As­tro­log­i­cal look at home buy­ing

Lesotho Times - - Property - Sarah Skeie Adams

KNOW thy­self. Sure, house hunt­ing with a crack­er­jack real es­tate agent is a big plus, but it’s best to heed this ad­vice from an­cient phi­los­o­phy: You could also look to the skies for help.

“Astrology has been seen for thou­sands of years to be a vi­able art and science to map out peo­ple’s per­sonal lives as [they] re­late to the skies,” said Salem astrologer Aepril Schaile.

Not ev­ery­one agrees. “My opin­ion as a sci­en­tist,” said Daniel Patnaude, an as­tro­physi­cist at the Smith­so­nian Astro­phys­i­cal Ob­ser­va­tory in Cam­bridge, “is that it’s not ac­tual science.

The view of it is that it has his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural value, and cer­tainly if you look back over time, peo­ple have tried to tie many his­tor­i­cal events to as­tro­nom­i­cal events.”

Schaile, how­ever, finds it to be “one of those mys­ter­ies that science is still catch­ing up with.” In the chart be­low, she iden­ti­fies com­mon as­tro­log­i­cal traits and re­lated home-buy­ing chal­lenges and sug­gests ways to con­quer them.

Aires (March 21 – April 19) Im­pul­sive, determined, likes to be first. Po­ten­tial prob­lem: Might be tempted to jump at the first home that’s ap­peal­ing The fix: Trust your first in­stinct, but take the time to make a well-in­formed de­ci­sion.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Pa­tient, likes value and to ac­quire things. Po­ten­tial prob­lem: Doesn’t like change. The fix: Seek a solidly built home that is likely to hold its value and pro­vide a long-term place to live.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20) Cu­ri­ous, skilled in busi­ness, com­mu­ni­ca­tor. Po­ten­tial prob­lem: Could be more in­ter­ested in ask­ing ques­tions than mak­ing de­ci­sions The fix: Cre­ate a list of key ques­tions and con­cerns about a prop­erty prior to view­ing it.

Can­cer (June 21 – July 22) Sen­ti­men­tal, fo­cused on home and fam­ily. Po­ten­tial prob­lem: Re­quires a home that sup­ports the need to nur­ture The fix: When tour­ing a home, imag­ine you are host­ing a fam­ily gath­er­ing like Thanks­giv­ing. Do the rooms have good traf­fic flow? Would the kitchen al­low cooking for a crowd?

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) Gen­er­ous, likes to be in charge. Po­ten­tial prob­lem: Are at­tracted to glamor, so stay­ing on bud­get could be a chal­lenge. The fix: Begin house hunt­ing only af­ter craft­ing a bud­get. If a “palace” isn’t in the cards, look for a less pricey home that can be re­mod­eled or added on to when funds al­low.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) De­tail-ori­ented, prac­ti­cal, ob­ser­vant Po­ten­tial prob­lem: Some­times gets so caught up in the de­tails than the big pic­ture. The fix: Take enough time to no­tice all the lit­tle things — and all the big things — about a po­ten­tial pur­chase.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) Diplo­matic, team player, in­de­ci­sive Po­ten­tial prob­lems: Could find it hard to es­tab­lish — and stick to — a bud­get or a list of buy­ing cri­te­ria. The fix: Cre­ate a well-thought-out bud­get and a list of needs and wants.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) In­de­pen­dent, skep­ti­cal Po­ten­tial prob­lem: They may fix­ate on ques­tions like why is the price so low? or why are the own­ers mov­ing? Or they may sus­pect the real es­tate agent of ul­te­rior mo­tives. The fix: Re­spect your in­tu­ition, but try to see the pos­i­tives, not just the neg­a­tives.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) Likes open space, free­dom, travel. Po­ten­tial prob­lem: The con­cept of a per­ma­nent home could feel re­stric­tive. The fix: Seek a low-main­te­nance home and con­ve­nient to the high­way or public trans­porta­tion for easy mo­bil­ity.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) Per­se­ver­ing, prac­ti­cal. Po­ten­tial prob­lem: Prefers func­tion over form and needs a home that sup­ports his or her work ethic. The fix: Con­sider a tra­di­tional-style home with neu­tral wall colours and room for a home of­fice.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) In­tel­lec­tual, in­tu­itive, likes ex­cite­ment Po­ten­tial prob­lem: Can eas­ily en­vi­sion a prop­erty’s po­ten­tial but might have a hard time get­ting it there The fix: Think hard about whether your dreams for a prop­erty are re­al­is­tic, given fac­tors like bud­get, free time, and ex­pe­ri­ence.

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Com­pas­sion­ate, imag­i­na­tive Po­ten­tial prob­lem: If you like the feel of a place, you might over­look things like leaky pipes The fix: Pay close at­ten­tion to the con­di­tion of a home’s vi­tals — plumb­ing, elec­tri­cal, roof, and so forth — when de­cid­ing whether to buy it.

–– Boston­globe

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