SOS! Do you need to disclose a death at the property upon re-sale?

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Real Estate Mortgage Broker with Seacoast Mortgage Corporation, RI, MA & CT

I have received various opinions on this depressing topc, but need clarification for a borrower.  If there was a death at a property, does it need to be disclosed in the "seller's disclosure"?  Is the answer dependent upon which state the property is located in?  This buyer is looking in Rhode Island.

Does the answer also depend upon whether the death was due to natural causes or not?  Also, if the home was built over a graveyard, does this need to be disclosed by the seller?

How long does the disclosure have to be disclosed.  In other words, is the property always "cursed" with the unfortunate occurrence?

Any information is appreciated!  Thank you all!

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I would assume that a death "at" a home isn't looked to be something that would always have to be disclosed.  But, as Jason said, a death "because of" a home, I feel, you're morally obligated to disclose, atleast if the issue has not or cannot be resolved even if legally you don't have to.  You can't go wrong by checking on the state laws.

April 20, 2008 04:53 PM
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Sandy Bliven - RE/MAX South County

Hello Ann, Good Question!  I am from Rhode Island, and just recently there was an murder/suicide in Cumberland.   Although any stigma's about property is public knowledge and any buyer could research it - My personal choice is to talk about the property, not the people!!   Murders, suicides, haunted homes with ghosts and goblins, selling a house that is stigmatized requires special skills.  You ask, what needs to be disclosed, what doesn't?   What does common sense tell you?  My motto is, practice the Golden Rule, "treat other's as you would like to be treated" - If it is an adverse material fact, disclose it, but remember, it is the property that you are selling, not the stigmatism

I hope this helps. 

 

April 20, 2008 04:56 PM
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David Franklin Farkas

Ann...

Whether you disclose or not, many if not most people will feel something strange about the house. The emotions are still there and, perhaps the spirits of those who died. People will 'just not feel right' withou knowing why.

All of that unseen stuff can be cleared so that people will respond to the house not the way the house 'feels'

Blissings,
David

 

April 16, 2009 12:35 AM
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Greg

We purchased a home from a church.  Soon after moving in the neighborhood kids started telling our children that bad things happened at the house.  We started talking to people and found out some guy attempted to kill his ex-wife (she was ONLY wounded) and then commited suicide.  We have 3 young children and the youngest refuses to go upstairs (where his bedroom is) by himself because he is scared.  I strongly feel something like this should be disclosed, we wouldn't have purchased the home knowing it.

February 13, 2011 11:34 AM
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I found out the owner at 510 Cartagena Lane in San Ramon, CA  94583 died in her home in 2010 the house was placed for sale immediately after her death-red flag!  I was bothered that when I originally asked if there was a death in the home my questione was ignored until I did further research. It is the Law in California that a real estate agent must tell you about this  if they were asked. It is what made the decision not to further look into purchasing. Check the recorders office for the death information, I did. Check the recorders office in that county your trying to purchase the home in. Purchasing a home that someone died in is just creepy to me.

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