Poll results: You care, you really care
Some of you would gladly rent or purchase a place with a shady past, assuming the price was right, but most of you who took last week's poll say "no way." Someone else can live in the chainsaw-murderer mansion, thanks very much.
Just 3 percent of poll-takers said that what went on in a home they're interested in doesn't matter to them.
It was a choose-all-that-apply poll. Here's how the "I'd care if ..." answers ranked:
Tied for No. 1: If there was a murder there and if whatever happened caused structural problems -- both got 39 votes.
No. 2: If the previous owner/tenant used the property for selling illegal goods (14 votes).
No. 3: If it's renown for ghosts (13 votes).
Rather than making it a multiple-choice poll, I should have just included an "all of the above and then some" option. Several of you offered that as a write-in vote. (My favorite: "Yes, yes, yes and more yes!")
And one of you noted that what would particularly bother you is if the place had been used as a meth lab. Yeah, that would bother me too.
What previous life would you especially want for a home you were going to rent or buy? A long stint in the hands of a home-improvement expert?