I agree with Jeremy. A lot of these answers are to general and not specific enough for you. Hereâ€™s how I would approach this situation:
If youâ€™re moving into a town thatâ€™s densely populated then the cemetery will be a blessing in disguise because you will have some privacy where as others wont. However, and you say youâ€™re looking in the MetroWest, if itâ€™s a town in which homes are built on large lots of land then the property may be hindered by the fact that it abuts a cemetery.
At the end of the day if you really like the house itâ€™s a judgment call. I would rather sell or buy a house next to a cemetery compared to a highway, rail road or industrial land. One thing is for sure you wonâ€™t have to worry about any future development.
Hope this helps,
He would have got away with it too, if it wasn't for those meddling kids and that dog!
They've been there several years, and report that they still love it! No regrets.
I happen to be one who really likes cemeteries. I love going out of my way to find old, historical cemeteries, and seeing the old gravestones, and the family plots. These are historical markers of our societies, and give the living a glimpse back to the people who lived before us. I'd say if you are comfortable with it -- buy the house, and enjoy.
Best wishes to you!
Not that I am "Plotting" to sour your deal..... but
With Re-sale, you could be "Dead in the Water".
Although you may not have any issues with the location - some folks will. Unless you are getting a FANTASTIC deal on the property - you at least have to understand that you may have to also give an AWESOME deal when you sell.
Location, location, location is the name of the game in real estate.....when location becomes a negative factor, desirability becomes a serious issue. Being located next to a cemetery will influence the resale of this property.
I have found that Hindus are particularly averse to cemeteries and most of them have told me not to show them anything within several blocks of a cemetery. I really think that for most people it is a spiritual/religious preference.
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Gee, I hope not! I happen to think cemeteries are an historical, and important segment of our society. If people don't want their remains to be kept, stored or buried in a cemetary, that's a personal choice, and I respect that. But to suggest that homes that are near enough to cemeteries may lose value or be hard to sell because someone "won't buy a home if you have to drive past a cemetery" is as far a stretch of the imagination as I hope to never see in this country.
However, one of the fastest-growing groups of homebuyers in the U.S. is foreign-born buyers. If that trend continues, as most analysts believe, we'll see an increase in the percentage of buyers who not only won't live near a cemetery, but won't buy a home if you have to drive past a cemetery. This would suggest that any discount you pay for such a location today will only be greater in the future when you go to sell.
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To provide something useful to this question, yes there is a negative perception in general with living next door to a cemetery. As said below though, if you get a great deal and more importantly if you plan on spending a long time there then it might not be a bad purchase. If you are looking for a solid investment property then that is a different story.
It is something like pools, if you want one, you will pay anything for a house with a pool, but if you don't want one, you wouldn't buy the house no matter what a great buy it is.
If you buy a home near a grave yard...What possibly can go wrong?
Buying a home near anything where people perceptions of ghost or sprits can truly crush the price and foot traffic from walking thru the door...unless...your a ghost from christmas past...ha..ha
It can be a negative or positive response depending on the home itself. If it's a great home with curb appeal and great maintenance then there shouldn't be any problem.
I know on plenty of shows we watch on T.V. some people hire mediums, pychics and exorcist to come and pray or feel the home before you buy or move in.
I hope this helps with your answer and don't be afraid of buying not in this market.
I say buy where you think you can lye...no need to spend money if your uncomfortable or others can be a huge influence on your purchase and your decision making.
I hope that helps!
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Would it hurt a sale... maybe? But maybe not... I know I am not alone when I say that I would love living next to one, or have one across the street
If you do not believe in after-life etc., then what you need to ask yourself is: Do I like this house? Is this a good value to buy in?
Remember one thing: cemetery affects the house value. So you will get it in low and sell it low as well. So not much to lose. If you buy at the down market like right now, and sell at a peak market, you will still make money. Just make sure that your broker negotiate hard for you to get a good deal.
Hope this helps.
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Mmyk72, you've seen the cemetery house as compared to all the other houses you've seen. If you want it, and feel it's a good value, go for it.
Thousands, and more likely. millions, of people in the United States live near or next to a cemetary, many of them for decades and even generations. They seem to be thriving. In fact, maybe a good idea to knock on a few of their doors and ask them what they think.
There is no higher rate of foreclosure next to cemeteries than anywhere else. Gee. I think that's a clue that most people who live next to cemetaries are happy with their choice of where to live.
Pehaps it also means that there is something financially good about living next to a cemetery :-)!
You may like it, quiet and pretty, but many buyers hate these places and will not buy a home that abuts or views a grave yard.
If you want this home, make sure that you get it at a great price. Otherwise, you will pay the price when it comes time to sell.
Usually for lots of this size (below 5000 sq ft), the neighbor's house or garage would be tight up against the fence line. In this respect, the cemetery makes the lot seem larger (no structures looming against the back fence). A call to the Police department reveals that the cemetery is indeed very quiet as mentioned before (no one hangs out there because it's too open).
I saw them a few months back and they said that they made the right choice and they are very happy with the home and the location.
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Practitioners of Feng Shui (and some of Western superstions as well) would argue bad mojo.
However, some people like the privacy, the quiet and the fact that their neighbor keeps their lawn in order (no joke).
As Tim Ambrose suggests below, he only way to know for sure if there is signifcant impact on resale is to have your market-saavy agent (or an appraiser) show you a comparative analysis. I think it is also important to consider and compare days on the market. Depending on your circumstances when you go to sell it is important to know if your area absorbs such a property at a similar rate to non-impacted properties. Else, this could still cost you in a case where you have to make a quick sale.
Another consideration should be how long you intend to hold the property. If this is where you intend to stay for the rest of your life, not a big issue. If this is a speculative buy of a starter home for you, it is best to do your homework on how your local market reponds to such a property.
Cemeteries are haunted, druggies hang out there, you have the dead bodies contaminating the water supply.
great apple tree. Wonderful apples... then years later it is discovered that the trees roots are in the coffins. (said to be a true story)
We are thinking about putting a fence around the cemetery.
Why? Those that are in aren't getting out. And those that are out are in no hurry to get in.
That is a popular cemetery. How do you know? People are just dying to get in.
I am just saying, some people do not mind. Some never want to be close to one. It simply reduces your potential buying pool as you are thinking about it twice so will others in the future. Some will reject it immediately for being close to the cemetery.
Can you install a privacy fence for resale? Or how much can be seen? GREAT QUESTION, however a girlfriend of mine family home is built beside a cemetery it always scared me as a teenager .
Real estate 101, Location, Location, Location. While the place might work for you it will have a negative impact to some people and certain cultures. How many times has the property changed owners since being built? How has the value held up to other properties in the area. If the one you are interested in has sold for less that others, that is a good indication of the perception. Have your Realtor run some comps to get a picture of how the value has held up over time.
I hope this helps!