Superstitions in Real Estate

Superstitions in Real Estate

Superstitions in Real Estate

Superstitions run deep, and not just because next Friday is the 13th. These beliefs are everywhere—even in real estate! Black cats, walking under ladders, unlucky numbers…there are so many, I don’t even think I’m aware of all of them. I heard the other day that giving knives is bad luck for a housewarming gift. I’ve totally been giving them for years. Whoops! I’m not really into most superstitions, but at the same time, I don’t go around breaking mirrors and ducking under ladders, either! Although, I’ve been tempting fate with the knife giving evidently. Don’t worry, I’m knocking on wood now!

Check out a few superstitions that are common in our neck of the woods:

  • The importance of numbers– Would you buy a 13th floor condo or a house at 666 Tulip St? Do you make an offer price end with a certain lucky number? Some home shoppers wouldn’t be the least bit bothered, but you may be surprised to learn that some won’t even look at house because of its address. On the flip side, “lucky” numbered properties have the opposite effect. It’s definitely an interesting and under considered factor.


  • It’s just lucky! – Some “old” traditions are still around, such as horseshoes hung over a door for good luck, a lucky bamboo, or a pineapple for hospitality. I see all of these fairly often and they always bring a smile. It’s a sweet tradition and even sweeter if it brings luck!


  • Don’t Say “Sold!” – There is a somewhat silly superstition that if you put a “SOLD” sign in a yard before it closes, then it is cursed to never close or have major issues before closing. I think it is a bit paranoid, but you never know I guess!


  • St. Joseph Statue – This is probably the most well known “good luck” real estate superstition. The superstition is that if you bury a St. Joseph statue in your yard near the “for sale” sign, your house will sell faster. You can buy St. Joseph “home seller kits” online. If you ever get bored, just check out the reviews. Interesting food for thought (and certainly cheaper than a remodel!)

Buried statues, pineapples and numerology…sometimes real estate is a little quirky. Although, at the end of the day, a little good luck boost never hurts.

Lisa E. Priest still thinks knives are a useful gift and is a local Broker/REALTOR® with Picket Fence Realty, Inc. You can reach her via phone or text at 903-948-3343 or read more at