Over half of Scottish first time buyers would not be put off by the prospect of sharing their home with a ghostly tenant.
According to a Halloween property survey by Clydesdale Bank Mortgages, two fifths of first time buyers would not be put off buying their dream house even if it was haunted. Just 17% of those saving for their first home in Scotland said spooky stories of supernatural sightings in a property would make them reconsider making an offer. And half said they would be more inclined to view a 'haunted' property out of sheer curiosity.
Despite their apparent disregard for things that go 'bump in the night', one in three (33%) first time buyers admitted it wouldn't stop them using a resident ghost as a bargaining tool.
Steve Reid, Clydesdale Bank's director of retail banking said: "We all know to look out for damp patches and cracks in the walls when viewing a home, but it could prove a little trickier to spot a supernatural problem with your potential property! Doing your research in the local neighbourhood can really pay off when it comes to negotiating a sale price."
Clydesdale Bank's research found that 9% of Scottish homeowners think their home is haunted. Interestingly, 71% of people didn't view sharing their home with a ghostly presence as a reason to sell up.
Not so superstitious Scots
81% of residents in the Aberdeen and Dundee areas would be happy to share their home with a 'ghost'
65% of people in Dumfries and Mid Lothian would be more inclined to view a 'haunted' property, the highest proportion of 'ghost house hunters' in Scotland (average 47%)
Just 3% of those living around Aberdeen and Dundee would be put off making an offer on a property if they thought a black cat had brought them bad luck by crossing their path on a viewing