House For Sale, but 'Ghost Must STAY'
by: Christoph Driessen in London http://www.theadvertiser.com.au/common/story_page/0,4511,1481003%255E912,00.html
A HANDSOME farmhouse in the South Wales town of Barry is for sale - but the contract requires the buyer to leave the "resident ghost" in peace.
Exorcism of any kind is strictly forbidden, since owners Ray and Maureen Bronson have become rather fond of their "resident spirit".
"We want to move to a bigger house but we both feel that `Tom' should stay here where he belongs," Mr Bronson said, although he admits having once been so frightened of Tom that he slept in the car.
After a chat, man-to-ghost with a vicar as an intermediary, both sides felt a lot better and began to get along fine.
Apparition or delusion? Statistics show that more young people in Britain believe in the supernatural than they do in the Christian God.
One survey found that nearly one in every two Britons believes that ghosts are genuine.
An industry of "ghostbusters" and other self-appointed experts in disposing of troublesome astral beings has sprung up to meet the demand.
Paranormal considerations play an increasingly important role in the buying and selling of property.
Last year a couple sued a firm of estate agents, claiming they had been sold a haunted house. The court rejected the claim.
Meanwhile, eye specialist Trevor Kirkham went to court after a farm he bought in Lancashire failed to live up to its reputation of being haunted. He said the apparition of a headless friar had been promised. The court awarded him about $217,000 in damages.
The reputedly most haunted house in Britain as listed by the Guinness Book of Records, Littledean Hall in the Forest of Dean, was recently offered for sale for more than $1 million.
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