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Richmond Hill and Vancouver among Canadian cities taking a stand against unlucky numbers in real estate


DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS

It’s an open secret among real estate agents that in certain communities, condo units on the fourth floor can take longer to sell.

“When I was younger, I didn’t believe any of these things. I thought it was just BS,” said Tina Mak, a Vancouver-area real estate agent who has been in the business for nearly 30 years.

“You don’t believe in it but when it keeps on repeating... then you cannot, not believe it.”

In some Asian cultures, including Mak’s, the number four is shunned as unlucky because the pronunciations closely resemble the word for death in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Mak, the founding president of the Vancouver chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America, says for many of her clients, this cultural preference is real, and plays a large part in driving their real estate decisions.

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