Real estate agents believe 2018 will be the year of the deal with Chinese buyers, reports (23 February 2018). This is thanks to the lucky number 8 and 18, which sounds like the Chinese word for 'prosperity' and 'I want to be very wealthy', respectively. Chinese numerology has long played an important role in influencing Chinese buyer decisions, and Carrie Law – Chief Executive Officer of, a Chinese international real estate website – shares a case whereby a Beijing-based buyer couple who were ready to purchase a $5-million home in New York City last year decided to postponed the purchase so they could buy in 2018 instead. “There may have been other factors at play, but that’s the reason they gave us,” said Law.