Feng Shui for Buying & Selling Property
Does Feng Shui Really Help With Buying And Selling Property in the Houston Area?
Feng Shui Guide to Selling Properties
Feng shui is a master tool for selling (and buying) properties. Selling a property with feng shui is easy and very efficient – if you make sure that the key aspects of feng shui are covered almost any property can be sold very quickly. There are several important factors that will always affect the sale of your home or business – the three most important being geopathic stress, ghosts/spirits and emotional attachment (the unwillingness of people to move or change). Learn the essential feng shui checklist to maximise the value of your property and ensure a quick sale.
- Are you are having difficulties selling a property?
- Are you are looking to buy a property and feel unsure about the decision?
- Does the property you are interested in have a history of illness, bankruptcy or bad luck?
Houston Feng Shui consultant Will LeStrange has helped numerous clients in selling their property, particularly when a listing gets stuck or seemingly unable to sell. The same goes for buying a property.
Below is an article by one of his colleagues Jon Sandifer, explaining some helpful Feng Shui points to note when looking for a new property
The Three Point Principle…
1. I always say to clients that they should use one third of their decision making process based purely on common sense. In other words, can I afford this property, does the survey reveal any major faults, and how does it look from a legal perspective? A cold, clinical overview that needs to be considered.
2. A third of the decision making process needs to be intuitive. Finding and then later buying a property is often based on a gut feeling. However, sometimes this intuition can be clouded by rash expectations or simply an enormous desire to acquire the property despite the common sense factor being missing. Listen to your intuition, sleep on it and consider the intuition that others may offer as well.
3. Feng Shui. Use only one third of the decision making process around Feng Shui principles. The ones that I will outline are simple, sound and full of common sense. Sometimes these Feng Shui pointers can help tilt the balance in your decision to buy the property. If you are two thirds clear in making the decision and the Feng Shui reveals that it is irresistible, then obviously go for it. What you do not do is base your entire decision on Feng Shui alone.
History of the Property
The Chinese believe that the previous inhabitants leave a trail of energy imprinted inside the building in their wake. The terminology for this is known as Predecessor Chi. Chi is this rather intangible element that is essentially vibrational life force itself. In fact, Feng Shui is a very good description of Chi. When the first missionaries set foot in China they asked the locals what this strange custom was that they used. They called it Feng Shui, which literally means wind and water, since the wind and water represented the air that they could not see and the water that they could not grasp. It’s best to try to hook up with positive predecessor chi. Most realators will tell you that the three D’s are always a potentially negative issue, in other words Death, Divorce, and Debt. I believe it is possible to change this predecessor chi by completing refurbishing the space and bringing a whole new sparkle to the property. On the other hand, listen out well when you find out that the previous occupants have either: had another child and need to find a bigger space, the owner has had a major pay rise and has moved up the property ladder, or after a successful work and family life the owners have now chosen to retire in style. Common sense and Feng Shui says it’s far easier to slip into their shoes comfortably.
Form School Feng Shui
The principles of Form School really can apply in any given situation. We actually use them all the time without necessarily giving them any great thought. The Form School principles account for some 60% of any decision-making process. They fall into four important categories. The names are, the Mountain, the Phoenix, the Tiger, the Dragon. I will now comment on their meaning and how you can spot them.
This is the ‘support’ that is given to any building or dwelling. To see this Mountain you need to look out of the back windows of the property, through the garden and toward the fence andany buildings in either next door or on the horizon. In an ideal world, this urban landscape needs to represent hills or mountains. In other words, these structures are tall and solid. Even the humble garden fence at the bottom of the garden needs to be solid with no gaps or fence panels missing. Essentially, opportunities and energy enter the front of any property and find their way towards the back, and it is the Mountain that needs to support or act as a dam to hold these opportunities or luck inside the property. Broken down fences, a rickety railway line, or unsightly jagged shaped buildings behind you are not seen as brilliant support.
Standing with your back to the property, look out towards the road or the drive or the houses opposite. This view represents your future. Try and avoid a situation where the building opposite you is towering over you and blocking your future. Is the view ahead pleasant? You do not have to see the horizon, but the view ahead should be pleasing tothe eye and in your own mind represent an open and spacious future.
