Today I’m coming to you with a quick video and I want to talk about Feng Shui and selling real estate. If you have your home or your
commercial real estate on the market right now but you’re not having a lot of response, then you definitely want to take a look at the feng shui of the space.
Now, if you follow me for a while, you know proper feng shui there’s a lot of nitty gritty details in terms of the – I’m not all about those
“fast food” feng shui and unfortunately, I’m not one of those consultants who would give general ideas that may or may not work for your particular listing.
And in fact, those generalized ideas might actually do more harm rather than good but what I would suggest is if your listing is something that has been languishing in the market for a while you wanna take a look at your front door – especially for residential – your front door, your kitchen, as well as the bedrooms. And you (might) wanna bring in a a classically trained – preferably in Flying Star Feng Shui consultant to be able to pinpoint where are the wealth energies that we’re currently going through and activate those wealth corners and – we know in classical feng shui there’s more than just one wealth corner.
Activate that so that you can finally get your listing off the market.
Now with that being said, I’ve just recently come across another feng shui enthusiast. And she mention to me that.. she knows of a million dollar listing here in Toronto, Canada that has been on the market for quite a few months now and they brought in a classical feng shui consultant.
I do know that consultant and I know she does really great work and she’s someone that I admire as well. But this lady that I met said it was still not working because the house is still on the market.
Well, I took a look at the house. And it was – all the recommendations were spot on but when I really looked at the outside of that house,
I realized, this is not really a million dollar market, you know?
It’s not a million-dollar area.
The house – just across from it is a little bungalow (that is) not very well maintained. And the other houses down the street
were kind of in the same shape, you know? In the same form of level of maintenance.
So, even if.. Now, we’re being realistic here and – I, as a feng shui consultant, I’ve never promised feng shui as the magical twirl; that you do feng shui and everything will change overnight. That’s never been the intention.
The intention of feng shui especially the way we do it is to obviously, to navigate the energy that is already there and then boost it
up as much as possible.
But if you look at this house that I was looking at, even though all the feng shui recommendations were spot on, all the logical stuff unfortunately was a little bit off, you know?
The old real estate saying, “Buy the cheapest house in the most expensive neighborhood.”
That’s the smartest thing to do as opposed to buying the more expensive piece of real estate in a cheap neighborhood. And that, unfortunately, is the case for this house.
It’s a million dollar house – 1.2 (million) in fact, I think. It’s the asking price in a neighborhood that doesn’t really command that kind of interest. Right?
So, even with the feng shui, that did bring the foot traffic in, the buyers are obviously still doing – well, they don’t know about the feng shui portion for one but they go through the house and they’d look at the neighborhood and they’re going through the check marks that they’re likely gonna have; and they’re probably gonna think the same thing that I did.
And it was a very obvious and a very big problem that this specific listing was having. So again, that’s.. I guess this is.. my comment with regards to that listing still being on the market. It’s, you know, feng shui-wise; it has been remedied but the fact that it’s still on the market, you know, the seller needs to.. and in fact, the real estate agent also needs to look at the other logical realistic things as well. Right?
I have helped a lot of my clients sell their listings. And these are usually the ones where – you know, structurally, they look great… close to public transit, close to a good school, close to parks or whatever. It checks a lot (and) ticks a lot of boxes, but for some reason, it’s still on the market. Those are the ones where once you add in that feng shui elements that it does get off; (and) it does move very very quickly after that.
The fastest that I’ve gotten as my feedback was four hours. And then, you know, my other clients – they will have their homes or their commercial properties listed for a few months and then a few weeks after we did the proper feng shui, then it finally… you know, they finally got rid of it.
So, as much as I would like to give you generalized tips on how to sell your real estate through feng shui… My best advice really is to invest in a classically trained consultant so they can help you with that. Or if you find that you can find one in your area, I can do it long distance as well. Feel free to look me up my website is FengShuiAndProsper.com. Let’s have a chat and see if it would be something that you
would be interested to proceed with me.
Anyway, this is a little bit of a rant today.. but anyway, I wanted to share that bit of insight in terms of feng shui and real estate.
And if you have any questions, feel free to email me at Safrina@FengShuiAndProsper.com. And hopefully, I’ll be able to hear from you. If not, I’ll see you on my next video!
