Homeownership Trivia: 12 Facts to Share
- Jan. 4, 2021
- Brian Harris
- Home Life
In honor of National Trivia Day, here are a dozen interesting facts about homeownership that may surprise you…or at least they will provide you with some memorable minutiae to use throughout the day.
- It’s considered bad form to give a knife as a housewarming present. The superstitious believe it will turn the recipient into your enemy.
- New York homeowners are required to comply with a “Ghostbusters Ruling” when listing their property for sale. This involves disclosing whether any ghosts inhabit or frequently visit the home.
- Historically, a red door has been a symbol of protection and refuge. In Scotland, however, it signifies that the home’s owner has paid off the mortgage.
- Only 30 percent of Americans have home security systems. If burglars notice an alarm, 60 percent said they would move on.
- The most common street name in the U.S. is “Second.” Oddly, “Third” comes in second place, and “First” is in third place. This just doesn’t seem to add up!
- 86 percent of recent homebuyers financed their purchase, and the average amount financed was 88 percent.
- The median size of a new home for the U.S. in 2019 was 2,322 square feet, which is 522 square feet larger than 20 years ago. So much for the downsizing movement!
- When you first enter your new house, bring bread so those in the home will never know hunger. Also, take along a new broom; Bringing an old broom into a new home is considered an invitation to bad luck.
- Good news for those who are avoiding touching door handles due to the pandemic: Brass, copper, aluminum, iron, and silver are essentially self-disinfecting materials. It’s called the oligodynamic effect, and as an antimicrobial metal, brass leads the list of sanitizing materials. However, the reaction does take some time.
- When Americans move, we don’t move very far. The median distance between the homes people purchased in 2019 and those they moved from was 15 miles.
- The concept of a housewarming party began due to the need to literally warm up the house. Guests brought firewood for the new fireplace.
- As interest rates on 30-year mortgages have dropped to historic lows, it’s interesting to note that the high was established in October 1981. This is when rates hit an astronomical 18.45 percent.