Buying a Feng Shui Home

Some people care about the Feng Shui of their homes. The time-tested principles of Feng Shui are value-added not only when it comes to real estate but also to your life, health, relationships, opportunities and weath. Feng Shui is not superstition or religion. And it’s about far more than your house number. It is worth the time for a buyer and their real estate agent to find the best house with the best possible Feng Shui. I thought you might find this article interesting. Find the link to the original article by Sarah Portlack of the Star-Ledger at the end.

When Cindy Chen, a real estate agent, was looking for a new home in East Brunswick for her family, her homebuilder agreed to not use the number 4 for the address, which in Cantonese sounds like the word for “death,” and instead built her a home at 6 Margaret Place.

On another East Brunswick street, Ann Long and her husband, who are originally from Guangdong Province, China, decided on a lot at No. 8 because the word for “eight” in Chinese sounds similar to “wealth.” The family then went through several architects to find someone who would alter the house layout to accommodate their ideal feng shui goals.

And, last year, real estate agent Michael Pennisi had clients back out on a home in Summit when they realized it was across the street from a funeral home, which could transfer negative energies to the home.

The normally daunting process of buying a home can become even more so when clients, armed with cultural superstitions or traditions, will rule out certain details of a house. In pockets of the state with the highest Chinese populations, like Edison, Jersey City, East Brunswick and Parsippany, real estate professionals said sorting through these kinds of criteria can further complicate the process, particularly now when other aspects like securing a mortgage are more difficult. The beliefs are more prevalent among Chinese-born homebuyers than their American-born children, agents and clients said, and are more imperative than simply a design choice.

“If you get some people that say, ‘I want to have skylights in my house,’ that’s not a deal-breaker for the most part,” said Pennisi, an agent with Coldwell Banker in Summit.

“Certain beliefs become deal-breakers,” he added. “It’s a prerequisite for buying a house.”

calendar dateClosing dates and move-in dates can be dictated by the lunar calendar, and certain numbers can play a role in home-buying. Whereas 13 is considered unlucky in Western culture, an address or unit that includes the number four creates the same caution for some Cantonese-speakers. But eight is considered so fortuitous in both Mandarin and Cantonese, clients will make offers on a house with as many eights as possible, like $488,888 for a house listed at $500,000, said Chen, who works at Weichert Realtors in East Brunswick. If the buyer and seller are both Chinese, it is often a successful strategy, said Chen, who is originally from Taiwan.

“I’ve done this a couple times,” Chen said. “It’s all for good luck, both for the buyer and the seller.”

Other homebuyers will consider how a house’s layout could affect which principles of feng shui — the belief that people, places and things have energy — would best help the individual meet certain goals at home. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but tenets like where bathrooms and kitchens can be situated in the house, which direction the house must face, and its proximity to other structures like power sources, water or a funeral home can all play a role, said Valerie Bogdan, a feng shui consultant from Long Branch.

The specifics of feng shui differ for each person and the options are limitless, so learning which principles a particular homebuyer wants is all part of the job, real estate agents said. When Chen first meets with a client, she asks which details are important and what are non-negotiables. She keeps that list with her as she combs through listings.

“If they told me they don’t like the number, we skip that — we don’t even go that far,” Chen said. “Before we go out, I always email them (and) if we have a picture, they can see it. They will tell me if they want to skip this one or if we will go.”

The criteria can often make the process longer, Chen admitted.

“Sometimes we have to see more homes to avoid these details,” she said.

Long and her family settled in East Brunswick after Chen referred them to an architect willing to adjust his designs to accommodate their feng shui aspirations. Six years later, Long said she still likes her home and considers it lucky.

“It is no. 8 and my house is good, and we are really good, too,” Long said.

Despite some of the details, there are still homebuyers whose priorities are more general, like location and price, even it means a compromise for another, more-traditional family member.

“In this market, what the buyer is looking for is still location, location, and the price has to be good,” said Hong Kong-native Sauling Lee, a broker associate with Davis Realtors in East Brunswick. “That’s what they are looking for, the other (details), they always can adjust.”

But one detail is universal, no matter the potential buyer’s culture or beliefs, said Phil Rivo of Armagno Agency in Jersey City.

“‘Happy wife, happy life,’” he said. “If the wife, or one of the partners, is happy, it overcomes all.”

Sarah Portlock: (973) 392-5994 or

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2 Responses to Buying a Feng Shui Home

  1. Judy says:

    Fengshui seems to being up a lot of obstacles when house hunting, but in the long run you are better off having made those considerations in the first place!

  2. Yes it does mean more careful consideration of available properties. Each buyer has to decide, do they want the home that will support their life and business or do they just want some place to live.

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