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Fun House Facts


Let’s have a little real estate fun today! Get ready to be astounded by these extraordinary house facts.



Mail Order Houses From 1908 to 1940, Sears revolutionized the DIY world by selling mail-order houses through catalogs. There were more than 370 blueprints available in a variety of architectural styles. Over 75,000 home kits were purchased, and many of these unique homes still exist today. And they were quite impressive!


Creaky Houses Don't let the creaking of houses deceive you—it's not a sign of old age or ghosts milling through the hallways! These eerie sounds are typically caused by thermal expansion and contraction, resulting from temperature and humidity fluctuations. It’s perfectly normal, even if it’s a bit “unsettling.”


Buy a French Castle Believe it or not, an 18th-century French castle can be yours for just over $1 million, which may be more affordable than tearing down a house in Los Angeles. With a similar budget in L.A., you might only find a home in need of extensive renovations. And it won’t be a castle!


Death and Taxes Property tax has been an enduring part of civilization for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Egypt in 5,000 B.C. It has remained a crucial aspect of society throughout history.




Looking to increase your home's value? Paint your front door black! According to a recent Zillow survey, homes with black front doors tend to fetch higher prices, sometimes selling for an impressive $6,449 more. Slate blue doors come in a close second.






World’s Largest House Prepare to be awe-inspired by the world's largest house! Owned by Mukesh Ambani and located in Mumbai, India, this colossal mansion spans a mind-boggling 400,000 square feet, boasts 27 stories, multiple swimming pools, and an astonishing 168 parking spaces, earning it a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.


A Good, Old-Fashioned Mortgage Burning In the early 20th century, homeowners celebrated mortgage payoff with mortgage-burning parties. While Scottish tradition involved painting front doors red to mark this milestone, others commemorated it by ceremoniously burning their mortgage documents, symbolizing financial liberation.


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Courtesy of Kelly Gargiulo Pleasant Hill Realtor

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