Here are some basic guidelines to ensure how to feng shui your kitchen based on classical feng shui!
This video this time around is talking about feng shui and your kitchen. Now, if you’ve followed my previous videos you know I always say that for residential… if you want to feng shui a residential space there are three main areas that you always need to make sure have the best feng shui as possible.
First and foremost is the entrance. Second is the kitchen and then third is the feng shui for all the bedroom – at least the bedrooms that are going to be used. So for this time around, I do see that there are a lot of questions around how to make sure that the feng shui is good especially in the…. in the past few consultations, the kitchen seems to be the sticking point for a lot of people so I thought might as well do a hangout this time around and I will address a few of the main concerns here.
So let’s get right into it.
First and foremost, do not place a stove in the center of the layout. Especially if your house is facing Southwest or Northeast because this will make it a double whammy. Because the heart of the kitchen for the houses that are facing Southwest and Northeast… the heart of the kitchen is already weak. And when you put the stove there it makes it even weaker. Even for a regular house if they are facing a different direction, you also want to make sure that the kitchen isn’t right in the middle. Just imagine, if the…. so the kitchen being the heart of the home is equivalent to the heart of your body. If your heart is weak, then your whole body is weak. Our heart is the one that’s pumping blood and nutrition and energy to the rest of the body. Same thing with the center of the kitchen. If you have the stove there, you’re burning up the luck and this is especially true for the health of the residents.
So if it possible for you to move your stove, if it’s currently in the center, you definitely want to look into that as one of your main projects to do. If you’re building from the ground up and you’re working with an architect, definitely tell them DO NOT leave the stove there. Try to see if there are other ways around it. The stove should always be placed behind a solid wall. So… in modern homes, we do see very often where the stove is in a kitchen island, right? A lot of people like it that way where you know, when they’re cooking they can interact with their guests or anyone… or anyone in the kitchen with them. So it’s great for social reasons.
However, the stove, while it is symbolic for health and it’s also symbolic for your finances as well. So if you’re not getting support, if the stove is not getting the support, it is symbolic of your wealth being very vulnerable as well. And you definitely don’t want to be in that position.
No mirror to reflect the stove. Again, I see this more often in the more modern homes where they have the nice mirrored backsplash or they have the aluminium, the metal sheets that they use as a backsplash that’s very reflective of the stove. So…. and mirrors anywhere else in the kitchen is also very important. The mirror can be… I guess the main thing is to make sure that there aren’t any mirrors that reflect the stove. Because one stove is enough heat, if the mirror reflects that, that’s a lot of fire, a lot of yang energy and we usually want things to be on an even keel energy-wise. So nothing that’s too explosive. So definitely no mirror that reflect the stove and also no mirror to reflect the clutter. Now I know, I’m an avid cook. I have a lot of the Eating God Star in my Four Pillars of Destiny. So I love eating, I love cooking. So I know how it is, when you’re in the kitchen you have the pots and pans and everything. So when you’re done, clean it up. Clutter is the main rule. No matter what space, if it’s commercial, residential, or if it’s in a corporation. Clutter blocks Qi from coming in. AND, if it’s reflected by the mirror, again it’s doubling the clutter. So you definitely want to make sure that once you’re done cooking whatever you need to clean up.
No stove in the Northwest corner. This is one of the cardinal rules. When I have families coming to me for house hunting either buying or renting, the moment I see the kitchen in the Northwest especially if there’s the father, the man of the house is still around, I usually tell them to “you know what? Don’t even look further, just keep shopping”. The reason being the Northwest is the Qian trigram and that signifies the patriarch, therefore it will be hard for the man of the house to progress either career or health or relationship-wise. And depending on their astrological chart this might make some of them depressed, this might actually… could actually trigger quite serious mishaps. You know, losing a job or business not doing well and things like that.
So really… and you would think “how could a kitchen in the northwest put up such obstacles for the man of the house?”
Well, without going into too much details, you know… feng shui has been around for years and years and when there is a pattern of certain kinds of placements and you see similarities in terms of what’s happening within that space, it’s… you don’t even need to explain it too in-depth but there’s definitely co-relation to that.
