Friday 13th: Superstitions and Real Estate

May 13, 2022

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Many people think the number 13 is unlucky.  With Friday the 13th upon us, I thought it’d be fun and interesting to send along some superstitions we come across in the real estate industry, which you may have never heard about…

Lucky numbers

Real estate agents sometimes find themselves working with clients who have superstitions based upon lucky (and unlucky) numbers.

This is often a cultural superstition.  And the lucky or unlucky numbers are different from culture to culture.

This can affect whether or not someone will buy a house, if the street address is an unlucky number, or even adds up to an unlucky number.

It can also affect the specific dollar amount they will offer or accept for a house…

What direction a house faces

Does your house face East?  If it does, that’s great… for some potential buyers.

But others may not see it that way, and would never buy a house unless it faces South.

Again, these superstitions are typically cultural, and no one direction is right for every culture.

So, don’t worry what direction your house faces…there’s always someone who will be fine with whatever direction it is facing.

Mercury in retrograde

This is less cultural, and more a matter of whether someone is into astrology…

It is believed that when the planet Mercury is in “retrograde” (backward), it is a bad time to enter a contract.

So, if a client is sensitive to this, there is a good chance there isn’t a deal good enough to get them to buy or sell a house while Mercury is in retrograde.

Smudging

Ever hear of smudging?  That’s when you burn a sacred plant (often sage), and walk around the house wafting the smoke in order to get rid of negative energy in a house.

Does that sound crazy?  Sounds like someone’s been smokin’ the smudge!?

Ages ago, when I was buying my first house, my agent offered to smudge the house to clear out the bad energy (sellers were getting divorced).  Even though I consider myself utterly non-superstitious, I was touched by her offer, and it moved me to make an offer on the house.

While an agent may not believe in a client’s superstition, or even understand it…they won’t consider it crazy.  It’s a real estate agent’s responsibility to represent their clients’ best interests.

So I wouldn’t consider any of the above examples (or anything else you could throw at me) crazy…because if it is a concern for my client, it is a concern for me.

Wishing you nothing but luck this Friday the 13th