Talk of the Town: Everyone’s Talking About This House on Villanova –Should You Check for Sex Offenders Before You Buy a Home?

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WFAA-TV last week reported that a University Park woman –well, WFAA called her a socialite — was arrested for peddling graphic child porn on her computer. Sick.

According to Channel 8, agents raided Erika Perdue’s $1.5 million University Park home and seized computers filled with child pornography. If it’s the home I think it is, the home on Villanova is valued on DCAD at $1,444,000 and is titled only in the name of Perdue’s spouse, Dallas attorney Mark Douglas Perdue.

It’s very troubling to me that Perdue lives right across the street from a park. Where kiddos play.

Seems like this was a sting op: the FBI had undercover agents access Perdue’s computer files through an illegal child porn site.  Perdue was allegedly sharing child porn unknowingly with agents — you would just never think a woman could be capable of this, would you, if, of course, she is guilty of the charges.

The US Attorney’s office says: “Perdue knowingly mailed, transported and shipped interstate commerce by any means, including by computer, visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.”

I’m sorry, this is so sick. Now I’m wondering if this will affect the property values of any homes on the market nearby if, of course, she is found guilty.

Question: do you check for sex offenders before you buy a home? Here is an interesting piece about one unfortunate young man who is on the list, from a mistake he made when he was 12. He’s been paying for it ever since.

 

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Candy Evans

Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters, bloggers and consultants. She reports on Dallas real estate for WFAA-TV’s Daybreak with Ron Corning, and is frequently called as a real estate expert by other Dallas media. She is also a real-estate editor for CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, the Katy Trail Weekly and the White Rock Weekly. She even has her own web-based Real Estate show called, The Party Line. Candy has written for AOL Real Estate, and is a guest blogger for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News plus a host of national sites. Candy was a longtime contributing editor to Dallas’ D Magazine and sister pubs, and in 2007 founded the wildly successful Dallas real estate blog, DallasDirt. That’s where she broke the news on where former president George W. Bush bought his Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of an exciting platform of Dallas-based real estate sites including SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market, and her signature CandysDirt.com, everything you need to know about real estate in North Texas. And yes, we are still psyched about the GOLD! In 2013, CandysDirt.com was named Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations, and the only association for journalists covering real estate, home and urban design. We snatched silver in 2015, and who knows what 2016 brings...

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  1. Tom Branch says

    We would refer to it as a stigmatized property. It may have negative impact on the property’s value but I would not expect it to really hurt other properties in the area other than the impact of a lower comparable home.

  2. Tom Branch says

    We would refer to it as a stigmatized property. It may have negative impact on the property’s value but I would not expect it to really hurt other properties in the area other than the impact of a lower comparable home.

  3. Eric Holmes says

    It could potentially affect property values if they stay in the house and she is found guilty. We regularly direct individuals to websites where they can access crime statistics and registered sex offender information. The Park Cities isn't East Dallas, so this might not be a regular practice in the bubble. It probably should be though.

    All that being said, it's not a disclosure for any seller so it would be solely up to the buyer to determine if there's a registered sex offender in the area and whether they want to live near them. I would imagine most folks would tend to shy away from living next door to a registered sex offender so if it was discovered it would certainly affect the marketability of the home which is obviously going to affect property value in my opinion.

  4. Eric Holmes says

    It could potentially affect property values if they stay in the house and she is found guilty. We regularly direct individuals to websites where they can access crime statistics and registered sex offender information. The Park Cities isn't East Dallas, so this might not be a regular practice in the bubble. It probably should be though.

    All that being said, it's not a disclosure for any seller so it would be solely up to the buyer to determine if there's a registered sex offender in the area and whether they want to live near them. I would imagine most folks would tend to shy away from living next door to a registered sex offender so if it was discovered it would certainly affect the marketability of the home which is obviously going to affect property value in my opinion.

  5. NYC says

    Children raped – and you worry about property values? Lol – I am sure you also call yourself christian….

    You are sick

  6. NYC says

    Children raped – and you worry about property values? Lol – I am sure you also call yourself christian….

    You are sick

  7. JenniferC says

    Candy did law enforcement talk to any of the neighbors with children to make sure no-one was harmed or photographed in the area?

    BTW, you don't have to apologize for saying this is so sick – its disgusting.

