I ran into something the other day that I hadn't really thought of during my time in real estate.
I'm currently working with a lovely family looking to buy their first home and they are particularly interested in a townhouse complex where listings are being snapped up in a day with multiple offers.
Except for one home, which has been on the market now for almost a month with no takers. I've been inside and it is a nice home.
These folks won't go near the place because the house number is 13. Not sure if others looking at this house are backing off for the same reason but these folks have got triskaidekaphobia bad.
While we were discussing this they also told me the number 4 is also considered bad luck because it sounds too much like the word 'death' in Cantonese and Mandarin. Did not know that.
The number 8 is considered lucky, which is why you see it in so many listing prices.
In some towns and cities they won't allow the number 13 to be used in new developments and certainly you see a lot of buildings without the 13th floor. I read also that in Vancouver they had buildings go up without a fourth floor before it had to be outlawed.
I just did a search just now and in Alberta there are plenty of 13s available to purchase right now if you want one. As of April 22 there were 34 active listings in the province with that address. As well, there were 26 sales of homes with that address in the province over the past 30 days.
Apparently, a lot of people aren't bothered by the number 13.