Find out if your home was a crime scene

Most people have a home inspected before they buy it. Usually, they are looking for flaws like leaky foundations or plumbing issues. But what if your prospective home was the scene of a grisly murder?

Now there's a website that will tell you.

Two years ago Levi Kasende was shot to death outside his girlfriend's townhouse. There's nothing there now to indicate that this was the scene of a drive-by shooting, but the address will pop up of you go on the website

The website was started by a couple of brothers who had been trying to research potential homes for themselves.

"I'm not the superstitious type but that being said would not be happy living in a property where something horrible has happened in the past," said Albert Armieri.

The website has been running for a year and already lists 20,000 homes and apartments across North America. A property qualifies for the list if a murder, suicide or arson took place there, or if the home was used for nefarious activities such as a grow op or meth lab.

The service is free, and users can also submit information on homes to the site. Eighty-five homes made the list in Ottawa, Canada, but more than 2,000 made the list in Chicago.

Real estate agents say the website's information can be helpful, but "I think as a caution for anyone using the site and taking the information off it would be to try and verify that information independently to make sure that its accurate," said Randy Oickle.

Agents say if the information is accurate, it could also serve as a factor in negotiations. It appears, some buyers may be able to live with a few ghosts, if the price is right.


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