Tis the season for cobwebs and ghouls, for black cats and zombies and all that goes bump in the night. As the festivities begin, we thought we would talk a little about how the theme of the season can actually influence real estate. Yes, you heard right…superstitions and the supernatural as well as stigmas can actually affect how people will view the sale or purchase of a property. We here at Stomp Realty Inc (416) 366-3033 would like to help to unravel the spooky secrets to this mind set.
Lucky number 7, Friday the 13th, snake-eyes, all these are just numbers, but they elicit an involuntary reaction in most people. Sometimes, people will have a logical reason behind liking or not liking a certain number (a birthday, the end of a bad relationship) but most of the time it is based on cultural superstition. Just having a 13 as a house number, or as a closing date, or even in the listing price can be enough to scare of some potential home buyers. Although you may be one of those that poo-poo the thought of superstitions affecting real estate, remember that most builders and developers will actually omit a floor label of 13 to avoid possible issues in selling suites on that floor.
Ghosts and Ghouls
A haunted house attraction during the season could be a wonderful selling attribute…right? Well, although there are some that would jump at the chance to purchase an actual haunted house not everyone is so keen on sharing with the unseen. Some home buyers would be disappearing faster than Casper himself if they found out that a home was the scene of a murder or that dead Great Aunt Millie comes to visit every evening for tea and cookies. Interestingly enough though, the seller has no legal obligation to disclose such factors to possible home buyers. That is why you should always remember to ask about the actual history of the house, fact or fiction. It may sound foolish, but you don’t want to end up with the term “buyer beware” becoming all too real.
To break down Feng Shui into simple layman’s terms, it is the environmental arrangement that allows the gentle and positive flow of energy without encountering blockages. The energy that you are working to enable is called “chi” and allowing it to flow gently throughout your surroundings is thought be encourage health and prosperity for the property owner. There are many layers to Feng Shui and not all must be delved into with ferocity, but some people will be looking to see if your property gives off a good vibe or a bad vibe. Although you may not be able to move that staircase or that backdoor taking some time to look into aligning furniture, mirrors and even pictures can go a long way with potential homebuyers.
So, whether you are buying or selling, remember that the ghosts and ghouls may not always be out just on Halloween. If you are the type that embraces the unexplained than some of those spooky properties might just be your dream property. We here at Stomp Realty Inc. (416) 366-3033 can assist you with your real estate needs and help to guide you through the process. Give us a call and let our professional and personable agents help you to explore your opportunities in and around Toronto.