These brave souls live in haunted houses—and they love it
A writer crossed the country looking for folks who consider ghosts to be part of the family. Surprisingly, they weren’t hard to find.
If they love a house enough, homebuyers are willing to overlook just about anything. Garish colors? We’ll paint over 'em. Tiny kitchen? We’ll blow out that back wall. Ghosts? Well, why not?
In fact, a 2018 realtor.com poll revealed that one-third of prospective buyers wouldn’t think twice about buying a haunted house if the price, location, and amenities were appealing enough. And 18 percent said, in effect, “Hey, a ghost is all the amenity we need! We’ll take it!”
While lawyers refer to haunted houses as “psychologically impacted” or “stigmatized” properties, a surprising number of people just call them “home.” I crossed the country looking for folks who consider ghosts to be part of the family. Surprisingly, they weren’t hard to find.