"There was no data base for this information until
DiedinHouse.com," says Condrey. The self proclaimed
entrepreneur is the sites president & CO-CEO. For his day job he
helms a software company called Simply Put Solutions in Chapin,
South Carolina.
He later learned that through his data collection, 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 their home is unknown.
I went online to find a "Carfax" of sorts for deaths in homes & I
didn't find anything, but I did find pages & pages of people asking
if theres a way to find out if their house is haunted, said Condrey,
who rents a number of his properties.
The websites creation begins like a ghost story. Three years ago
Condrey got 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 rabbit hole seeking, but not finding an easy way to
determine if his property had indeed seen a gruesome crime or fatality.
From murders & suicides to even meth activity & 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.
If you could find out someone died in your house, wouldn't 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 accommadates the afterlife.
Considering a search on the website? Be forewarned that you
might not like what DiedinHouse turns up!
Last year the website caught the eye of 20th Century Fox which
partnered with DiedinHouse for its film Poltergeist, presenting
curious viewers free searches on the site if they used a promo code
at the end of the trailers. This marketing tactic drew horror flick fans
to the site in droves.
So how well does DiedinHouse work? Forbes fed 5 addresses into
the database, and found that it accurately provided information
about a meth lab bust at an Ohio home, the murders at the
Amityville Horror House and detailed correct ownership of an
upstate New York office building.
Besides prospective homeowners, other visitors who frequent the
site include ghost hunters and those that study paranormal
activity. The website traditionally sees an uptick in traffic every
October,as people get caught up in the Halloween Spirit.
A DiedinHouse report is not a one stop shop. Its due diligence.
You should still ask your agent and talk to neighbors.
DiedinHouse has sold more than 95,000 reports to date, but with
the upcoming site redesign Condrey thinks sales will see an
increase. When asked about prospective users who might think
the website is a scam, Condrey explains, "It's a legitimate site."
When users visit the site they are asked to put in an address and are
taken to a page with pricing, starting at $11.99 for information about
one address. The sites algorithm relies on records largely collected
after the 1980's, when information started being digitized, but his
team has been working to gather records from long before that.
Condrey believes that prospective home owners should be told this
kind of information because it could sway their decision. The intent of
the site is for buyers & renters. The realtor is trying to sell so he won't
disclose if they don't have to. And for good reason, prior death or
violent crime in a home can reduce its value by 30%.
He was inspired to build the database after he learned in many
states, real estate agents are not legally obligated to tell
interested renters or home buyers about prior criminal activity in
the homes because it is not considered a "material fact" or
structural detail about the property.
You Might Want To Think About This Next Time You Put Your House Up For Sale Or Rent
A home is the biggest purchase most people ever make. - so would you want to live
where a murder took place? Do perspective buyers have the right to know about it?
Are you brave enough to know the cold, dead truth?
Add to the DiedinHouse report  a report from C.L.U.E.,
Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange, will tell you if your
house has had a homeowners insurance claim against it.
When you buy a house, insurance companies may refuse to write
you a home policy or they may charge you massive premiums if
there are prior claims on that property - even if they pre-date your
ownership of the place.
Other things to check: FBI  Sex Offender Registry & the EPA's
Enviromapper, you can search info on air releases, drinking water,
toxic releases, hazardous waste by zip code.
You can get sued if you sell your house without disclosing that there
is a ghost in the house.
Statistics show by Realter.com that 33% of the people would live in a
haunted house, 25% said maybe, and 42% said no way
The Stigmatized Property & State Laws
Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, haunted homes are
considered stigmatized properties in many states. Properties where a
murder, suicide, cult activity, famous adulteries or other crimes have
taken place are often considered stigmatized.
But most states have slightly different wording on the basic definition of "stigmatized".
Also check out Trulia.com - what to look for when you are buying a house.
When the going gets weird, you could call the Energy Shifter Team of
Sharon Sinclair and Larry Hitchcock, who teach and conduct spiritual
house cleansing and home healing from their base in Happy Valley,
Oregon.
The Energy Shifters website offers plenty of shamanistic and Feng Shui
DIY tips, from burning sage leaves to salting doorways
Looking For a Stigmatized Home?
Home ownership can go from exciting to overwhelming in a hurry if you discover your
property has problems after you buy it. If you want to be able to sit back and bask in that
new homeowner glow, you need to do your homework before you sign on the dotted line.
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