Standing with your back to the front of the building looking out, the Dragon side of the property will now be on your left. This will include any low wall, hedge or fence in the front garden, and also any adjacent properties on your side of the road. Ideally, the fence or hedge on this side is slightly taller than the one to your right (the Tiger), and any buildings on this Dragon side can even be slightly taller than you without any ill effect. The Dragon side represents support for the males and for the more practical aspects of day-to-day living. It is also the ‘busy’ side of any property and the best location for parking cars and even leaving out the dustbins.
Standing with your back to the front of the property, the Tiger side is on your right. The Tiger is crouching and quiet and more still. Its vibration is far more what the Chinese call Yin, sensitive, more intuitive and more feminine. Any fences or walls on this side ideally are slightly lower and Feng Shui Masters always recommend that you avoid cluttering up this area with dumpsters or even parking your car, as it disturbs the Tiger. Ideally, if there’s space on this side, create some kind of beautiful feature or a flowerbed as it supports this more yin, feminine and creative side of the property. Finally, notice where your property sits within a street. Perfect scenarios are where the property is midway along any street, with a fairly equal proportion of properties to the left and to the right, which represent the Tiger and the Dragon. I am always slightly cautious of properties that are located at the end of a street. The reason being that there will be an imbalance in supportfor either the Tiger or the Dragon. If, for example, the Tiger side only has one house next to it for support, whereas the Dragon side has some 30, then it’s quite possible that the women living in this property may feel slightly isolated or let down or unsupported. There are no cures for this situation since you can’t simply add 30 more houses to balance the situation on the Tiger side!
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
In an ideal world, the ground floor plan is symmetrical. As you square up the outside of the property, you notice that all the sectors fall ‘within’ the floor plan itself. This is excellent. On the other hand, when you square up a property that’s got an indentation or an extension, you will find that perhaps either one or two sectors, e.g. the south-east and the east, are now technically ‘missing’ from the plan. These properties tend to be slightly more tricky, since the sector or sectors that are technically part of the floor plan, are not essentially within the house. Each sector represents different elements, it can be aspects of our health or our relationship or wealth, and for me, most importantly, each sector represents a family member. Therefore if, for example, the northwest is missing, there are immediate concerns for the father or the senior male in this house, since his individual sector is missing or unsupported. For a family moving into such a property, it’s possible that the main man or breadwinner is often away. If this is not an issue, and the father is indeed an employee of a foreign company, andaway a lot of the time, then the property is actually supporting that.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE SECTORS…
The Chinese call this area the Ta’i Chi. It is rather like the hub of a wheel. All the spokes spin off from this point to the main rooms and of course the south-east, the east, the west and all the other sectors within the property. Therefore ideally this area of the property needs to be open and clearly lit and all of this can be adjusted as and when you choose to purchase the property.
This sector of the property is supported by the water element, and rather like the winter, it is an area of stillness. The north can also represent the night-time, female energy, stillness and of course water itself. Generally good locations for bathrooms, bedrooms, but not always ideal for kitchens. The area supports the second born son.
This is from the Earth element. The Chinese call this area the Mountain. The Mountain is a place of study, contemplation and has almost a retiring energy. In reality, Chinese Mountains always had a cave where a sage or a monk would retire to study and research. In modern properties this makes an ideal storage area, a library, a study and even a bedroom. This area supports the youngest son.
This is from the Wood element. The rising energy of the east represents youth, vitality, creativity and health. An ideal location for a kitchen, dining area, a play room, a bedroom or a study. Try and introduce plants into this sector if the natural daylight is good. It is also very supportive of the first-born son.
Again from the Wood element. Another very creative area with bright energy which represents rapid growth and many of the representations that spring evokes. A very healthy part of the house and together with the east, ideal locations for a kitchen, a bedroom or a family room. Not best used as a bathroom or a garage that may be incorporated into the property. The south-east supports the first born daughter.
This is from the Fire element. This is an active area of the house and suits conversation, creativity, cooking and socialising. Best not used for cold, damp uses, such as bathrooms. The south is supportive of the second born daughter.
The South West
This is from the Earth element. This is a mellow space within the home and is regarded as the best place for family harmony and relationships. This is the perfect sector for: the kitchen, the master bedroom, a lounge, a den, or even a playroom. This area supports the mother in particular.
