Dr Geoff Ellis said it suggested that having a haunted house knocks almost £40,000 off the average UK property price when it came to selling it. It may well be there are a lot of houses affected too – a separate survey of 2,000 Brits found that one in four believe their home is haunted. Woman lashes out at Tesco for failing to charge her for plastic carrier bags and it revealed you can’t be too careful, because 78% of those people said they would lie to an estate agent to get more cash for their home. Some 55% admitted they would be put off buying a house if it was haunted. The study was commissioned by TV channel Really to mark the new series of Help! My House Is Haunted.
It revealed that 49% of people have witnessed some form of paranormal activity, with a ghost the most common response. Others claimed to have heard unexplained noises and whispers.
Barri Ghai, paranormal investigator on Help! My House is Haunted, said: ‘As an avid ghost-hunter and paranormal enthusiast, I’ve seen the damage having a paranormal inhabitant can do to your house value – it has even been known to make some houses unsellable.’
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