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Nov
11
2017

This Website Can Tell You If Someone Died In Your House - Forbes

This Website Can Tell You If Someone Died In Your House - Forbes
By Natalie Sportelli FORBES Staff Reporter

http://www.forbes.com/sites/nataliesportelli/2015/10/26/this-website-can-tell-you-if-someone-died-in-your-house/#71a16ab54153

If you could find out if someone died in your house, would you want to know? Founded in 2013 by software engineer Roy Condrey, DiedInHouse.com allows users to search an address to see if it had a dark former life (or even accommodates the afterlife). From murders and suicides to meth activity and arson, DiedInHouse uses data from over 130 million police records, news reports, old death certificates and more to determine if your house has seen horrors.

The website’s creation begins like a ghost story. Three years ago, Condrey received a text message in the middle of the night from one of his tenants that read: “Did you know that your house is haunted?” Condrey went down a cyber rabbit hole seeking, but not finding, an easy way to determine if his property had indeed seen a gruesome crime or fatality.

“I went online to find a ‘Carfax’ of sorts for deaths in homes and I didn’t find anything, but I did find pages and pages of people asking if there’s a way to find out if their house is haunted,” says Condrey, who rents his a number of his properties. He later learned through his data collection that, in fact, at least 4.5 million homes nationwide have had documented deaths take place on the premises. The number of homeowners that know about the history of their home is unknown.

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Nov
6
2017

Disclose ghouls or the deal may die

Kang Siew Li / The Edge Malaysia
November 06, 2017

Well, horror fans, we are suckers. How else can you explain our going back to watch the same plot being played out on the big screen over and over again?

An unfortunate American family sells its cramped big city apartment after a bitter marriage break-up or the loss of a loved one and starts afresh in a beautiful house in the countryside that was going cheap. In the midst of adjusting to the new environment, the family members realize they are not alone — this remains one of Hollywood’s staples to this day.

An all-time favorite horror movie that had such a story line is 1979’s The Amityville Horror, which went on to become a platform for countless other spin-offs. It is based on a true story. In case you don’t remember or have never heard the story, there was a mass murder in a New York home in 1974. A 23-year-old shot and killed his parents and four of his five siblings. Subsequently, people who moved into the house experienced strange manifestations.

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Oct
31
2017

DO YOU HAVE TO DISCLOSE IF YOUR HOME IS HAUNTED WHEN SELLING?

Some states have rules requiring notification if someone has died in the home.

Author: Brandon Hamilton
Published: 5:38 PM PST October 31, 2017
If you are selling a house and you believe it's haunted or you know that someone died in the home, do you have to tell the buyer here in Arizona?

“As a realtor, we are not supposed to disclose that information; however, we can’t lie, so if someone asks us a question, we have to tell the truth," said Robert Joffe from the Joffe Group Launch Real Estate.

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Oct
31
2017

Four ways to avoid having a 'deadbeat' roommate

By Andrea Tinning

Last update on October 31, 2017 at 11:35 am

Ghosts are real. That’s the implication of 1991 court case Stambovsky v. Ackley, which established that a house could be haunted by its reputation, if nothing else. The case began when Jeffrey Stambovsky made a down payment on a house, unaware of its reputation as a hub for ghosts and poltergeists, and then tried to sue the seller. Although his case was successful, others weren’t so lucky.

If you don’t want to make the same mistake, here are a few tips to make sure you won’t be sharing your new living space with an unwanted visitor.

1. Ask the previous owner or real estate agent

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Oct
29
2017

Does tragedy haunt your dream home? Website scares up the answer

Does tragedy haunt your dream home? Website scares up the answer


By Jack Pointer
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