If you’re looking for some crazy real estate trivia, you’ve come to the right place.

In this blog post, I’m going to share a GIANT COLLECTION of real estate facts I compiled this past year for a few various guest articles I wrote for Inman and The Lighter Side of Real Estate.

These interesting 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!


Flickr | Seeking Alpha via Inman

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

Unsplash | Freakonomics via BiggerPockets


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

Know any interesting real estate facts? Tell us about them in the comments below!

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  1. Justin says:

    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.

    1. Seth Williams says:

      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. 🙂

  2. Caleb says:

    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.

    1. Seth Williams says:

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

  3. Jordan says:

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

  4. Harry says:

    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.

  5. Faylinn says:

    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?

    1. Seth Williams says:

      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?

  6. Nik says:

    Thanks for the great content!

  7. Love these! Do you mind if we share on our social media page?

    1. Absolutely. Feel free to share the link back to this blog post. Thanks for asking!

  8. Emily Baker says:

    Great stuff…thank you for sharing!! Wishing you more and more success.

    1. Thanks for reading Emily!

  9. Kerissa Savea says:

    Hi Seth! Thanks for the 411, this was such a fantastic read! I think my favorite has to be the one about Monopoly. I died laughing about the “broken nature” of capitalism!
    The one that literally made my jaw drop, tough, was the one about Japan’s crazy employment and housing!! I had no idea!
    Of course, when you’re born and raised in a place with near-perfect climate year round and a finite amount of SF (well, on all but the Big Isle, haha), you kinda always see real estate and the associated values therefor, a liiiittle different, haha!
    Speaking of my home here on the main-in-the-island-chain, the hottest former hotspot – the beautiful Oahu– I’ve got some cool facts that you might wanna add to your awesome list!

    1) Hawaii is the only state you can’t drive to, from, or drive from, to!

    2) Hawaii is often referred to by locals (I do it when I’m trying to feel cool, haha) as the “808 State” because we’re the only state with a single area code.

    3) When measuring the city limits of Honolulu according to the definition found in Hawaii’s State Constitution, Honolulu is the world’s largest city, spanning 15,000 miles! I know, you’re wondering, “How’d they figure that?!”
    Well, it’s thanks to language that says any island that doesn’t have its own county shall be part of Honolulu county, so aaaaallll of the archipelago-type islands that surround the main 8 are considered “Honolulu,” and when you stretch the borders out to the very last little sand spot, that’s about the distance from LA to Colorado!

    4) Hawaii is the only state that keeps adding SF to its total, thanks to it being the home of the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea (pronounced kih-LAH-way-ah), on Hawaii island (or the “Big Island”).
    The Big Island is also the home of Mauna Kea which is the tallest mountain in the world (when measured from base on ocean floor), atop which sits the largest telescope in the world!

    5) This one might be the biggest shocker, ready? The largest contiguous ranch in the US isn’t in Texas, nope, it’s right here – or, right there, haha – on the Big Island!
    Clocking in at approximately 480k acres (give or take a volcano flow, haha!) that World Record belongs to The Parker Ranch (which is nearest a town called Kamuela (pronounced KAH-moo-eh-lah) if you’re looking on a map).

    Okay, I don’t wanna bore you and I could go on for a while, ha! (My dad was a tour bus driver when I was a kid) So, here’s one final hit:

    I`olani Palace, located in the heart of CBD Honolulu (Oahu) is the only palace in the whole country! AND the Palace had electricity 3 years before the White House, how’s that?! Haha!

    Thanks again for this great read, Seth, and please feel welcome to “Ho-llah” if you and your family ever head this way and are looking for some tips and tricks for the trip! I’d be happy to give you some “real deal Holyfield” info on stuff you don’t wanna miss, as well as any that I consider a “hit and miss” haha! 🙂

    Kerissa 🙂

    1. Thanks for reading Kreissa! Wow, those are some awesome Hawaii factoids. I am TOTALLY gonna save some of those for the next time I put together one of these “real estate facts” blog posts. 🙂 Thanks again!

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