Six key factors that can affect the sale of your property:
1. Owners – i.e. attachment of the owners and family members to the property
2. Strength of the market
3. Estate agents
5. Poor feng shui and Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), Geopathic Stress (GS), Dirty Electricity (DE), Electromagnetic pollution (EMF)
6. Kerb appeal ie location, location, location
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Feng Shui Guide to Selling Properties
Feng shui is a master tool for selling (and buying) properties. Selling a property with feng shui is easy and very efficient – if you make sure that the key aspects of feng shui are covered, almost any property can be sold very quickly. There are several important factors that will always affect the sale of your home or business. The three “biggies” being geopathic stress, estate agents and emotional place attachment (the unwillingness of people to move or change). Learn how to use the essential feng shui checklist to maximise the value of your property and ensure a quick sale.
Flat sold in just 3 hours after using a feng shui ritual for selling properties
“Jan, today I simply imagined doing the ‘red envelope ritual’ for a house sale – i.e. throwing wood from near the stove into the river, etc. Less than 3 hours later, I received an email from a neighbour I haven’t even met, saying he’s happy to buy my flat privately!!! I’m over the moon – that’s real magic, Feng Shui at its best – it works even if it’s done virtually. Best regards, Katherine.” Katherine Loynes, Property Finder, Richmond, Surrey
How to sell your property
Feng shui your property for the sale – get the house in order. Use all feng shui tricks to maximise the potential of the property and luck for a successful and quick sale. Capitalise on the class and value of the property ie a great location, close to schools and transport, views, attractions, etc. Where a property is perceived as the best value there is always a market for it. Start with the obvious: all maintenance issues such as roof, boiler servicing, etc. Proper presentation is the next step: clean windows, open the blinds, pull back the curtain to let in the light and clean all lightbulbs as well as position the limps to brighten the dark corners (unless you want to hide them). Make sure that the property is warm and inviting. Get a new doormat to make the first impression count and look at all details.
Recent studies (Rated People report) suggest that dark colours are off-putting to many would-be buyers so opt-out for lighter colours which will make your property look larger and more inviting. The same applies to anything that is very different and stands out and may not be general preference such as dark grey window frames, patterned floor tiles, white metro tiles with dark grouting in bathrooms, fancy taps, dark kitchen cupboards and tops and so on. In short, keep it simple, stylish and avoid anything that may be perceived as a turn-off.
Instruct the right agent. Going multi-agency, instructing several agents forces them to compete on a winner-take-all basis and maximises with the widest exposure as well as capitalising on each agency’s pool of potential buyers. To motivate them further, offer a 20% bonus on anything achieved over the target price. Choose an agency with a good database and master marketing yourself so you can do a bit of your marketing and let local investors that you’re selling.
Perfect the price. Find out what prices are achievable locally. If you believe in feng shui, make sure that the price is devisable by 9.
When is the best time to put the property on the market? Anytime. The sooner the better. Sometimes, apparently dead seasons such as Christmas are actually the best because there might be a lack of properties listed.
Prepare all paperwork to make the exchange and completion as quickly as possible. Usually, it takes two months or less but I had clients who have done it in two days! Because they were super prepared. You’ll need to fill in the crucial Property Information Form (TA6), which details boundaries, building works and neighbour-related disputes and the Fittings and Contents Form (TA10). Planning permissions, consents for permitted development, building regulations and guarantees for work such as damp-proofing, etc take time and no buyer will exchange without them. It a good idea to commission a local authority search in advance.
What to do when offers are not coming? The first instinct is to drop the price which if appropriate is a good move. Remember, not all buyers are equal. You may want to avoid somebody who is in a chain and accept a lower offer from a cash buyer to ensure a quick sale. If you’re desperate, you may consider part-exchange where you find a new-build and trade your property to the developer who will take it without any delays. If you’re not in a rush, fine-tune feng shui – there might be some outstanding issues on this level.