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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How to Look Up the History of Your House

U.S. News & World Report | June 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

The anxiety of buying a new home can form in any number of ways, and you might find yourself questioning the property you’ve chosen: Is the backyard really that small? Is the soil contaminated from the nasty-looking stream nearby? Did someone die in the house recently?

Here are eight things about your house you may want to know:

— History of major construction and work on the property.

— Details of previous sales.

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Unsolved Mysteries: 9 Ways to Find the History of a Property Online

by Rachel Russell
March 27, 2020

You fell head-over-heels the moment you laid eyes on the perfectly landscaped house of your dreams. It’s for sale — and you just so happen to be in the market to buy. However, you’ve heard rumors about the house’s past. Maybe something bad happened there once? Or maybe it looks like a prestigious Victorian… and you wonder whether it’s an original or a reproduction? 
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How to Avoid Unexpectedly Buying a Haunted House—Because It Could Happen to You

In the spirit of Halloween, we beseech you to suspend your disbelief and check out these tips. It's better to be safe than sorry, right?

By Ana Durrani | | Oct 31, 2019

Footsteps late at night. Music randomly playing. Lights flickering. Unexplained shadows. True-horror fans might get a thrill out of moving into a house with a haunted past, but others might see it as a nightmare.

It wouldn't surprise us to hear that notorious homes like the Manson murder house in Los Feliz or the "In Cold Blood" house have experienced some paranormal activity. The same goes for homes in towns with notoriously gruesome histories, like Salem, MA, where about two dozen people accused of witchcraft were executed or died in jail in the 1600s.
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How death can haunt (or help) your house hunt

By Myles Ma

Frank Hewitt had been looking for a condo in San Diego for a while by January 2006, when he found a unit that had languished on the market for more than 120 days. He toured the condo with a seller's agent. The price seemed comparable to other condos in the neighborhood, San Diego's Little Italy.  So Hewitt asked the agent: Why hasn't this unit sold yet? Legally, the agent said, he needed to disclose something. The previous owner died in the condo. Most people weren't comfortable with that. But don't worry, the agent said to Hewitt. He had a priest bless the condo. The agent wouldn't say how the owner died, but said it wasn't violent. The death didn't dissuade Hewitt. "I recall putting in a low-ball offer well below ask," Hewitt said. After a few counter-offers, Hewitt settled for a price $25,000 less than the asking price. This was just before the housing market peaked, when most property was going for full price, if not higher. As it turns out, the plot point of an endless number of horror movies and one notable TV show is true: Death can have a big impact on a property's value.
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