CREATED Aug. 1, 2013
Omaha, NE - It was the scene of one of Omaha's more gruesome crimes. A well-known Creighton doctor, Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary, murdered in their west Omaha home in May, 2013The couple was about to retire and planned on moving, their home would have been on the market. Instead, nearly three months after the couple died, there is no "for sale" sign and the house sits quiet.
While police believe they have solved the murders, selling the Brumback's house may be the next difficult task.
According to Nebraska law, realtors don't have to disclose information about deaths inside homes. It's a decision left up to the seller. DEEB Realty manager Paul Vojchehoske says if there is a violent crime that's taken place inside a home, it's better to share the details with prospective buyers. "If the public knows that there was a death in the home, it may or may not affect the value," Vojchehoske says if sellers don't disclose the information, there is a good chance the home buyer will come back with a lawsuit.
According to Vojchehoske, honesty is the best policy. Often times, an in-home death will not change the asking price of a home. "It happens all the time, whether it's murder, suicide, heart attack, or a natural death. Houses are sold every single day," says Vojchehoske.
If marketed correctly, someone is always willing to buy. There is a strong market for homes with a gruesome history. "They're wanting a potential paranormal environment and they're looking for a house or dwelling that fits that criteria," says Vojchehoske. Realtors at DEEB have sold homes that some consider haunted."The ghost hunters' type, they're willing to pay top dollar."
Homes with a deadly past are not for everyone. Judy Mikesh didn't know the house she rents has a past until we told her. In 2008, Sonia Espinoza-Lucero was murdered in the bathroom of Mikesh's rented home. "It's shocking, totally shocking," Mikesh said. She has only lived in the home for a month, and says the history of the home was never brought up.
DEEB realty says it's always best to do your research and ask questions before you buy a home.