If scans a database of over 118 million records for a reported death in the home.
Not all deaths are reported in a home, so it also provides you with a list of residents that have lived at that address. It then goes to tell you if the people on the list are alive or deceased. If deceased it tells you when and any additional details the system can find.
Then in 30 days it runs the scan for you again, because the data continually grows each day.
It is much like Carfax, run a report before you buy or rent.
There is a lot of information on the site http://www.diedinhouse.com and on the Facebook page.
If your question is whether or not the Seller and listing agent must disclose that a suicide took place in the property, that's going to depend on the law in your state. Here, in Florida, the Seller and agent are not legally required to disclose that the property was the site of a homicide, suicide, or other death. Such an incident is not legally regarded as a material fact.
However, you bring up an interesting point, and I believe James touched upon it too. These "stigmatized" properties present moral and ethical issues, as well as legal ones. Suppose you're the agent for the Seller in a state where a suicide is not a legal material fact. While the law is clear on what you should do (not disclose the suicide), life just isn't that simple.
It's likely that Buyers will want to know this infomation, and you may therefore find yourself in a moral and ethical quandry. After all, if you were buying the house, wouldn't you want to know? Of course, if you disclosed the suicide to the Buyer or the Buyer's agent, then you could be setting yourself up to be sued by your Seller. There are some listings that are just not worth taking.
Maggie Hawk, REALTOR
Watson Realty Corp.
As James stated there will be some folks that might turn away from a home that had a suicide but not everyone will go running for the door and that's where James and I disagree. I know someone personally that lives in a house where the previous owner committed suicide and it didn't bother him at all. If the house is 99K under value someone will see past the unfortunate event. I guess this is a better way of saying it. All over the world there are millions of people who live in a property where someone has commiited suicide, been murdered, etc...it's just a fact of life