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Welcome Home: Things could be worse

BUTCH ELICH and PAULA PARKER

Maybe you have two giant mortgages on properties that have lost a good percentage of their value. Maybe you are one of the nearly 10 percent of Americans currently unemployed. Certainly, things have been better, but… How would you like to be the poor soul trying to sell the infamous house on Long Island, at 112 Ocean Avenue, in Amityville, NY? That’s right, the subject property of the 1977 horror story, “The Amityville Horror,” is for sale. It could be yours for just $1.15 million!In 1977 America, we had a national horror story, not unlike today’s – rampant inflation, sky rocketing interest rates, oil shortages… In “The Amityville Horror,” the homeowner’s business was struggling in the depressed economy and he was being investigated by the IRS. Like today, American readers could sympathize with his problems – except for the paranormal slime and possessed pig parts. Fortunately, not many of us have to worry about that.If you failed to read the book or see the movie, the Long Island home for sale is where Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered six family members as they slept in 1974. Subsequent owners George and Kathleen Lutz purchased the house but stayed there only 28 (supposedly haunted) days. The recount of those 28 days fills the pages of the Jay Anson book, “The Amityville Horror: A True Story” and a series of scary movies about alleged supernatural happenings at the house. DeFeo is at the upstate Green Haven Correctional Facility, serving 25-years-to-life for the murders. Later owners claim no unusual activity at the home”It’s one of the more beautifully redone houses in the neighborhood,” said listing agent Laura Zambratto of Daniel Gale Sotheyby’s International Realty. Jerry O’Neill of Coldwell Banker Harbor Light, who has been selling Amityville real estate for 38 years and whose brother, Peter, used to own the house, said he thinks the price is fair. “It’s a gorgeous, big center hall Colonial with a finished basement,” said O’Neill, with “nothing spooky about it.”Neighbors said that there are occasional gawkers, mostly on Halloween. Meanwhile, accoording to the federal government, sales of new homes climbed 6.6 percent in September, in a second straight month of gains. Another recent report showed sales of existing homes were also stronger than expected, rising 10 percent. The two reports lend support to some economists who believe housing demand hit a bottom in late summer. So, perhaps things are looking up. As bad as it seems sometimes, at least we’re not being chased from our homes by evil pigs and bleeding Catholic priests.Happy Halloween!Welcome Home is written by Butch Elich & Paula Parker. Search for them by name on Google, Twitter, or Facebook.


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