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Would you buy a haunted house? According to a recent poll that’s been released by Real Estate Witch, 73% of Americans said that they would at least consider it. The recent poll surveyed a total of 1,000 Americans who were asked 20 questions regarding their paranormal experiences, what they prefer when buying a home, etc…
A total of 76% of Americans surveyed admitted that they believe in the supernatural – this is up from 70% in 2020 and 44% in 2019. A whopping 73% of people claimed to have had a supernatural experience and 44% of them stated that their paranormal encounters increased since the beginning of the pandemic (the majority of those admissions were by millennials).
When asked about their scariest issues regarding owning a home, paranormal activity came in at a surprisingly low 5%. The top five things homeowners are afraid of are: mold (57%), foundation issues (56%), termites (54%), asbestos (54%), and water damage (54%).
While 73% of those surveyed said that they would consider buying a haunted house, 52% of them stated that they wouldn’t pay the full asking price. If the sale price was lower than average, if it was in a safe neighborhood, it if had friendly ghosts, etc…, it would be more likely to sell. On the other hand, 27% of those surveyed said that they would be willing to pay above the asking price. Incredibly, 15% of respondents said that they prefer to own a haunted house.
Almost half of the respondents (48%) claimed that they would rather buy a haunted house than live within a mile of a waste management facility. In fact, people would rather take a chance living in a haunted home than living near a crime scene, a former meth lab, or within a mile of a prison.
44% of people surveyed believe that they have lived in a haunted house, but 53% are more likely to think they have supernatural activity in their home if they’re already believers in the paranormal. While 48% of millennials say they’ve lived in a haunted house, only 18% of baby boomers made the same claim. In a surprising revelation, 63% of people admitted that they knew their houses were haunted prior to moving in.
For those who have experienced paranormal activity in their homes, the two most common occurrences were hearing strange noises (64%), and feeling as if someone (or something) was watching them or touching them (60%). Seeing unexplained shadows (59%), witnessing an apparition (56%), and feeling sudden cold or hot spots (55%) round out the top five.
As for what kind of paranormal activity would need to occur in order for the owners to immediately move out of the house, having objects move or levitate on their own came in first at 45%. Feelings of being watched or touched came in second with 42%, while sudden changes in their children’s behavior (40%), having a serious crime occur near the home (38%), and seeing a ghost (37%) round out the top five reasons for leaving their home.
“The Crystal Wall of Crying,” an interactive installation by world-renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic, was erected in Ukraine’s capital to commemorate Jews killed in one of the biggest massacres of the Holocaust during World War Two.
It will be officially unveiled on Wednesday evening as part of a series of events to mark the 80th anniversary since Nazi troops gunned down nearly 34,000 Jewish men, women and children at the wooded ravine of Babyn Yar on Sept. 29-30, 1941. A symbolic extension of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, the artwork is a “wall for healing,” Abramovic told Reuters in an interview ahead of the ceremony.
“You come here and you look that this is a park. There are so many trees, so much nature, it is so much life. You know, people come here to sit in the sun, little children are playing, but all of this, you know, is one part of reality,” said the 74-year-old Serbian artist, speaking in English.
“But another part of reality – you know that something terrible, terrible happened at the same time. And that kind of memory can’t leave you. So you have this mix of feeling beauty and heaviness and past which is there all the time.”
Abramovic, known for her work with crystals, chose anthracite from Ukrainian mines and rock quartz crystals from Brazil. “I want to create the image that is transcendental about any war at any time at any place,” she said. “Whatever we are doing, there is always violence, there is always a war somewhere, there is always something that we should not do as people. And I love to create images that teach us: ‘stop that’.”