Home Buyer Superstitions
It is understandable that some people take serious precautions when buying a home. Given the circumstances, it’s reasonable that buyers go through extensive legal and monetary steps in order to secure their investments. However, some people tend to go the extra mile.
There is a trend or tradition of being superstitious when it comes to investing in real estate. Different people have different sorts of superstitions that real estate agents tackle on daily basis. Some superstitions can be so strong that they could completely diffuse any chance of a sale.
Let’s have a look at some of the common superstitions buyers have:
Was there a death in the house?
A lot of people can be put off by the news that someone may have passed away in the house they are about to invest in. They take absolutely no pleasure in the constant reminder that someone died in the house they plan to live in.
The problem tends to worsen if they get news that the person died an unnatural death. They may believe that it is extremely bad luck to live in a house that experienced such a tragedy. Some people tend to believe that the soul of the deceased may still reside in the house.
Feng Shui of the House
Feng shui is the Chinese practice of warding away any bad luck. One popular way that is thought to increase the feng shui of the house to decorate it with statues and images of elephants. Some people are put off by stairs that lead up to the front door. They believe that it throws the feng shui of the home into a flux.
A good feng shui would requires a “delightful” front door area. It should be decorated with flowers, plants, etc. Be sure that there are no thorny plants, cobwebs, or anything that would cause the client to trip, such a dent on the floor.
What’s in a Number?
This is a very popular superstition that originates from China. In Cantonese, the number 4 sounds a lot like the word for death. A lot of Chinese homeowners have been known to go out of their way to not own a house that is number 4 on the street or has a number 4 in its address. However, the number 8 is considered to be very lucky and is known to sound like “wealth” in Cantonese.
The same is the case with the number 13 in western culture. A lot of people in the United States may be uncomfortable with the number 13 as their apartment number or having the 13th house on the street. Some high-rise condominium builders even skip the 13th floor completely.
Just as we talked about death in the house and how people don’t like living in a house that had a death in it, similarly a lot of people don’t like living in a house anywhere near a cemetery. This could be a house that was built on, is facing, or is next to a cemetery. Many people believe that the house may be haunted if it is on or around an ancient cemetery.
Though most people don’t believe in these superstitions or work to get past them, a lot of people may still find these quite unnerving and completely disregard houses with the aforementioned qualities. The more informed you are regarding these superstitions, the better able you will be to navigate the sale of your home.