New twist on Real Estate listing

Posted: January 21, 2014 in General

Pa. couple advertises home as ‘slightly haunted’

Between the mysteriously banging doors, the odd noises coming from the basement, and the persistent feeling that someone is standing behind them, homeowners  are thoroughly creeped out by their 113-year-old Victorian.

So when they put the house in northeastern Pennsylvania up for sale last month, they advertised it as "slightly haunted."

Then things got REALLY weird.

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 once barricaded because she swore they could hear the clicking of a cigarette lighter emanating from the subterranean depths.

"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.

"I tried to word it with a little bit of a sense of humor,"  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."

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