  8. JenniferC says

    Candy did law enforcement talk to any of the neighbors with children to make sure no-one was harmed or photographed in the area?

    BTW, you don't have to apologize for saying this is so sick – its disgusting.

  9. Cheryl says

    Oh my goodness. I've taken my kids to that park when we are in Dallas!!! This makes me sick to my stomach. I pray that she didn't take pics of my kids. Just sickening. I hope the law comes down hard on her and that her husband doesn't get her off on a technicality.

  10. Cheryl says

    Oh my goodness. I've taken my kids to that park when we are in Dallas!!! This makes me sick to my stomach. I pray that she didn't take pics of my kids. Just sickening. I hope the law comes down hard on her and that her husband doesn't get her off on a technicality.

  11. Joanna England says

    @NYC: This is a real estate blog, so we're going to talk about property values. I think we can all agree that child pornography is disgusting. That's why our society has laws against it that carry severe penalties.

    That said, there was an incident in University Park not too long ago where a sex offender approached a young boy and video taped him. He was not registered with the city.

  12. mmJoanna England says

    @NYC: This is a real estate blog, so we're going to talk about property values. I think we can all agree that child pornography is disgusting. That's why our society has laws against it that carry severe penalties.

    That said, there was an incident in University Park not too long ago where a sex offender approached a young boy and video taped him. He was not registered with the city.

  13. Candy Evans says

    @NYC: I am VERY concerned about the children, and thank God our FBI conducts operations such as this to protect our children. I have often said there is no punishment harsh enough for anyone, anyone who engages in child pornography or abuse. Socialite or no socialite.

  14. mmCandy Evans says

    @NYC: I am VERY concerned about the children, and thank God our FBI conducts operations such as this to protect our children. I have often said there is no punishment harsh enough for anyone, anyone who engages in child pornography or abuse. Socialite or no socialite.

  15. consideritsold says

    well, that's what I get for typing at 8am after working 15 hours yesterday. ha ha. I misspell my own moniker!

  16. consideritsold says

    well, that's what I get for typing at 8am after working 15 hours yesterday. ha ha. I misspell my own moniker!

  17. Shame on NYC says

    Uh, @NYC, this is a REAL ESTATE BLOG, not a crime solvers blog or a victim outreach blog. Clearly you are very confused.

    The Defendant's husband attended UT Law and practices itellectual property law. This trial should be interesting…

  18. Shame on NYC says

    Uh, @NYC, this is a REAL ESTATE BLOG, not a crime solvers blog or a victim outreach blog. Clearly you are very confused.

    The Defendant's husband attended UT Law and practices itellectual property law. This trial should be interesting…

  19. olivia liu says

    Why is this story being so played down? No one is really reporting it! What a shame , It is such
    a horrible crime. Erika Purdue of dallas texas married to attorney mark douglas purdue.
    the wife erika perdue is caught with hoards of child porn and no one is on this case. Her court
    date was september 10th. Where is the media on this case? I feel like this case is being swept
    under the rug, maybe it is a little political. What is her maiden name? Does anyone know it?
    I do.

  20. olivia liu says

    Why is this story being so played down? No one is really reporting it! What a shame , It is such
    a horrible crime. Erika Purdue of dallas texas married to attorney mark douglas purdue.
    the wife erika perdue is caught with hoards of child porn and no one is on this case. Her court
    date was september 10th. Where is the media on this case? I feel like this case is being swept
    under the rug, maybe it is a little political. What is her maiden name? Does anyone know it?
    I do.

  21. Madeline Monaco says

    I knew her thru Facebook and she hacked my computer one night.I reported her to authorities.She told me that she was,"Above the law" Really?? She's been very close with a male friend in Alabama.She used the last name Boriscs.I believe she was married a few times tho.I know she has a son and grand daughter that she was alone with a million times.She needs to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.I finally had her blocked because of her words.I knew her elevator didn't go to the top floor!!

  22. Madeline Monaco says

    I knew her thru Facebook and she hacked my computer one night.I reported her to authorities.She told me that she was,"Above the law" Really?? She's been very close with a male friend in Alabama.She used the last name Boriscs.I believe she was married a few times tho.I know she has a son and grand daughter that she was alone with a million times.She needs to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.I finally had her blocked because of her words.I knew her elevator didn't go to the top floor!!

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