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Buy a Home During Mercury Retrograde? Not in This Universe.




Joan Green, Co-Moderator, Brown Harris Stevens in New York City

I met the wife of an old client of mine. They were deciding, “Should we renew or should we move?”

So we go out and start looking at things. It was really about seeing what was there, rather than doing the renovation. We found something out of the price range, $12.5 million, on the Upper East Side. But I knew these people, and it was a perfect apartment for them.

The wife was on a hiking trip in Northern California, but at the last minute the trip was canceled due to mudslides there. So we decided to go back and have a look at this apartment again. They said, “You know what, we love it, we really want to do it. We’re going to have to sell our apartment.” Then they said, “But Mercury is in retrograde, so everything must be done in advance.”

They explained to me that they do not make decisions during the time when Mercury is retrograde. It affected all of their buying decisions when they got engaged, when they got married. It has reached the point where they are not traveling now when Mercury is in retrograde. They turned their travel agent into the stars.

Usually people are not in a hurry. But as a moderator, I was like, “Wow! Let’s do this sooner rather than later!” All of this took nearly a week. We put on display. We have shared with sellers that buyers won’t sign any documents while Mercury is in retrospect, so we have to sign the contract quickly. We also had to sign an exclusive for their apartment to list it.

By the way, I’ve never heard of any of this before, but if that’s what they wanted, I’m totally on board.

It was all good karma for everyone. Every transaction was done well and smoothly. It is very rare for this to happen when dealing with both buying and selling; There are a lot of moving parts.

I’m not superstitious, but I’ve had clients who don’t want 4s on the contract, or want 8s. I say, “If you want all 8 elements in it, that’s fine!” I had a rabbi who wanted to total everything up to 18, because that’s good luck. It’s okay too.

Wendy Arriz, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty in New York City


I was the seller of a downtown house – an off-market listing at north of $10 million. The buyer was a former customer of mine. When I described the property, this buyer became very interested. They came and saw him and made an offer. But it was made clear that this person would not be in a position to sign a contract at that time because, as a rule, this person did not make any serious decisions or signed the contract during Mercury retrograde. They said, “No, no, no, things can really go awry; it’s just not over.”


At first, I couldn’t believe it. I thought, “Really?” But you know, I also want to be respectful. So this was a term in the deal – a verbal understanding, nothing in writing. I passed it on to the seller. There was a little laughter, but it wasn’t a problem. This was a vendor downtown. Maybe someone on the Upper East Side hasn’t processed it either.

There was a lot of searching on Google for the dates. I prepared the transaction sheet and organized the details. Lawyers were doing their due diligence; A home inspection was involved. Everything was going as normal treatment, with the understanding that nothing would be signed until Mercury stopped retrograde.

Then the stars were clear. Contract can be signed. I called the buyer to see if they wanted to move forward now that the coast was clear – and they didn’t. The buyer had a problem.

I haven’t had any deals fall apart in the 14 years I’ve been selling real estate. I’m just trying to steer the course and do the right thing and if things are supposed to be like that, they’re supposed to be. That deal fell apart, but that wasn’t because Mercury was in retrograde motion.

or was it?

– Edited from interviews


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