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Oct
17
2018

Someone was murdered in the house you're about to buy: Should you get a discount? (photos)

By Janet Eastman | The Oregonian/OregonLive | Posted on October 17, 2018 10:31 AM | Updated October 17, 2018 11:58 AM


Most people fear a chilling case of buyer's remorse after a big purchase, especially something as personal and pricey as a house. Imagine owners' reactions when they find out -- either through a chatty neighbor or an accidental internet search -- that their new home sweet home has a blood-stained history.
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Oct
6
2018

How To Find Out The History Of Your House.

How To Find Out The History Of Your House.

Have you ever wondered about your home's past?

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Sep
25
2018

Family Accidentally Buys Notorious Gang House: Make Sure This Doesn't Happen to You

By Clare Trapasso | Sep 25, 2018
A couple with three children found the home of their dreams in suburban New York: a four-bedroom house on a quiet cul-de-sac, about 40 miles from Manhattan. There was just one big problem.

The home in Brentwood, on Long Island, sits next to a wooded area where two teenage girls were found hacked to death by members of the notorious gang MS-13 in 2016, according to a recent New York Post story. And just this month, the mother of one of those victims, Evelyn Rodriguez, was fatally run over in front of the house, near a memorial to her murdered daughter.

But the young couple learned of the home's tragic history just Sunday, after they closed on the property, when a group of teenagers placed flowers and candles near their mailbox. They told the Post that their real estate agent never informed them of what had happened there.

It turns out, their agent wasn't legally required to do so. Disclosure laws vary by state, and in New York, agents aren't bound by law to tell prospective buyers about any deaths in the home.

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Aug
31
2018

Home truths: On crime and punishment for property values

Mark Keenan
August 31 2018 2:30 AM

No TV news segment filmed at a suburban murder scene is ever complete without that one interview - the wide-eyed local/neighbour who looks into the camera and says: "We are all truly shocked. This is a nice quiet area and this sort of thing never happens around here!"

It says something about us, that even when the bloodiest crimes are being perpetrated, that the first reaction of some is to leap to the defence of the neighbourhood and, dare we say it, property values? Our shocked neighbour is right to be concerned - although maybe not to the degree we would expect. To be cold-blooded about it, the crime doesn't seem to impact on house values as much as we might think, even when it comes to the very scene of a murder or a manslaughter.

Studies conducted by a Sydney University four years ago showed that a murder instantly knocks 4.4pc off local property values but also that this value regains after just one year. Another study in the USA shows homes in which murders are committed shed a quarter of their value. Again less than we might expect. The American data comes from a website called DiedInHouse.com which allows users to key in the details of a house they might be interested in buying or renting. It then shows whether a homicide, manslaughter, crime or a drug bust has ever occurred there or at adjoining addresses. So what about Ireland?

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Aug
8
2018

How to Find Out if Someone Died in Your House

Julia K. Porter | Aug 8, 2018

In a society of information at our fingertips, many people have become more enthralled with true crime, hauntings, murders, etc., leading to the rise of Diedinhouse.com, a website that for a minimal fee can give you all the details you want to know about your home, not just deaths, but also meth activity, fire incidents, sex registry information and more.
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