How to Buy or Sell a Haunted House

Is your home steeped in spookiness? Here’s how to find out more about its dark past.

A spooky old haunted house on a moonlit night
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"I am often called upon to clear houses that the owners feel are haunted," she says, adding that if a home is giving you the willies, what you are likely feeling is negative energy. She says most people don't realize they are "a 99 percent spiritual being in a 1 percent physical body or 'meat suit.' When we leave our meat suits behind, we return to being pure, positive energy."

If you believe the house is haunted, don't panic. Well, if you think you're in mortal danger, panic, by all means. But if you're panicked because you think your haunted house isn't going to sell, you may not do so badly after all. Despite reports that a seemingly haunted house will cause it to lose its value, more than half of home buyers are open to the idea of buying a haunted house, according to Realtor.com's 2013 Haunted Housing Report. You may sell it just fine.

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Still, it probably depends on the house's history: How far back in time did the incident happen, and what happened? Are we talking a house that's haunted by a lonely farm girl from 1818 who surely means no harm? A buyer may eat that story up. Or was your home the site of a grisly triple homicide in 2008? That might be a harder leap for a buyer.

For instance, Eyler grew up in a house that had a far spookier past than her new home, which is why she probably sees living in an old funeral home as rather charming. In 1958, her parents bought a house in Pennsylvania that had been built in the mid-1700s, but unfortunately for the sellers, its dark, tormented episode occurred in the relatively recent past in 1942. In fact, the house didn't sell for 16 years until Eyler's parents bought it.

The Gettysburg Times reported that a 17-year-old stabbed his mother in the backyard when she was hulling walnuts because he resented her for nagging him to help around the house. Then he poured gasoline over his mother's body and set it on fire, trying to cremate her. When that didn't work, he dismembered her.

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Eyler admits that while growing up there, she felt creeped out by the story, and friends would warn her not to sit under the walnut tree. Which is probably why Eyler's parents were able to buy the house for a relative steal – only $7,000. According to TheCostofLiving.com, the average house in 1958 cost $20,000.

But people who are squeamish about buying a house in which a resident came to a grisly end might want to consider buying the home anyway, especially if it's selling at a dirt-cheap price. Eyler's mother, she says, still lives in that house purchased for seven grand, and today it's worth $2 million.