Realtor uses 'not haunted' sign in attempt to sell house

Posted at 11:15 PM, Feb 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-26 23:15:32-05

MANVEL, TX (KTRK/CNN) – Real-estate agent Ellis Young is doing what he can to get a Manvel home off the market.

The 3,600-square-foot home features four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and a private backyard. With an asking price north of 400,000, Young knows it could take extra work.

“We’ve actually had a lot of good feedback. We just haven’t had anyone pull the trigger on the home yet,” Young explained.

He’s hoping this changes thanks to what he hung out front. Recently, he added the words “not haunted” on the for-sale sign.

“It never crossed my mind that somebody would take it mildly serious,” Young explained.

It’s not the buyers he’s worried about, but the neighbors. Some don’t think the sign is funny and have asked him to remove it.

“It would, I guess, make sense if it was a joke during Halloween, October time frame, But here we are in the Spring. That’s just I odd,” Chris Fems said.

“Creativity’s always been a great thing, so I think it’s great,” Molly Page added.

Since the sign is getting mixed reaction in the neighborhood, the real estate agent decided to get creative and take down the “not haunted” sign and replace it with something he hopes the neighbors will accept this time that says, “gluten-free home.”

Young started using catchy signs six months ago. Although this is the first time he’s removed one, he said it isn’t going to stop him from using them in future listings.

“You can’t do it the same old way,” Young stressed. “You’ve got to spice it up. You’ve got to look different. You’ve got to keep it fun.”

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