Consumers Want to Know If Someone Has Died at An Address
IRVINE, Calif. – Aug. 23, 2016 — ATTOM Data Solutions, the nation’s leading source for comprehensive property data, today announced that its pre-diligence website, www.HomeDisclosure.com, has added a new feature that allows consumers to search any valid U.S. address to find out if someone has ever died at an address. The “Death in Home” report will contain a list of deaths that have occurred at an address whether they were by murder, suicide, accidental or natural.
“Consumers want as much due diligence information as possible before buying or renting a home,” said Sean Mooney, Senior Director of Product and User Experience. “During our Beta period for HomeDisclosure.com we learned that our customers wanted to know if someone had died in a home before buying or renting it. Not every state requires a death in the home to be disclosed by a seller, but it’s clear that consumers want this information available earlier in the sales process to help them make a better decision, which may include negotiating a discount off the asking price.”
In most states, the death in a home — no matter how it occurred — is not considered a material fact, so it’s not required to be disclosed in writing. Only California, Alaska and South Dakota require home sellers to reveal that information to all potential buyers in written disclosures. In California, sellers must reveal if a death in the home has occurred anytime in the past three years, including death by natural causes. In Alaska and South Dakota, only murders and suicides must be disclosed if they happened within the past year. According to DiedInHouse.com, a death in the home could decrease the market value up to 25 percent.
In addition to the new “Death in Home” feature, HomeDisclosure also provides consumers with over 42 categories of home and neighborhood data — including addresses of nearby registered offenders and former meth labs, natural hazard risks, environmental hazard risks, crime ratings, school test scores, median income, underground natural gas storage facilities and much more hyper-local data. View sample report.
ATTOM Data Solutions created Home Disclosure using public record real estate data (sales deed, mortgage, tax and foreclosure data), along with neighborhood risk data. The result is a very compelling property report, packaged within a convenient mobile-first user interface specifically designed for real estate professionals or consumers who are performing pro-active, pre-diligence on a home — whether they are looking at that home for purchase or rental, or whether they already own or rent the home.
HomeDisclosure.com has been recognized by many industry professionals as the most comprehensive, property pre-diligence property report available today. The site has processed over 120,000 property reports for its 60,000 members since its launch on January 26, 2016.
About ATTOM Data Solutions
ATTOM Data Solutions is the curator of the ATTOM Data Warehouse, a multi-sourced national property database that aggregates property tax, deed, mortgage, foreclosure, environmental risk, natural hazard, health hazards, neighborhood characteristics and other property characteristic data for more than 150 million U.S. properties. The ATTOM Data Warehouse delivers actionable data to businesses, consumers, government agencies, universities, policymakers and the media in multiple ways, including bulk file licenses, APIs and customized reports.
ATTOM Data Solutions also powers consumer websites designed to promote real estate transparency: RealtyTrac.com is a property search and research portal for foreclosures and other off-market properties; Homefacts.com is a neighborhood research portal providing hyperlocal risks and amenities information; HomeDisclosure.com produces detailed property pre-diligence reports.
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