Feng Shui actually worked!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho SP37235
My wife and I have had a listing on the mountain here at Schweitzer Mountain Resort since August. It is a great little 1 bedroom condo, wonderful views, priced right, clean and located very near the slopes...not quite ski-in/ski-out, but close. It should have been an easy sale.

NOTHING. All the realtors on our mountain MLS tour agreed..."GREAT CONDO" they wrote on their evaluation cards..."PRICED RIGHT"...."NICE LISTING!" So what's up? I know the economy is trashed, the real estate market is down but, hey, this is Schweitzer Mountain Resort...This is Sandpoint, Idaho! This place rocks! My wife and I decided to switch it up.

We decided to follow the rules of Feng Shui and "redecorate" the condo (we did get the clients approval, by the way). We needed to cure what was wrong. We didn't go too nuts but we did try to utilize a few principles of balance (Yin/Yang) to create a more welcoming atmosphere.

It is a small condo, so we really only needed to attack one room...the family room. It is a square room but within the room was a rectangular table. The table had leafs, so we extended those to create a round table...it now reflected the shape of the room.

We changed the placement of the sofa so that it faced the door and windows...this offers more of a feeling of security. We brought in a basket of fresh, colorful fruit - a symbol of wealth and prosperity...yang colored fruits (red pomegranites, oranges and pineapples).

Basically, we rearranged the place as best we could following my wife's suggestions (an accomplished Feng Shui practicer). It felt good. I actually noticed the difference.

One week after the Feng Shui make-over, we had a clean Purchase & Sale Agreement to present the client. Question...is this just a conincidence? I know this, my next listing will have some elements of Feng Shui implemented from the start!


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It definately appeals to some people.  My in-laws were selling their home in PA last year and one potential buyer passed on the home because the house wasn't positioned on the lot in such a manner that followed Feng Shui.

Jan 25, 2009 10:18 PM #40
David Orsini
Top of Mind Networks - Atlanta, GA
{Real Estate and Mortgage CRM}

It definately appeals to some people.  My in-laws were selling their home in PA last year and one potential buyer passed on the home because the house wasn't positioned on the lot in such a manner that followed Feng Shui.

Jan 25, 2009 10:20 PM #41
Laurie Sawyer

I am a believer in most of the Fen Shui teachings. Although, some of them are a bit out there......like "Never face your office desk north, You will than be facing the great king of the north and he will grow increasingly angy with you." Around Christmas time I was asked to assist a coworker in rearranging her office because of this. I am still a bit perplexed over that one.

Jan 26, 2009 12:15 AM #42
Brien Berard
Remax Professionals Laurel MD - Laurel, MD
Maryland Real Estate Agents - Laurel Real Estate

I have relatives who live at the foot of Schwiter Moutain.  My father-in-law skies there all the time.  I might have to take this fung.....whatever a little more seriously.

Jan 26, 2009 12:46 AM #43
Kathy Booth, Setting the Stage
Setting the Stage - Newmarket, ON
Home Staging and ReDesign Professional

I have just recently taken a Feng Shui workshop as I have always been curious as to what its all about. I was impressed and will try to incorporate some of the principles into my staging projects.

Jan 26, 2009 01:07 AM #44
Tina Allen
Exit Realty Tri-County - Mount Dora, FL

Congratulations!  That is great...maybe we should all take a Feng Shui class.

Jan 26, 2009 01:16 AM #45
Kris Kombrink ~ The Kombrink Team
RE/MAX Excels - Chicago's Western Suburbs - Geneva, IL

Glad this worked for you Kent!  I know we used to have a Realtor in our office that was big on this stuff.  Not sure it worked for her, she's not here anymore...


Jan 26, 2009 01:56 AM #46
Lynn Brier-De La Cruz
Jacksonville Florida Real Estate - Jacksonville, FL

Good morning Kent,

What a cool story!  Congratulations on your success!  Even before fung shui was popular, I used to get asked by my friends to help them arrange or re-arrange rooms in their houses.  Have always just been able to kind of "feel it", but have never taken a class.  You can even watch people (if you read body English well), when they walk in a home.  Some homes welcome you in with open arms, others shut you out.  An innocent example of this is when the back of a couch faces you as you enter the room.  Even with a pretty sofa-back table behind it, the feeling is "Do Not Enter".


Jan 26, 2009 02:01 AM #47
Wow. Feng Shui stirs up lots of interest...it is a little controversial but certainly not threatening in any way...and, I think it does work. Good luck to all you agents out there in 2009 and it might be worthwhile to incorporate at least a little of the Feng Shui teachings into your listings and open houses. Maybe Feng Shui can revive our economy. LOL!
Jan 26, 2009 02:15 AM #48
Steve Blehl
The Home Depot/Referrals to Geba Realty - Milford, PA

Good post! Hey, anything that works. Hey, can we apply Feng Shui to our politicians in Washington now?

Sounds like it did work for you. That is what counts. Congraduations!

Jan 26, 2009 03:38 AM #49
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Now heres a question....how do you get people to look at a listing that isn't getting showings but is priced right...is set up right with the layout etc...?  Feng Shui can't work if there is no one there to see it!

Jan 26, 2009 03:50 AM #50
Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake
Steve - I'd like to do more than just Feng Shui our politicians.

Debra - I guess that's what AR is all about...reach those hard to find buyers through some creative networking. (I feel your pain).

Jan 26, 2009 03:58 AM #51
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Kent good to hear a little feng shui was all that was needed to get your listing moved. I bet I know how you will be moving all your tough ones from here on out.

Jan 26, 2009 03:59 AM #52
Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake
Bill - Yes, I'm going to follow your lead and figure out to get better connected through SEO, etc. You've got it going.
Jan 26, 2009 04:05 AM #53
Donna Shuman
Florida Wholesale Realty Corp - Oviedo, FL
REALTOR - Marketing for Richard Shuman - www.SKIPtheBULL.com

Wow, only one week, congratulations!

I've heard people swear by it and others claim it's a load of bunk

I think I'm going to try it out in my own home and see if I can feel the difference you felt. Thanks for sharing your experience.


Jan 26, 2009 05:26 AM #54
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

I would be curious to hear an analysis of the similarities and differences between Feng Shui and home staging, as some of the principles seem to overlap, so giving credit to one or the other may not be entirely accurate?  Just a thought...I only know staging, so I would be curious what others think?

Jan 26, 2009 07:17 AM #55
Jim Lee & Janet Holt Edmond Oklahoma Luxury Home Realtors

After reading your post and many of the replies I think I'll try to find out more about Feng Shui.  How did you wife become a Feng Shui practitioner?

Jan 26, 2009 08:28 AM #56
Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake
jim/janet - She just took several continuing ed. staging classes that had an emphasis on Feng Shui. She then augmented that with about 7 books on Feng Shui.
Jan 26, 2009 12:34 PM #57
Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX


I think peace and harmony are great in any home.  I am trying to learn about Feng Shui.

Jan 26, 2009 03:29 PM #58
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate


Good post. Feng Shui offers good vibes. It obviously worked for you! Congratulations!!

Jan 26, 2009 08:14 PM #59
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