Two housing-related stories in Monday’s crime round-up:
HOME VALUES: A sex offender living nearby can make a home take longer to sell and lower its value, according to a study by three Longwood University professors. The presence of a nearby sex offender reduced a home’s value by about 9 percent, the study found. Such houses took up to 10 percent longer to sell.
WONE HOUSE FOR SALE: But would a house that was the scene of a killing take longer to sell? The townhouse at 1509 Swann St. NW, where Robert Wone was stabbed to death in August 2006, is up for sale, WRC-TV reports. The asking price is $1.59 million. Court watchers saw plenty of crime scene photos during the five-week conspiracy trial this summer, but potential buyers can also take a photo tour.