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Apr
3
2018

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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Feb
9
2018

How to Look Up the History of Your Home

How to Look Up the History of Your Home

Including whether or not someone has died there

Architecturaldigest.com / February 9.2018

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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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