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Why Friday the 13th isn't unlucky for homeowners

Rozi Jones
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13th April 2018
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"It's interesting nonetheless to see borrowers seemingly reject the superstition that it could be unlucky to complete such a big event as moving house on Friday 13th."

Superstition does not seem to be preventing homeowners from moving on Friday 13th, with Yorkshire Building Society reporting an above average number of mortgage completions on that day.

Its data shows that of the nine superstitious Friday 13th dates in the last five years, five have seen a higher-than-average number of customers moving house on that day, suggesting the spooky superstition makes no difference to borrowers.

Paraskevidekatriaphobia, otherwise known as a fear of Friday 13th, is thought to hinder those with the condition from carrying out their normal routines so milestone events such as moving house would simply be out of the question.

Janice Barber, mortgage manager at Yorkshire Building Society, said: “Considering a phobia of Friday 13th can be so serious it can leave people paralysed with fear, it doesn’t seem to get in the way of people moving house.

“We appreciate it’s only a small representation of the total homemoving market on these notable days but it’s interesting nonetheless to see borrowers seemingly reject the superstition that it could be unlucky to complete such a big event as moving house on Friday 13th.”

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