Dealing with Notorious Properties

By Heather Taylor0 Comments
 
How would you know if a property was once the scene of a crime or other misfortune?

From study.com, “Stigmatized property is a dwelling, a place of occupancy or residence, shunned for the occurrence of tragedy that weakens its market potential."

Not every state has laws requiring the disclosure of such events when a house is put on the market; it is considered to be part of your due diligence process.  This prompted software engineer Roy Condrey to develop the website DiedInHouse in 2013, as another resource for potential buyers to find out if a property was the scene of such an unfortunate event.

From DiedInHouse, Condrey’s website searches records and provides a report with any listing of the following information:
  • Has a death occurred?
  • Who died at that house?
  • When did the person die?
  • What was the cause of death?
  • List of Names Associated with the Address
  • Reported Meth activity, including labs, "dumpsites" or "chemical and glassware" seizures
  • Reported Fire Incidents Related to the Address
  • Number of Registered Sex Offenders Living in the Area and a List of Addresses
  • Property and Neighborhood Information
  • Hazardous Flood Zone Information
  • and more
An article at Realtor.com  discusses why people may be unfazed by a property’s past.