Use feng shui tips to increase homebuyer traffic

February 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Wind Energy Tips

Feng shui literally translates to “wind and water.” It basically means living in harmony with the environment.

In the real estate business, it’s become a verb, so that many people feng shui their homes to create a feeling of harmony, relaxation and abundance.

The concept of living in harmony with the environment is a comparatively new idea in the West, but has been practiced in the East for thousands of years. By simply rearranging your furniture, hanging wind chimes outside or placing a vase filled with flowers in your bedroom, you can affect the universal force called ch’i – the powerful magnetic energy that attracts good luck and prosperity. The land supports the house, the house supports the rooms, the rooms support the residents.

Richard Webster is the author of “Feng Shui for Beginners,” another tool I use in my real estate practice.

Certain buyers believe everything in the world belongs to one of the five elements: fire, earth, wood, water or metal. Many believe that you will attract a flow of buyer traffic to your home if you incorporate the five elements when selling.

These are some of the issues that can impact buyer interest in your house:

  • The direction of the house. Does it face north, south, east or west or a combination thereof? Some buyers will purchase a house based on their individual, auspicious direction.
  • Whether the house is on a “T” street. Negative energy is created when the street ends directly in front of the house.
  • The interior staircase faces the front door. This is negative; it allows ch’i to escape out the door.
  • A positive location for the kitchen is in the center of the house.
  • The toilet and the bathroom should be private and not visible from the front door.
  • Doors to the bathrooms should be kept closed.
  • Put away anything with sharp edges, including any butcher-block knife sets.
  • Dried flowers should be avoided. They are extremely bad feng shui. Silk flowers are acceptable, but live are best.
  • Exposed beams create negative ch’i. They impede financial progress and create stress and tension. Sleeping under an exposed beam is especially bad and can lead to headaches, dishonesty and bad luck. For these reasons, it is also very bad feng shui to place a desk or chair directly below an exposed beam.
  • A large mirror in a dining room reflects the food on the table and is very beneficial, as in effect, it doubles the amount of food available.

Steps you can take to create good ch’i in your home whether selling or not.

  • A large red potted plant near the front door.
  • A black doormat at the front entry.
  • Books represent education and should be displayed.
  • Indoor, healthy green or colorful blooming plants.
  • A water feature in the foyer such as an aquarium or a fountain.
  • In the master bedroom, place a live bouquet of flowers.
  • Only use pairs in the master bedroom — two candles, two picture frames, etc.
  • Exterior flower gardens symbolize progress, happiness and longevity; plant an array of color.
  • Open all blinds, curtains, shutters and drapes. Light attracts good ch’i.

The rooms need to be maintained with windows opening smoothly and door handles working properly. If the house is kept in good condition, an abundance of good ch’i will be present.

Pricing your house with feng shui. In the Chinese culture and the practice of feng shui, numbers are very important. People throughout the United States often look for certain house numbers when they are in the market to buy a house and avoid properties if the house numbers are considered unlucky.

The number eight is auspicious in the Chinese community, if you remember, the Beijing Olympics were held on 8/8/08. The number nine is auspicious in the Vietnamese community.

Some real estate agents know that the selling price of a home or business made up of lucky numbers will most likely sell quicker. Proper pricing is the single most important detail when selling your home. The price of my newest listing, adjacent to Fountain Valley library, is $668,989.98. The first open house is Sunday.

Other agents always ask me how I get so many potential buyers through my open houses. Feng shui pricing is just one of my now-exposed secrets.

Susan Saurastri is a Fountain Valley resident and a Realtor with Star Real Estate. Contact her at 714-317-0664, or

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