Good Luck and Superstitions

Real Estate Agent with UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA RS193539L

ShamrockToday we heard it a hundred times, “it’s the luck of the Irish.”  Last week there were mumblings about “Friday the 13th.”  


Friday the 13In the past few days, I’ve given some thought to superstitions.  Yesterday (Monday) I celebrated a rather significant birthday, but began the festivities on Sunday – why?  It is believed that you should only celebrate your birthday earlier or on your actual birth day.  If you celebrate it after it is considered very bad luck.  I'm lucky though, since I'm Irish I'm able to celebrate once again.  So if you decide to throw a belated surprise birthday party for your friend, think twice!


Some house and home superstitions:

  • It’s not unusual to find a small horseshoe hanging above the doorway of a home here in Central Pennsylvania, with two ends pointing up to hold in good luck so it doesn't fall out.  Even this Irish gal has a horseshoe prominently hung in her home. 
  • So it is said, it is lucky to move into a new house during the new Moon because prosperity will increase as the Moon waxes.
  • New homeowners should nail an evergreen branch to new rafters to bring good luck.
  • An empty hornets' nest, hung high, will bring good luck to a house.
  • Have no fear as you are loading the final boxes onto the truck it starts to rain.  It is believed that the droplets of rain symbolize droplets of blessings, and wealth, and you will be rich if it rains on the day you are moving. So I guess it’s best to check the weather forecast before moving.
  • It’s bad luck to move on a Friday.  The following events all happened on a Friday:  Christ was crucified, the great Flood began, Alaska was devastated by an earthquake in 1965, the Costa Concordia sunk in 2012, Adam and Eve were tempted by the forbidden fruit, and the Bangladesh cyclone killed 500,000 people.


  • Everyone knows that a breaking a mirror means seven years' bad luck. But did you know that when a mirror falls off the wall of a house, it means someone will die?
  • Some superstitious sellers bury a statute of St. Joseph upside down in their yard, but should remember once the home sells, to dig up poor St. Joseph and put him in a place of honor in the garden.
  • Bring salt with you when you first enter your new home and sprinkle some in front of the door. This is intended to ward off evil spirits and prevent bad karma.


Setting aside superstitions and luck, one thing is certain; the key to getting lucky in real estate is to use a good agent here in Central Pennsylvania, call me today to get started.


Rainbow over home


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  Bette Brennan Gottwald, Realtor®, e-Proâ, RECS, CSP,
  Accredited Staging Professional  (ASP™) -  RS193539L    and
Joe Gottwald, Ph.D., Associate Broker – AB060350L
  State Certified Broker/Appraiser – BA001935L


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Comments (21)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Enjoy the luck of the Irish today and during your travels.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Mar 17, 2015 10:29 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bette Happy St Paddy's Day to you and since I am a Baseball Fan and a Realtor I am very superstitious:)), Endre

Mar 17, 2015 10:37 AM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Hannah, because our area is so diverse culturally, we hear all sorts of superstitions.  

Mar 17, 2015 10:43 AM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Roy, and Happy St. Paddy's Day to you and Delores!

Mar 17, 2015 10:44 AM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Endre, my most unusual superstition is about killing bugs, I won't do it.

Mar 17, 2015 10:45 AM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     I ran over my black cat today (thankfully the car went over him, the tires did not him; he is okay).  If I was superstitious, running over a black cat on St. Patty's Day would be some really bad Juju!

Mar 17, 2015 11:30 AM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Fred, you've got to be kidding, but I'm sure you would kid about something like this!  That cat must have some Irish blood in him!

Mar 17, 2015 11:38 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Bette Gottwald ,  It's surprising the number of people who are superstitious.

Mar 17, 2015 01:04 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Those are pretty interesting superstititions - and you made me stop and think if I harbor any similar beliefs.

I decided mine only come from past experience - I will NOT go along with anyone in my family owning a white car, and if someone says they really don't want to go somewhere or do something, I will NOT try to push. There's a reason why they feel as they do. 

Mar 17, 2015 03:02 PM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 Should I say Happy Belated St. Patrick's Day or  not? Have a good one no matter what day it is.

Mar 17, 2015 09:05 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Bette,  Some good stuff in here.  New and Old to me.  And I did notice how tactfully you skipped over just what birthday it was!  

Make it a great week.  Mark

Mar 22, 2015 07:23 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Many people believe in one superstition or another... I just gave up!

Mar 27, 2015 03:12 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

There are lots ... we see so many. 

Mar 30, 2015 08:45 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Fun list of superstitions. Make sure that hornet's nest is really empty!

Apr 11, 2015 11:59 AM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Margaret, I'm looking for a hornets nest now, I need some good luck!

Apr 11, 2015 12:31 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am pretty lucky without paying attention to any of those things, but I do believe this rule can have a big impact...

"the key to getting lucky in real estate is to use a good agent"

Apr 11, 2015 05:10 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Those are pretting fascinating pieces of information Bette.

I hope you had a very nice birthday! May you always have the luck of the Irish, good health, and prosperity!

Apr 12, 2015 01:47 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I learned a few new things from your post. Thanks for sharing.

Apr 20, 2015 09:29 PM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Goodness! That's more than I can make peace with. Good thing I'm not planning to move.



Apr 21, 2015 09:27 AM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Thanks for the comments everyone.  No I'm not superstitious, but sometimes maybe I should be.

Apr 22, 2015 08:35 AM

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