Considering today's market, it seems like there are few things that could deter home buyers from placing an offer on a reasonably priced house. But what about a recent history of violent crime?

This weekend, USA Today ran a feature about how events like murder and suicide affect the value of the home where they took place. While some consumers are excited by the notoriety, others are put off ‚ÄĒ that is, if they're even told about the house's history to begin with. Many states do not require realtors to disclose whether or not a violent crime occurred on the property, which is why ‚ÄĒ if this type of thing matters to you ‚ÄĒ you should always do your own research.

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Does it matter to you? Would you buy a home where someone had recently (or not so recently) suffered a violent death? Or would you be too afraid of getting American Horror Story'd to make an offer?

The reasonable part of my brain knows that a house is greater than the sum of its murders. As realtor Janis Chiapparo ‚ÄĒ who sold the home in Grosse Pointe, MI where Jane Bashara was murdered by her husband Bob Bashara ‚ÄĒ told USA Today, "the house was innocent." Besides, as a resident of New York City, there's little that would put me off of a good apartment deal because, honestly, what kind of idiot wouldn't work around a chalk body outline when you're talking about a place near the subway that costs you less than $1000 a month?

Jokes aside, the idea of living in a violent crime scene makes me decidedly squeamish, thanks largely to my overly active imagination and annoying habit of talking about "energies." While the chances that you end up in a haunted house/crime beacon are unlikely (some might even say impossible, but remember ‚ÄĒ the non believers are always the first to go), I'd rather hedge my bets and live elsewhere.

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Your turn! Would you live at the site of a horribly violent crime? Do you live at the site of a horribly violent crime? Considering that, at some point in history, someone has probably died everywhere aren't we all just living on top of layers of death? All important questions.