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Stigmatized Property Basics

You Can Now Hire a 'Home Exorcist' to Help Cleanse and Sell Your Haunted Home (KUTV, Aug. 24, 2020)

Don't Be Scared! Home at Center of Haunted House Legal Case Available for $1.9M (realtor.com®, Jun. 3, 2020)

How to Find Out if Someone Died in the House You're Buying (The Balance, Apr. 21, 2020)

How to Sell a Haunted House like any Other Home on the Market (HomeLight, Oct. 15, 2019)

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)

Stigma and Property Value

How a Death in a Home Affects Its Value (Real Estate Agent, Jul. 22, 2020)

Volunteers Renovate Home Where Colorado Woman Was Killed (U.S. News & World Report, Apr. 22, 2020)

I Live Next to a Cemetery. Will My House Sell for Less? (HomeLight, Feb. 20, 2020)

What Happens to a Murder House? (A&E, Apr. 7, 2020)

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)

Jeffrey Epstein’s $56 Million Mansion Could Become a Real-Estate Nightmare (MarketWatch, Jul. 28, 2019)

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

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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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