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Old 01-18-2013, 03:55 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Would you move into a house where someone had just died.... I did 14 years ago.. I already knew the woman had died but thought in hospital.... I loved the flat.. it was bright and airy with good neighbours but I hated being alone in it... and hated going back in when Id been out when I was on my own..... I had noticed a split piece of wood down the side of the outside door and asked the council so fix it... a girl from the housing came out , looked at it and said they didnt repair that type of damage...... I asked her what she meant.... and she said..... that the firemen had to break down the door to get in when the woman inside had died in her sleep.... I froze to the spot...... oh I wish I hadnt asked... then the next door neighbour who was the womans best friend kept referring to Bettys house as if she was still there..... it really creeped me out....After a month in the house we had redecorated and were waiting on new carpets arriving , so myself and my hubby started to roll up the old living room carpet... it was great quality and weighed a ton..... right in the centre of the carpet was a passport.... I looked at it and my husband openeded it...... he said it was an older woman...... I told him to put it in the bin as I didnt want to see her face....things were fine for a few months but I still didnt feel right.....then some things started to happen.... not just when I was alone.. when my husband and sons were watching late night TV too.... I never saw anything...but felt a presence, but IM sure that woman wanted her house back.... and no matter what I did to make the house cosy it was always cold... I moved to another house and never been happier, never feel that horrible feeling as if Im being watched..... It seems that estate agents dont have to tell buyers about the history of a house.. even if a murders been committed, I wonder though if this is true...
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:14 AM
 
Location: Ostend,Belgium....
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they should mention it IMO, but they may keep it a secret in case it ruins a rental or sale. I don't have any problem with it but many people do and people should have the choice whether or not they want to live in a house where someone died.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Canada :)
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My last house had someone die in it, I knew there was a death upon buying it but did not know details...apparently the Father od'd on cocaine when the Mum and boys were away for a weekend or something wonderful. Did is skeeze me out a little..yea, but honestly by that point we had made our own happier memories in the house. It was in a beautiful neighbourhood, great neighbours....ya never know what happens behind closed doors!
Funny though....my cats never liked that house...
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Canada :)
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they should mention it IMO, but they may keep it a secret in case it ruins a rental or sale. I don't have any problem with it but many people do and people should have the choice whether or not they want to live in a house where someone died.


I believe in Canada they don't "need" to mention it unless it was a violent end....like a murder or something like that. Natural causes/drug related I don't think they are legally entitled to...I may be wrong. Whenever I ask about a house, I always ask WHY the seller is selling....I was told the Mr had passed away. It wasn't until I was talking to neighbours that I found out the actual circumstances...
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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I think the estate agents should be obligated to tell the details of the past history of the house.. it doesnt seem fair as some people are genuinly scared and put off with a house and its past... and if they find out later, it might make them very uneasy living there...
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:32 AM
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People die at home quite frequently. Not an issue, unless it was a tragic death. You can air out the house like any place you buy, light some sage, a candle, say a prayer for peace in the house, etc. Painting makes it feel new, changing appliances, carpet, etc.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Canada :)
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Couldn't agree more!
I think more often than not, houses are sold without their "histories" made available to the purchaser.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:33 AM
 
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In the U.S., some states require the agent to disclose that a house is known to be haunted and some don't.

They actually had a television show on this subject recently. They had agents telling real potential buyers that the house they were considering was haunted. They gave them the opportunity to stay overnight in the house and decide if they still wanted to purchase it.

Many of the buyers brought in mediums to assess the house and it's spirits.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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they should mention it IMO, but they may keep it a secret in case it ruins a rental or sale. I don't have any problem with it but many people do and people should have the choice whether or not they want to live in a house where someone died.
Most people die at home. You buy a house that's old enough, and you can be sure that someone has died in it.

I bought my first house from a family where the elderly parents had died within about 10 months of each other. Both died in the home; the woman died in her sleep, and was discovered a day or two afterward by her grandson.

They had lived in the house for almost 60 years, and their home was full of photos of children and grandchildren, and trinkets made and given to them by grandchildren. You could tell they had been very happy there.

How would that scare anyone away? I always figured that Mrs. Miller would have been the kind of spirit that would have awakened me if the house was on fire.

And I hope my late husband will do the same in my current home, should the situation arise

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I think the estate agents should be obligated to tell the details of the past history of the house..
The sellers are obligated to disclose only what has occurred in their home in the time they lived there. The agent is privy only to what the sellers disclose.

It is impractical, not to mention almost impossible, to disclose the "past history" of a house.

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it doesnt seem fair as some people are genuinly scared and put off with a house and its past... and if they find out later, it might make them very uneasy living there...
Frankly, that's the buyer's problem, and not the seller's.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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In some states they only have to disclose if a house has known defects, or a stigma such as a murder or recent suicide. Frankly, people die everyday, just like they are born everyday. If they die of natural causes, what is the big deal? If places were "haunted" just because people died there of natural causes, imagine how "haunted" the hospital would be!
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