Is the number 13 unlucky in property?

10/08/2015

A recent study taken from the Telegraph has noted how police services in Leicestershire have only been investigating burglaries that have occurred in even-numbers properties. It was a three month trial to scale back and save money on outgoing finances from the precinct and was a largely effective process. The experiment is now being considered in at least five other counties across the UK and we wanted to determine whether this could have an effect on house prices.

 

Crime statistics are one of the most researched factors when moving to a new area and the assumption that odd-numbered properties may not receive the same examination and attention as even-numbers will undoubtedly have a negative consequence on their price. These expectations are only guesswork as previous research has shown that odd-numbered properties typically go for a higher asking price. A study taken from the Daily Mail noted that odd-numbered properties have an average £538 greater value than their even-numbered neighbours, apart from the exception in number 13.

 

People’s superstitions may not be as crazy as you think. The experts claim that a property belonging to number 13 can expect to receive £6,500 less than those who live at a different number. It doesn’t stop there; the same research also reveals that on the 13th day of the month, people generally tend to stay away from buying houses, with a drop of up to a third, compared to the monthly average. Some councils have even gone to the extreme lengths of not having a number 13 on their street altogether, figures show that around 28 per cent of UK streets have a number 13 missing.

 

Would you have hesitations moving into a house number 13, or do you believe it all to be superstitious nonsense? Do you think that the police trial, investigating only even-numbered properties will have a knock-on effect into the property market, if it was to become common practice nationwide?  

 

We would love to hear your thoughts, please email joshcousens@abbotfox.co.uk.

 

Josh Cousens – abbotFox

 

Image sourced from Flickr – Leo Reynolds

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