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Would rumours of a haunted property be a deterrent?

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fruitqueen Thu 06-Mar-14 17:31:31

I just came back from a viewing of a lovely property and decided to take a walk in the vicinity to have a feel of the neighbourhood. Along the way, I started bantering with a couple of people and when I queried on the property I was viewing, they gave me a quizzical look and asked whether I felt strange in there. I replied "no, why?" and they said there was a reputation of the property being haunted . I was rather taken aback but thanked them for letting me know. On hindsight, I did feel a little chilly in there but other than that, I didn't feel there was anything strange at all.

Now, I am not one who is superstitious or would believe that things would go bump in the night, but I couldn't help but feel rather awkward when the agent called and asked what I thought. I am having second thoughts to it now but am I being silly?

NinjaBunny Thu 06-Mar-14 17:49:35

Depends on the ghost.

I lived with the ghost of a caretaker. Only saw him twice and he never bothered me. Bothered my cat though.

Can you do any research on the property?

AngryFeet Thu 06-Mar-14 17:52:11

No because I don't believe in ghosts

expatinscotland Thu 06-Mar-14 17:52:41

No. How I felt in it would put me off.

ISeeYouShiverWithAntici Thu 06-Mar-14 17:55:32

Wouldn't bother me at all. I don't believe in all that.

I've been in loads of places that people claim are simply teeming with ghosts and whatnot. I've never seen a thing and I've never come across anything that couldn't be explained.

The with hindsight thing is nothing more than someone having put the idea in your head.

CuriosityCola Thu 06-Mar-14 17:57:12

It would be a massive deterrent for me smile wouldn'tset----foot----in----it
I am a big scaredy cat though.

DreamingAlice Thu 06-Mar-14 18:08:25

I don't think I would necessarily be put off by a rumour of a house being haunted if I really liked it but I would want to perhaps know a bit more if there was any history to the place. For example a friend of mine was recently sent details of a place by her estate agent and when she looked it/asked a few questions it turns out it was the scene of a horrific triple murder (by a father who killed his family then shot himself)- which would put me off!!!

BrownSauceSandwich Thu 06-Mar-14 18:51:24

Not sure... I'd have to consult my spirit guide.

specialsubject Thu 06-Mar-14 19:16:50

love it...

total cobblers but use it to get a reduction!

KarenBrockman Thu 06-Mar-14 19:19:03

Ask for a discount, it is the living that hurt us not the dead.

LizLemonOut Thu 06-Mar-14 19:21:14

If you don't believe in ghosts then... there's obviously no problem, is there? confused

expatinscotland Thu 06-Mar-14 19:21:14

I wouldn't want to live in a place that is a destination for gore tourists, OR one that had drug dealers in it last.

morethanpotatoprints Thu 06-Mar-14 19:22:38

I'd be there in a shot.
There's a run down property round the corner from us for sale.
Huge thing, it looks like the scary house from Scooby doo. If I could afford it I'd buy it and turn it into a spooky hotel.
I say go for it. Can you give us a link?

Trills Thu 06-Mar-14 19:22:52

Not for me.

I'd hope that I'd get it cheaper or with less competition though wink

sleepyhead Thu 06-Mar-14 19:23:56

No, because I'm about as psychic as a banana so there could be fifty ghosts mooning in front of my face Right Now and I'd be completely oblivious.

expatinscotland Thu 06-Mar-14 19:23:58

Lol at asking for a discount because of rumours about things that don't exist.

lljkk Thu 06-Mar-14 19:24:09

Would put me off (big Chicken)

MarthasHarbour Thu 06-Mar-14 19:25:14

Go back and have another look at it, have a good mooch around and see how you feel. As expat said it is all about how a house 'feels' to you. I viewed one a few years ago with the IL's and DH. Me and MIL couldnt wait to get out of the place and couldnt explain why - neither of us are woo - DH and FIL thought it was fine

there-was no way i was setting foot in there again!

BuzzardBird Thu 06-Mar-14 19:27:43

Yes, what expat said, use it as a tool for discount. You must post on here though if you move in and there are any spooky events...we love a spooky story.

TheReluctantCountess Thu 06-Mar-14 19:29:14

It would make me want it more! When I was a teenager we lived in a haunted house.

fruitqueen Fri 07-Mar-14 06:14:24

I tend to agree with DreamingAlice- if its a haunting that was due to someone who had died from natural causes, I wont be so worried ; but if its to do with a horrible tragedy etc, I would have second thoughts about living there. Perhaps I should investigate further into the matter but I doubt that the estate agent would tell me anything much! After all, they are eager to conclude a sale ASAP.

DreamingAlice Fri 07-Mar-14 09:11:58

I could be wrong about this but I think the Office of Fair Trading has guidelines that say that an estate agent should disclose if there has been a murder or suicide at a property, particularly if you ask. I doubt somehow reputed haunting is covered though. grin. Let us know if you do ask, I would love to hear their reaction!!

specialsubject Fri 07-Mar-14 10:10:12

no house is haunted and there are no such things as ghosts. End of.

if there has been a relatively recent murder or suicide that has become common knowledge, then the issue is gawkers/ghouls of the human variety and people with nothing else to think about. If you can put up with people boring you on the subject, then there's no problem.

drug dealers may also be a problem if the word hasn't got round that they've moved on.

Pinkje Fri 07-Mar-14 13:40:34

Just read your other thread; so is this the 'house with character'? Character indeed!

Martorana Fri 07-Mar-14 13:47:45

"I lived with the ghost of a caretaker. Only saw him twice and he never bothered me."

I've had caretakers like that. also plumbers, electricians and heating engineers

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