Brits not spooked by ghosts

Research from Portman on haunted properties reveals Brits don’t give a hoot when it comes to things that go bump in the night.

While people used to go to great lengths to ward off evil spirits, hanging up horseshoes and charms or employing shamans and priests to exorcise demons, Portman says 43% of people now say they would not be put off purchasing a property if it was rumoured to be haunted.

One in three people claim to have lived in a house that was either haunted or rumoured to be haunted.

And it appears most Brits are now resistant to things that have traditionally been considered spine chilling. Some 74% would not be put off purchasing a property if the previous owner had died there, though they would want the asking price to be lowered. Meanwhile 82% would purchase a property that was number 13 in the road and 37% would even buy a house if it had a sinister history such as a multiple homicide or a graveyard beneath its foundations.

Most tellingly, if things did start to go bump in the night, only 30% of people say they would move out of the property. Should this spookiest of things happen, 45% of people say they would stay put and 24% say they would stick around but hire an exorcist to chase off the source of the dastardly disturbances.

Lynsey Hallam, group press officer at Portman, says: “It would appear British home owners are ghost proof. They are not fazed by the thought – or reality – of spooky goings-on in their homes, and with a significant third of people saying they have lived in a haunted property or one that is rumoured to be haunted, it would seem the demand for property remains pretty much the same whether or not it has a spooky reputation.”