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Last updated: January 15, 2019 • Real Estate Marketing

Does Living Near a Cemetery Affect Home Value?

Some home buyers may be faced with the decision of buying a home near a graveyard site. Depending on the owner, this may not be a personal issue. However, some buyers may wonder how this will affect the value of the home in the future. In reality, the appeal and value of a home doesn’t automatically change if it happens to also be near a graveyard, but it can in the future. Here’s why:

In larger cities, some home buyers feel that living near a cemetery brings a sense of calmness in an otherwise busy neighborhood or city. Since living in the city tends to be noisier, many home buyers may enjoy proximity to a cemetery for the calmness it offers. Living next to a cemetery guarantees quiet neighbors and no noise complaints. Many people also consider a cemetery as a conveniently quiet place to jog or take a walk.

Living near a cemetery may have an adverse affect on the home selling process in the future. Although living near a cemetery doesn’t automatically affect the home’s price, it does have the potential to drive down home prices. This is largely based on people’s personal beliefs and superstitions. Many people consider it taboo to live near a graveyard. If prospective home buyers don’t like the idea of living near a cemetery, then it can make the home selling process much more difficult. When potential homeowners become reluctant to purchase a property because of its location, whether it is near a cemetery or not, the home may stay on the market longer. In this case, it may warrant a price decrease by the seller of the home.


6 Responses to " Does Living Near a Cemetery Affect Home Value? "

  1. Melissa says:

    Interesting article. Never thought about it til now but i wouldn’t want to buy a home next to a cemetery.

    • Diane Amoscato says:

      I live next to an old small cemetery and love the fact that no one can build near me and it is also so quiet.

  2. We are currently building a spec home (converting an old church to a home) next to a cemetery. The cemetery is actually quite beautiful and will never be developed. many people use the well cared for road for their daily walk in a quiet, peaceful setting. We love it!

  3. Debby says:

    Lived near a historic cemetery and loved the peacefulness and beauty. I can see where others may have issues.

  4. Sandy says:

    I live next door to a cemetary and love it. I never have to worry about a noisy, messy or nosey neighbor. It is quiet and peaceful. I actually prefer my location to being surrounded by neighbors.

  5. Stan says:

    Homes within 100 feet of a cemetery are actually worth more per square foot, according to a Redfin study.

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