Death disclosure is not mandatory for most states, so if you ever wanted to know before making an investment on a property, this website will tell you if someone has died on that property. Death stigmatizes and can cause value deflation, but it’s also a cultural intrigue. Do you believe in ghosts? Some do, and I don’t mean the ones that will come next week demanding candy. I will admit to being curious if and when someone may have died in the vicinity of my house, bed, street address…
However, since I am not making an investment or purchasing property anytime soon, I’ll skip the single search fee of $11.99, which doesn’t sound like a bargain for the phantom curious. For others, if you’re deciding on the value of such investments, here are some culturally significant deaths and their subsequent property damage, published on DiedinHouse.com:
Simpson Murder – The house that Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered in 1994 sold two years following the murders for $590,000, $200,000 less than the asking price.
Amy Winehouse Death – The Camden house in London, England where singer/song writer Amy Winehouse died in July 23, 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning sold in 2012 for over $1 million less than its asking price.
Michael Jackson – The Los Angeles, CA mansion where the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, died on June 25, 2009 was listed in 2010 for a little over $23 million, it finally sold for $18 million in 2012.
If you are a home owner, this ‘Legally Haunted’ house is worthy of notice:
Nyack, NY – “Legally Haunted” House in NY – The seller previously publicized that her home was haunted in Readers Digest, but did not disclose it to the buyer. NY does not have a disclosure law. The NY Supreme Court eventually ruled in favor of the buyer because the owner had publicized that the house was haunted. The court stated that for court purposes the house was deemed “legally haunted,” and that fact should have been disclosed to the buyer. The sale was revoked.
I hope that gets you in a mood for Halloween! Let’s start brainstorming for costumes soon.
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