"A survey of 500 Chinese Americans conducted by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and the Asian Real Estate Association of America found that 86% think feng shui will make a difference in their future home buying choices. Additionally, 79% of these Chinese-American home buyers said they would pay more for a house that followed follow feng shui standards." source - Fortune
So in short, yes Feng Shui could assist in raising the selling price. This means it would be a wise investment for brokers, agents and developers to either learn and/or team up with Certified Feng Shui experts when constructing, buying or selling a home. Belows are two key pointers to keep an eye out when reviewing a home with "Feng Shui Eyes":
When developing a home, keep in mind the homes layout and size.
- Now for each person this will be subjective because if you are catering to a market that likes big homes, it is what it is. Yet from my experience working with Feng Shui clients who live in mansions, a common question and challenge we come across is, what can they do with all the extra rooms? In Feng Shui, when you have rooms or sections of a home that are never or are rarely being used, they become "dead zones" which is not ideal for encouraging strong energy flow. Why does this matter? In Feng Shui your home becomes a metaphor of life so if sections lack activation, its usually reflecting in daily life interactions. Again, this can be very subjective, yet it's something to keep in mind.
Location, Location, Location!!
- Choosing a nourishing location for the home is key. In regard to suburban homes, Feng Shui consultants are interested in land plots that display healthy chi. This could include land plots in the shape of squares or rectangles. Why? Those shapes relate to wholeness. Perhaps a home is raised up on a small hill, which relates to having a "commanding position" (seeing opportunities or danger before it happens) and being protected from oncoming sha energy (draining energy).
- If in an urban setting, Feng Shui Consultants tend to look for more quieter streets (in regard to residential spaces). We also take into consideration the views when entering and exiting the building. One prime example in New York City is with Trump International Hotel and Towers. The front entrance use to face Broadway, near Columbus Circle and was relocated in 1995 to face Central Park which promotes more Yin (calmer) energy. Guests and residents are also graced with negative ions given off by the trees to help improve their moods.
Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times.