(Closed) Would you buy a home that someone died in?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 107
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Bumble bee

Absolutely.  I love old homes!  Death is also part of life, so it’s nothing that particularly bothers me.  

Post # 108
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Bumble bee

stringofpearls:  I think HOW the person dies would matter the most to me. If it’s natural causes or old age, Idon’t see any issues. Of course, if it was a result of a crime, I’d steer clear.

Post # 108
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

One of my stipulations during house hunting was that no one died tragically in the house, however in my state (Maryland), they do not have to disclose that information. 

We got lucky since our home was only a year old when we bought it and the old homeowners were relocating to another state.  The strange twist is that they were both charged for murdering the husband’s ex-wife who still lived in the area a few months after we moved in.  

Once Darling Husband and I found out that info, we got rid of the old furniture that they left us.  Thanks, but no thanks! 

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Post # 110
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Bee Keeper

Rachel631:  I never said there was anything wrong with her mother dying there.  I’m sure it was the best thing for her mom. I just said I found it odd that she wouldn’t want to disclose it.  There’s nothing wrong with a loved one dying in the house of their family.  Why is that a bad thing to hide though?  It’s completely different from hiding that someone was murdered there.

Post # 111
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Worker bee

Yes, especially if they died of old age.

Why? Because we don’t want to buy new construction. So it is likely that some one will have died I. The home at some point, whether anyone tells us or not. 

Maybe there is a bit of odd romance about it too. It might be nice to imagine the life in the home preceding the death… The marriage, the family, the love that led a person to chose staying in their home with their memories until their last peaceful, contented breath.

You can never know either way, so why not assume the best?

Post # 112
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1123 posts
Bumble bee

This wouldn’t bother me, as others have said if it was a murder or something frightening then yes, but this is just a normal part of life and not scary.

Post # 113
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

There was a mass murder in my city last spring and a young guy bought the a couple months ago and is keeping it as a memorial to the victims – allowing people to leave flowers/crosses/candles on the front yard.  I thought that was super brave and sweet of him.

Post # 114
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

stringofpearls:  Unless you’re buying a newly built home you never know if someone has died in the house or not, unless by chance you find out like you did. So you could buy a different house, but someone may have died there. No worries.

Post # 115
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4943 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

 

stringofpearls:  Yep – I wouldn’t have any problem with it.

Post # 116
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

stringofpearls:  Bummer, good luck! We were looking in a seller’s market as well, and I think we bid on 5 houses before we got our home (which was built 90 years ago so it’s very possible someone passed away in it). We were even outbid on our house, but the seller’s realtor convinced him to pick us because he liked our realtor!

Post # 117
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Busy bee

for crying out loud, it’s a house. I don’t know about the rest of you, but house hunting in our area is SUPER difficult and time consuming. I’m not going to add “death” to the already-too-long list of reasons why to not buy one. that’s really irrational. 

Post # 118
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I would, definitely. Its a tough market out there right now so unless someone was brutally murdered and there’s still blood stains on the wall, I’d be putting in an offer.

Post # 119
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Natural death I wouldn’t have a problem with. (I’d prefer to not know but I don’t think that’d stop me.) If someone was murdered…? I might have to think about it a little extra… 

Post # 120
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

People die in houses all the time.

I say go for it.

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