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The Week contest — Haunted house

How would you spin your house's ghostly visitations for prospective buyers?

Last week's question: A Pennsylvania couple are finding it hard to sell their house after admitting that it is "slightly haunted," with the occasional 3 a.m. scream and an apparition appearing in the bathroom mirror. What would be a more positive way of describing the home's unique characteristics, to help sell it?

RESULTS:THE WINNER: 113-year-old Victorian, still cared for by original ownersKevin & Laura Healy, Hurley, N.Y.SECOND PLACE: A home suited for free spiritsJody Zellman, Brooklyn, THIRD PLACE: This stunning home casts a spell on all who enter. Motivated sellerSusan Callender, Jacksonville, Fla.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:A place for all your possessions! Ivan Kershner, Salem, S.C.It has charactersRobyn Winder, Hanover, Md.

Perfect for open-minded individuals who enjoy entertaining unexpected guestsLou Franzini, St. Augustine, Fla. Once you buy this house, you will never leave itBarbara Kunkel, Harrington, MaineThe perfect home for spirited conversationJanine Witte, New Hope, Pa.Not just multilevel, but multidimensional Frank Letchworth, Knoxville,

A charming Victorian with a personality all its ownHarold Warren, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.Your kids will make new fiendsPhilip White, Fresh Meadows, N.Y.You will never be home aloneSue Free, San FranciscoTurn-of-the-century home comes alive with historyKorena Thomen, SacramentoBuilt-in mother-in-law visitation deterrentKinny Roper, AtlantaLots of sunny rooms; shades includedRobert Scott, Spokane, Wash.A home so hauntingly beautiful, former owners wish they still lived hereKatherine Licopoli, Fort Myers, Fla.

The ultimate in haunt couture housingGordon Freireich, York, Pa.Mostly not hauntedChip Turner, Victorville, Calif.Full of the spirit of yesteryearJeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, Va.Are you tired of seeing the same old face in the mirror when you wake up at 3 in the morning?Andrew Tuite, ChicagoThis house is guaranteed to raise your spirits!Lenny Aberg, Bristol, R.I.House well stocked with spirits, barTimothy Ainsworth, SeattleAmenities include a maintenance-free houseguest removal systemJason Johnstad, Altoona, IowaPeople are just dying to live hereBrenda Olafsen, Greeneville, Tenn.Sound construction and breathtaking views. This house has good bonesAlan Guttman, Washington, D.C.

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