Stigmatized Properties


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


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Stigmatized Property Basics

How to Sell a Spooky House without Scaring Off Buyers (REALTOR® Magazine, Oct. 31, 2018)

Do You Have to Disclose a Death in a House? (®, Oct. 24, 2018)

Discover the Home’s Past the Seller Won’t Tell You (REALTOR® Magazine, Oct. 17, 2018)

What's a stigma in real estate? (Realty Times, October 15, 2017)

House Hunting? Former Murder Scenes Can Be Bargains (Sacramento Bee, Sep. 28, 2017)

Evaluation of Stigmatized Properties (Organization, Technology and Management in Construction, 2017)

Stigma and Property Value

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)

Murder, Death, Suicide, Haunted Houses and Ghosts–Are Agents Required To Disclose? (Forms Simplicity, Dec. 14, 2018)

Someone was Murdered in the House You're about to Buy: Should You Get a Discount? (Oregon Live, Oct. 17, 2018)

How a High-Profile Death in a Home Affects Its Value (Architectural Digest, Oct. 24, 2017)

Impact of Homicide on Housing (Center for Homicide Research, 2017)

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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