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35 Real Estate Facts That Will Blow Your Freaking Mind

photodune-4086059-amazed-man-xsI’m working on something big right now.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been diving into the initial phases of what I hope will be the next giant leap forward for the REtipster Blog.

This little “Classified Project” has been consuming a ton of my time and as a result, you’re probably going to see fewer blog posts than normal in the month of May 2015. But don’t worry, I’m still here! I’m just plugging away at something behind the scenes – and I should have more details for you in the next month or two.

In the meantime, I don’t want to leave you all hanging (I know there are at least a couple of folks who check this blog every week for updates), so to keep both of you entertained, I wanted to share a GIANT COLLECTION of 35 real estate facts that I compiled this past year for a few various guest posts I did for Inman and The Lighter Side of Real Estate.

These interesting little tidbits were a lot of fun to put together, and they ended up being quite the hit on social media – so in case you missed these original posts when they first hit the scene, hopefully you’ll get a kick out of them right here, right now. Enjoy!

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1. White House

Flickr | Huffington Post via LighterSideofRealEstate

4. Homeless

Unsplash | Truthdig via LighterSideofRealEstate

10. Utah Homes

Flickr | Reddit via LighterSideofRealEstate

5. Donald Trump

Flickr | Forbes  via LighterSideofRealEstate

The Seattle Kingdome was so expensive

Flickr | Fortune

World Trade Center

Flickr | Reddit


Wikipedia via Inman

3. Leona

Flickr | Business Insider via LighterSideofRealEstate


Imgur | Reddit Wikipedia via Inman

One-Red-PaperclipFlickr | OneRedPaperClip via Inman

Las Vegas Paradise

Flickr | LasVegasNevada | Wikipedia

2. Alaska

Unsplash | World Atlas via LighterSideofRealEstate


Unsplash | UMKC via Inman


Flickr | LifestyleProperties via Inman


Flickr | Wikipedia | Houselogic via Inman


Flickr | Wikipedia via Inman


Flickr | Snopes via Inman


Flickr | LunarLand via Inman


Flickr | Wikipedia via Inman


Unsplash | Wikipedia via Inman


Flickr | Gizmodo via Inman


Flickr | Cnet via Inman



Flickr | WashingtonCityPaper via Inman


Flickr | HomesOfTheRich via Inman


Flickr | Wikipedia | HuffingtonPost via Inman


Flickr | USAToday30 via Inman

11. Canadian Mansion

Wikimedia | Reuters via LighterSideofRealEstate

12. Spite Houses

Flickr | Wikipedia via LighterSideofRealEstate


Wikipedia via LighterSideofRealEstate

9. Foreclosures vs. Marriages

Flickr | CNN | CDC via LighterSideofRealEstate

8. Apple

Unsplash | Gizmodo via LighterSideofRealEstate

6. Chrysler Building

Flickr | Wikipedia via LighterSideofRealEstate


Flickr | Wikipedia via Inman


Flickr | Compassion via Inman

Do you know any interesting real estate facts? Tell us about them in the comments below!

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  • Justin May 4, 2015, 10:07 pm

    Fun list of facts. The statement about Alaska being the easternmost state had me stumped. To save others the trouble, I found this explanation:

    “Fascinatingly, Alaska is the state that is farthest north, east, and west while Hawaii is farthest south. The reason that Alaska is farthest east and west is due to the fact that the Aleutian Islands cross the 180° meridian of longitude, placing some of the islands actually in the Eastern Hemisphere and thus degrees east of Greenwich (and the Prime Meridian).”

    Looking forward to the giant leap forward you mention.

    • Seth Williams May 4, 2015, 10:37 pm

      Thanks Justin! Good explanation. It took me a while to figure out how that Alaska fact was possible, but in the end, it made sense to me.

      I’ll keep you posted on the giant leap forward. 🙂

  • Caleb May 6, 2015, 10:42 am

    Wow, some of the facts are crazy. I don’t blame homeowners in Scotland for painting their door red after paying off their mortgage. I would want to scream that from the rooftops too. It is awesome that Utah has been giving free homes to the homeless. I would like to know how that process works.

    • Seth Williams May 6, 2015, 1:11 pm

      I know, right? I am totally painting all of my doors read when their mortgages are paid off!

  • Jordan May 11, 2015, 9:22 am

    Amazing facts here! I wonder if Donald Trump would be as popular if that fact was more common knowledge? Thanks for sharing!

  • Harry May 13, 2015, 11:38 pm

    I’m excited to find out more about the “giant leap forward”! I have a hunch of what it could be…let me know if you need a beta tester or a second set of eyes 🙂

    Your blog has been a MAJOR help in getting me started on real estate investing and I wanted to say thanks for the amazing content. I just mailed out the closing documents on my first sale and I am psyched to get more deals going. Thanks again Seth, you rock.

  • Faylinn July 5, 2016, 9:00 am

    I’m not sure whether or not I would call the Japanese attacking and occupying parts of Alaska as a real estate fact. However, it sure is interesting to me and makes me wonder whether or not anyone lived on those islands. Do you know whether or not there were any people or houses that the Axis Powers were able to take control of there during WWII? Or, perhaps, whether or not they built houses themselves over there?

    • Seth Williams July 5, 2016, 1:27 pm

      Hi Faylinn – I honestly have no idea, but it’s a good question. Perhaps you might be able to find some of this info on Wikipedia with a quick search?

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