Buy­ing num­ber 13 lucky for some

The Irish Times - Business - - NEWS - PETER HAMIL­TON

Al­though su­per­sti­tion dic­tates that Fri­day the 13th, and even the num­ber 13, can be un­lucky for some, for prop­erty buy­ers there might be value in such su­per­sti­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to data re­leased from prop­erty web­site Daft.ie, homes at num­ber 13 are typ­i­cally €4,335 cheaper than the av­er­age Ir­ish prop­erty.

The Daft re­search went on to find that since the res­i­den­tial Prop­erty Price Regis­ter be­gan in 2010, Fri­day the 13th has oc­curred 13 times and on those days there were roughly 10 per cent fewer trans­ac­tions con­ducted com­pared with reg­u­lar Fri­days, which are nor­mally the busiest days of the week for trans­ac­tions. Paul Lap­pin of Prop­erty Team Lap­pin Es­tates in Phib­s­bor­ough has had the ex­pe­ri­ence of a buyer re­fus­ing to close the sale of a house on Fri­day the 13th, but he and other agents say the num­ber 13 is rarely if ever a fac­tor in the ac­tual sale of a prop­erty.

Sale agreed

David Byrne of Lis­ney said they re­cently went sale agreed on a num­ber 13 house for about 5 per cent above the ask­ing price.

Oc­ca­sion­ally sell­ers of a num­ber 13 house might be con­cerned that it will ef­fect the ap­peal for buy­ers, but these con­cerns can be al­layed by sim­ply nam­ing the house in­stead, says Brian Dempsey of DNG.

“It’s re­ally not an is­sue, but I did have a house re­cently that was named ‘Doom and Gloom’ where within a six-month pe­riod the owner dropped dead on the street, his brother broke his back in an ac­ci­dent and his mother died.

“In that case I sug­gested we take the plaque down be­fore try­ing to sell.”

Homes with the num­ber 13 are typ­i­cally €4,335 cheaper

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