This is from the Metal element. This sector has a more mellow and reflective appeal to it. This is where the sun sets and produces a more relaxing and retiring form of energy. This can be used as a bedroom, but is ideal as a dining room, for a den, or for where you put your feet up and watch tv. This area supports the youngest daughter.
The North West
Again from the Metal element. This area is particularly focused, clear and sharp. It’s very good for any communication activity. If you work from home, either the north-east or even the north-west are ideally suited. Again, this can be used as a family room, but also a desk in this area for children’s homework or a computer station with internet connection. This is the position that supports the father.
This layer of Feng Shui is extremely complex and the more detailed aspects are far better left to an expert. However, rather like an onion, and indeed the Feng Shui Lo Pan Compass itself, there are many, many layers. It is these first couple of layers that I can safely introduce you to, to see what I consider the blindingly obvious. The more subtle calculations and formulas are certainly best left to an expert in this field. All you will need for this exercise in advance is
(1) a small hand-bearing camping compass,
(2) an accurate scale floor plan of the property.
You can purchase a small compass in any camping shop for quite a modest amount. Be careful when you use a compass since it is often disturbed and will give some inaccurate readings when around girders, electric wiring and even burglar systems that are installed in a lot of properties. Familiarise yourself with how to use it before you get on site. As far as the floor plan is concerned, you can ask for a copy of this in advance from the estate agent. Many estate agents now will have the floor plans on their website and it is quite easy to print off in advance. Several of these floor plans will also indicate the direction North. Here are the four fundamental steps to undertake:
1. Look at the floor plan on the ground floor primarily. Notice if there are any extensions or indentations into the property. If there are, with a pencil and a ruler, simply square up the floor plan on all four sides, so that it neatly encapsulates the entire ground floor.
2. Now you need to subdivide the floor plan into nine equal sections. If the floor plan appears to be 18cm x 9cm, simply create a grid that is based on a division of thirds. This would mean boxes or squares that are 6cm x 3cm. Best always to use a pencil.
3. You must locate accurately where north is from the centre of the property. If it’s straight ahead, then mark north in the central top sector on the grid, and then simply fill in other cardinal and inter-cardinal directions of south, east, west, south-east, south-west, north-east and north-west. If north is at the back of the property, pointing off at an angle, then mark this corner sector as north and the opposite corner sector as south, the other corner sectors will be east and west, and then fill in the inter-cardinal sectors of south-east, north-west, etc. Double-check it and now you have the basis of the plan.
4. Annotate clearly in each of the eight outlying squares the directions for east, west, north, south, north-east, north-west, south-east and south-west. The centre is left open and has no cardinal direction.
Drawing Up Your Own Summary or for a Prospective Buyer
There are many features and factors that can naturally be changed. Tiger and Dragon fences can be added. The Mountain at the rear can easily be strengthened by a solid wall or fence. If a sector is missing and it represents the north and there is no-one within the family who’s a second born son, then it is fine. If you want to bring a sector within the floor plan then you do need to look at the possibility of an extension to square up the property.
Time Of Day
Traditional Feng Shui Masters would look at a prospective site to build a home over quite an extended period of time. They would observe the property at different times of the day and night, and in the slow pace of those times, even during different seasons. On a practical level, this is not possible today, but it’s well worth a visit during the school run, or during the rush hour, to see if the area becomes very congested and noisy. Also, have a peep at the property on a quiet Sunday morning and even on a noisy Saturday evening.
Please let me remind you that Feng Shui is really one third of the picture. Do trust your common sense and indeed your own intuition. If you feel comfortable that what you’re buying meets the criteria here, then go ahead and do not get overly worried or neurotic. The whole point about many of the Chinese healing systems was that they were designed to be preventive rather than curative. Prevention is the key to all healing and health. In the West we’re brilliant at First Aid and tampering with things that are already in place. If you are lucky enough to find a property that meets with your approval, in terms of Feng Shui, intuition and common sense, then it is very likely that you will be healthy, prosperous and extremely happy within the space. If you would like me to conduct a survey for you, that not only covers these points, but more subtle ones in more depth, then please do not hesitate to contact me.
I wish you good health and success.
Copyright Jon Sandifer