Not to Kick Realtors When They’re Down, But …
Diane Boyle, 54, a retired nurse, said she was furious when she learned, months after she bought a vinyl-sided bungalow built in the 1940’s on South Hydraulic Street in the winter of 2002, that B.T.K. had killed Shirley Vian Relford there in 1977.
Ms. Boyle said she told a neighbor one day, “I know the B.T.K. killer was around here,” thinking it was up or down the street. “The Realtor never told me,” she said. “I asked my neighbor, and she said, ‘Well, Diane, it’s your house.’ “
In the real estate business, such a house is known as a “stigmatized property,” but there is no rule in Kansas that requires real estate agents to disclose anything beyond material information, like a leaking roof or unsound walls, said Frank Stucky, president of the Wichita Area Association of Realtors.
“I don’t know of any hard and fast rule other than common sense,” Mr. Stucky said. “Certainly in a B.T.K thing, in my mind that would fall under the rule of being something that someone would want to know about.”