Overcoming real estate stigmas | Inman News


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The enormous home on 15th Street in Boulder, Colo., has had a number of residents in the past 14 years, but it might always be known as “the Ramsey house.”

Stuck in the popular mindset from the days when it was marked off in yellow crime-scene tape — made familiar in photos broadcast thousands of times — it’s the place where the body of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found in December 1996. For years, the crime was the talk of tabloid television reports and speculation. Her murder remains unsolved.

The house is in the news again, this time for the simple fact that it’s for sale, even though it isn’t the first time it has been on the market since the child’s death.

Yet when a Boulder television station learned of the listing in February, the news inspired a reporter to announce that news from a standup shot on its now-familiar front sidewalk.

“I heard from media all over,” said real estate agent Neil Kearney, who is working with the home’s owners. ” ‘Inside Edition’ called and asked if the owners would let them into the house. I told them, ‘You can send your request in writing,’ but they never did.”



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