10 News Extra: Does your house have a gruesome past?

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Tampa, Florida - It's likely hundreds, if not thousands, of homes in the Bay area were once the scene of a gruesome act.

But under state law, Jim Selvey the president of the Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS says sellers do not need to tell potential buyers if the house for sale was once the scene of a murder or suicide.

Dominga Delarosa says she didn't know her South Tampa home was the scene of a 1965 murder until 10 News told her. Delarosa said she may not have bought the house if she had know that when she purchased it.

Lucy Jones is president of Florida History, a company that can help you trace a home's genealogy.

She offers potential buyers the following suggestions to find out more about a home's past: 

  • Talk to the neighbors
  • Google the address to see what pops up
  • Call the previous homeowner or homeowners
  • Do some research and start by checking the city directory

Jones also adds "if a house is 100 years old somebody probably died in it at some point in time."

Preston Rudie, 10 News

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