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There’s No Place Like Home

Housing

Would you buy this house if you knew something bad happened inside? (Photo credit: james.thompson)

A Pennsylvania woman, who bought a $610,000 home, is suing the sellers for failing to disclose the murder-suicide that occurred in the home in 2006.  You can read the article here;  she lost in Superior Court and at the Court of Appeals so she has brought her case to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  She wants to rescind the contract and get her money back.

I really hope she wins because for me, a murder-suicide is a material defect that needs to be disclosed by the sellers of the home.  That just ain’t cool.

Several years ago, Mr. LT and I contemplated moving to Washington State and so we went house hunting.  We arrived at this one open house and right away, we could sense that something was definitely off.  Later we learned that a murder occurred in the garage.

Houses have a definite character about them;  they can impart good feelings or bad ju-ju.  Otherwise, why would we have so many titles with the word house in them?

  1. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe
  2. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  3. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  4. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  5. Crooked House by Agatha Christie
  6. The House on Pooh Corner by A.A Milne
  7. The Cider House Rules by John Irving
  8. The Painted House by John Grisham
  9. The House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  10. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  11. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Do you have other books to add to my list? Do you think houses have characters and can that character be changed by the current inhabitants? Or do you think there are certain things about a house that will not go away despite a change in ownership?

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