Samuel Jacques was just about to pack up his belongings and call for a moving truck to transport his family into their new two-story townhouse when he saw the property on TV during a news piece on the murder of a local nurse. Samuels had already submitted his $5,000 deposit on the home when he learned the property's previous owners are suspected to have been killed in the unit.
The Toronto Star reported it took three weeks for Jacques to get out of the deal and reimbursed for his deposit. He then proceeded to file a complaint with the Real Estate Council of Ontario, claiming that the estate's broker intentionally misled Jacques by concealing the property's history.
Barry Lebow, a real estate agent teacher, told the news source that he has never heard of an agent not telling a customer about a crime that occurred in the property.
"The last thing I always tell my students is, 'Disclose unto others what you want disclosed unto you,'" Lebow said.
Similarly, Adam Twa and his wife were interested in moving to a new home in Grand Have[n] Township, Michigan, but were uncomfortable with the sporadic sounds of gunfire emanating from a nearby gun club, Michigan Live reported. But their real estate agent assured them they would get used to the noise soon, so the family called the moving trucks
and bought the house.
A short time later, however, Twa and his wife found a bullet in the sand near the property's foundation, pushing his family and their neighbors to question the safety of their neighborhood. Ottawa County authorities are investigating an accidental shooting of a man just one street over from the Twa residence, who had been struck during firearms training of the Grand Valley State University police at the local gun range. After investigating the injury, authorities were able to determine that at least one home in the area had been hit by gunfire.