Florida has determined that it is not have a "material effect" on value, for the simple reason:
Florida has been a retirement area and natural death commonly occurs after people retire. So chances are, if a home is old enough, someone may have died in it. That is why it is assumed to be immaterial to the value. If the homeowner wants to tell you, it is up to them, but the agent is not required to as it is also a privacy issue. Also, "stigmatized properties," such as those which may have been believed to have been inhabited by "ghosts" are not to be disclosed in Florida.
In essence, it is a state by state law and procedure.
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It would be more difficult than it used to to find this out as real estate agents do not have to disclose this in Florida anymore. I am pretty sure this is the case.
Only way I would think of finding it out (if this really matters to you), is talking to the neighbors, they always know. If not...you can check out previous owner's names for as far back as you care to know..then check death records from the clerks office.
I think asking the neighbors is a great idea. I agree, I wouldn't want to live where someone was murdered. But if it's a natural death, no biggie. Then again, I don't believe in ghosts.
in Florida, real estate agents are not required to disclose a death because it does not affect the value of the property. You can ask neighbors or if you want to be a little more discreet, ask the mail carrier.
In Florida that is not considered a material fact, so by law it does NOT have to be disclosed. Your best resource is to do a search with your local newspaper of largest circulation. Search by address.