When listing his home in Dunmore on zillow.com, Gregory Leeson was just trying to be safe, rather than sorry later on, since he was unsure of the laws about fully disclosing the attributes of a home.
What he got, however, was international recognition for his honesty, as well as an explosion of interest in his 3,376 square-foot Victorian home. After all, according to the listing, it is only slightly haunted, so why not take a chance on it?
On Dec. 15, Leeson and his wife Sandi listed their home online, calling attention to its four bedrooms, hardwood floors, wet bar, and desirable neighborhood… and the occasional middle-of-the-night scream or spook popping up in the bathroom mirror.
As the listing says:
“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 3:13 am, 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.”
It’s unclear if Leeson was just trying to be funny, but either way he garnered quite a bit of attention through his simple throwaway explanation of the haunting. The home has been mentioned in web articles on Forbes, Daily Mail, Yahoo!, and NBC, and there was even a mention of it during “Saturday Night Live’s” Weekend Update skit on Dec. 21.
Listing the haunting may not have been such a bad move even outside the publicity, as a recent survey by realtor.com found that more than half of home buyers are open to buying a haunted house and 35 percent of the nearly 1,400 people who took the survey say they have lived in a haunted home.
Leeson, who has cited he doesn’t believe in the paranormal, is not moving his family from the home because of the ghostly encounters he’s had; he and his wife just had their second child and wish to move back home to Maryland, where their parents can help with the kids.
The house is up for sale for $144,000, but to some, it may be invaluable. Leeson has told media outlets that he and his wife are receiving calls from people interested solely in the ghostly part of the dwelling, and that it can be hard to weed out the truly interested from those who are in it for the novelty.
However, if someone out there is seriously considering the for-sale home, they can take a look on Dec. 29, when the couple will hold an open house at the 1217 Marion Street residence.