Adventures of a Doom-and-gloom Real Estate Appraiser

Superinteressanter Artikel der LA Times über einen Immobilien-Gutachter, der sich auf „stigmatized properties“ spezialisiert hat: Häusern, in denen Massenmorde stattfanden oder die von irgendwelchen „Reality“-TV-Shows als Geisterhäuser prominent gemacht wurden. Das Haus von Mr. Lambert auf dem Bild rechts stammt übrigens aus einer Anzeige einer Immobilienfirma auf Craigslist.

They came to the Las Vegas mansion in waves, chasing tales of ghosts and murder. Some came to gawk or snap photos in front of its black metal gate. Others came to worship Satan. Thrill seekers broke in and drew pentagrams and carved upside-down crosses throughout the house.

The vandals came after "Ghost Adventures" featured the mansion on an episode that warned of a "nasty, evil spirit" that lurked inside. The homeowner fumed and sued. He wanted the Travel Channel show to pay damages. But how do you calculate the effect that demons have on property value? You ask Randall Bell. […]

His caseload is ripped from the headlines: Nicole Brown Simpson's Brentwood condo; the Rancho Santa Fe mansion where 39 Heaven's Gate cult members committed suicide; JonBenet Ramsey's house in Colorado; the World Trade Center site; properties damaged in the Rodney King riots and by Hurricane Katrina. […]

Among his tips for clients: Don't waste money tearing down a house; the stigma attaches itself to the land, not the building. For example, in 1984 a gunman murdered 21 people at a McDonald's in San Ysidro, a neighborhood in San Diego. The company bulldozed the fast-food restaurant, then donated the land to the city. San Diego tried to sell it but got little interest. Nearly four years after the tragedy, the city sold the land at a deep discount to a community college.

Does Satan worship lower a Las Vegas mansion's value? (via Gawker)