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Realtors advertise 'Not Haunted' house

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Every town has one. The house all the local kids avoid, claiming it's haunted. Now some Clarksville Realtors have a plan to use the scary stories around their new property to turn them into a sale.

"Everyone's scared to go to it because they say it's haunted," said resident Joyce Stepp.

"We don't go anywhere close to this house at night," added Deidra Pinckney.

Shrouded in trees since 1876, stories have been told about the house on Halloween night for decades. But a sign reveals the truth about the house on Madison Street. It's not haunted. There's no room full of flies, no closet portal to another dimension and no voices saying to 'Get out!' This house is clean.

Dorothy Havens and Toniann Thompson aren't paranormal investigators. They're Realtors with Keller Williams looking to sell with a sign listing their latest property with the clarification, 'Not Haunted.'

"Each home's so individual," said Havens. "This fit the nature of this house."

"We just wanted that pop when someone's driving down Madison Street," Thompson added.

Longtime locals Pinckney and Stepp said the place has become something of a local legend.

"I had a friend that said she saw a child standing in front of there," said Pinckney.

Havens and Thompson said they know all about the alleged nightmares on Madison Street. They're just embracing them to get people talking and get the attention the property needs to be sold.

"We've gotten phone calls, e-mails and Facebook messages," said Havens. "Other Realtors just love it."

Even though there's no ghost kids in rocking chairs, no red eyes hovering outside windows and no spirits talking through the TV, Havens and Thompson said they hope people keep sharing those stories. Nothing better to make a sale than a little word of mouth.

"Get the house sold, that's what counts," said Thompson.

Although an offer hasn't been put forward yet, the Realtors said they had three people walk through Tuesday. They said the challenge now is to figure out a creative way to sell their next property.

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