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Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the ghouls and goblins are gone.

For anyone curious about the stories the walls in your house can tell, there’s now a way to possibly unearth any ghastly crimes or potential ghosts that happened in your home.

Living in New England, the homes have a long, rich history. According to Zillow, most of the homes were built in the 1950s, many earlier.

It seems like everyone knows someone who had an experience with the paranormal and now there’s a way to find the deep, dark secrets of your home.

The website says it can unearth your homes’ past.

Roy Condrey started the website when one of his tenants asked the question…. “Do you know your house is haunted?”

He started digging.

“Talk to your neighbors, ask your agent, check government records,” Condrey said.

It’s a time consuming process…and that one question, turned into this business. He says his site will give you the dirt that realtors don’t want you to know and aren’t obligated to tell you.

In Connecticut, the Department of Consumer Protection says realtors are only obligated to disclose anything that could be a liability provided they know about it.

“It has nothing to do with the structure of the home, so it is not required to be disclosed,” Condrey said.

The report costs $12 and will go through deaths, drug labs, fires and more.

So far, more than 70,000 people have signed up for the information that could save buyers thousands.

“A death in the home can depreciate the value by 25 percent or more and it can impact the time to sell by 50 percent longer,” Condrey said.

A Channel 3 manager, Frank Glowski, was curious to learn more about his Old Saybrook home.

“I believe this house may have been built in the late 1940s. I’m not sure, but that’s what I think. I know there were two owners previous to me,” Glowski said.

It was bought in foreclosure, so he had to find out everything on his own.

“I kind of wonder what has taken place in this home. I know things happen in lots of home across the country, so what happened in this one, who knows,” Glowski said.

All Condrey needed was his address and in minutes, his algorithm pulled all this information…the report was emailed within hours.

There were zero deaths at the address, and 15 people were associated with the home. There are also three sex offenders in the zip code. There were no fires and never a drug lab.

“You did this in what seems to be a day. You got all this information. So if you’re a prospective homebuyer, this is great,” Glowski said, adding that it gives him and his children peace of mind. “I would say it’s worth the $12. Then you don’t have to do what I did, which is go to the town, the different places online.”

The initial report doesn’t end with the same-day email. If something like a death pops up, Condrey’s team will dig a little deeper, trying to find out the manner of death, and send a follow-up email, 30 days later.

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