McCann: Nobody wants to live in Houses Stained by Crime
Houses where bloody crimes occurred are often found empty. Few people like to buy a house where a violent death has taken place. Even if the prices are decreased substantially, as it happens, people tend to avoid buying them. Experts explain that it is the mythical fear of ghosts which scares potential new buyers away. The "King Ghob's" [a recent Case in Portugal of a man who has committed three homicides] castle in Carqueja may become another ghost house, uninhabited and without interested buyers. (...)
Houses of Death
Praia da Luz
No one wants to buy Maddie's Apartment
by José Manuel Oliveira
The property belonging to an Englishwoman [Ruth Margaret McCann], was put on sale in 2008 for 200 thousand euros, so far only curiously [morbid] people have shown an interest to see the flat. Tours from the North of the country even include the place in their itinerary programs.
The apartment 5 A at the Ocean Club resort, in Praia Luz, Lagos, from where the 3-year-old English girl Madeleine McCann mysteriously disappeared whilst on vacation with her parents and twin siblings, also minors, on the night of May 3, 2007; remains closed and for sale since August 2008 for 200 thousand euros; even though the notice board with that information was removed. The world-wide media coverage surrounding the case does not “diminish nor increase” the property value of the T2 ground-floor apartment [T2 is a real estate jargon typification, meaning a 2 bedroom apartment], situated at about 200 meters from the beach, said the real estate investors to the DN.
* Minor note: If you find the above text by JMO somewhat garbled and confusing you should try to read it in Portuguese - it's even worst! Did not translate the full churnalistic article relative to the other «ghost» houses...
in Diário de Notícias here and here 08.08.2010