Would you buy a haunted house? For more and more people, the answer is “yes.” There are even paranormal real estate websites. They list the number of bedrooms and bathrooms a house has and any suspicious paranormal activity, like drawers opening, or lights turning on and off by themselves. But prospective owners aren’t buying so-called haunted houses for a thrill they’re doing it to cash in.
Like one woman we read about, who’s making a killing on her house in Minnesota. She’s written two books about how people who spend the night at her house wake up feeling like they’re floating. And the buzz from the books has transformed her home into a tourist attraction. Throngs of people show up, wanting to be scared or see a ghost. In fact, the demand was so huge, she created a haunted tea party business at her home.
And two brothers bought a Michigan inn rumored to be the site of unexplained occurrences. But instead of trying to keep its spooky past a secret, to avoid scaring guests, they embraced it. They proudly play up the legend of the ghost in the inn’s restaurant.
Of course, there’s no law that requires sellers to disclose to potential buyers that the house has a reputation for bizarre behavior. But a growing number of buyers are interested in knowing whether a house has paranormal activity. So, the real estate industry may have to create what they’re nicknaming a “Casper clause” to disclose any funny business.