In the market for a new home? Looking for that unique one with curb appeal? Historical interest?
You may want to think twice before saying 'no' to the latter. In fact, haunted houses and properties known to be "stigmatized" could be quite a bargain of you're in the market for a new lot.
Often, they are broken down into two categories: physically damaged (i.e. underground sinkholes, eroding coastline, etc.) where the house might be in tact yet faces imminent danger and psychologically damaged (i.e. ghosts, murder sites, etc.) where the past might be erased but something just isn't quite right with the atmosphere. Laws regarding disclosure vary from region to region, so you might not know until after the fact.
Or if the house is a steal.
If you do find a bargain, don't be afraid to ask about its history. Some agents might be honest enough to mention anything unsavory. And feel free to do your own research on the property. Don't think it's that easy? Just contact your county auditor or local government and faster than you can say "foreclosure", you'll have at least a basic history of your home. Archives and libraries contain a fount of research and information, just waiting for you to discover it.
Or, you could take the easier approach: check out the Haunted Real Estate Blog! you never know what you might stumble across on there!
But remember, if a house is a bargain, you might find yourself with an extra roommate who won't be leaving any time soon...