Phobias are fickle things, what one person is totally comfortable with can very easily induce panic attacks in another person. From common phobias like arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, to bizarre and extreme cases like consecotaleophobia, a fear of chopsticks, phobias are all around us and take on many forms.

Are you sceptical about phobias or do they sound unrealistic to you? According to Harvard Health Publishing, a phobia is a persistent, excessive, unrealistic fear of an object, person, animal, activity or situation. It is a type of anxiety disorder. A person with a phobia either tries to avoid the thing that triggers the fear or endures it with great anxiety and distress”.

Real estate and everything related to housing is no exception. What follows is a collection of real estate phobias you’ve probably never heard of.

1. Oikophobia

It is the fear of houses, being in a house, home surroundings and certain items in a house — be it the toaster, oven, refrigerator or dishwasher. This is also referred to as domatophobia.

2. Acrophobia

top floor of Villagio Condominium

Villagio Condominium

Acrophobia is an extreme or irrational fear or phobia of heights, especially, when one is not particularly high up. This fear of heights is also sometimes referred to as altophobia or hypsiphobia. To the casual observer, the majority of Ghanaians might be suffering from this considering the majority of homes in Ghana being no more than 2 floors high.

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3. Aeroacrophobia

Similar to acrophobia, this a fear of open high places such as vast open views from high altitudes such as mountaintops, cliffs and hills.

4. Batophobia

Related to acrophobia, this is the fear of being close to high buildings.

5. Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is the fear of being alone in public places from which there is no easy escape. This includes in elevators or a room full of people.

6. Claustrophobia

Claustrophobia is the fear of being in a small, confined space or room and unable to escape or get out.

7. Entamaphobia

Entamaphobia or the fear of doors is a debilitating phobia often associated with Agoraphobia and Claustrophobia.

8. Furniturephobia

Furniturephobia is the extreme, irrational and often unwarranted fear of furniture. There’s also a related phobia, epiplaphobia which is the fear of antique furniture.

9. Cenophobia (or Centophobia)

This is the fear of voids, empty rooms and barren spaces. Contrary to cenophobia is koinoniphobia, the fear of a room, rooms or shared spaces, stuffed with people.

10. Asymmetriphobia and Symmetrophobia

The former is the fear of asymmetrical things (asymmetriphobia) and the latter, a fear of symmetrical things (symmetrophobia). People with either of these conditions can have a hard time being around or looking at certain building designs.

11. Dromophobia

The fear of crossing streets, or its terms dromophobia and agyrophobia, is a specific phobia that affects a person’s ability to cross a street or roadway, especially, designated crosswalks where many cars or vehicles may be present. A related fear is agyrophobia, which is defined by some as a fear of crossing.

12. Climacophobia & Bathmophobia

Climacophobia is the fear of stairs or climbing stairs while a related fear, bathmophobia, is a fear of stairways.

13. Triskadekaphobia

This is the fear of the number 13, which is superstitiously considered an unlucky number in some western cultures. Because of this phobia, high rise buildings sensitive to the needs of users in some parts of the world do not have a 13th floor. Don’t panic if you’re in an elevator that goes from the 12th floor to the 14th. While we’re on the number 13, check out 13 of the most expensive properties for sale in Accra right now.