Post # 1
I just came across a house at an online realtors with a pretty suspiciously very very low price. There could be very many reasons for this, but I was talking to a friend about potential reasons (again could be many) and she got all glassy eyed and said “maybe someone was murdered there”
Now it sounds really like bad television, but I do recall an old aquaintance who bought their house from the estate of the family who owned it and had lived upstairs. (the son stabbed/murdered his father in the kitchen above their livingroom) I was totally apalled, I must say. I don’t think I could have, if it had been me. I would have moved out even, forget buying the house!
So just out of curiousity: could you buy a house where a violent crime took place?
I wanted to change my poll but couldn’t. I don’t thin the option “if the house was lovely” is right…(struggling to consider a house where a violent crime took place “lovely”)
how about: if the house was amazing.
Also, my poll title is all messed up. Gosh, interneting is hard today. Sorry guys!
Post # 2
It’s a funny one isn’t it?
my initial reaction is that I’d probably steer clear but in reality so much of our housing stock in the uk is hundreds of years old. All sorts would have gone on – births, deaths, happy things, awful things – and I’d certainly have no issues with living in/owning an old property so my initial reaction doesn’t really make sense.
A good friend had this option. A house where a horrific murder of a family took place 10 years ago came up for sale (at a rock bottom price). Often in serious crime properties they remove the house but this one remained and they bought it and it’s perfectly lovely. No weird stuff going on as far as they are concerned.
Post # 3
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Shesaidyes : I don’t think this would bother me, but it might bother Fiance.
It would depend, obviously, on the clean up. If the house was spotless and you wouldn’t know if you weren’t told, then fine. If “you’re next” is scrawled on the wall in blood then I’ll pass :p
For me it wouldn’t be that much different to buying a house that a person had died in of natural causes.
Post # 4
UK-bee : Yeah, it’s wierd and not logical. For me, with that aquaintance, it was really much more uncomfortable because the lived under and knew this family for years.
Maybe it feels different when it is more anonymous…
Post # 5
I don’t think it would bother me, there are so many awful things that have probably happened in most houses, where would you draw the line?
My parents bought a house that was a terrorist ‘den’ used to plot out bombings and was under police surveillance, they didn’t find out until a year or so after they moved in though!
Post # 6
Homes in my area are hundreds of years old. I’m sure bad things have happened in most of them. It doesn’t bother me in the slightest.
Post # 7
It wouldn’t bother me, I might get freaked out and think it’s haunted sometimes but it’d be worth it if it’s a nice house for a good price.
Post # 8
I wouldn’t. I am a highly spiritual person and I don’t want to come into contact with a negative energy. Some people are more inclined to feel good or bad vibrations in places and I’m one of them. I know it might seem a bit weird but there’s that.
Post # 9
Wow, some really big surprises!
framarianna : I totally get you. I am not particularly spiritual but I do feel like “bad energy” is a thing.
whnlz : OMGOsh, wow!
Post # 10
Shesaidyes : Because ignorance is bliss, I’d rather not know anything.
Post # 11
Shesaidyes : It would depend on how I ‘felt’ in my gut when I viewed the house.
Post # 12
The point about old homes is interesting. I have always preferred old homes and it’s true that some bad things have probably happened in many of them. That said, I don’t think I’d want to move in somewhere if I *knew* about a horrible thing happening there; I think that’s different than the *possibility* that something bad once happened. I think it would bother me too much. I’m not generally a superstitious person, but I think in the back of my mind I’d be worried about living in a “cursed” house. Having the negative association would bug me.
Post # 13
It wouldn’t bother me at all. What exactly would someone be worried about, evil spirits coming to get them….? A crime happens because SOMEONE commits it, not becuase of the location they are in so I’d be totaly fine with it. I’m still not sure why people get so creeped out by this stuff.
Post # 14
I specifically don’t ask and don’t go looking for information about a homes past. If I knew I would obviously assume there was a portal to hell in the bath tub and demons tickling my toes at night. But what I don’t know won’t hurt me.
Post # 15
Shesaidyes : It depends on what the crime was. I know many people who looked at our house asked if anyone had died in it (my mom passed from cancer in the livingroom). Many people would not consider the house because of that fact. For many it was cultural or religious, others feared the house would be “creepy”. It ended up not being an issue with the new owners.
I know that at least where I live, it is required by law to report to potential buyers if there was a murder in the home (not required for natural deaths). Some people may have a problem with it, others may not care.