Tons of people think the number 13 is unlucky. Some don’t. But pretty much everyone has at least heard that 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.
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.
Ever heard 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? Sound like someone’s been smokin’ the smudge? As a real estate agent, I wouldn’t call it crazy. 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, then it is a concern for me.