See update below – no buyers.
A lovely home for sale in Dunmore, near Scranton, PA. Comes with special features.
Built in 1901, this Victorian home in the Hollywood section of Dunmore features 1850 sf of living space with an additional 1350 sf of partially finished space. Original hardwood floors throughout entire home. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms. Off-street parking. Freshly painted. New moulding throughout entire first floor. Slightly haunted. Nothing serious, though. e.g. The sounds of phantom footsteps. A strange knocking sound followed by a very quiet (hardly noticeable, even) scream at 3:13am, maybe once a week. Twice a week, tops. And the occasional ghastly visage lurking behind you in the bathroom mirror. Even still, this occurs very rarely and only in the second floor bathroom.
$144,000 sales price.
I’d be interested but it sounds like not enough things moving around. And, not much for mirror creepers.
Maybe a family can move in and apply for this TV show.
UPDATE (22-Dec-2013): This piece got widespread attention. It made it’s way to Forbes where we get some extra detail about haunted real estate.
Local Local real estate agent and former lawyer Frank L. DeFazio of the CenterCityTeam says it’s not uncommon to disclose “defects” when selling a home. While some states require disclosing psychological stigmas such as deaths or hauntings, Pennsylvania law only requires disclosing material defects that would have a significant adverse impact on the value of the property or an unreasonable risk to the people living in the home.
“The courts in Pennsylvania have limited the defects that must be disclosed to impairments that are structural, legal or hazardous in nature,” he said. “Knowledge of psychological impairments such as deaths, murders and haunted houses are not required … however some legal experts recommend sellers disclose them anyway just to be safe.”
The owner (who is listing the home himself) did not know the exact nature of the laws but says he wanted to keep it light but truthful. He had experienced some odd things but does not believe the house is haunted, just that the explanation has not been found yet. He has also received a lot of offers from potential buyers and, of course, ghost hunters who find paranormal activity EVERYWHERE. The publicity has been positive.
UPDATE (17-Jan-2014) Unfortunately, the house was not sold and the owner notes they got a lot of ridiculous people.
“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.”
That is, ghost hunters. That’s pretty rude to say “no, I’m not interested in the house to buy but I’m just going to poke around” with some blinky equipment.