"But the problem with reincarnation is that it's hard to imagine what the storage medium for past lives would be. Not to mention the input-output device. I hesitate to rule it out completely, but I'd need pretty definite proof."
Shopping for just the right home in Vermillion Sands is complicated by the fact that houses are psychotropic; there is always something left of the previous owners.
Some psychotropic houses also had full control of their internal shape, due to the use of plastex, sort of a combination of plaster and latex.
('The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista' by JG Ballard)
As houses become more complex in our modern era, with programming to control heating, lights, security, media shown on screens and music played in rooms, it seems possible that, when you walk into a previously owned home, it will indeed reflect some of the personality of the previous owner.
If you are fascinated with the idea of a house that responds to its owner, check out the float home from Frank Herbert's 1969 novel Whipping Star.
Compare to the adjustable house from Gather, Darkness! (1943) by Fritz Leiber.
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