Should you warn a potential buyer that your house is haunted?
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, this time of year always gets us talking about the supernatural, and haunted houses in particular.
In America, hunting for ghosts, exorcisms and everything else related to the paranormal is much more popular than in the UK. But even there, many haunted houses are left standing empty. Although people love to tour haunted homes and hear ghost stories, it seems that they aren’t confident enough to actually buy a property with supernatural beings lurking inside. However, others actively seek out haunted houses to buy and live in.
So, with that in mind, should you tell someone interested in buying your haunted home that it comes with a few supernatural beings included in the asking price?
Richard Carpenter, from Fine & Country St Neots, has some advice. “In my experience a property being haunted can, and has, put people off buying a property. It’s also the same if a property is near a graveyard. Although enthusiasts may be drawn to a haunted property, this sort of buyer is few and far between!”
In the USA, sellers are much more likely to say that they think their property is haunted. There are lengthy lists online of eerie manor houses for sale where horrific crimes or deaths have happened. Even people who don’t believe in ghosts may find themselves unsettled to know that terrifying things have taken place in the property years previously.
Karen Titler, from Fine & Country Colchester, recently had a property on the market that was rumoured to be haunted. She was about to have the house featured in a newspaper, but the sellers quickly decided that they did not want any potential buyers to know about the property’s spooky connections.
“Our clients were worried that telling potential buyers that the property was haunted could literally scare someone away,” she explains. “I can understand their concern as there are many people out there terrified of the supernatural – but at the same time it could also be a selling point for others.
But do estate agents have a responsibility to tell the buyer that the house they are interested in could be haunted?
Richard Carpenter says: “It is also important to consider consumer protection regulations when selling a potentially haunted home.”
If you’re worried about buying a property with paranormal activity included, then it’s worth asking specific questions before you sign. Although asking if your dream house is rumoured to have ghosts may seem irrational, it’s the best way to make a buyer confess to a haunting before you’re moved in. It’s better to feel foolish at this stage than to end up living in a horror house with ghostly screeching keeping you awake in the early hours.
Karen Titler agrees with this, and would never specifically lie about a property’s haunted connections. “If the buyer asks the specific question in relation to the history of the property and we were aware of any such circumstances then we would be honest and tell them what we knew,” she says.
So, there’s no clear right or wrong answer. Telling buyers that a house is haunted will put off a lot of people, but you might find a keen buyer from hundreds of miles away who is desperate to live in the same house as some ghosts. But then beware of selling them a false promise; could they be angry if the paranormal apparitions do not appear? The majority of buyers are likely to want a peaceful night of sleep in their new home, rather than being kept awake by angry spirits, so perhaps it’s best to keep your suspicions to yourself when selling a haunted home.
Whatever you decide, have a happy Halloween!
If you are interested in selling a property, get a free valuation from Fine & Country byclicking here.
Your home is an unfolding story. This is why at Fine & Country, we use a lifestyle approach to marketing to help people see your home as you see it. We do more than sell houses, we turn your home into a bestseller. Find out how we can help »
Selling your home is one of the most important decisions you make; your home is both a financial and emotional investment. Find out how we can help »
Every Fine & Country agent is a highly proficient and professional independent estate agent, operating to strict codes of conduct and dedicated to you. They will assist, advise and inform you through each stage of the property transaction.
With offices in over 300 locations worldwide we combine the widespread exposure of the international marketplace with national marketing campaigns and local expertise and knowledge of carefully selected independent property professionals.
UNIQUE MARKETING APPROACH
People buy as much into lifestyle of a property and its location as they do the bricks and mortar. We utilize sophisticated, intelligent and creative marketing that provides the type of information buyers would never normally see with other agents.
PARK LANE OFFICE
Access the lucrative London and international investor market from our prestigious Park Lane showrooms at 121 Park Lane, Mayfair. Our showrooms in London are amongst the very best placed in Europe, attracting clients from all over the world.
TAKE THEIR WORD FOR IT
An overwhelming majority of those who had used Fine & Country would recommend our services to a family member or friend, according to our most recent survey taken by members of the public.
To achieve 98% positive feedback is a privilege and we will endeavour to maintain this result, as we are dedicated to offering the best possible services to every customer, whether buyer or seller, from beginning to end.
Our consistent efforts to offer innovative marketing combined with a high level of service have been recognised by the industry for an astounding fifth year in a row, winning Best International Real Estate Agency Marketing at the International Residential Property Awards.
Independent customer reviews
Jane Barclay said:
Richard and Sue - and from time to time Julie did their absolute utmost to keep our chain together and to secure an eventual successful purchase! Would select F&C in the future...
Read full review
Review Added: Dec 12th, 2017
Julian Hobbins said:
I just wanted to say thank you to Lee Armstrong of Fine & Country Derbyshire in helping me with the purchase of my new home. From my initial dealings with Lee through to the h...
Read full review
Review Added: Dec 12th, 2017
Mr and Mrs M. Papacostas said:
Writing a few words to say how delighted we are with Estate Agents Fine & Country.
Very impressed with the way they handled the sale of our house. Thank you to the whole team,...
Read full review
Review Added: Dec 9th, 2017
Simon A said:
I've found Clare to be not only utterly professional, but also honest, genuine and sincere. When the relatively straightforward sale of a modest detached home became a bit �...
Read full review
Connecting offices on over 300 locations worldwide, our referral system combines local knowledge and expertise with an international network to find the right buyer for you wherever they are, at the same time as finding you your ideal next move
Access Fine & Country Interior Design to put your property ahead and make it stand out. With expert advice from some of London’s best stylists and designers we will make sure it makes a statement. Or if you’re purchasing with us, let F&C ID help make your new house feel like home by helping you find the very best specialists and designers for property refurbishment. Find out more »
We have partnered with IFX, one of the world’s leading foreign exchange specialists to provide private and tailored currency services for all of our clients buying and selling luxury property around the world. Find out how we can help »
Our internal Media Centre is a team of experienced press relations managers and copy writers dedicated to liaising with newspapers, magazines and other media outlets to gain extensive coverage for our properties in national and local media.
We organise and attend a series of events throughout the year. If you are interested in attending or if you would like to promote your properties at any of these events, do not hesitate to contact us.View our list of events »
The Fine & Country Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of the causes of homelessness and supporting homeless charities. Around 100 million people are currently affected by homelessness worldwide. Please join us in helping to reduce this number. Read more »
*Please, note: for security reasons, the maps on this website do not provide the exact location of the property and they are provided solely as an indication of area.