A Real Estate Murder Mystery!

By
Real Estate Agent with Azalea Realty 01483292

How many buyers that you know would live in a house that a MURDER was committed in?  Actually, it is manslaughter, but this was arrived at via a plea bargain.  The fact is a Husband ended his wife's life on the property, had her buried there and eventually dug her body up and re-buried it in a subdivision.

Wow!  That guy ruined the value of his house and likely made a disclosure for the developer of the subdivision, but I digress...

The question is, "What would you tell your buyer?"  Of Course you have to disclose this, but if they asked you if you'd live in the house, what would you say?

Here's the account of the murder from our local newspaper:

http://www.times-standard.com/ci_14155836?IADID=Search-www.times-standard.com-www.times-standard.com

 And here's the house:

http://www.flexmls.com/share/JRV/3875-Dows-Prairie-Road-Dows-Prairie-CA-95519

Also, I'd love to hear some suggestions for "Cleansing the house."

Looks kinda creepy...

Thanks for commenting.

Comments (4)

Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

About ten years ago, there was a murder in the town I lived in at the time (same story:  husband kills wife.)  Her body was discovered in the house by the son.  It took several years before the house finally came on the market, but it was priced so far below everything else, that most buyers would have to ask "Why?" 

It took a very long time to sell, and the new owners changed it so much it hardly resembled the original house, and when they sold it, it sold in a regular time frame.

Jan 28, 2010 08:19 AM
John Howard
Century 21 LeMac Realty - Mountain Home, AR
GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614

Have seen homes sell here after a tragedy such as above.  The home was professional restored, the price was adjusted to make the house more appealing and next thing you know, it was sold with a signed disclosure disclosing the tragedy.  We always hear location, location, location, but in this case, price was the king!

Jan 28, 2010 08:33 AM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Andy, Doug and I agree that we would advise our clients that if they were too spooked by such things then they should think hard before buying such a house. 

In regards to cleansing this place, find a Native American Healer.  Such a person might be willing to do a cleansing ceremony inside and outside of this home.    ----Gloria

Jan 28, 2010 02:54 PM
Steve Merson 512 412 1621
Keller Williams Realty - Austin, TX
CNE, e-PRO

Hi Andy,

That is such a tragic story! If I were asked if I could live there I guess the honest answer would have to be no.  It is just way too creepy for me!!!

Steve

Jan 29, 2010 12:31 AM