Would you buy a home near graveyards?

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By Nur Fairuza Syahira

Owning a home is everyone’s dream. In addition to a beautiful and comfortable home, its location is one of the most important reasons for its selection.  

However, if a home is located near or adjacent a graveyard, would you still want to buy it? There are reasons why potential buyers shun purchasing a home near a cemetery, but is it possible to look past these reasons?

Those uneasy feelings

It is not uncommon for us to be scared or feel uncomfortable being within the vicinity of a cemetery. Home should be the place for us to feel safe and secure. Admittedly, this one is more psychological than physical as many people can’t deny that being close to a cemetery’s spooky atmosphere, gives them the creeps. 
Conversely, it might serve as a daily reminder of our fragile mortality, or for those who have lost loved ones, it serves as a painful remembrance. 

For those untroubled by a graveyard's proximity, it may be an opportunity for them. One such owner joked: "I have very quiet neighbours."

Other positive feedback from homeowners residing next to cemeteries include unobstructed wind flow, and in cemeteries with well-maintained gardens, residents next door can enjoy the greenery. 

Bad feng shui

Asians are especially concerned with property feng shui and any position that relates to bleak circumstances such as death is commonly known as having poor or negative feng shui. Obviously, when it is known that there are dead people buried nearby, many people will not even consider a house, no matter how ‘good’ or attractive its location is. 

Lower rent

If you are planning to invest in a home for rental yield, then this might not be the best option. Unless of course if the unit was acquired at a steal of a price, to offset the lower rent.

It all boils down to the return on investment (ROI). If the rental earnings don't exceed the ROI, then this would not be a viable project to undertake.

Finding the right tenant might also be harder but not impossible. The only thing landlords need to be content with is that they are still able to reap a steady if lower rental yield. 

Grave pollution

Many people are unaware that burial grounds might be a cause of pollution. There is a chemical legacy which comes with the embalmed dead. Thankfully, in Malaysia, embalming the deceased is not a common practice.

Muslims try to bury their deceased before sunset on the same day of death where possible. For other religions, the dead are either cremated or buried. With newer technologies, refrigeration can keep the dead from decomposing during lengthy funeral rites. These practices eliminate the need for embalming. 

On the other hand, there is another advantage of living near gravesites. Most cemeteries will unlikely be disturbed by more property developments as developers themselves frown on building close to cemeteries.

This is ideal for those who want a life away from noise and interruptions caused during the construction phase. Instead, they can settle down quietly.  

Would you buy a property near to a hospitals or clinics? Find out at https://www.starproperty.my/news/would-you-buy-a-home-near-hospitals-or-clinics-/117041


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