Are You Living In A Former Meth House?

Are You Living In A Former Meth House?

By Kristy Hessman is the Lead Writer for @HotPads @Zillow and is a renting and moving expert, having lived in 19 rentals in seven cities across the U.S.

No matter how safe Walter White may have made the cooking of meth look on Breaking Bad, the real life process is dangerous and potentially deadly, even to those not directly involved.

“Chemicals such as acetone, phosphine, hydrochloric acid, lye, sulfuric acid and ammonia are all released into the home during the cooking process,” said Jeremy Shelton, a Certified Microbial Consultant who routinely tests homes across America’s Southeast for exposure. “The chemicals used are extremely dangerous and can cause serious respiratory problems, cancer, and in some cases death.”

Unfortunately, state regulations vary when it comes to the requirements of disclosing the history of former meth houses, as well as the clean up of such homes, so those buying or renting in a residence formerly used as a meth lab might never know about its past.

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‘Stigmatized’ Homes can be a Bargain and Great Investment!

‘Stigmatized’ Homes can be a Bargain and Great Investment

In real estate, a stigmatized property is a property which buyers or tenants may shun for reasons that are unrelated to its physical condition or features. These can include death of an occupant, murder, suicide, serious illness such as AIDS, and belief that a house is haunted.

We at hear from quite a few people that claim they would not have any problems with purchasing a stigmatized property, especially if they could get a really great deal.  According to a 2013 Haunted Housing Report, "62 Percent of Respondents are Open to Purchasing a Haunted Home".

Stigmatized homes can be a bargain and a great investment.  A buyer can expect to pay 10 to 25 percent off regular market prices for stigmatized homes, said real estate consultant Randall Bell of Bell Anderson & Saunders, which specializes in assessing disaster-damaged properties and murder homes.

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2015 Reports Now Include Reported Meth Lab Activity!

All Reports Now Include Reported Meth Activity, Including Labs, "Dumpsites" or "Chemical and Glassware" Seizures!

Similar to deaths, methamphetamine (meth) is a factor that stigmatizes a property and is not always required to be disclosed.

Having headaches, sore throats and difficulty breathing after moving in are all symptoms of possible meth exposure.

If a meth contaminated property is not properly decontaminated a person living in that property could experience long term chronic exposure to toxic chemicals that can result in cancer, damage to the brain, liver and kidneys, birth defects, and reproductive problems, such as miscarriages.

Basically there are two things to consider with regards to meth activity at an address. First there is a law to disclose to future residents and second a regulation to clean a property contaminated by meth. The following is the break by the number of states that either have a law and/or follow the regulation:

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'Poltergeist' reboot trailer scares up old fears, adds smartphones

Angry spirits! Evil clown doll! This reboot of the '80s horror classic keeps the creepy moments we remember, plus a few high-tech upgrades. This time, communicate with the dead using an HDTV.

by Bonnie Burton @bonniegrrl6 February 2015 4:34 pm GMT   

Just when you thought it was safe to buy a home in suburbia and plop down in your home entertainment room, a trailer for the "Poltergeist" reboot reminds you why you shouldn't get too close to TV screens. Plenty of elements from the original 1982 horror blockbuster have returned to haunt a new generation of moviegoers.

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The new trailer, which debuted this week from Fox and MGM, gives fans many moments similar to the '80s classic, including the possessed clown doll, child-eating trees, and even the TV that continues to act as the spirit world's main choice for communicating.

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Who died in your house? Watch the new Poltergeist trailer and find out

By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

On the creepy fun factor, I just might rate this a 10.

Poltergeist the Movie (the new one) is in partnership with to uncover the secrets buried in homes across the US. This is a relatively-new website, I am guessing, that helps you find out if anyone has died at any valid US address.

Creepy, yes, but it is practical if you are buying a home, and want to make sure you don’t have a mortgage and a house full of ghosts, like Poltergeist or the Amityville Horror.

If you watch the new trailer for the upcoming Fox 2000/MGM film, you will get a promo code that lets you go to the site free to find out if anyone has died in your home.

I tried it and it works quite efficiently. My home may have the occasional flea from my dog, but it is not haunted. Well, at least not because a previous owner died there.

There is other helpful information as well. It lists the name of every other previous tenant/owner associated with the home and there is also a coming soon ara that will include results from any previous fires or if the house was ever a meth lab and the like.

The search isn’t cheap. I did it so quickly I can’t remember what the search for one home is. I think it was $11.99, but if you watch that trailer for the film, as promised, the promo code is revealed and you can go directly to the site and enter it. You do have to register (name, email etc.) and it shows you the price, but it is also shows it deducted 100 percent.

If is definitely worth doing if you are curious if George Washington slept, or more importantly died, in your abode.

As for the movie, well I hate remakes, but this looks like it might be worth watching when it comes out this summer (July 24). It looks like the primary story is intact. A family (including Sam Rockwell) finds out there normal looking suburban home is inhabited and not by friendly ghosts. The updates seem to have to do more with the technological changes that have happened since the original game out. Carol Ann, if that is her name in the new movie, has a much bigger TV screen to play with and the ghosts seem to be in tune with cell phones and other gadgets of the 21st century.

The trailer can be found in all the usual places:

HASHTAG #Poltergeist
And her is the info on the film from Fox:
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Release: July 24, 2015, in 3D
Director: Gil Kenan
Screenplay by: David Lindsay-Abaire
Produced by: Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, Roy Lee
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, Jane Adams

Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.

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