Dear Grumpy Realtor,
There’s a house on the market, and I know it was the scene of a violent murder. It doesn’t mention that in the listing. Shouldn’t that be required?
Don’t tell me you’re afraid of ghosts? Everyone sees things differently, but if you are already freaked out that a murder took place then maybe you aren’t the right person to buy this property. If you like a little excitement and good dinner conversations with a thrill then maybe this house is for you. Properties that have experienced murders, fatal accidents, meth labs and even, yes, hauntings, are what we call “stigmatized” listings. Disclosure requirements vary by state. If you know a house to be stigmatized, it might give you some bargaining room. So go ahead, buy it. What’s the worst that could happen? Remember, Casper was a friendly ghost.