Use feng shui to at­tract buy­ers

The Gazette Real Estate - - Real Estate -

A grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple sell­ing their homes are turn­ing to feng shui to help at­tract buy­ers.

Feng shui is the an­cient Chi­nese art of de­sign­ing struc­tures and ar­rang­ing ob­jects to create har­mo­nious en­ergy flow.

Lit­er­ally trans­lated, “feng” means wind and “shui” wa­ter — the two most im­por­tant el­e­ments in the tra­di­tional Chi­nese art of place­ment.

Many of its prin­ci­ples over­lap with the prac­ti­cal sug­ges­tions real es­tate agents al­ready make to peo­ple look­ing to sell their homes.

It en­cour­ages a bal­ance of col­ors, sizes and shapes, and em­pha­sises sim­plic­ity.

A feng shui con­sul­tant’s tools might in­clude a com­pass, crys­tals, or a spe­cial map used to lo­cate ar­eas of a home that cor­re­spond to dif­fer­ent as­pects of a per­son’s life, such as wealth or knowl­edge.

Ex­perts say the main ben­e­fit of feng shui in real es­tate is that when buy­ers en­ter houses with good feng shui, they bond with the house more quickly and end up be­ing hap­pier in that house.

Tra­di­tional feng shui in­cludes the ori­en­ta­tion of a home, some­thing that isn’t easy or cheap to fix when some­one is look­ing to move.

Still, any­one can “raise the chi” of their home, and its value, by pack­ing up their clut­ter and mak­ing use of nat­u­ral sun­light, ex­perts say.

For many, though, feng shui­ing a home for sale has more to do with im­prov­ing its over­all ap­peal and less with ma­jor ren­o­va­tions.

The re­sult­ing sub­tle changes are all about cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive am­bi­ence.

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