Now, I don’t mind sharing that years ago my husband and I we actually did live in a space that had a kitchen in the Northwest. And we were there actually there for five or six years, this was right before I got certified as a feng shui consultant. And career-wise it was hard. It was hard for him. You know, he didn’t… his relationship with his supervisors were a little bit rocky so it definitely didn’t support him as much as it should. So knowing that now… I know for sure, even based on my own personal experience and having done other consultations where the Northwest has the kitchen as well, I know for sure that it doesn’t support the man of the house at all. So if you are looking for a space to either buy or rent, and if there’s a man of the house and there’s the kitchen in the Northwest, just keep moving on.
The next one is… no red kitchen. The reason being there’s too much fire. The stove itself is already a fire element and once you put in…. and once you make the kitchen’s colour palette mainly red, you’re putting in more fire in there. And again, anything that’s too strong is not feasible especially with red. In feng shui actually be very very VERY careful with red. It’s almost overkill sometimes when people think that red is auspicious in feng shui and red can attract relationships and romance. If you place it wrong, you could actually be attracting more negative energies instead. And of course that wasn’t your intention. So definitely no red walls in the kitchen, if you want some red accessories like that beautiful red Kitchenaid mixer that I’ve always wanted but I still don’t have, that’s fine. Little accessories are fine. Things that are temporary that can be taken out , those can be red but anything that’s permanent, you know like red tiles, red painting… paints on the wall, red cabinets… those, especially if you’re serious about feng shui, I will strongly recommend not doing it.
Next one is no stove… don’t place a stove across from a sink. And this is true if it’s exactly facing each other. The result of this is you know, a lot of disharmony within the household. A lot of quarrelling and things like that. So… the remedy for that is you can put a green mat in between them to kind of calm the energies there. The same thing goes to if your stove is on the same countertop area as the sink and it’s very close together. Usually I will recommend for the sink and the stove to be at least two feet apart. At the very least. Even that two feet may be still a little bit close. But if that IS the case, if you can’t change it, again place a green element there in between them. It can be maybe a green placemat, it can be plants and things like that. So that would be one way to remedy it. The stove should not be aligned with the kitchen door as well as the stove shouldn’t be visible from the main door. These again, you want to make sure, because the stove signifies health as well as wealth, you want to make sure that it’s not vulnerable. So if it’s… again if it’s immediately visible from either the kitchen door or the main door, then the Qi… it makes the stove very vulnerable, and thus your health and your wealth will be vulnerable as well.
The stove shouldn’t have a washroom right above it. And this obviously only applies to houses or lofts. Cos’ what happens when everytime someone flushes down the toilet it… energetically it’s symbolic of pouring water over the stove so you’re always putting out the fire. Which again weakens your health and your finances as well. So that’s definitely a no no.
And the stove now.. the direction, the facing of the stove is also very important. So this can be a little bit tricky especially if there’s more than one person living in that house. If that’s the case, it would be… obviously it would be preferable if anyone… so let’s say it’s husband and wife, if they’re east group or west group, that would make things a little bit easier. But if the husband is east group life gua and the wife is the west group, then at that point I usually ask my clients, “okay, who’s the main breadwinner here?”
So we try to have the stove positioned in the way that supports the main breadwinner more. Obviously we don’t want to make the other person lose out so you activate your wealth corners throughout the house as well. So those are the general tips for the kitchen and if you’re able to… if you’re able to observe these tips for the kitchen you’re off to a great start.
Are you buying or selling real estate? It’s best practice to make sure the space has good feng shui foundation before committing to such a large (and often life-changing) purchase. Safrina Kadri, classical feng shui practitioner tells some guidelines when buying or selling real estate.
Hello. Welcome to fengshuiandprosper.com. My name is Safrina Kadri and the topic that I want to cover today is titled “Feng Shui and Real Estate”.
Now, here in Toronto Canada where I’m broadcasting from, the real estate industry is starting to pick up again. Usually when springtime rolls around, the buyers are sprucing up their homes to get ready for sale and… Sorry, the sellers are sprucing up their homes for the sale and then the buyers are starting to come out now that the weather’s nicer to go to open houses and things like that.
