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'Silence of the Lambs' House Slow to Sell but Creepy History Not to Blame

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By    |   Wednesday, 13 Jan 2016 08:29 AM

The "Silence of the Lambs" house that brought movie fans to Fayette County, Pennsylvania, can't find a buyer even after the homeowners dropped the price by $50,000 last month.

The three-story Victorian home was featured in the 1991 hit thriller as the home of a serial killer, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. But Erik Gunther, a senior editor at Realtor.com, told the newspaper that publicity is not the problem when it comes to selling the home.

Despite its Hollywood popularity, the house suffers from that old real estate adage of location. The home is located near in the remote village of Layton about an hour south of Pittsburgh, the Tribune-Review reported.

"The fact that a home gets a ton of publicity doesn't necessarily add up to a quick sale," Gunther said. "Just because I want to gawk at something doesn't mean I want to buy it . . . You hear the mantra: Location, location, location . . . Even though it's got notoriety, location still is a big deal."

Owners Scott and Barbara Lloyd put the home on the market last summer and have since dropped the price of the home from $300,000 to $250,000.

"The house is oozing with charm and grace," a Realtor.com overview of the home states. "You will feel like you should be putting on a hat and gloves, and getting into your Model T. An extraordinary home, in fine condition, with modern updates like central air, modern kitchen, and gas logs in the 'winter parlor.'"

Two other homes connected to Hollywood had quicker turnaround times. A Minneapolis home shown in the movie "Purple Rain," which featured hometown music superstar Prince, sold in about a month for $117,000 after being listed for $110,000, according to the New York Times.

Similarly, a home in Los Angeles that's featured on the hit ABC television series "Modern Family" had a quick turnaround period and sold for $2.1 million.

The Lloyds, who told the Tribune-Review they are selling the home in an effort to downsize, said they hope the new price will bring new leads.

"We got the message out to the curious, but not to the people who are interested in actually buying," Scott Lloyd said. "We're finally starting to get a little bit of motion."

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