Feng Shui in Real Estate - the Location and Lot

By: Escapeso Austin Real Estate

What do you know about Feng Shui? If you're like most people, you probably are not even sure if I spelled it right just now. Maybe you picture an old man doing the world's slowest kung fu at dawn (that's Tai Chi, totally different.) Feng shui is a sorta guidebook about the placement and architecture of a house to allow good flow of energy. And it's not just placement of the bed and couch. The placement of the actual house and landscaping will affect the ch'i (energy) of the house in a big way. Let's start with a few tips to bear in mind when looking examining the location for your dream home.

1. First and most important, research the history of a property. Find out what happened with the previous tenants, and the ones before them. And even the ones before them. Ask neighbors, or selling agent. If all the previous inhabitants have had money problems, family problems, etc., chances are there's bad feng shui going on. Best to move on and look for another house.

2. Pay attention to the road placement. The road in front of your house should not be pointing directly into your home. If a house is sitting at a dead end, in a T-intersection, or in the center of cul-de-sac, then energy is constantly flowing straight down that road into the house, then building up and stagnating there. This is not good; the ch'i must continue to flow, like air. If it gets stuck in your home, it can go bad.

3. Pay attention to what's around the house. Examine the terrain closely. Ideally, the property should have a dark turtle in the back (a mountain or hill, another house, a row of trees, a fence, etc.), a dragon (a house, a tree) to the left, a white tiger (a smaller house or tree) to the right, and a phoenix (open ground, a circular flowerbed, a meandering river or road) in front. All those exotic names are just a fun way to state the obvious -a house by itself is not ideal, since there is nothing to slow the flow of ch'i. Most houses will have all of these things around them already, but it doesn't hurt to think about it your first time seeing a place. Other things to think about are 'poison arrows,' like telephone poles, flagpoles, or the corner of a house pointing your way. They can hinder the energy flow to the house. Even a hospital can be a source of bad energy.

4. Something that probably doesn't automatically spring to mind is the shape of the property; but that can be very important as well. Always go for something symmetrical, like a square or a rectangle. If your real estate is pretty close to square, use hedges to fill in the spots that make it irregular. Triangle-shaped properties can create disharmony. If you just love a place and absolutely have to have a it but it's on a triangle-shaped lot, it's better for the wide side to be in the back; the other way indicates an inability to save money.

When you visit a property, notice the shapes of the things around. I know it sounds strange, but kind of squint your eyes and see what you see, like you used to do as a kid, when you were looking at the clouds in the sky. If anything looks like something hostile, then be careful. That could be an indication of some anti-ch'i. You want enough stuff to slow the energy down to capture it but allow it to also flow.

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