So I thought this is a good time for me to revisit why feng shui is important when you’re trying to buy or sell real estate. And because of the activity that’s starting to pick up, I’m starting to actually get a few more calls now from real estate agents as well as buyers and sellers themselves wanting to get a little bit more clarification about a space before they put in an offer or if they’re having issues selling the house then they want to clarify if maybe feng shui is the issue. And if there’s something that feng shui can address to help them get a few offers.
So I can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure that whatever space that you’re wanting to buy has a good feng shui foundation. Now it’s going to be a little unrealistic to want to find a house that’s 100% feng shui perfect because that will be 99.9% impossible. Now why do I say that? Because… there’s a few that would come to mind.
One, feng shui is all about energy. It’s all about QI. And science tells us that qi is constantly moving. So a house can be prosperous and auspicious for the current Period 8 that we’re in which ends in 2024 but if this is the house that you’re wanting to stay for generations onwards, there is a chance that for Period 9 when it starts rolling around, it’s not going to be as auspicious. Even if we don’t look at the 20-year period, the energy’s… the annual energies can affect a space very differently. A house can be very lucky this year but may be a little more afflicted next year.
So again, if you’re looking for a house, the main things to watch out for is, what do you see at the front door, where’s the kitchen located and what’s the energy in the kitchen. Where is the location of the bedrooms and what’s the energy in the bedrooms. And if you go a little bit deeper you need to look at the structure of the house as well. Cos’ sometimes the energy for a bedroom for instance can be really good but if it has bulkheads all over the place and you have no choice but to place your bed under a bulkhead, especially a deep bulkhead, then even though the energy in that bedroom is good, unless you can get rid of that bulkhead somehow, that bulkhead is actually a structural obstacle for you to harness that auspicious qi.
So there definitely are a lot of factors that need to be considered when you buy a space.
Another thing that needs to be taken into consideration is who actually will be living in that space. It’s definitely easier if it’s just a single person or a couple that’s looking for a space, then you need to find a home that supports both of them preferably or at the very least the main breadwinner. But if you are moving a family into a house, the same house may not energetically support everyone in the same level. It could be a great house for the father, but not so great for the children, their studies or maybe their health being afflicted. Or it can be a really good house to make money but not so great of a house in terms of fostering healthy and passionate relationships for the couple.
So… obviously it’s hard for me to cover all the nitty gritty details about what you need to watch out for in a home, but my main message for this video is that, if you truly believe in the power of the energy that you surround yourself in, and how it can boost up your chances for success, as well as how it can also block your chances of success, then before you put in an offer, it is absolutely, absolutely imperative to get the feng shui looked at.
If you’re not yourself trained, I would actually suggest Flying Star Feng Shui if you want to… in terms of all the schools of feng shui out there to help you find a good supportive home, flying star feng shui would be good because that way you can actually forecast for the next year, two years, ten years, how that house is going to be… what kind of energy that house will be, given as the time changes. So that’s a really good school of feng shui to use when you’re looking for a house.
If you’re not properly trained, it is actually worth the investment to bring in a consultant to look into that. Again, I am obviously biased. I would highly recommend a classically-trained feng shui practitioner. The school that I graduated in, we look at the full picture. The birth dates, the structures, the internal and external environment. What’s the compass reading for the house? Who’s living in that house, or apartment, or condo?
So there is definitely a lot of information that needs to be gathered. A lot of information that needs to be examined, and even cross-referenced before we can come to a conclusion whether or not you should buy or just move on to the next house.
I’d like to take this moment to share a situation that I encountered with a client of mine, and that is a…. not a warning, but it’s a story of how important it is to have the consultation done before you make a decision to move.
So this would be about two… maybe almost three years ago now when I did a consultation for a couple. They had a condo in downtown Toronto. The reason why she came to me is her husband is a little bit stuck in terms of his career, in terms of career progression and not being happy with the management that he works under. So when I went in there, and I took a look at the master bedroom, and I did the flying star feng shui audit, I took a look and I took her aside and I said… I asked her, “Now I know your husband is having issues with career, but how is your marriage ever since you moved in here?” And she had to confide and said, you know what? Ever since they’ve been in the condo, marriage has been a little rocky, it’s been stressful. And I told her it’s because the most, the strongest affliction actually was in the master bedroom.
