Just how far would you go for a good deal?
Posted by: Melanie Chapman
Published on: August 11th, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Are you a bargain shopper? If so, just how far have you gone for a good deal? Maybe you’ve spent hours online or at your kitchen table, printing and clipping coupons. Maybe you scour the racks at over-packed (but designer-laden) stores like Marshalls and T.J. Maxx.
But now try to think bigger. Have you ever gone to any serious extent to snag a deal on a new home or car? Do you know just how far you would go to save a few (hundred thousand) bucks?
Consider a home, for instance, that was once owned by a notorious serial killer. To some, that little detail might not sound too bad — especially if it means shaving 25 percent off the price of the property. To be honest, I wouldn’t be thrilled about purchasing such a home, but I’m not sure that it would throw me off completely. In this case, my bargain-hunting instincts might kick in, noticing an opportunity for a fantastic deal.
Now, consider this situation. What if a home you were considering not only housed a serial killer, but actually set the stage for some of their most grisly murders? Would you back away then?
I can say for sure that I would, regardless of being offered the bargain of a lifetime. I just don’t have the stomach to bathe in a room that five children were drowned in, or eat in a kitchen that 11 women passed through before being strangled to death. I’d be terrified to look in the mirror, or move about my house after dark.
Unsurprisingly though, not everyone shares my feelings. Check out the unbeatable bargains that homebuyers have snagged in exchange for their properties’ gruesome pasts:
- The home of Jeffrey Dahmer, and the site of 19-year-old Steven Hicks’ murder, sold for $245,000. That’s a whole $100,000 less than comparable homes in the area.
- Andrea Yates’ home sold for a mere $87,000. The sale was finalized three years after she drowned her 5 children in the bathtub.
- A whopping $200,000 was knocked off the asking price of O. J. Simpson’s home. After two years on the market, the property finally sold for $590,000.
So, bargain shoppers, at what point would your nerves override your desire for a good deal? Would you have a problem living in a home that once housed a serial killer? What if that home was once a murder scene?