Home Superstitions: Would you buy a house on Friday 13?

When it comes to property many cultures are superstitious:

In the United-Kingdom we have a surprising number of buyers who won’t exchange or complete on a sale on Friday the 13th due to superstition. There are people who won’t buy a property with certain numbers – even numbers, for example, are more desirable.

Asian buyers, in particular, are especially superstitious about numbers that greatly impact their property search. They won’t purchase anything with the number 4, 17, 19, and 53. However properties numbered 1, 2, 6, 8, and 68 are deemed lucky and are therefore desirable.

Here are our top 10 house & home superstitions:

  1. The date of ownership of a new property transferred is all-important. To ensure good luck it must have a number which, when written, ends toward the top of the page. (Philippines)
  2. Putting shoes on a table in your home will bring bad luck. (USA, UK)
  3. Number four in an address is bad mojo, especially if it’s written on the letterbox (the word for ‘four’ sounds like the word for death in Cantonese and Mandarin. (China)
  4. Properties that sit on curved roads or facing a T intersection will invite bad fortune (China)
  5. Don’t move an old broom into a new house, you’ll bring all your former bad luck with you. (USA, UK)
  6. Scatter coins around the living room of a new home to invite financial prosperity.(Philippines)
  7. Don’t sweep your home at night or you’ll brush away good fortune. (West Africa)
  8. Having an eight in the listing or rental price is a sign of good luck and prosperity. (China)
  9. If black ants frequent your home you’ll come into wealth (Phillippines)
  10. Never give a knife as a housewarming present. That neighbours will become an enemy. (USA)

If you looking to sell your property and looking to by a new one, you might want to keep an eye out for these 10 superstitions.

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