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Fun facts about real estate 

 

  • Given the unprecedented damage following Japan’s tsunami, there are now hundreds of stones along the coast line with signs that warn people from building homes below particular points.
  • In 1949, the White House was completely bulldozed and rebuilt with concrete and steel in place of wood. Pretty cool, huh?
  • The Cooper Union Foundation building in New York constructed an elevator shaft in the hopes of elevators being invented at some point in time.
  • Scotland has a rather bizarre custom of painting the door of the house red once the mortgage is paid off. 
  • There is a town in Germany that has actually built a town over a meteor. It hit the town a few thousand years ago but instead of pushing the townsfolks to leave, they were compelled to build a town on the crater. One can see the circular margin of this town from atop. 
  • According to a recent survey, an average individual will move houses at least a dozen times in a lifetime. Thanks to real estate agents like Beatrice Baudinet, this job will be made real easy. 
  • People suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder have a phobia for all doorknobs. Well, contrary to popular opinion, doorknobs are not infested with germs. They are made up of materials like iron and copper that have the natural property of killing bacteria. 
  • The fourth wealthiest person in the world, Warren Buffet owns the same humble abode in Nebraska that he purchased way back in the 1950s. Well, I guess not all rich people believe in indulging lavishly. 
  • Remember the purple apartment from the popular soap opera, “Friends”? Today, the estimated value of that apartment is over 2 million dollars! Talk about marketing!
  • We all loved treehouses as kids, right? Well, the world’s largest treehouse has over 80 rooms and 10 floors. It took over a decade to complete the construction. 
  • Vintage homes are non-existent in Tokyo. Most homes are torn down after 30 years since they are made up of lightweight material. 
  • You can buy a whole castle in France for the running rate of a two-bedroom apartment in Australia. Who’s moving to France with me?
  • Chinese temples are built with curved roofs. It’s a traditional belief of the people that it wards off evil spirits as ghosts are believed to traverse in straight lines. 
  • There is a machine that can manufacture building blocks out of stone and rubble. 

 

 

 

 

 

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