“People think their houses are haunted!” says home insurance company, for Halloween

One in eight Britons moved house because their home was haunted

HALF of Britons say they have experienced paranormal activity and one in eight have even moved out of a house because they thought it might be haunted, according to a new study.

The research found a third of us (32 per cent) confess to having been frightened by the supernatural in our own home at night.

As a result of strange goings on, a fifth (20 per cent) have called someone in the middle of the night to seek comfort or support.

Source: Daily Express, 24th October 2016

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One in ten Britons have moved house because they thought their home might be haunted

Forget noisy neighbours or a yearning for extra space – nearly ten per cent of Britons have moved because they thought their home might be haunted.

And according to a survey, nearly two-thirds of buyers will not contemplate a property near a graveyard or a spooky-looking church.

But there are some hardier souls.

Nearly a third would buy a ‘haunted’ house if the seller dropped the price by 20 per cent.

Source: Daily Mail, 24th October 2016

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Can it really be true that we’re all so superstitious and easily-scared as to fear our houses are haunted? That half of people in Britain believe their house is the scene of paranormal activity? Or is this little more than a pre-Halloween advert?

The research, by specialist insurance broker firm Towergate, has revealed many of us have witnessed supernatural activity in our homes and also found it can put us off a property completely.

‘Specialist’ home insurance doesn’t include insurance against ghosts – I checked.

Drew Wotherspoon, from Towergate, said: “Spooky supernatural stories of something strange in a neighbourhood can be a huge turn off for potential buyers. “Some of us thrive on stories of haunted houses, and can use eerie tales to their advantage.

“What is clear from this research is that spooky vibes can be real deal breakers when it comes to buying and selling properties – and this makes it a scary time for sellers.”

I’d disagree – what I think is clear from this research is that Towergate wanted to get some coverage in the newspapers, and they succeeded. Nothing more than that.