PODCAST: 'I see dead people' is bad for a house's value

The north London house in where British soul singer Amy Winehouse was found dead on July 23, 2011 at age 27. The house sold in 2012 for $1 million less than its asking price.

The Halloween parties may be full of Miley Cyrus impersonators and Daft Punk helmets tonight, but after the sugar high, there may be a reckoning for the U.S. economy. The advent of November brings the end-of-the year shopping season and some economists are worried about the mood.

Earlier this year, Georgia Tech became the first top university to offer a steep discount for an online grad degree:  less than $7,000 for a master’s in computer science, instead of the usual $45,000.

Here's a gravely serious Halloween story for you. Maybe you're not the superstitious type, but perhaps you've wondered before if anyone died in your house -- or maybe one of your neighbor's houses. Now there's an easy way to find out who met their maker in your bedroom, in a way that doesn't involve exhaustively searching county records. DiedInHouse.com, an internet company based in South Carolina, will run a background check to see if there's a record of anyone dying in a given house for $11.99.

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David Brancaccio is the host of Marketplace Morning Report. Follow David on Twitter @DavidBrancaccio

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