Creative marketing tools and advice for selling properties with an unsavory past.


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Stigmatized Property Basics

What is a Stigmatized Property? (Millionacres, Dec. 26, 2019)

How to Avoid Unexpectedly Buying a Haunted House—Because it Could Happen to You (realtor.com® , Oct. 31, 2019)

Selling a Haunted House? Here’s What You Need to Know (NBC New York, Oct. 31, 2019)

The Wonderful World of Selling Your Haunted House (Atlas Obscura, Oct. 30, 2019)

Would Buyers Shun a Home With Ghosts? (REALTOR® Magazine, Oct. 30, 2019)

Buying and Selling Stigmatized Property: An In-Depth Guide (List With Clever, Jun. 9, 2019)

Stigma and Property Value

Homicides Hammer Baltimore, Other Urban Real Estate Markets (The Daily Record, Nov. 19, 2019) E

After Tragedies Shatter Communities, Their Effects Ripple Through Real Estate (realtor.com®, Oct. 7, 2019)

Want a Great Deal on a House? Find One Where Someone was Murdered (The Hustle, May 26, 2019)

Jeffrey Epstein’s $56 Million Mansion Could Become a Real-Estate Nightmare (MarketWatch, Jul. 12, 2019)

Meet the Real Estate Appraiser of the World’s Most Gruesome Murder Sites (Rolling Stone, Mar. 7, 2019)

In SF Real Estate, Murder Sometimes Means a Better Price and Plenty of Buyers (Mission Local, Jan. 29, 2019)

Books, eBooks & Other Resources


Home Buyers' Checklist (Kindle, eBook)

Homeowners' Legal Bible (eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Death and Disclosure: Legal Strategies for Dealing with Stigmatized Properties (October Research Corporation, 2007) HD 1341 R22d

An Examination of Stigmatized Housing in Ohio (Columbus, OH: Ohio State University, 2000) HD 1341 L32

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