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10 Real Estate Facts You’ll Find Entertaining

Who doesn’t love fun facts? We do, here at Young Team Realtors. We rounded up 10 real estate facts that are sure to entertain your brain. So read on to learn some interesting facts about real estate.

#1 From 1908 – 1940, Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold about 70,000 mail-order houses. They arrived as a kit and came with most modern conveniences. Some of them still exist today!

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#2 In 1997, Pepsi held a contest to win a life-size replica of The Simpsons house or $75,000. The contest winner chose the cash. The house was then renovated to look like a normal home and re-sold.

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#3 Monica’s apartment from the hit TV show Friends is estimated to be worth $3.5 million.

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#4 Mark Zuckerberg purchased four houses next to his home in Palo Alto and leased them back to the families that lived there. He did it to avoid the houses from being marketed as “next door to Mark Zuckerberg.”

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#5 Built in 1859, the Cooper Union Foundation Building included an elevator shaft in anticipation of elevators someday being invented.

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#6 Warren Buffet is one of the richest men in the world and he still lives in the same house he bought in 1958. He paid $31,500 for it.

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#7 Several metals including brass, copper, aluminum, iron, and silver are antimicrobial. This means they disinfect themselves. Brass is the most antimicrobial of them all.

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#8 In 1945, a B-25 bomber pilot crashed into The Empire State Building. The impact snapped the cable of the building’s elevator shaft. By the time the carriage reached the bottom, a thousand feet of cable had piled up beneath it, acting like a spring, which allowed the lone occupant in the car to escape injured, but alive.

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#9 In a competition to build the world’s tallest building, the architect of the Chrysler Building secretly built it with a 125 ft long spire inside. When his competitor’s building was completed, the spire was pushed up through the building, making it taller by 119 feet.

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#10 When Apple was building a new data server in North Carolina, they paid one elderly couple $1.7 million for one acre of land. The couple had purchased the property 34 years earlier for $6,000.

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What did you think? Which fact was the most interesting to you? Let us know on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook posts of this blog! If you have any interesting real estate facts of your own, leave them in the comments!