Tetraphobia is an aversion to or fear of the number. The house number can be goldmine or a curse depending upon the people you are dealing with. The superstitious is alive and well” says Navtaj Chandhoke, founder of one of the largest Canadian Professional Real Estate Investors group (PREIG) Canada. I have seen people paying premium for numbers like 3, 8, 786 and so on and you will be bidding war, no matter what the economy is doing compare to number 4, 13 and 666 which means you will have extremely difficult time to sell and at much lower price.”
About 85% of buildings in the U.S. and Canada don’t have a 13th floor and condo units ending in 13 are often the last to sell or rent (same for the fourth floor in China and Korea). In East Asia, some buildings do not have a 4th floor. (Compare with the American practice of some buildings not having a 13th floor because 13 is considered unlucky.)
According to Chinese folklore, the word for “four” sounds an awful lot like the word for “death,” which may make some Chinese buyers leery of moving in. Some Realtors told the Post that a “four” address can translate to price cuts of as much as $30,000.
Did you know that the sum of all the numbers on the roulette wheel from 1 to 36 is 666? Yes, the number 666, sometimes known as ‘the number of the beast’ is infamously known as the symbol of the devil.
City Hall officials in Markham said they want to pull the plug on a growing stream of requests to change street addresses to luckier numbers.
It all began this spring when a real estate agent requested a home at No. 4 Dancer Drive in Markham, Ontario, be changed to No. 2 in order to appeal to buyers in the largely Asian neighborhood who see four as bad luck. The idea has caught on with more sellers following suit with their properties.
Number 4 is considered an unlucky number in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese cultures because it is nearly homophonous to the word death . Due to that, many numbered product lines skip the 4 e.g. Nokia cell phones (there is no series beginning with a 4), Palm PDAs, Canon PowerShot Gs series (after G3 goes G5), etc.
Lucky numbers are based on Chinese words that sound similar to other Chinese words. The numbers 6, 8, and 9 are believed to have auspicious meanings because their names sound similar to words that have positive meanings.
The number 2 is a good number in Chinese culture. There is a Chinese saying good things come in pairs. It is common to use double symbols in product brand names, e.g. double happiness, double coin, double elephants etc. In Cantonese, two is a homophone of the character for easy.
The number 3 sounds similar to the character for birth, and is thus considered a lucky number.
The number 5 is associated with the five elements (water, wood, fire, earth and metal) in Chinese philosophy, and in turn was historically associated with the Emperor of China.
The number 6 in Mandarin is pronounced the same as sleek and similar to fluid and is therefore considered good for business. The number 6 also represents happiness. In Cantonese, this number is a homophone for blessings.
The number 7 symbolizes togetherness . It is a lucky number for relationships. It is also recognized as the luckiest number in the West, and is one of the rare numbers that is great in both Chinese and many Western cultures. It is a lucky number in Chinese culture; because it sounds alike to the Chinese character meaning arise.
The word for eight sounds similar to the word which means prosper or wealth . In regional dialects the words for eight and fortune are also similar, e.g. Cantonese baat3³ and faat3³.
There is also a visual resemblance between two digits, 88³, and the (˜double joy), a popular decorative design composed of two stylized characters meaning ˜joy or ˜happiness).
A telephone number with all digits being eights was sold for USD$270,723 in Chengdu, China.
The opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Beijing began on 8/8/08 at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 pm (local time). The Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana, USA, also chose 08/08/08 as the opening date for its new facility. A man in Hangzhou offered to sell his license plate reading A88888 for RMB 1.12 million (roughly $164,000 USD).
“Use this information as a informed sophisticated Professional Real Estate Investor for your benefit instead of becoming a victim of not knowing. Always invest in education and it pays off many times over said Navtaj Chandhoke of Professional Real Estate Investors group (PREIG) Canada.
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