I am ready to make that heavy duty commitment called home ownership, and so I have begun my search for the home that is just right for me and my family. After many years as a die-hard renter, this is a BIG step for me. The thing is, I am a Feng Shui consultant and I basically know too much about what can go wrong in a house design to be easily swayed into a purchase that isn’t balanced and whole. I cannot buy a house that has a front door that is directly opposite to the back door because I know what this can do to a family’s finances! I cannot gloss over the little things because I know that they have the potential to become big things if left unchecked.
This past weekend, I drove around a few of the neighborhoods that seem to have a complimentary energy to what I want. I saw one home that caught my eye, and as I went to investigate (yes, I did go into the backyard uninvited). The sign in the yard had a realtor’s information listed with the words, “Coming Soon” like it was some new movie being advertised. When I called, I discovered that the house had recently undergone Foreclosure, but that it wasn’t on the market yet because the bank had not yet decided on a sale price.
Without having the benefit of walking through the inside of the home, I couldn’t know if there were inside design factors that had led to the home’s demise into Foreclosure hell. From my outside perspective, I could see that there were no big missing areas in the back of the house, so that meant that the prosperity, fame and relationship areas of the home were intact. This is important. These are the commanding areas for all of us. When these are diminished, you notice it immediately in your every day life.
Once I knew it was a Foreclosure, I started to look more closely at the clues that were available to me. I noticed that the fence line backed up to a major toll road freeway with cars zinging by at warp speed. I noticed that the land sloped down to the left in some crucial areas of the a backyard lot that involve the knowledge, family and wealth areas. In addition, there was a pretty large transformer pole that had some ominous height and power to it.
Disregarding all of this, I wondered to myself if it is truly possible to heal this house. When I see foreclosed homes, I am reminded of an energy that follows along the lines of abuse, like the home has been beaten into submission by its surroundings. This home did not have that energy, but it did have some support flaws in the land. Coming from a place of complete and total Feng Shui arrogance, I wondered if I could use all of my knowledge and skills to make it right. I have not done any research as to the number of foreclosed homes that have been resold and gone back to Foreclosure, but my feeling is that it isn’t just the people in the home and their financials that cause a home to foreclose. I feel that there is a strong connection between the design, the shape of the land and many other factors that are based in Feng Shui teachings that contribute to Foreclosure when ignored.
As I surveyed the backyard, I knew exactly what I would do to correct the problems that I had observed, and I knew that if I were to live there, they would have to be corrected before I could call it my own. It just got me to thinking, can Foreclosed homes be healed with Feng Shui? I say that they can, but do the banks give a darn about healing their investments that have tanked? Logically, you would think so, but history has not shown this to be the case. If healing the symptoms of a Foreclosed home could raise its value and sale price, could shift the energy of the neighborhood up and raise the overall value for all homeowners in that area, and could eliminate negative cash flow to banks, then why not do it? Excellent question, yes?!
The reason that many people buy and flip homes like these is so that they can make a high profit with a low investment. Most of the people I know who do this, are lucky to sell it minus their own sweat, hard work and labor for a few thousand above what they invested. However, if you buy a home valued at $150,000 for a foreclosure sale price of 100,000, I can guarantee that you can make some Feng Shui adjustments for a few thousand, if that, and bump that home back into its $150,000 value bracket or higher. I’m no mathmagician, but that seems like a pretty good return on your investment. Yes, it is a gamble, but that is what makes it interesting!