Would you buy a house where a suicide occured?

Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Realty Specialists Inc.

I need some help!  I have a client who will be selling thier home.  Nice house, nice area, market sensitive pricing...problem is thier partner has comitted suicide!

This is very difficult to deal with, not only are we dealing with a poor market but how do I handle the sale. 

I'm looking for your opinons or advice/personal experience.

 The death although sad and tragic was not violent.  It was not a hanging, shooting or anything like that.  In fact probably as quiet as an older person passing in thier sleep! 

Would YOU buy this house?   Yes/No and why?  I have called the lawyers and my Broker, I need to disclose but I may be discrete and disclose just prior to an offer.

Would you pay less for this house?  Would it bother you?  Any great ideas on how to turn this into a positve.  Obvioulsy my client is very upset with the situation and now is even more upset.





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Carl Stars
Sutton Group About Town Realty - Burlington, ON

The odd person might get creeped out.... but an intelligent buyer would look at the price, and the home and probally go through with the transacation. I would not make it a huge obstacle in the marketing. Proceed as normal and disclose to the agent before any showings. I have no idea how to spin this as a positive, except the person who committed this unfortunate incident is in a better place now.. etc etc and the potential buyer is blessed to have the opportunity to live in a nice home and enjoy the wonderful opportunitys this country has> I know sounds corny but Im reaching here.. good luck

Dec 05, 2008 01:03 PM #1
Connie Wilhelm Zulu
Peak Realty Ltd., Brokerage - Saint Marys, ON

as weird as this sounds for me personaly I am may want to know in what room or where, for example the same room I am going to sleep maybe too much

I guess if there is lots of other compareables without this occurance in those homes yours unless something to make stand up from the others would go down on my list

buyers market right now (as we all know)  so price honestly would have to be less money does talk

Dec 06, 2008 02:13 AM #2
Joseph D. Federico
Donahue Real Estate Co. - Dedham, MA
Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate

I agree with Carl, if priced right an intelligent buyer would make it their home.

Dec 06, 2008 03:46 AM #3
Chad Baird
Re/Max Spirit - Dayton, OH

I can only answer your question "Would I buy a house where a sucide occured".  I personally would not.  Why, I do not know, i'm just not comfortable with that (or knowing that somebody may have died under any circumstance) in my house. 

With all things equal I would pay more for the non suicide house.  Really it makes no sense, but its a personal decision. 

Dec 06, 2008 12:23 PM #4


In 2000, when I bought my house, the demand here was higher than the offer... Houses were sold in less than 12 hours!

On the other hand, my house had been on the market for 48 hours when I made an offer. The owner's husband had hanged himself in the house in 1995. Because, by law, she was forced to divulge the "incident", she was asking $10,000 less than the market value in the area...

I jumped on this opportunity... The house was a gem and I would have never passed it because of a suicide. I never regretted it and there is no ghost haunting my house! ;-)

And, tell me, how many people died of natural causes in their homes??? Probably thousands and thousands!... the only difference is that sellers don't have to say it... but in the case of suicide, they have too... and there's nothing creepy about that!

Unless people are superstitious, I see no reason why they would not buy a house that meets their needs based upon the fact someone killed themselves in that house...

BTW, I didn't buy my house because the price was lower... I would have bought it anyway because I wanted it! But... I got a deal, so I took it!





Dec 06, 2008 01:14 PM #5
Victoria Carter
Century 21 Percy Fulton - Pickering, ON

Hi Paul.

Unfortunately, I just came across a house with a suicide that faces the house my clients almost put on offer on.  A boy hung himself.  The "suicide house" is directly across the townhouse's driveway (townhouse complex) and the other agent didn't tell us that, nor did anyone else.  The thing is, just an hour before we were going to complete the paperwork we found this out.

My client did not want the place anymore.  Every time you look out your window or go out to get your car you would see that house and think about the suicide.  Obviously this should have been disclosed to us earlier, but we found out about the hanging by accident online.

Victoria Carter Pickering Ontario Realtor

Jan 24, 2009 07:46 AM #6
Hi Paul-- I recently bought a house that was a foreclosure, and it was one of those deals that was too good to pass up. The house was 102 years old--of course, one would assume that someone at SOME point had died in a house that age. Because of the house being a foreclosure, the only "disclosure" I received on the house was for lead paint. The first night I spent in the house, I felt a very strong male presence coming from the middle bedroom (one of those houses where you have to walk from one bedroom to get to the other.) One can debate the existence of ghosts, spirits, etc. You either believe or you don't and everyone is entitled to their personal beliefs. I really didn't think too much about it because the presence didn't feel malevolent in any way; it was more of an acknowledgement of, "Huh...it feels like someone else is in the house." I found out the next morning form one of the neighbors, who used to own the house and had lived in that area since he was a child that the former owner had shot himself to death in the laundry room (located behind the middle bedroom) in 1993, and months later the son followed suit and shot himself across the street in front of the house. Would it have made a difference in me making an offer? Not at all. The deal was too good to pass up. When I first looked at the house it seemed to have an odd sense of sadness to it, but in a way the house "spoke" to me like it wanted to be made happy again. Weird? Yeah--probably. But a deal on a house is still a deal.
Feb 06, 2009 01:23 AM #7
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