Though it seemed unlikely, Claire Anderson couldn't shake the notion her real-estate broker had taken her to the scene of some terrible crime.
They'd crossed an unkempt yard to enter the rundown Southeast Portland home through a back door. Inside, splotches covered the walls and ceiling. The lights flickered gloomily.
"It was the creepiest horror scene," the 29-year-old said. But "we still walked around and talked about what we could do to make this horror movie house work."
That's because after touring more than a dozen homes and trawling hundreds of others online, she could no longer automatically dismiss a house with an "Enter at your own risk" sign tacked to the front door. Not for her first home, and certainly not one within her price…