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Feng Shui & finding Home Sweet Home

How this ancient science can be used in the home buying process

Earlier this month Avenue realtor Nicole Marrè was a guest on Smarter San Diego to discuss the basics of Feng Shui and what should be considered when buying a home.

If you missed the footage of this latest episode you won't want to miss it! We highly suggest watching the live video to acquire all the useful information shared. Yet, we know you are busy, so we did the hard work for you and recapped the main points!

Read below for the highlights:

What exactly is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui is an ancient science and art that dates back thousands of years in China. "Feng" means wind and "Shui" means water. It is said in Chinese culture that a soft breeze and clear water brings health, prosperity, and well being. The oldest form of Feng Shui, called "Form School" is said to date back over 6,000 years ago. The practice of Feng Shui is the belief that our outer environment and living spaces indeed effect our inner health and well being.

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How does Feng Shui work?

In Feng Shui we look at external atmospheres and arrange, alter, and design them to be in harmony with the inhabitants. It helps to think of the practice of acupuncture, which is a well accepted healing modality now in the United States. In acupuncture we know that our bodies have energy meridians that need to be balanced and harmonized in order to find vitality. Think of this same application with a home or business and imagine a building as a human body. Just like in our bodies, a structure also has energy centers and points that need to be balanced. We do this by applying 5 elements: earth, water, wood, metal, (like acupuncture) and fire. By shifting and adding elements to a living space the energy is also changed and transmuted.

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Is all Feng Shui the same?

There are many different styles and schools of Feng Shui practiced today. Many people in the United States know most about modernized and simplified versions. I personally apply a layered Feng Shui approach that is very effective. I start with the most ancient modality of Feng Shui and then apply Classical "Flying Stars" Feng Shui after that. Flying Stars is the most calculated and scientific. In this approach every structure and individual will have a unique natal chart that will require a specialized application of Feng Shui. Once the remedies of that are determined I will then apply "Intuitive Feng Shui" which usually includes decor items such as plants and crystals to bless a home or business.

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What are the top 5 Feng Shui principles you consider when you are working with a home buyer?

1. I always get to know a client's personality so we know what to focus on most, yet with all clients I always look at the basic lay of the land and placement of the building before showing them a home. I consider what structures or buildings are nearby and what the neighbors homes are like. For example, a large apartment building that overlooks a homes backyard is not great energetically. I also look to see where mountains and water may be. Homes that are 1 mile or less to a body of water are very auspicious. I also consider the actual land and soil the home sits on. Is there healthy foliage? Do birds and wildlife seem to migrate there? Healthy plant life and landscaping is always a good sign before we even enter a home. It is also very important to consider what the road and traffic is like that a home sits on.

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2. Next I consider the pathway to the home. What is the journey like? A meandering pathway is always preferable, with a clear and clean entrance to the front door. A large tree or pole in front of the door will create much difficulty for energy to enter the home. I also look to ensure all windows, doors and exterior features are in good repair. Does the home have curb appeal? What kind of fencing is around the home? Homes that have a giant gate or look like a fortress are not ideal for home buyers that want to entertain, but it can be perfect for very private individuals. First impressions are just as important in Feng Shui!

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3. The front door and what room you enter into is very important. I tell my home buyers to avoid homes where we walk right into stairways- where the stairs are right in front of the entrance of the home. It is also not preferable to have a home where the front door is in direct alignment with a back door or sliding glass door. The energy will not stay in the home, it will go straight out the back. The foyer of the home is very important and should not be overlooked. It is most auspicious to have a beautiful impression and big open space when walking in.

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4. It is best to consider all of the locations to the bathrooms before purchasing a home because this is very difficult to change. A bathroom in the center the home is not preferable as this is the health area of the home and this placement can also drain finances. Bathrooms should not be directly above the kitchen or directly open into the kitchen. Also, this is not a hard issue to fix, but blue hued bathrooms are not positive for prosperity and should be painted in earthy tones before home buyers move anything in.

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5. When I leave a property with clients I ask them to give me a few adjectives that describe how the home made them feel emotionally. Sometimes individuals only need to be asked this simple question to determine how they really respond energetically to a home. Even those who are not interested in Feng Shui benefit from this question. A home should make one feel safe, serene, inspired and happy. If it doesn't, the search continues!

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Have additional Feng Shui or real estate questions for Nicole? Schedule a free chat with her here! She would love to hear from you.

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