What Happens to Idaho Homes Where Murder Occurs
Murder and specifically domestic violence death are on the rise in Idaho. What happens to the home where a murder occurs? Do people move in? Does the realtor even tell you about it? Does the price drop drastically? Here's what we found out.
Shockingly, Idaho can keep their lips sealed about a homes' past. Realtors don't have to divulge if a murder or suicide has occurred in the house.
According to an article on idahonews.com, Idaho has a disclosure form filled out by the seller, but deaths are not a line item.
Idaho law says potential buyers don't have to be informed about death, sexual predators, or disease related to a home. Most other states have to disclose such things, but not here in Idaho.
So how can you find out if a murder has ever occurred at the home you are looking at buying? It's suggested you google the address and add crime to search to see if anything has ever occurred at the home or you can talk to neighbors in the area to put your mind at ease.
According to the Idaho Press, at least 11 people have died by murder-suicide in the Treasure Valley over the past year and I always wonder what happens to these homes when something horrible like that happens. Would you buy a home where a murder or suicide had occurred?
Some of the most infamous murder houses around the country have now been rented out or sold, so this could be the case in Idaho as well. Check out a list of the homes below that made headlines and now have new residents according to intouchweekly.com
- Nicole Brown Simpson's condo sold in 1997 for $595,000 ($200,000 less than the original asking price.
- JonBenet Ramsey's house in Colorado has been a tough sell. In 2011 it was listed for $2.3 million, but no one bought it. In 2014 it was lowered to $1.985 million and still no takers.
- The Menendez house has sold twice since the brothers murdered their parents. In 1993 to television writer William Link and in 2001 to a telecommunications executive.