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The effect of crime – and celebrity – on home values

King County Sheriff detectives search for evidence in the backyard of the home of Gary Leon Ridgway, in Auburn on Dec. 3, 2001. (AP file photo)

Randy Bell, who consulted on the JonBenet Ramsey case, is known as “Dr. Disaster” for his expertise on homes where crimes occurred.

Is there ever an uptick in value following a celebrity crime? Suicide? Who typically buys a “stigmatized” home?

Bell and Tom Kelly discuss how celebrity and crime influenced the value of some famous homes, including Kurt Cobain’s former Seattle residence, on “Real Estate Today” on 97.3 KIRO-FM.

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