Do You Want to Know if Someone Died in Your House?
Winnetka and other North Shore suburbs have their share of bad fortune - murders, suicides, or other tragedies that occur in homes.
When I lived in Kenilworth, I walked my dog past a house that had had a murder that was undiscovered for several days - later when the house went on the market it took a very long time to sell. And then the new owners tore it down and rebuilt.
Another historically sad story is that of the Percy family - and the bludgeoning death of Senator Charles Percy's daughter Valerie in their lakeside Kenilworth home. While that horrendous event happened in 1966, the house was torn down a few years ago when new owners bought it.
Every town in every state has such stories. And home buyers want to know if a murder occurred in the home that they have fallen in love with. Listing agents and sellers have been sued for not disclosing that they knew of a death in the home.
Enter DiedInHouse.com a website that asks the question "Has Someone Died in Your House?" It appears at first to be free - just enter an address! But after registration, the prices appear:
So, you have to be serious - but $11.99 for one search is not bad. And if it's something that would really bother you, best to pony up.
To read more, please see How to Find Out if Someone Died in Your House
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Margaret Goss is a full-time real estate broker since 1998 working in the North Shore communities of Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, Northfield, Glenview, and Evanston.
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