Now in terms of affliction, you can reduce the affliction, but if it is a strong one, you can’t necessarily get rid of it altogether.
So there’s still a little bit of a lingering effect in terms of that affliction. So the wife was obviously, a little bit.. more than a little bit concerned. And I didn’t hear back from her until a few months later and she emailed and said, “Hey you know what? We moved into another house and decided to rent out the other condo.”
She wanted to bring me in to do the consultation for the new home. And when I took a look at the house, the new place, unfortunately for them it had the very same affliction in the master bedroom that they were initially running away from. So they made that big move to a new place only to be stuck with the same energy. Now, some people may call this karma, some people may call this just plain bad luck, but if the due diligence, the feng shui audit or the energetic audit was done prior to them making that big move, it would’ve saved them a lot of hassle. And you know, I know some feng shui practitioners are not very affordable so my suggestion would be, work with someone that’s good, start looking around, maybe narrow it down to 2 or 3 that you really really like,
hopefully they’re all about the same timeframe that you’re looking, and then have the consultant go through those main ones and then you can make a decision from there.
So that would be the advice that I would give if you’re either wanting to rent, and especially if you’re wanting to buy your own place. And this is not just for a place to live in, but this is actually also very very important step to take if you’re wanting to either rent or buy a retail or commercial space. That’s actually an even more of an investment, because… or an even smarter investment because you obviously want to make sure that your business flourishes. You want to make sure that you move into a space where the office is auspicious, where the main production areas are also auspicious, that structurally there’s nothing that’s going to be blocking wealth and prosperous energy from coming in.
Now I just want to quickly move on to how feng shui and real estate can help you if you’re actually trying to sell your home or to sell your space. The same guideline in terms of buying is the same. So remember when I said, when you’re buying, you want to make sure that your front door, your kitchen and your bedrooms are auspicious. If you’re trying to sell, and especially if it’s not selling, you need to look at these three main areas and figure out if there are any afflictions there. Either permanent afflictions, or annual afflictions, even monthly afflictions. And I would actually do a date selection to make sure that the date that you put the house on the market, when you put it on listing, is actually an auspicious date as well. Preferably the dates as well as times that you do your open houses.
Now I know a lot of people think this is kind of like cramping their style in terms of wanting to sell the place, but, if given the option, would you rather swim against the current or would you rather paddle and go with the flow?
So feng shui and real estate can really work hard in hard with that. And I’ve worked with a couple of locations where they’ve been on the market for, you know, six months, nine months, and the moment the audit is done you can see very clearly why it’s not moving.
And done properly, the… and from my experience, done properly, the house can start getting offers within a couple of weeks and actually be taken off the market.
So when you feel that your house has ticked a lot of the other boxes, right? Like maybe great neighbourhood, great schools, safe and all that. It ticks all those boxes but somehow you’re not still getting the offer, this would be the time for you to take a look at the feng shui for the home. Because there is no other external reason why the house is still on the market. Well, obviously of course if you’re overpriced then that would be an issue.
But if you’re a good price and you tick all the other boxes and you’re not getting offers or offers keep falling through, then the energetic blueprint of the house needs to be examined. And that’s a really good investment to do in order for you to cut the time in having your house stuck on the market.
So that’s pretty much all I wanted to share with you in this video. I wanted to keep it shorter than the other videos that I’ve done before. But if you have any comments or feedback with regards to how feng shui and real estate relate, and if you have any questions around this issue, feel free to just put down your comment below the video here and I’ll get back to you. And if there are any other topics that you’d like me to cover, feel free to connect with me. My email address is below. My website is FengShuiAndProsper.com. I would love to hear what you want to learn more of.
I’m here to break the myths, I’m here to also make things a little bit clearer in terms of what’s important in feng shui, what is actual feng shui and what is fast food feng shui that you can really just forget about. So again, feng shui plays a big, big role in real estate. It doesn’t matter if you’re buying, or renting, or leasing, or selling.
As long as it’s a space that you’re going to be spending a lot of time in, feng shui audit is a good investment. Either done by yourself or done by someone properly-trained. And if it’s something, if it’s an asset that you want to let go of but seems to still keep hanging on, then that’s also a great time for you to figure out what’s going on energetically in that space. If there’s anything that’s blocking that sale.
