Feng Shui and the Art of Residential Real Estate
Feng Shui which literally translates to “wind and water” is an ancient art that is said to date back over 3000 years. According to tradition, it was discovered by Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi, after studying the pattern on a turtle’s shell as it ascended from the river. The goal of Feng Shui is “to create heaven on earth for man.” Its original purpose was to provide a resting place that paid respect to deceased ancestors.
Although the art of Feng Shui is a Chinese tradition, the concept of aligning one’s dwelling place to nature can be traced to the very beginning of civilization. Cave dwellers chose their shelter based on the advantages of certain locations and essentially sought out habitats that increased their chance of survival.
In today’s western society, Feng Shui provides a framework by which home buyers discern universal appeal for house and property characteristics. From a seller’s standpoint, there are elements that can be cured with a property and a home. There are also elements that cannot be cured. Understanding the basics can provide many benefits which include attracting more selective buyers and thus can result in higher sales prices.
There are certain property types which will be avoided by buyer’s following the principles of Feng Shui. These include: properties located on a T junction, dead ends, cul de sacs as well as properties with certain shapes including: triangles and properties that are wider in the front than in the back. In addition, houses that are L shaped and bi-levels are not ideal. Obviously, a seller cannot change the shape of their property and some of the house characteristics described above. Fortunately, there are still many buyers (who do not follow the principles of Feng Shui) that will not take issue with these forms. However, as a general rule, homes and properties that do not follow the principles of Feng Shui will not be as appealing and thus sell for less than properties that do.
In its most basic understanding, a home with a lot of clutter is not Feng Shui and thus will turn off prospective buyers from the property. This is an easy situation to cure. Simply clean up and get rid of the clutter. The positioning of the furniture is another easy fix that will attract additional buyers. The front door is very important in Feng Shui and it is a plus to make the front entrance an inviting space. This could be accomplished by simply putting a chair inside the house by the front door. This is an inviting gesture for someone coming inside your house.
By choosing a Realtor© who has an understanding of Feng Shui and how it relates to residential real estate, you are creating advantages for yourself, whether you are a buyer or a seller.
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For more information, or if you need a referral for a knowledgeable Realtor© in your area, contact:
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
211 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
(O) 973-267-8990 x153