In San Ramon, how much does "Feng Shui" affect the value of a house?

Asked by Home Buyer, San Ramon, CA Mon Sep 23, 2013

I do not believe in it myself, but if there are enough buyers in the market who care, should I be concerned about resale?

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Ali Qureshi, Agent, Pleasanton, CA
Fri Nov 22, 2013
Some of my clients take Feng Shui very seriously! My clients have turned down excellent homes because of not meeting Feng Shui standards. San Ramon homes have excellent resale value so if resale matters to you the " Most" then I would recommend you to consider those houses that comply with Feng Shui.
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Thank You Ali Qureshi. Great Advice
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Randall Ortiz, Agent, Sacramento, CA
Wed Sep 25, 2013
I'm working with a couple clients right now that consider Feng Shui when looking at houses to buy. They have turned down homes because of it not meeting their Feng Shui standards. So it can definitely make a difference. Some things can be fixed or altered. Then you will have plenty of buyers who don't take Feng Shui into consideration.
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JR Thrasher, Agent, San Diego, CA
Tue Sep 24, 2013
In my experience Feng Shui only represents value to some buyers. Those buyers will arrange the home and make adjustments according to their own personal requirements once they buy the home. Things like skylights, cul-de-sacs and which way the front door faces can't be changed and Feng Shui buyers tend to make decisions based on the larger items knowing what can or can not be adjusted.

J.R. Thrasher
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James Deskins, Agent, Worthington, OH
Tue Sep 24, 2013
It only affects it for those who believe in it....if a buyer doesn't care about Feng Shui then it makes no difference.
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Melissa Goss, , Center Moriches, NY
Tue Sep 24, 2013
Zero will not add or effect the value of your home.
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The Medford…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Tue Sep 24, 2013
The irony here is that many of the most expensive homes in our country have bad Feng Shui. Traditionally, we've built homes here in the USA with little or no regard to other cultural concerns. Only recently has there been an increase in Feng Shui principles. The actual percentage of homes designed and built with Feng Shui in mind is miniscule in light of the overall market.

It appears to have made no impact on the market over the past 18 months: there have been multiple offers on houses at T-intersections, with stairs aimed directly at the front door, with front doors facing due west or due north, with neighbor's windows facing directly into yours, with swimming pools, overhead power lines, backing to busy streets, train tracks or cemeteries, the exterior painted purple, a recent death in the home and so on.

In reality, the majority of those currently buying in San Ramon are more concerned with school scores than bad Feng Shui. Overall condition of the home is also more of an issue.
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Home Buyer, Home Buyer, San Ramon, CA
Mon Sep 23, 2013
Thank you for the helpful responses. We are interested in a house located at a T intersection which I understand is a bad Feng Shui feature. Not something we can fix or rearrange. However, given all the other great characteristics of the house, it shouldn't deter us from pursuing it.

Thank you!
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There are little things you can do to mitigate the location, like on a cul-de-sac (bad feng shui, good for kids). Go for it and good luck!
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Steven Ornel…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Mon Sep 23, 2013
Hi Home Buyer,

I agree with Doug, the question is theoretical.

However, according to 35.6% of San Ramon inhabitants are "Asian alone" (See definition) - that's a substantial percentage.

While we do not know if the percentage within this grouping would be a motivated by Feng Shui, if you are going to list your home for sale it wouldn't necessarily hurt to try some of the Feng Shui guidelines, which you can check-out below:

What Makes A Good Feng Shui House -- 5 basic feng shui tips for a good feng shui house…

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Matthew Smith, Agent, Oakland, CA
Mon Sep 23, 2013
It is not likely to affect the value of a house at all. You will never see Feng Shui discussed in an appraisal either. It may affect which particular buyers are interested, but it is not tangible in a way that can be quantified.
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Linda Lorenzo, Agent, McKinney, TX
Mon Sep 23, 2013
Feng Shui does matter even if you don't believe in it! Westerners sort of dismiss this but some of the things that matter in Feng Shui matter in real estate. For instance a home situated at a T intersection, stairways going up as soon as you open the front door, etc. are not desirable. A lot of Feng Shui is about flow and in real estate how a home flows is very important.
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Alex Greer, , California
Mon Sep 23, 2013
No. It does not matter at all.

Are you looking at buying in the area?
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Doug Buenz &…, Agent, Pleasanton, CA
Mon Sep 23, 2013
Great question! It is true that a home with bad "Feng Shui" will not appeal to some portion of the market. The question is what % of the home buyers adhere to this principle in that particular neighborhood? it is speculation all the way around. If you go to sell the house, will some portion of buyers indicate they are not interested because of the Feng Shui? Quite likely. Is it enough to impact the value of your home? Difficult to say. Obviously there is a wide population of buyers who don't care, to it may not affect the value at all. If most of the buyers in that neighborhood do consider Feng Shui, then it may have some impact. If it is a good home with other outstanding features (big lot, view, cup-de-sac, etc) then any issue with Feng Shui will be more than offset by the other positives.

The question is theoretical, and unfortunately so is the answer!

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Happy hunting!

Doug Buenz
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Suzanne Look…, Agent, Lafayette, CA
Mon Sep 23, 2013
This is a great question. It is a relatively small sector of the buying market that pays attention to Feng Shui. What more buyers may care about is the direction the house is facing. I would not advise you to spend a lot of money but give thought to what your realtor tells you in more traditional ways to prepare your home.

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