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Commentary by Suzee Miller

RISMEDIA, April 23, 2008-Today, Feng Shui is a common practice when it comes to prepping a home for sale, as it is the practice of arranging objects within a home to achieve harmony with one’s environment. Here are eight costly Feng Shui mistakes made in the real estate transaction and ways to avoid them.

1. By far the biggest mistake is “not believing” that Feng Shui works in marketing and selling property, faster.

Keep in mind, it was “less than” 15 years ago that Realtors® couldn’t comprehend a “computer” replacing an MLS book, let alone the Internet taking over the industry. As the adage goes: “Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.”

Inflexibility and/or “not” knowing the “basic” principles of Feng Shui can not only cost you a listing or sale, but eventually cost you your livelihood as well!

2. No specific target – Feng Shui works best when you focus on a specific goal or target area of a property that needs attention, and work it first.

Feng Shui “remedies” are more important than “enhancements” but both are critically important to a sale.

3. Believing that Feng Shui is about the occult, astrology and superstition and that it has nothing to do with real estate, is not only a mistake, but a myth too.

Feng Shui is the study of Quantum Physics – energy – how “energy flows” in, through and around land, homes, offices and listings. It has nothing to do with philosophy or religion.

Jump outside the box of the “mundane” (bad news and press) and learn “proven” sales and marketing techniques that work in any market, economy or country – and start selling property in record time.

You are “only” limited by limited thinking.

4. Feng Shui is not difficult – it’s fun, fast and easy to learn. However, one of the biggest mistakes Realtors make is “over-doing” remedies and enhancements to property.

There are “only” three areas in a listing that should be “energized,” plus the bonus one. To do more areas than this can actually hurt the prospects of a sale, instead of help it.

5. Most Realtors mistake staging for Feng Shui. These are two “very” different modalities.

Feng Shui has nothing to do with decorating. It’s an art and science that uses the Ba-gua (NINE square grid), Yin/Yang theory and give elements to bring “land and structures” into harmony and balance. The goal of good Feng Shui is to create “positive life force” energy that takes a buyer’s breath away.

6. Skipping to the fun part of Feng Shui by overlooking clutter and debris inside and outside a property is another common mistake Realtors may make.

Space clearing clutter is one of the most powerful ways of shifting energy. It’s an effective agent of positive change that helps to bring a property into balance. A balanced property sells 10 times faster than one that is cluttered and/or missing one or more of the five elements.

7. Ignoring “proper” placement, missing corners, poison arrows and other “glaring” Feng Shui problems is a common problem of real estate professionals. Failure to correct and/or remedy such problems is detrimental to the marketability of “any” property.

Proven templates, techniques, enhancements and remedies for Feng Shui work, and work fast when using those “designed” specifically for real estate.

8. Not completing all the Feng Shui remedies and enhancements for a home, office or commercial building, leaves your listing out of balance.

A “balanced” property acts like a magnet to attract buyers and contract activity. In addition, a balanced listing creates friendlier relations (buyers, sellers and agents), easier transactions and smoother closings!

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