It's not that uncommon to buy a home in which someone has died. Occurrences of death in a house are not limited to older homes or probate sales. People croak in new homes, too, because few of us really know the exact moment our time on earth will end. However, for some home buyers, a death inside the house is an absolute deal killer.
In general, Americans are not very comfortable with the idea of death. Few of us want to view our own mortality. We grieve for our departed loved ones in private, but I wish we were felt it was more acceptable to embrace the fact publicly.
My neighbor is a Sikh. When her husband died in a freak accident, hundreds of people from her temple came to her home to mourn with her, loudly and openly. Women dressed in white lined the walls of her living room and sobbed in unison. I joined them. It had a remarkable cleansing and healing effect.
But I do hope my neighbor doesn't decide to sell. Some home buyers are very squeamish . . . read more about Death In the House.
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At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, DRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.