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Donna Ferrell…, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles, CA

To Feng Shui or Not to Feng Shui...

Asked by Donna Ferrell, Broker, Los Angeles, CA Fri Nov 19, 2010

Ok, to get a bit personal, I am a Buddhist, and I try very hard to commit to my chosen path of enlightment-- which encourages its followers to (ultimately) eschew all things materials. That said, I'm also a realist (we NEED material things to survive!!!), AND a Lilian Too groupie. I do arrange my office and my home according to Feng Shui principles. Maybe it really works, or maybe it's mind-over-matter, but I truly feel better when my surroundings are...Feng Shui-lly correct. ...Does anyone else out there feel the same? Does arranging our listings according to Feng Shui's practice really enhance the good "chi" and, in turn, help us sell the properties? Or is it really just in my mind and my sellers'? :-)

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While I appreciate some of the designs that some Feng Shui masters have put together, I also learned that there's also a personal style element to it. I've heard a few masters go at it about what constitutes good/bad feng shui.

Yet, I learned that feng shui--whether or not one believes in the underlying principles--is definitely commercially viable. I learned while in Vegas that many Far East Asian tourists used to avoid staying at the Luxor for awhile. The property management group consulted with several feng shui experts, and learned that the lion statue (which used to have its paws stretched out horizontally) was a big turn off. After that they made that change, they noticed an explosion of growth in the registrations from Far East Asian tourist.

Even more interesting (at least to me) is that when those tourists were asked--before the renovation--why they didn't want to stay at the Luxor, none of them were able to point out what it was that disturbed them. They just knew that something disturbed them subconsciously.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 19, 2010
There is a notion that mastering a craft, any craft, is a demonstration of one's ability to stay focused and to pursue a task to the desired outcome.

A Feng Shui master or a Tie Die Girty who have mastered their craft will exhibit these attributes in many aspects of their lives. It is not the subject that causes the result but the mastery.

Annette Lawrence
ReMax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 20, 2010
Hi Donna,

I read a fantastic book, "Move Your Stuff and Change Your Life'. Feng Shui on a budget, just move the stuff you already have in accordance with Fent Shui principles. You can add or subtract at very low cost as well. I had such fun, just re-arranging the stuff I had on hand, adding a candle here, a wind chime or crystal there, and when I was finished people started commenting right away. "What did you do?" My friends and family asked, "It feels different, it flows better, it FEELS better."

Oh, yeah they will notice, but a word of caution as well. A dear friend hired a so-called Feng Shui expert to do her home. Well, had she followed this person's advice, her home would have looked like Christmas morning all year round. The woman insisted she should paint every other wall either bright red or green!

I much prefer the subtle and fun principles in the book I read!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 19, 2010
Good Evening Donna;
Sure it will help!! Ok, well maybe it won't hurt.
I'm Catholic with a small "c"; but I've resorted to the old "burying the St.Joseph's statue upside down in the back yard to sell the home".
So I'll see your Feng Shui and raise you 2 statues.
Good luck!
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 19, 2010
Good design sells. Bringing order from disorder sells. Not every system pleases every prospective buyer, but chaos and clutter is a recipe for lower sales prices and longer market times.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 19, 2010
It depends on the market and clients. Science is diffrent from business. And this Feng Shui is diffrent with that Feng Shui.

Feng means Wind in Chinese and Shui means water in Chinese but actually, there are eight not two elements in this philosophy system which is formally called Yin-Yang, it is Daoism that is a Chinese philosophy. People learn Yin-Yang for Feng Shui purpose just like a person takes logics and speech courses in school for future yelling people.

I am not saying people should not believe Feng Shui but what happened may not just cause of Feng Shui. That is all if you can feel confortable. We do not have to fiind out the details from Feng Shui aspect. With lack info, nobody can analyze very well.

Be careful, Feng Shui is diffrent from Feng Shui master. Real estate principle is correct, real estate license is not fake but those do not mean real estate pros must be in correct. Feng Shui is the same.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 23, 2010
In a very diverse area in San Mateo County, (last year) I was told by many experts that my listing ( Alameda de las Pulgas) didn't have "balance" and there was no "chi" or "Feng Shui" ....I was we reduced the home to $750,000. and in less than a week.... received 4 offers.......

This is not meant to be disrespectful of your Buddist thoughts, Donna, It just comes down to business, regardless of culture, money talks and well....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 22, 2010
"A Feng Shui master or a Tie Die Girty who have mastered their craft will exhibit these attributes in many aspects of their lives. It is not the subject that causes the result but the mastery."

Annette, that was cool! I hope you don't mind me borrowing that one. :)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 22, 2010
Whatever works is best!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 21, 2010
There's also the issue of -- what set of principles are you adhering to? Form School? Compass? Vastu Veda? Black Hat? Ba Zhai?

Just thought I'd add to the confusion . . . !
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 19, 2010
Donna; An agent in my area set up his office space in accordance with very strict Feng Shui principals and quickly became very successful. I am leaning in this direction more and more and plan to follow the Feng Shui principals in the near future. I think it really does help. Energy has to flow!
Great Question!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 19, 2010
"To Feng or not to Feng, that is the question?" I agree with Mack, good design sells.
Simple and elegant.
But like Shakespeare I am not settled on Being or Not Being feng shui-ed.
Some Feng shui really doesn't work for me. Really.
Therefore perhaps all paths to design enlightenment should be honored.
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