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AUS: Do public sex offender registries work? ‘Surprise’ findings in Australian study

Public sex offender registries designed to shutdown pedophiles and rapists will not stop recidivism, while a searchable database could see house prices in some neighbourhoods drop by up to 8 percent, claims a new report. Full Article

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Not a surprise to us. As long as there is a registry the people on them will be treated like toxic waste. “NIMBY!!!” My home actually was devalued by about $2000 after my prison stint (20 months) I`m sure I am not the only one who has experienced this.

How do you know it was devalued? Did you have it appraised? I ask because there is not a rational market reason for the house that a Registrant lives in to be devalued by his presence, unlike the houses of his NEIGHBORS. A Registrant’s neighbor’s property values go down, as a result of your proximity to them, but not his own property value. Your own property value exists independently from those of your neighbors since, the moment you move from your house, their property values go up but if they were to sell their houses while you live in your’s,… Read more »

In fact, you should demand more for your house. Your leaving means revaluation of the neighborhood within a tenth of a mile, like adding on a room or painting the siding. Your leaving is an asset to the market, so you should be compensated for lifting all the others up. Maybe registrants should get together and get into the property flipping business.

@ Tim Moore,


So you mean create an extortion type situation? You control the market value. Move to a location and the neighborhood market goes down. Leave that neighborhood and the market value returns to the norm for that area. LoL But in order for you to leave, the neighborhood has to help chip in to give you more incentive to move? Why don’t real estate people do this? They have a much better info ring. ha ha ha ha

so devious! I’m not advocating this, but see it as satirical humor. = )

I wouldn’t call it extortion, because you are not forcing people to devalue your neighborhood, the registry is. For a change you could get a rare fringe benefit from being a registrant. I am only half jesting. Why shouldn’t we take our weakness and make it our strength? I mean, we have a lot of underemployed talent here. It is like a wasteland of unstable atoms, shaking with possibilities. Separated, we just spin around in exaspiration and throw off energy into space, powerful ideas that spark and fizzle out in the dark. A few can become something in the normal… Read more »

Yes it was recently appraised. I think in my state/county they are required to appraise the home every so often especially when they change the property tax rate. I think my last appraisal was about 5 years before this most recent one. The area i live in is considered an ideal location to just about everything I have a hard time believing it went down 1600-2000 dollars over the past 5 years. In fact my paticular house just had expensive hardwood floors put in and a new deck, which the appraiser saw. I forgot to mention there is another rc… Read more »

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