You may avoid walking under ladders, have never crossed paths with a black cat and have a lucky pair of socks, but have your superstitions affected your real estate decisions?
In honor of Friday the 13th, the most popular superstition in the world, we're taking a look at some of the irrational fears that can make buyers or renters take drastic measures to avoid potential misfortune.
What is your take? Would you sign a mortgage on Friday the 13th or move into a new house?
That Unlucky Number
Many people's fear of Friday the 13th stems from fear of the number 13 itself. Considered to be the number of an occult power, fear of the number 13 is a common phobia. Many buildings don't include floors numbered 13 and some streets and house numbers simply skip over the ominous digits.
There are many things that might sway a decision about where to live and house numbers just may be one of the many superstitions that paralyze home buyers. Despite an age of online property research, and mortgage calculators, the number 13 could loom heavy over a prospective buyer.
According to research analyzed in the book "No. 13: Unlucky/Lucky for Some," one in 10 people who lived at number 13 believed their house number brought them bad luck. Taking it even a step further, researchers conducted a survey in which they asked real estate agents whether people were resistant to buying houses numbered 13. The results showed a whopping 40 percent of agents believed there was considerable resistance that resulted in sellers having to lower their prices.
There are many applications of the use of elephants in feng shui depending on the material of the elephant and its placement in the home. Some of the more common applications are:
Placing a statue of an elephant, or a pair of elephants, at the front door brings good luck, protection and strength to the household.
An elephant or a pair of elephants displayed in the bedroom promotes love and faithfulness between two people.
Saint Joseph, Patron Saint of Real Estate
Those trying to sell a home often feel in need of some divine intervention and a widespread superstition about good old St. Joseph might has to do with real estate. The Catholic saint has long been believed to help with home-related matters and according to some, burying a statue of St. Joseph in the front yard of a home for sale will spur a quick bid. With hundreds of testimonials swearing by the real estate powers of St. Joseph, the practice has caught on; you can even purchase a St. Joseph "home sales kit" online.
Here are some suggestions on how to properly bury your statue:
Dig a hole near your "For Sale" sign by the street approximately 3 inches deeper than the statue. If you have no yard, use a large plant pot.
Place the St. Joseph statue facing the street in the hole.
When covering the statue, prayers should be said. They are very often included in the packaging.
Once you have sold your home, remove the statue and place it in your new home
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Homes Where 13 Could Prove Lucky
Friday the 13th Special: Real Estate Superstitions
In today’s rough and tumble housing market, maybe it can’t hurt to be a little superstitious. It might be wise to avoid sidewalk cracks on the way to the mortgage lender, home sellers might want to kennel their black cats on open house day, and DIYers ought never to walk under ladders. But when it comes to these 13 homes, it might pay to set superstition aside. In honor of Friday the 13th, we tour a baker’s dozen of homes with 13 rooms of some type. Even if you’re the superstitious type, these homes might make that your lucky number. So grab onto a horseshoe, and see what chance has to offer in the following gallery.
Location: San Francisco
Price: $7.95 million
Sq. Ft.: 20,000
This San Francisco mansion stretches a mind-numbing 20,000 square feet, giving it ample room to accommodate its 13 bedrooms. At $398, the price per square foot is markedly lower than it is for some of our other picks.
Location: Santa Fe, N.M.
Price: $9.99 million
Sq. Ft.: 20,687
Rancho Alegre commands 175 acres of New Mexico countryside. In addition to enough bedrooms to house an entire village, the home offers an infinity pool, guesthouse, various equestrian facilities with 12 total stables, and a barn.
Only $2.995 million? "What happened to the big leagues?" you might be thinking. The answer is: "We're still in them." Supporting evidence: 17,000 square feet, 12 fireplaces, custom carvings and moldings, and Juliet balconies.
Location: Beverly Hills, Calif.
Price: $55 million
Sq. Ft.: 27,163
Take your pick: There are 13 bathrooms at your disposal in this Chateau-style behemoth. It's one of the most expensive listings on the market. See its peers by viewing our gallery of ultra-expensive homes. The lavish estate offers a cabana, guesthouse, swimming pool and private tennis court, among many other amenities.
Location: Palm Beach, Fla.
Price: $38 million
Sq. Ft.: 13,278
One of those Palm Beach mega-mansions. This 13,000-square-foot home is running for $38 million. Price per square foot? $2,862. Highlights of the estate include a private dock, open and covered balconies and expansive patio.
This English country manor, situated in notoriously cash-flush Geenwich, Conn.. really puts the hedge in hedge funder, the type of big shot more than likely to throw down for this mansion. The hedges on this property will not put a hedge funder in jail, unlike some others.
The home has undergone four years of restoration and features stunning interior details like stenciled-medallion floors, silk-covered ceilings and silver hardware. There are also staff quarters, a guesthouse and a giant pool.
Location: Cedar Grove, N.J.
Price: $18 million
Sq. Ft.: N/A
The listing labels this mansion a colonial, but with its columns and balconies, an especially upscale one. Located on a cul-de-sac, the home comes with a three-car garage and tennis court. Though there are only 8 bedrooms, we're still talking 13 bathrooms.
Yeah, this home has all the bells and whistles of your average magnate's dream home, but it also has something that others may not -- a "mother-in-law apartment." That's one of the features described in the property's listing. We can only speculate as to what it is that makes the apartment mother-in-law appropriate, but perhaps it locks from the outside.
"To see this property is to NEVER WANT TO LEAVE," trumpets this home's listing. The property stretches across 700 acres, including a reserve with 150 deer. The residence has a four-car garage, gourmet kitchen, terrace and 50,000-gallon pool. But what really makes this place spectacular ...
... is, behold, the "trophy room," named for its assortment of animal heads. Deer seem particularly well-represented in this cathedral of taxidermy. They all shared a similar fate to one particularly unlucky buck in Utah. If the trophy room isn't enough to satisfy the hunter in you, there are also two hunters cabins.