“The Spouse Off” is a new weekly feature of brokeprofessionals.com, where every Tuesday Mr. and Mrs. Broke Professional will debate a different personal finance topic in 250 words or less each, and will then have a chance at a rebuttal, in 100 words or less each. The winner will then be declared based upon the comments made by you, the readers and will be calculated every Thursday at 7:00 p.m., (eastern time). The winner will be announced in the follow weeks “Spouse Off.” Last Week Mrs. Broke Professional won to take a 1-0 lead. So enjoy reading, and then please join the debate!
For this edition of the “Spouse-Off”, we are addressing an issue that is currently facing us in our own lives. We have probably Mentioned it, but we have been house-hunting for a cheap starter-type home for over six months now. We live close to New York so finding a good home in our budget is difficult. We finally found a beautiful home, but it is across from a cemetery. We have been having some discourse back and forth on whether we should purchase this home, and the pros and cons of buying real estate across from a cemetery. So, here is our Spouse Off Debate of the Week: “Should You Purchase a Home Across the Street From a Cemetery?”
“Country clubs and cemeteries are the two biggest wasters of prime real estate!” (Al Cvervik a/k/a Rodney Dangerfield, Caddy Shack)
I. Opening Remarks: Mrs. Broke Professional
I would. As my mother-in-law says: “You need not fear the dead but the living.” For me, living across from a cemetery evokes little reaction if any. Personally, I do believe in ghosts, and yes I can, on occasion find even the prettiest of cemeteries hair-raising. But in the end, living across from a cemetery does little to scare me away from purchasing a home that I truly love.
I would even go as far as to suggest that having a cemetery for a neighbor would be a pleasant and quiet alternative to many of the people we currently reside near. For instance, would you rather have a crying baby, blaring stereo and/or barking dog or the lull of a quiet cemetery? I know what I would choose.
Additionally, homes near cemeteries often boast lower prices and a somewhat guarantee that the land will not be turned into a superstore or strip mall anytime soon. In the end, I will have to, for argument’s sake, side with my mother-in-law and take a good ole’ quiet cemetery over a loud, living neighbor any day.
II. Opening Remarks: Mr. Broke Professional
Of all the different places one could choose to buy a home, why would you even consider purchasing a home across the street from a cemetery? Unless you have a morbid fixation why not simply choose just about anywhere else? There are reasons, both spiritual and economic for avoiding buying property near a cemetery like the plague that killed your newest prospective neighbors.
Now I am no Feng Shui master, but even I know that under the basic principles of Feng Shui, living across the street or near a cemetery is considered a huge no-no. The negative energies from the cemetery are thought to negatively impact your life. In fact, under Feng Shui principles, living across or near a cemetery is perhaps the absolute worst place to live. For its part, western culture too considers cemeteries as one of, if not the, most likely to be haunted locations. The odds of your home itself being haunted must rise exponentially if you live near a cemetery. Not to mention the fact that cemeteries are, to most people, off-putting, depressing, and/or creepy.
Do I believe all of the above? The truth is it doesn’t matter! Why? Because a large percentage of the population does believe all or some of the above. That means reselling the house one day may prove extremely difficult. It also means that certain guests in your home may not feel comfortable with the surroundings. How would you feel when your summer BBQ party is interrupted by a funeral procession meandering down the street? Most likely bummed.
III. Rebuttal: Mrs. Broke Professional
I would argue that for as many people out there that would be bothered , there are that many more who wouldn’t care about a zombie, ghost, or ghoul so long as there was a good house for a good price. Also, Mr. BP, with regards to resale value, a home in a nice area with a strong sales history will continue to sell, because the bottom line is some people just don’t care about a little old cemetery if the house is a block off of a great downtown area or close enough that they can walk their children to school.
In the end, I argue that there will always be people out there who do not care about campfire lore or Feng Shei Ideology.
IV. Rebuttal: Mr. Broke Professional
I agree that the cemetery will likely already be factored into the sales price, but that does not mean a quick turn around come sales time. You better be careful before you find the mausoleum across the street has more value than your house!
People are uncomfortable with death, and people want a view. Its just not for everyone. Why choose a house with a red flag when there are so many other options?
By the way, one final point: You mentioned zombies…well who do you think is getting eaten first in a zombie apocalypse scenario? If you live across from a cemetery, odds are it’s you!
So, what do you think? Would you live across from the cemetery? Any bad experiences you know of from friends/family/lore of people who paid dearly for living near a cemetery? We for one always like a good ghost story. Mrs. Broke Professional has won the first two spouse-offs, and we choose the winners based upon the comments. So please, vote early, vote Chicago style often, (j/k) and perhaps ignore who is really wrong or write and vote for me, Mr. BP, before Mrs. BP gets an even bigger head.