For anyone looking to lay stake to their claim of having the most haunted house on the block this Halloween, well, now there’s a Website for that.
There are arguably a number of things that can make a house haunted, not the least of which is ghosts. But in order for a house to be haunted by ghosts, someone has to have died in the home. The new site, DiedInHouse.com, informs users, as the URL suggests, if someone has ever died in their house.
On the brink of Halloween, this site could be a useful tool for especially spirited homeowners looking to spook annual trick-or-treaters, but that is not the Website’s main goal. Since sellers are not required to disclose deaths, superstitious home buyers could use the site to learn if the property they’re about to place an offer on has been the site of a death. The site also recommends itself to sellers looking to “gain buyers confidence.”
Finding out if someone ever died in your home comes at a cost, $11.99 to be exact. To get an idea of what kind of information the new site gives users, here’s the DiedInHouse.com report for the late Kurt Cobain’s home.
According to Condrey, since the site launched on June 1 of this year, most of the inquiries have come from California and Texas. Condrey noted that in California especially people are interested in famous murders in death.
Co-CEO and president of DiedInHouse.com Roy Condrey told the Houston Chronicle: “It occurred to me that a service which told people who died in their homes before they moved in would be popular,” because “it’s harder to find things like this out than you think.”
And while realtors have balked at the site as a way of stigmatizing properties, Condrey has noticed realtors coming to site and running searches on their own homes as well as homes they are trying to sell. “It would bother me if I knew someone died in my house,” says Condrey. “For instance, I couldn’t live in a house where there was a murder-suicide.”