Post # 1
Longtime lurker, first time poster here.
My husband and I are currently house hunting. I stumbled across the PERFECT house this week! It has everything we want and more. The only red flag was that it was priced REALLY cheap; which did make me a bit nervous & wonder why. We contacted the Realtor and have planned to go to the open house. In my excitement, I mentioned the house to my mom and step father. My step father said he knew the couple who lived there and the husband recently committed suicide inside the house. He told me the husband was extremely depressed and in a dark place when it happened. After learning this, I canceled the showing and do not want the house anymore. My husband & mom think I’m crazy.
By the way, my husbands uncle passed away in the house we’re renting due to an illness and I’m perfectly comfortable living here.
What do you guys think? Would you buy a house someone committed suicide in (or was murdered in)?
Post # 2
I would buy it but if you feel uncomfortable than probably not a good idea.
Post # 4
Go see it again, and reassess how you feel. If you think you will fixate on this, keep looking. I personally would buy the house, and I would avoid learning any more details about the further owners. I would paint, furnish and decorate to make it my family’s home.
Post # 5
My parents always bought only newly built homes for that reason. Knowing the history of the home, because we’re the first and only owners when we move in.
My SO and I would probably happily show up for a look-see, and if everything else checks out, I don’t think we’d mind purchasing. A home with a history of suicide also bothers me less than murders.
Post # 6
I’d go look at it. You might change your mind. It doesn’t hurt to look.
Post # 7
Yes l would buy it . Murder, if a particularly awful one MIGHT give me pause, but not a suicide. A house of any age apart from a brand new may have had unhappiness or bad things of some sort in it. And good things too.
Post # 8
I would buy it. I think you should at least go look at it.
Post # 9
Suicide is almost always a result of severe mental illness. Living in a house where someone passed away as a result of a physical illness is really no different, to me, than living in a house where someone passed away as a result of metal illness.
You say the house is perfect and checks off all your boxes, and it is priced well below what you think it’s worth. I do think it is very short sighted to write it off without even seeing the property.
Post # 10
If your stepfather hadn’t said anything and you found out after purchase, then what? The house and the person are not the same thing and plenty of happy things must have happened too. I’d try to look past it for a screaming deal.
Post # 11
We found out after buying and moving in to our house that the last person to live in our house (we bought from flippers, so the man/heirs they bought the house from) killed himself in the garage. A UPS guy actually told my husband one day and we confirmed with our neighbor. It didn’t change our minds or make us feel any differently about living here. I say go for it. All homes have history and you won’t always know everything that has happened in a house when you are buying it.
Post # 12
Hell yeah! I love creepy things and I’m a sucker for a good horror story.
On a more serious note, my cousin committed suicide at her home. She had a beautiful home with a lot of amazing memories and it would be a waste for nobody to want to make more happy memories in it. My cousin would have wanted people to enjoy her old home 🙂
Post # 13
It wouldn’t hinder my decision one bit.
Post # 14
Yes I would buy it. I went through something similar several years ago. Found an *amazing* property priced suspiciously cheap. Turns out there was a particularly grisly double homicide in the home. I wasn’t bothered but my husband (at the time) was super creeped out. I just don’t believe in “bad juju” or whatever. 🤷🏻♀️ The only thing that would concern me would be running into this issue when you go to sell it.
Post # 15
For me personally I don’t think I could. I think there would just be a vibe I’d always feel. Probably because I’ve dealt with a lot of suicidal ideation myself. But plenty of people think that houses having vibes or juju is ridiculous. So completely personal preference for you on that.