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Death in the house? Home value could drop
On Halloween, when thoughts sometimes turn to the other-worldly and the macabre, some home buyers and sellers may be finding their way to a web-site that claims to be able to tell whether anyone ever died in your house.
www.DiedInHouse.com charges $11.99 while letting consumers know the information it provides may be inaccurate.
More dependable may be a local realtor or the seller of a given home. Realtors are not required to disclose that information (as they would a leaky roof) but some may share it.
Anthony Gucciardo, owner of Gucciardo Real Estate Group, says depending on the situation, a history of death in a home - especially a violent death - can affect property values by as much as 70%. He says it is not always a factor.
"There's a buyer for every house," Gucciardo says. "Some people are okay with that (history)."