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    I don't think I would buy it. We have a house in our suburb, where the son murdered his father before Christmas. They moved out late December and it's on the market and it has not be sold since. I think because it was such a high profile murder case and all over the news, it has put off some buyers.

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    We ended a contract of sale based on an attempted murder in a house we successfully bid on at auction (but the history was never disclosed!) we found out from our own research that the offender was due for bail a few months after settlement.
    The fact it was never disclosed by the people or agent selling the property got us out of the contract.

    I might consider buying a property of it was a murder-suicide; but not a murder / attempted murder (as there is always a chance the perpetrator will be released from prison and return to "finish" the job)...

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    I think if you're not privvy to the nitty gritty details you can say you 'would' live in a house with a terrible past, however, there have been many instances of homicides occurring in homes which included children (high profile or not) and despite a super cheap price tag, *most* people feel revulsion and un- easy and inevitably these homes remain empty and in some instances knocked down.

    As for me, I would always have the notion of what happened previously on my mind, the sadness, the fear, the horror, those sorts of things to 'me' can't be erased despite a new paint job, carpet, etc, etc.

    Eta: I really like that the home's past has to be disclosed to potential buyers now.

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    On the ad can you just put 'this property is subject to a xyz notice according to 'relevant act', please contact agent for more details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    On the ad can you just put 'this property is subject to a xyz notice according to 'relevant act', please contact agent for more details.
    I've been on the phone to fair trading this morning and they recommend not to put it on the ads as it may attract people who are just interested in that kind of stuff , it's so hard as we've been told to disclose the murder but we can't disclose any details as then it's going against the privacy act to disclose details about the vendor ( or their family!) so I have to say

    " I have to bring to your attention that a murder was committed in the home but can't disclose the details and you will have to make your own enquiries"

    I googled the case and it's not very nice - I won't mention it on here as it would need a trigger warning but it's not good

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    I currently live in a house where someone died while his gf watched and then waited an hour to call emergency. I can feel the sadness in the house sometimes but it is so cheap I just deal with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    I've been on the phone to fair trading this morning and they recommend not to put it on the ads as it may attract people who are just interested in that kind of stuff , it's so hard as we've been told to disclose the murder but we can't disclose any details as then it's going against the privacy act to disclose details about the vendor ( or their family!) so I have to say

    " I have to bring to your attention that a murder was committed in the home but can't disclose the details and you will have to make your own enquiries"

    I googled the case and it's not very nice - I won't mention it on here as it would need a trigger warning but it's not good
    I still reckon a note on the flyers at the open home or a little sign/note in a place where all buyers would look would do the job. It also gives people a chance to react to it without having an agent standing in front of them iykwim? Otherwise wait for people to approach you and just say what fair trading advised before starting any conversation about offers/contracts etc. As a buyer I'd be pretty annoyed if it wasn't disclosed until we started negotiating, I'd want to know right from the get-go. If I decided I didn't want to consider a 'murder house' I wouldn't want to waste my time when I'm probably running between 4 or 5 open homes that day!

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    Also, I'm super curious about that house now!! Although I'm not sure I really want to know.

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    I agree with @Cue , I would want to know from the get go as it is something that would influence if I would consider the house or not.

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    It's hard , from the owners view telling people before they inspect may stop buyers coming into the home at all and seeing that's its a really great house but yes I agree Its necessary as I wouldn't buy it now I know what happened which sux for the owners as they deserve as much money as they can get after what they have been through so yep I'll discuss it with them about putting a disclaimer on the brochures and any emails we send out


 

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