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

If you could find out if someone died in your house, would you want to know? Founded in 2013 by software engineer Roy Condrey, 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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When selling a home, must you disclose its unsavory past?

When selling a home, must you disclose its unsavory past?

Updated: June 29, 2017 — 9:37 AM EDT

by Caitlin McCabe, STAFF WRITER

Events that transpired in Westfield, N.J., three years ago might sound a lot like the plot of a horror film.

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2017 Offers Buyers Information on Death Occurrences in a Home Offers Buyers Information on Death Occurrences in a Home

With the direction the world has taken with people becoming more aware of energy and how energies are contained within certain spaces, a number of new businesses are hitting the online market. For those of you who are interested in potential energies found in a home you are looking to buy or live in, including someone’s cause of death, is the place to do your research. One of the featured stories on this site includes the home owned by late Celebrity Brittany Murphy and her husband Simon, both of them passing away within 5 months of each other. Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley’s homes are also both featured.

So why is it important to know who passed away in your home? Well because in many states, real estate agents are not required to tell you what occurred in the home you are preparing to live in. Previous deaths and violent crimes can decrease your property in value by 30%. It also means that you may be subject to some rampant energies that end up forcing you to believe in ghosts and watching Paranormal Witness to educate yourself. If this sounds scary to you then jump on and pull your report today so you can rest assured your future home will be a peaceful place.

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Death And Property Values, Or How To Sell A House Where Someone Died

Death And Property Values, Or How To Sell A House Where Someone Died
by Tim Loc in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 12, 2017 11:40 am

The so-called Los Feliz "Murder House." (Photo by Michael Locke via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

A person dies and the event fades into history. The body is buried and later decomposes to bones. The memory of it (even if it's as shocking as a homicide) gets diluted as it passes through time.

What remains, then, is the setting. There are the walls that bore witness to the morbid happening, the bedroom in which the body lay. Likewise, homes and buildings have become stand-ins for some of L.A.'s most notorious homicides. There's the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, which served as the stage to a classic potboiler involving money, murder, and a soured friendship. And we would be remiss to overlook the Los Feliz "Murder House"; even a half-century later, the site remains a tourist attraction for those seeking to bask in the home's blood-soaked past.

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Homebuyer’s have ways to learn a house’s backstory

Website provides home buyers details about ‘murder houses’

By Jessica Pace Herald Staff Writer | Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:18 AM

The stigma and intrigue of “murder houses” make them common backdrops for cheap television and a trap for tourists. But selling so-called stigmatized houses, where a death – particularly a violent one – occurred, is a different story.

House hunters typically seek information – such as details about environmental and structural problems – about a house’s backstory before making a purchase.

But for some, the eerier details of a house’s history can play a role in whether they close the deal.

“From an agent’s perspective, there is a lot more preparation for those discussions than the discussions actually present themselves,” said local real estate agent Joe Clair. “By the time a buyer gets to a house where something occurred, in this day and age, it’s so well-known through news publications and people talking, it no longer catches people off-guard.”

Real estate agent Rick Lorenz said he has never fielded a question from a client about in-house deaths, though he did sell a house in the El Rancho Florida district where a murder occurred.

Colorado Real Estate Commission statute does not require agents to disclose a property’s death-related details, but Lorenz said he did anyway, because his client wanted the fact known, and the buyer wasn’t deterred.

Most states don’t require real estate agents to disclose dark details that might daunt the superstitious. provides that information.

By providing a home address, the site can generate information about the property that is available through public records, including if a death occurred there, who died and when, cause of death, names of previous owners, whether the house endured a fire, and other unsavory details, including whether sex-offenders or meth-cookers resided there.

The website was created in 2013 as an aid for home buyers whose state laws might not readily offer up that information.

Founder and co-CEO Roy Condrey said the site has sold more than 95,000 reports since its launch.

“It’s about transparency,” Condrey said. “It’s one of those things people don’t like to admit they care about, or they don’t even think about until afterward. It happened to me, with a rental, and I found out there was a couple that died that had HIV. This is for people who care about that. We want to provide all the information we can, then you decide for yourself how you feel about it.”

According to one study by, the U.S. housing market loses about $2.3 billion each year to property devaluation because of homicides in homes. It also suggests that the stigma can extend to surrounding properties.

The report found the total market loss for Colorado in 2014 was about $7 million.

Real estate appraiser Orell Anderson, who valued the Nicole Brown Simpson and JonBenet Ramsey homes, told last year that “macabre residences” are typically discounted 10 to 15 percent.

Indeed, the legendary “Amityville Horror” house in New York, which foddered a book and films after its 23-year-old resident shot and killed his parents and younger siblings there in 1974, sold this year for $605,000 – about $250,000 less than the asking price.

“If people like the house, it’s no big deal,” said Don Ferris, a Durango real estate agent. “I had a client look at a house on U.S. Highway 550 where a guy committed suicide. He (the buyer) didn’t care. A suicide doesn’t denote a crime scene.”

The reverse can be true: Morbidly humored buyers seek out such real estate, which can even be assets in niche locations, such as New Orleans, where a certain level of ghoulishness is a virtue.

But more commonly, the unsuperstitious are able to take advantage of the sometimes-major markdowns. “If you don’t care, you can use it as leverage to get a discount,” Condrey said. “You may not get a discount, but it’s a reason to ask for one.”

In 2015, for example, a Washington, D.C., mansion sold for $3 million a week after it was listed and less than six months after the previous residents – a couple, their son and their housekeeper – were murdered inside.

The selling price was about half the average home value in the popular neighborhood, according to The Washington Post.

Such superstitions about homes aren’t worth putting stock into, anyway, said local historian Duane Smith, who has spent a fair amount of time in some of Durango’s oldest and purportedly “haunted” homes on East Third Avenue.

“There are stories about a lot of those homes, where most of the well-to-do people lived in the 19th century,” he said. “But I’ve been in some of them, and I’ve never noticed anything unusual.”

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