Superstitions and supernatural – Halloween may be fast approaching us, but these spooky things can actually have an impact on how long it takes to sell your home and the price you’ll get for it. Even for buyers – I mean wouldn’t you want to know whether your potential home is a haunted one? Well, some might consider it a blessing in disguise 

when it comes time to make an offer!

Ghosts?

Most people would agree that living in a house where someone was murdered is just plain creepy, and it can certainly be enough to send hopeful homebuyers running. As for haunted houses? The seller has no legal obligation to disclose stigmas. Concerned home hunters should be proactive about asking questions, doing their research and when in doubt, ask the neighbours!

Numbers

Some swear by numerology while others have illogical reasons behind their inclination against certain numbers. Sometimes a number can take some houses on the market, out of the running. Many know that the number seven is widely considered to be lucky, while 13 can bring on bad mojo. While there are several buildings that don’t even have a 13th floor (have you noticed how it goes from 12 to 14?), many developers will omit a 13th floor in their condominium buildings to avoid any issues in selling those suites. Address, list price, offer – even for some a closing date of Friday the 13th can bring on bad vibes.

Feng Shui

Feng Shui focuses on the arrangement of your environment to allow for a gentle flow of energy, known as “chi.” Bad Feng Shui in a home can include a staircase facing the front door; a “poison arrow,” when a tree is pointed at your front door causing chi to rush through and out – along with your luck.

Keep these things in mind, whether you’re selling your home, buying a home, or just looking for a good scare on Halloween. On the other hand, if you’re a homebuyer who is willing to overlook superstitions, haunted houses, or the number 13 just might offer a real steal of a deal!

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