Real estate is serious business, but let’s have a little fun today! Get ready to be astounded by some extraordinary house facts from mail-order houses to best-selling front doors. Let’s get started.
MAIL ORDER HOUSES!
From 1908 to 1940, Sears revolutionized the DIY world by selling mail-order houses through catalogs. They offered more than 370 floor plans in a variety of architectural styles Over 75,000 home kits were purchased, and many of these unique homes still exist today.
CREAK! Don't let the creaking of houses deceive you—it's not a sign of old age or creepy ghosts! These sounds are typically caused by thermal expansion and contraction, resulting from temperature and humidity fluctuations. It’s perfectly normal, even if does send a chill up your spine!
OWN A CASTLE! Have you ever dreamed of owning a castle? Believe it or not, an 18th-century French castle can be yours for just over $1 million, which may be more affordable than tearing down a house in Los Angeles. With a similar budget in L.A., you might only find a home in need of extensive renovations. And it certainly won’t be a castle!
DEATH AND TAXES. People have been complaining about taxes for centuries! In fact, property taxes have been an enduring part of civilization for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Egypt in 5,000 B.C. It has remained a crucial aspect of society throughout history.
IT'S HUGE. Prepare to be awe-inspired by the world's largest house! Owned by Mukesh Ambani and located in Mumbai, India, this colossal mansion spans a mind-boggling 400,000 square feet, boasts 27 stories, multiple swimming pools, and an astonishing 168 parking spaces, earning it a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
TRY THIS SIMPLE TIP--PLUS IT LOOKS GREAT! Looking for a quick, inexpensive way to increase your home's value? Paint your front door black! According to a recent Zillow survey, homes with black front doors tend to fetch higher prices, sometimes selling for an impressive $6,449 more than their counterparts. Slate blue doors come in a close second.
BURN, BABY, BURN! In the early 20th century, homeowners celebrated mortgage payoff with mortgage-burning parties. (I’m pretty sure I saw this on an episode of The Waltons!) While Scottish tradition involved painting front doors red to mark this milestone, others commemorated it by ceremoniously burning their mortgage documents, symbolizing financial liberation.
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