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Buying a home and (Asian) Superstitions with Direction/Number ?

Hi folks we are looking for our first house and I am just wondering do you believe in superstition with respect to house numbering and direction when you consider buying a home ?

We are both Asians (non-Chinese) so I don't really care about #4 or things like that but my wife who is Korean told me we should get house facing the South direction (that's what they do in Korea). She says something to the effect of getting away from the sun, although I don't see any benefits of that here because we do need the sun for the winter!

I was also told by my mom to never buy any house that is directly facing a road. It will lead to breakups in the family and personal problems, things of that nature. I don't know if I should believe that but speaking from a safety aspect, it's a good idea not to buy something like that because of traffic issues (cars coming in and you are backing out for example)

I'm sure my mom would have more things to say but for the moment that's all I can think of.

Is there any other superstitious angles that you guys consider when you look for a house and can you give some explanations behind that ?
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If you base the decision on spending several hundred thousand dollars on the number in the address or something similarly trivial you need to re-examine your priorities.
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YOU might not care about it but the next buy who buys the house might. It's a perfectly valid concern especially considering how much of the real estate boom in places like Vancouver are driven by Asian money.
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bionicbadger wrote:
Oct 26th, 2006 5:48 pm
If you base the decision on spending several hundred thousand dollars on the number in the address or something similarly trivial you need to re-examine your priorities.
Perhaps not SOLEY on those, but if any of your immediate/close family members (even those who don't live with you but will visit very often) feel uncomfortable, with e.g. a #13, then it's not a good idea to go for it.

Moreover, feng shui is MORE THAN superstition, it does contain some wisdom, although very often in some twisted manners/silly packaging.
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people who are not asian will NOT understand this.

some old school asian people WILL NOT call/visit places which have bad luck numbers.

i have relatives who won't even PARK beside cars with bad luck license plates ()*@$()
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I was told by my real estate agent (asian) that my house was not 'asian friendly' as she put it, because the stairs from the 2nd floor lead strait out the front doors. She said asians would see that as all their fortunes going out the door.
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MkmBandit wrote:
Oct 26th, 2006 6:12 pm
I was told by my real estate agent (asian) that my house was not 'asian friendly' as she put it, because the stairs from the 2nd floor lead strait out the front doors. She said asians would see that as all their fortunes going out the door.
that is correct, although my last house was like that..but not the current one... my parents brought up the stairs issue when buying it but liked the rest of the house
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I'm 100% agree with this statement.

I personally do not care about #13 or #4 or whatever, but when I want to sell my house later on, I don't want to kill any potential buyers.
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Oct 26th, 2006 5:55 pm
YOU might not care about it but the next buy who buys the house might.
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Thanks for your input folks

Slightly OT but can anyone confirm that the hotel in Niagara Falls near the casinos doesn't have 4th floor.

I am not surprised since this area attracts a lot of Chinese people
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Are there also some superstitions regarding the shape of the lot of the house -- in particular, if the house is on an inverted pie shaped lot (large at the front, tapering to the end) is considered "bad luck" for some?

Also, regarding the "facing the street" "bad luck" thingy, wouldn't the majority of houses face some street? How would you drive into your driveway if that is from the street, and say the driveway is at the front of the house?

Thanks in advance for the clarifications!
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HappyGoLucky wrote:
Oct 27th, 2006 11:20 am
Also, regarding the "facing the street" "bad luck" thingy, wouldn't the majority of houses face some street?
Thanks in advance for the clarifications!
I think they are speaking of major roads compared to roads in small neighborhoods.
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You want to get a house facing south because the snow melts faster in the winter. Houses facing south usually cost more and are more desireable.
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canabiz wrote:
Oct 26th, 2006 5:45 pm
Hi folks we are looking for our first house and I am just wondering do you believe in superstition with respect to house numbering and direction when you consider buying a home ?

We are both Asians (non-Chinese) so I don't really care about #4 or things like that but my wife who is Korean told me we should get house facing the South direction (that's what they do in Korea). She says something to the effect of getting away from the sun, although I don't see any benefits of that here because we do need the sun for the winter!

I was also told by my mom to never buy any house that is directly facing a road. It will lead to breakups in the family and personal problems, things of that nature. I don't know if I should believe that but speaking from a safety aspect, it's a good idea not to buy something like that because of traffic issues (cars coming in and you are backing out for example)

I'm sure my mom would have more things to say but for the moment that's all I can think of.

Is there any other superstitious angles that you guys consider when you look for a house and can you give some explanations behind that ?
A house directly facing a road will have headlights flashing the face of the house every time a car pulls up.
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personally, I can't believe people actually take that kind of stuff seriously. sheesh, it's 2006 (almost 07), not 1807.
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Here's some more bad superstitions:

* House backing onto or facing a cemetary = You will see ghosts in your house/backyard.

* Staircase facing front door = All your fortunes will go out the door BUT if you put a small tree in front of your front door, it will stop your fortunes from leaving your house. (hmmmmmmm... no wonder I haven't won the Jackpot yet eventhough I have a small tree. hmmmmm... :lol: :lol: :lol: )

* #4 in the house number = very bad luck. It may not bother non-Asians but if you live in a mostly Asian neighbourhood, that might deter future home buyers.

* Someone who died a violent death = very bad karma in the house.

* A house that faces a T intersection ~~ Oncoming car lights will face front window/door when turning = Something about bright light from a car brings some bad luck. I forget what it was. Maybe someone in here might know. lol..

* Living next to or across from Hydro towers

* Living across or next to or in the vicinity of a funeral home

* The kitchen is always the most used room in the house, so if it faces South or West (sun always shines), even better.


I think I've covered the majority of bad luck superstitions. LOL .. Yup, I've experienced all the above while my sis was house hunting. :lol: :lol:
The younger Asian generations don't believe in the above-mentioned but if you have parents and in-laws or older relatives in the picture, be prepared for stressful house hunting.
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