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Would you buy a house if you knew someone had died an untimely death inside that house?

Asked by MissAusten (16157points) May 5th, 2009

Would it matter more if the death had been caused by an accident or crime than if the death had been from natural causes? Or would the idea of anyone dying in that home be enough to prevent you from buying it?

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squirbel's avatar

Hmmm, I would buy it if it were cheap. I’d try to act super-sensitive to the super-natural so I could weasel a good deal out of the agent. :)

ubersiren's avatar

If it was perfect otherwise, I’d totally do it. I wouldn’t care much about the circumstances unless there was a blood stain that couldn’t be removed.

Likeradar's avatar

I wouldn’t care at all, unless it was a noteworthy death and people might come by wanting to see the scene of an infamous murder.

squirbel's avatar

@Likeradar, yeah, that would suck.

spresto's avatar

I don’t think I would.

May2689's avatar

I would never buy a house knowing that someone died there. I would never feel comfortable there.

casheroo's avatar

I think someone died in the apartment we live in now. When we moved in, we were told an elderly couple lived her for 17 years, the husband had died and the old lady slowly started losing it. I believe she passed away as well. But, I think the guy died here. I don’t know. I don’t want to know.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

We’re living in the house my parents built when I was 3. My mom died 10 years ago in the very spot where I’m sitting right now. It doesn’t bother me one bit. This is my home, & I feel comforted here.

As far as if someone was killed in a house? No, that wouldn’t bother me either. I’m not the least bit spooked about anything like that.

ubersiren's avatar

@squirbel : If I was offered a good enough bargain, that would definitely be an option!

knitfroggy's avatar

I would not be able to live in a house where someone had died-either of natural or unnatural circumstances. It would freak me out too much, but I’m kind of a weenie.

miasmom's avatar

I would be ok as long as they weren’t murdered, especially if it was a high profile murder. That would be weird.

MrItty's avatar

@knitfroggy & @May2689 does that mean you build every home you live in? If not, how do you deal with living in your own homes now? I mean, even if you know what happened to the previous owners or occupants, you can’t possibly know the entire daily history of the house. You can’t possibly know if any guests or relatives ever passed away, or if the house is of any considerable age, you can’t know anything about more than a couple owners back…


Supacase's avatar

I don’t think so. I wondered about this house we just bought, but the neighbor told me the lady moved to a nursing home. Not sure about her husband before that, though. Hmmm…

There is a home in a nice neighborhood here that is the scene of an infamous brutal, bloody murder in the basement. It was not disclosed to the current owners prior to purchase. I can’t imagine how they felt after they found out.

augustlan's avatar

Natural causes? No problem. In fact I’m pretty sure that the previous owner of our house died here. Murder might be a bit difficult for me… maybe if many years had passed I’d be alright with it.

flameboi's avatar

if the price is right, sure! (i bet you is a cheap house!)

aprilsimnel's avatar

Not an infamous murder, no. I wouldn’t be keen on my home being a stop on a crime or murder tour.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

With my overactive imagination, the nature of death would matter to me. I’m still scarred from watching “The Shining” and “Poltergeist” as a kid.

3or4monsters's avatar

I would. But I might burn sage in all the rooms in the house, as a sort of spiritual insurance.

May2689's avatar

@MrItty : Well… I live now in an appartment thats relatively new. The building is just a few years old and Im the first one to live here! But if I ever move, I would definetly do a little more research than the usual.

MissAusten's avatar

I think I fall in with the wierded-out crowd. I’d certainly never buy a house where someone was murdered or died under suspicious circumstances. I would probably be disturbed enough even by a natural death to not want to buy the home either. I think I read too many Stephen King books at an impressionable age, and my imagination is rather morbid.

@jbfletcherfan, I think it’s great you live in your family home!

Like @MrItty said, it can be difficult to know if a past resident died in your home. Someone could have died in this house for all I know. But I’d rather not know!

wundayatta's avatar

Why don’t you ask Steven King?

DrBill's avatar

Already did, and would again.

Facade's avatar

Sure, why not

fedupwitcaddys's avatar

hell no. had my own share of experiences with that. befor i move into a home i wanna know the history on the house. the neighbors usually know!

3or4monsters's avatar

@fedupwitcaddys I’m curious what your backstory is on the subject. Can you share?

jbfletcherfan's avatar

@DrBill I’d like to hear from YOU, too.

elijah's avatar

If I knew the person and they were murdered in the home I certainly would not live there. My daughter’s cheer coach was murdered by her husband in their house. He then killed himself. There’s no chance in hell I would buy that house. I wouldn’t step foot in it for a minute. I don’t even like driving by it. If it was a stranger murdered and I didn’t know about it then who cares. If I found out about it at some point it would creep me out but I doubt I would move unless weird things were happening.

