Considering the current real estate situation, to have good Feng Shui or bad Feng Shui can make a significant difference in how fast or slow the process goes. This doesn’t mean that a good Feng Shui house can sell significantly above its market value (although most times they do because they naturally attract more people), but it will sell faster than those with bad Feng Shui.
Those on the market for a long time are those needing most “fixing.” The good news is that fixing can be done BEFORE or AFTER the sale. This is the purpose of Feng Shui: fix properties that have bad Feng Shui and make it good. Since most houses are NOT designed following Feng Shui principles, they need improvements. Some more, some less, but they all do.
This leads us to the crucial question: how safe is it to buy a house in short sale or foreclosure? And HOW do we buy a property that isn’t going to be bad for us?
The answer is: you really do not know for sure unless you take a qualified Feng Shui Master with you when scouting for property.
Only a well-trained Feng Shui Master can evaluate the property accurately and recommend effective corrections so that you won’t have the same problem as the previous owners. I suggest having the visit BEFORE acquiring the property so that you’ll be able to evaluate the extent of the improvements necessary to turn it from bad to good (and decide if it is worth it, or if it is better for you to move on to the next building – which may still be foreclosing, but may need less expensive improvements).
I know all too well the emotional attachment that people can feel towards a property they like, especially if it comes with a VERY convenient sticker price. For many years I have conducted pre-purchase and pre-lease consultations with clients who knew the advantages of following my recommendations-– or the disadvantages of not following them.
So, in this vastly populated market, how do we know what’s good and what’s not?
The rule of thumb in the past has ALWAYS been, “If a house is in foreclosure it means it has some deeply rooted Feng Shui problems.” Such problems have caused the previous owners to be vulnerable (to the state of the economy, poor decision making, drop in income, divorce, fatal health issue, you name it) so that their Qi (personal energy) hasn’t been supported and/or neither has their livelihood.
I often heard it referred to as the “previous owner’s curse” and prospect buyers would shy away from buying a real estate property fearing the “bad karma” created from purchasing a house where somebody else had suffer a misfortune (i.e. a foreclosure). As romantic as this notion may seem, people’s energy can be released from a building very easily. That’s not the real problem.
But mostly the reason of the misfortune is rooted in Feng Shui problems, and if not addressed they will still effect occupant after occupant until they are corrected. When corrected, the house is now turned into a good Feng Shui house where you will live comfortably and successfully, and will be easier to sell when you decide to.
There are a variety of situations-– some problems are caused by the design, some by the orientation, some by the lay-out– and addressing each individually is difficult in a short article such as this. The solution can be as simple as switching the bedrooms, using more appropriate colors (they really depend on the year of construction of the building), or as complicated as doing some structural renovation (luckily this last option is extremely rare). It really depends on what you’re starting with. The same idea applies to any kind of building, commercial or residential. That is why a well-trained Feng Shui Master can assist you in making more informed decisions and a better investment.
In any case, if you’re planning to buy a house that has been foreclosed on (or a business that is in trouble), I REALLY suggest you also plan to budget for Feng Shui improvements. Buying a new property is a big investment, so you should think of Feng Shui as your helper to make it a good, productive investment. In the long run, Feng Shui will save you a lot of money and aggravations.
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