Feng shui and real estate

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Feng Shui is "the art of arrangement," the "living in balance with nature." A lot of peope think it's a bunch of hokus pokus, but it is all about energy. Well, energy is EVERYWHERE. We don't see the energy of gravity, but it exists. We don't see the energy of electricity, but we know it can kill us. Remember chemistry class, where you learned that everything is made up of atoms, and atoms are constantly moving? Even though stones seem to be still, there is energy moving in them!

Energy can be good or bad. When selling a home, we want the good energy to be in and around the home. People are subconsciously attracted to good energy, and repulsed by bad energy. Have you ever gone into a room where you felt very uncomfortable and couldn't wait to get out of there? The energy was bad. And you've surely gone into a room where it just feels wonderful to be there. It had good energy. As a Feng Shui home stager and decorator, I try to create the balance of Yin and Yang and the five elements as well as balance the "weight" of the furniture. I also create a path for chi (energy) to move freely around the house. If you think of chi as a river of water and try to let it flow easily without running into "dams," you can get the idea.

Different areas of a room, a home, and even the land, are related to certain desireable abundances. Peopie are attracted to different areas, called guas. Just for fun, consider this: If the front (street-facing) door is on the left side of the home, the people who will be attracted to it will be deeply spiritual or very intellectual, and will undoubtedly love books and/or religious items (be it Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, or whatever). If the home's front door is situated on the right side, it will attract people who like to travel, are very active socially, and have huge networks of supporters/friends. And if the door is in the center, the inhabitants likely will be very career oriented. Does your home's entrway location reflect your personality/interests?

There are a lot of different things to consider when Feng Shui-ing a home, either for living or selling. But one easy thing to do is to create a natural path for chi to enter the home--and bring buyers to it and into it. Some people would say it is creating curb appeal, and it is, but it is a little more than just beauty. Chi likes to meander. So a curvy sidewalk is better than a straight one. And the colors black and red and yellow/gold are great colors to have at the doorway. They could be the door color, flowers in pots, a wreath, etc. Try working just that one place and see if it doesn't draw people in. I provide items in these colors as an extra when I stage my homes. The MLS pictures of the front elevation look so inviting!

If you have a hard-to-sell property that is priced competitively, consider consulting a Feng Shui expert. Feng Shui remedies have been known to sell this type of home in a week or two! The fee is small, compared to a price reduction!



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