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Couple listing their home as ‘slightly haunted’ have trouble selling it–go figure

Jan 17, 2014

A Dunmore, Pennsylvania, couple are desperately trying to unload their charming Victorian house.  However, given that they described the home as “slightly haunted” in their Zillow listing, Gregory and Sandi Leeson have had trouble finding a serious buyer for the property. Instead, they’ve been subject to a steady parade of ghost hunters, thrill seekers and anyone who has ever tried to make a homemade PKE  meter.

Miami Herald reports:

There were calls from ghost hunters. An open house attracted lots of curiosity seekers, but no legitimate buyers. And a former resident came out of the woodwork to tell the couple that when he was a kid, he found a human skull in the basement — the same basement whose door Sandi Leeson once barricaded because she swore she could hear the clicking of a cigarette lighter emanating from the subterranean depths.

It’s enough to make her husband wonder whether he did the right thing when he playfully wrote about the home’s spooky charms:

“Slightly haunted. Nothing serious, though,” says the listing on Zillow’s real-estate site. It goes on to describe 3:13 a.m. screams and “the occasional ghastly visage” in the bathroom mirror.

The listing attracted local and national media attention. Now the Leesons just need an actual buyer for the four-bedroom home, on the market for $144,000.

“I tried to word it with a little bit of a sense of humor,” says Greg Leeson, a 35-year-old who works in information technology, but “I don’t think it has helped with marketing. We’re not really getting very many interested buyers. We’re getting a lot of nonsense people.”

Spring should bring more traffic. But if it doesn’t sell, Leeson said they might consider renting it out — by the night — to folks looking for spooky thrills.

Of course “slightly haunted” is just another way of saying that the home comes with some unwanted tenants that refuse to leave.

Truth be told, renting the property out to ghost tourists might prove exponentially more lucrative than just selling it outright. Things like ghost tours and haunted bed and breakfasts seem to be a burgeoning industry. The Leesons would do well to rake in some of those terror dollars while they can.

source: Miami Herald/photo: Metro UK

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