If you’re in the market for a new condo, here’s a feng shui layout you should pass on.
Here’s a condo layout for a Toronto project currently being sold. If you have a feng shui eye for your surroundings, you will pass on this one even though it’s a high-end project on prime location. You walk through your front door and immediately you see the washroom. Granted, you don’t see the toilet bowl directly ( which would be even worse! ), but still, what kind of a welcoming energy can you get when you are greeted by your bathroom door every time you walk in….?
The past few years we’ve heard of how housing value in the states have been slammed and how some experts are even saying that we haven’t seen the worse yet.
Here in Canada however, and especially in Toronto, though we’re seeing the market starting to soften a bit there’s still a bit of competition going on and house values still remain fairly high. When you see a house listed with ‘new price’ or ‘motivated seller’, you know that’s not a good sign.
So what do you think about a house that checks the following boxes :
– 5-minute walk away from a subway station
– 3 good sized bedrooms and 2 full baths
– family-friendly street with a school just round the corner
– very beautifully decorated considering the couple consists of an architectural engineer and an interior designer
– fully finished basement
Even in a soft market I thought this house wouldn’t last on the market too long. However, it did. For months. There were apparently many times where they were close to getting an offer but something, somehow always falls through at the last minute.
Though the husband was straddling between being a skeptic and wanting to believe, the wife contacted me saying they’re willing to see if a feng shui audit would help in selling the house.
First thing I realized, the compass direction inside and outside the house is not aligned. What does this tell me? I essentially need to do the internal and external feng shui based on 2 separate energetic charts. Is this common? Not before, but I can’t tell you why I’m starting to see more and more of this in my practice. The mistake most schools of feng shui would make is to just treat the internal and external as a whole. If you do this you’ll essentially only be 50% right. And I don’t want to be 50% right and charge my client for it.
The unfortunate news for this is the external direction doesn’t support the couple especially for 2012, so that needed to be remedied.
The main house was afflicted with what was directly opposite it – a tree. Though it looked harmless to the non-fengshui-eye, this is a big poison arrow pointing right at the mouth of the house. A big no-no. That needed to be remedied as well.
Floor lights were placed where they were strengthening afflictions and needed to be moved.
Their power wealth corners were actually well positioned and very easily activated, and though placing water features will violate the Direct and Indirect Spirit ( Ling Shen Zhen Shen ) they could strengthen it by other active items.
The center of the house has the dreaded 5/2 xuan kong flying star feng shui combination. And that happened to be their dining table which gets A LOT of use. When I asked if there’s possibility of them to reduce usage of that area, this is where I could see I’ll get some “are you kidding me?” looks. And I did. 🙂 I know it’s a lot to ask, so I said at the very least don’t turn on the lights too long in that area.
But this is also the part where I advised them they will need to sell the house before the annual energy shifts next year as things will get really, really challenging in that house unless drastic measures were taken.
They asked me a very valid question: their next door neighbour has the mirror image of their layout, yet it was only on the market for a short while before being snapped up. I asked them what are the differences between the 2 units and they said mainly how their dining table is at the front where they themselves have their living room, and vice versa. I said, so if your neighbour had the living room in the center but it doesn’t get as much use as the dining table ( assuming they use the basement as the family room as well ), that alone would have helped them reduce the affliction as they won’t be strengthening it as much as my clients do in their house. Of course, I didn’t see what else the neighbour did in their house when it sold so I acknowledge this is all theoretical.
Anyhow, the audit was done with recommendations leaning heavily on boosting up the main floor and the front door.
About 2 and a half weeks later, the house sold.
The husband feels it could be coincidence. I don’t have a problem giving it that. I realize the challenge in this profession is, sometimes it IS hard to prove if it’s really feng shui. We don’t have insight to a parallel universe of the same house that wasn’t feng shui-ed ( oh how I wish we do!!! ) to know for sure if that’s the success factor here. But if the house was on the market for ( I believe ) six months and it just so happened to have sold after it got properly feng shui-ed, I’ll let everyone else do the questioning and the “I wonder”. I’m not here to prove my knowledge is superior. I’m just here to use feng shui and help you get closer to the results you’re seeking.