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Would you buy a haunted house?
#1
When we were house-hunting many years ago, we had a selection criteria listed in order of importance. The one thing we never factored in was what if the place had a dark history and was rumoured to be 'haunted'. Fortunately, we never had to face that.

I wonder how hard would it be for a person to sell a haunted house. Would you buy a haunted house if the price was right?

https://www.msn.com/en-au/money/homeandp...spartandhp
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#2
I did buy a claimed haunted farm. Some of the claims: 11 year old boy hung himself in the barn, his mother would see him still hanging, so she burned the barn down. A 21 year old was also supposed to have hung himself in the the new barn.  A little old man and a little albino girl dressed in white were seen walking up and down the stairs in the home. An indian burial ground was supposed to be in the front yard. I lived there twenty years and never experienced anything.
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#3
This brings to mind another question: what if some problems associated with haunted homes are due to mismatched occupants? Perhaps the issue of  selling a reputedly 'haunted' house can be resolved by finding buyers who aren't susceptible to any suggestion of the paranormal. I suspect that is often what happens with historic homes. Any old house dating back a certain numbers of years is bound to have someone deceased on the property at one time or another. Just don't jump every time the door slams or when a shadow falls.

A haunted farm would be a great venue for a Halloween party. Wink
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#4
"This house is rumored to be haunted" sounds like something you have a .001% chance of coming across while house hunting, imo. Not to mention the fact so. many. millions. pass away in their homes or in places that will become homes in the future.  White face
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#5
That is true. Good point. Happy house hunting then! Smile
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#6
I believe there are certain instances where a buyer will be informed of any recent deaths on the property but then I suppose it's up to you to decide whether or not its haunted.  Blueud
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#7
I've rarely seen anyone that was a 'psychic' say that a house wasn't haunted. In which case, I wonder if we all already live in haunted houses and just don't know it.
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#8
Hey Dark, how r u? You've reminded me of another theory. What if some people can't  see such stuff? Their very pragmaticism, rationalism, scepticism, faith or whatever-you-call-it is a mental shield or protective barrier in itself? "I see nuthin'...!" And thus, they won't.

A number of family members have said they experienced odd things in my grandmother's old house. It had been used as a military HQ during the Occupation in WWII. But my parents were among the few who said they didn't see or feel a thing. The family legends came from my grandmother, aunts, uncle, cousins and a few of the tenants they used to have.

Maybe if certain traumatic or dramatic events have occurred at a place, or it has been standing long enough to absorb all the memories, emotions and life energies, it will somehow retain an imprint of these residual impressions. What if only those with sensitivities or whatchacallit could sense it? Others could just walk through a house, shrug at a cold spot as being a draft from a vent or see a shadow as a trick of light. Or simply not be affected at all.

Perhaps that's why people who do hear bumps in the night tell of distracting or loud disturbances. It's like some previously ignored ghostie is trying desperately to say: "Pay attention to me!"

Just a theory. I'd rather have peace and quiet though.   Icontexto-emoticons-04-032x032
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#9
Nope. I've been house hunting before and I can usually tell when there's something not right. If I can't feel comfortable in the house alone, with the lights off, it's a no-go.
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#10
When we were house hunting, there were a few places I didn't like for no apparent reason. At the time, I had thought it was the stale air due to poor airflow or bad design resulting in shadowy corners etc. But I never thought to test my reaction with the lights off while alone in the place. That's interesting.
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