More House Hunting Woes

I’ve already covered my general house hunting trials and tribulations and murder-suicide in previous posts. Let me add another strike to my ever-growing Can’t Buy ‘Cause the Place Has Serious Issues list: Megan’s Law.

A few weeks ago we saw a house that was a “real” sale in San Juan Capistrano. It was a single family home over 2,000 square feet, at the end of a cul-de-sac that backed to a park AND it was totally in our price range. I loved it. However, the old saying holds true: if it’s too good to be true  … then it probably is. Especially, it seems, if I’m the one looking for a house.

Megan’s Law person, AKA a registered sex offender, lived in the house next door. As you can tell from the tone of the post, we didn’t put in an offer, but someone did. It is currently in back-up offers. So, that leads to the question:


Is anyone else having similar issues while looking for a home? Do share, I need moral support. We might not be homeowners, but on the bright side, the search is providing me with blog topics.

3 Comments so far

  1. Dave Share (daveshare) on August 21st, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

    Do you know what the issue was? Remember, if you get busted mooning someone, you have to register as a sex offender. For all you know, the neighbor wandered too far from the San Onofre nudey beach.

  2. Jon (oc_jon) on August 22nd, 2009 @ 9:29 am

    I’m sort-of opposed to this law. I think it pushes people twice. If you feel like they are so ‘dangerous’ they need to be registered and tracked then they should still be in jail. Once they are done serving their sentence (either jail or parole or probation) you can’t punish them again.

    On the other hand, I would prefer not to live next to a serial rapist… just sayin’.

  3. pittrollie on August 26th, 2009 @ 12:47 pm

    We were told it was “only for flashing, like 30-years ago,” but I never really looked into it seriously. Plus the sellers agent is going to make anything smell like roses, when it really smells like poo poo poo.

    It’s definitely a slippery slope. We basically decided not to put in an offer because this is not going to be our “forever” house and as counter intuitive as it seems you have to look at potential resaleability (is this a word or did I just totally make that up?). Seriously, no one with kids is gonna buy that house and it’s just kinda creepy. As a woman I think we look at this differently than men do.

    However, I agree with you Jon. People shouldn’t be punished twice, but would you be comfortable with your kid living next door to a sex offender, regardless of how “innocent” the crime or let Michael Vick dogsit for you? He has a choice to live there just as I do. And I chose no.

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