Friday 13th impacting on financial decisions

Posted by Sophie Regester in Personal Finance on 16 January 2017 - Sophie is a Senior Credit Analyst at checkmyfile.

Following Friday the 13th, it is worth bearing in mind that though for some, such days come and go without much notice, but for others the day and specifically the number may strike fear in their hearts and mean that they make different life choices.

If airlines avoid having a row 13 in case of superstition and bad luck, then who are we to argue? If you can’t sit for a few hours in row 13, imagine living in house 13 and awaiting all sorts of misfortune to coming knocking on your door.

Zoopla have revealed that around a third of homeowners asked in a survey advised that they would be less likely to purchase a property if it were number 13. Zoopla also state that homes numbered 13 typically fetch a lower price, on average approximately £9,000. The price difference is significant all for the sake of a couple of digits, generally speaking purchasing number 1 will cost you the most as the number is considered the most desirable, almost as if you were purchasing a rating or social position rather than just bricks and mortar. Number 100 is apparently the next most desirable and costly, I suppose it is a nice round number which may be appealing for some.

While those with triskaidekaphobia (extreme superstition regarding the number thirteen) may have to pay that bit extra to avoid the unappealing and unlucky 13, those who do not have such qualms may be able to pick up a bargain, and £9,000 is not an amount to be sniffed at. If your tastes lean to the more unconventional you may even revel in the supposedly unlucky or controversial 13, it may even make your house a more popular stop come Halloween.

Around a quarter of those surveyed stated that they would not exchange, complete on or move into a property on a Friday the 13th in case of bad luck. The bad news for these individuals is that there are due to be two Friday the 13ths in 2017 - one down, one to go!

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