SuperMouse's avatar

I know for sure I would never buy a house where someone had been murdered. I am not sure I would buy a house where I knew for sure someone died. My sister still lives in the house where my mom died, she even sleeps in the room where she died. I think she finds some comfort there. I’m not so sure I would feel the same.

cak's avatar

When my husband and I were house hunting, we found several “fixer-uppers.” One of the houses was in a very beautiful area, outside of the house was magnificent. Inside, a bit more neglected. When I got to the kitchen, it was like it was frozen in time. Food on the counter (dry foods…that still draws bugs, though)! The bedrooms were the same. The price was really below the market, too. I finally asked – the only way a Realtor must disclose a death, murder or bad things that might have happened, if you ask the questions! I believe it came out as, “Ok, what the heck happened? Did someone die or get murdered in this house? Something bad, some kind of crime? Something has happened in this house, please tell me the full story.” She explained that a family was murdered – well, three were murdered, the father had a heart attack when he found them – he died, after he found them. My husband asked how old the kids were, when I started to ask him a question – no response. He was already walking out the front door. The youngest – that was murdered – was the same age as our son (at the time).

The house we did buy – there was a death in the house. An older gentleman died – natural causes. I guess I consider that my Aunt wanted to die at home, how could I hold that against another person. My daughter swears that she hears things – but she’s 15. It’s probably me just reminding her to do her daily chore.

Bluefreedom's avatar

I think I’d like to find out first if the previous inhabitant who died there is currently haunting the premises. If he (or she) isn’t, then I’d probably consider buying the house.

Blondesjon's avatar

@daloonit’s stephen king

Why should it matter at all. We all die and we all have to do it someplace.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

People die.
I don’t see why that’s a big deal if someone died in a house before you lived there.
It’s not as though they preserve the body like Lenin and leave it where the body fell.

However to validate the superstitious I’ll go as far as to say that if you live in a house where someone died, there is a 100% chance that you will die.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@The_Compassionate_Heretic – People aren’t coming to see Lenin anymore. I think he’s finally going to end up buried this year – like he’d wanted in the first place. :/

I feel, not creeped out, but sad, when I walk past the Dakota. A doorman there once pointed out to me the spot where John collapsed at the guard station and I shivered.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

@aprilsimnel Really? They’re finally going to put in him in the ground? Good for Russia, finally putting their past behind them. That was so creepy.

May2689's avatar

What about Roman Pollanski’s house in LA? I hear that after the horrible murders that happened in there no one would buy the house so they had to throw it down.

knitfroggy's avatar

@MrItty I guess I just don’t want to know if someone died in the house. If I don’t know then it can’t bother me.

Urban's avatar

As far as living there, yes, but it may depend on the kind of death and the health of the person. If they were rife with disease and they were murdered will blood spattered everywhere, probably not. If they died of conventional causes, just young, sure. UNLESS it devalued the value of the house – that would likely defeat the reason for me buying a house since if I don’t have value on it or increasing, I would just rent.

wundayatta's avatar

@Blondesjon: You know, if you’re going to be my personal spell checker, it would really be more helpful if you came along before I posted, rather than after. Maybe I should give you power of attorney to edit my spelling errors? ;-)

elijah's avatar

@Blondesjon At least he doesn’t spell it like this
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Blondesjon's avatar

@daloonyou couldn’t afford nor stand me

wundayatta's avatar

@Blondesjon—I think I can afford a free service. But you’re right about the other part! I’m sure the feeling is mutual.

DrBill's avatar


He died in the dinning room, looking out the window, watching the squrls play in the walnut tree.

Jeruba's avatar

How many houses that have been standing for a while are likely to have no history of death? Lots and lots of people die in houses, of causes of all kinds. And in hotel rooms, too. (Not to mention rooms in care facilities.) Unless you are living in a new place or one with a short history that you actually know, you could very well be living where someone has died.

A building is just a building. In terms of nature and the world, its boundaries don’t really have any meaning; they just enclose space. Assuming that no visible physical reminders remain, how could being in an enclosed space where someone has died really be significantly different from being in an enclosed space where someone did not die? What if they died in the next enclosed space—the next room, the next apartment, the next house?

When my husband bought our house, he heard that the old man who used to live here had hanged himself in the garage. However, the garage is not haunted. There is no sign of the old man.

Years ago the next-door neighbors were murdered with automatic weapons in some sort of drug-related vendetta (we never knew the details). A few days later the landlord cleaned up, patched the holes, replaced cupboard doors, and repainted. The new tenants never knew a thing.

ttsstone713's avatar

yeah´╝î that is not good feeling because you live every day , we chinese have one
traditional mind , which we won’t live or touch those things that is bad lucky happend . Even if , that is cheap house , we won’t live , if that house is in our Chinese place , goverment maybe make it one garden or scool . my name is Marissa , and do business of black granite exporter .

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