In Chinese culture, certain numbers are believed to be either lucky or unlucky depending on the other Chinese word that the number sounds similar to.
Here are the four most important numbers real estate agents should learn: 4 (四; sì) 6 (六; liù), 8 (八; bā) and 9 (九; jiǔ). Of these numbers, 6, 8 and 9 are considered lucky and 4 is considered unlucky.
Liù (6) sounds similar to the word for “flow” in Mandarin, which is an indication of “smoothness” or things going well. So although 666 may be a terrible number in Western culture, a Chinese person would actually be pretty happy to have that as a house number (unless they are also Christian of course).
Bā (8) is probably the best of all because it sounds like the word for “prosper” or “wealth” in Mandarin. In fact, it is so important that the Beijing Olympics began on 8/8/08 at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8pm local time. In addition, 8 features frequently in airline flights to and from China and has been used in valuable car license plate numbers, home addresses or even telephone numbers.
Jiǔ (9) is probably not as great as 6 or 8 but is also good because it sounds like the Mandarin word for “long lasting”.
The Chinese will avoid sǐ (4) at all costs because it sounds like the word for death. The belief is so strong that hospitals in China usually don’t have a fourth floor or any room number with 4 in it. Similarly, Chinese people prefer not to live in a house with the number 4 in the address.
So why should you care about Chinese numerology?
Chinese property site Juwai points out that an agent in Australia once changed the number of a luxury home from 64 to 66, resulting in a $8.5 million AUD sale to a Chinese buyer. And according to The Daily Mail, the practice of omitting 4 from buildings is already happening in Sydney.
If you still aren’t convinced, here are some other numbers to consider: Chinese buyers reportedly spent $960 million on SA real estate last year.