Case studies

Feng shui and real estates

Feng shui, believe it or not, appears to be on many homeowners mind when purchasing their dream homes. Be it getting a bungalow, a terrace or simply a plot of land, feng shui play a big part in deciding whether the particular unit is suitable to the buyer in terms of liveability or prosperity it brings to the owners.

Most will not understand fully how it works when explained to them by the masters, yet tend to follow whatever that is thrown to them just to be sure that the opposite does not fall on them. Why do we believe in feng shui anyway?

What is feng shui (風水)?

Feng shui or fengshui (pinyin: fēngshuǐ, pronounced [fə́ŋ.ʂwèi] (About this sound listen)) is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment. It is closely linked to Taoism. The term feng shui literally translates as “wind-water” in English.

Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through formulas and calculations). The feng shui practice discusses architecture in metaphoric terms of “invisible forces” that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi.

There is no replicable scientific evidence that feng shui’s mystical claims are real, and it is considered by the scientific community to be pseudoscience.

Historically, feng shui was widely used to orient buildings—often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures—in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of feng shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, stars, or a compass.

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House owners typically believe that a home is where they shall live and function throughout their tenure. Therefore, it has to be ‘spiritually’ compatible with their energies, making sure the house is free of bad ‘qi (氣)’ that could potentially inflict unwanted events to happen to the family. Hence, most of these home buyers would consult a master (feng shui sifus) to ‘feel’ the house and probably recommend certain adjustments before moving in.  Some would even suggest abandoning the purchase altogether. We will get to that later.

As mentioned earlier, most of us do not know much about feng shui. The rituals are passed on from generations and word of mouth. There could be certain coincidental cases where either a home owner suffered a sequence of bad events throughout or the exact opposite with the help of feng shui, and it became an omen to the rest that one should heed the belief against their ‘八字 – birth profile’.

There are many things revolving around feng shui and it is a complex representation of the Ying and Yang that one believes that would interconnect them with the forces of nature and relate them to one another.

A very basic understanding usually involve not having the toilet/washroom right opposite the stove/cooking area, placing bed(s) fronting the door or bathroom, having too many electrical items in the bedroom and so on..  But these are just the tip of what feng shui is all about. Even the cardinal directions of the house also play a part of good and bad feng shui for some. Really, as long as one believes in it, almost anything and everything poses a question to compliment its feng shui.

As a real estate agent, I don’t dwell too much on feng shui but sometimes, we do encounter stuff like this and mostly it doesn’t end up well for us (LOL). Some buyers or even tenants are particularly particular about whether the house is ‘harmonious’ with them and thus, a need to ‘feng-shui-lized’ the place before any transactions take place.

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For instance, recently we encounter a buyer who did a last-minute pull out from a purchase due to a bad review from his ‘reliable’ sifu. We also don’t really know why this was not performed before he placed the deposit for the house but in the end, the deal fell through. What actually happened u ask?

Well according to the sifu, the said house was not suitable for the buyer. That was the first hit. Why? The main entrance to the house is not perfect in feng shui sense. And it is not grand enough for incoming guests. Second, the kitchen is not spacious enough as it serves as an outlet for ‘food distribution’ around the house. Thirdly, the master bedroom ‘rest area’ (the bed area) is smaller than the ‘work area’ (wardrobe and shower area) which represents the owner toiling more than having his deserved rest.

Fourthly, the house is practically poor in its ‘qi’ distribution around the house. This is not a great ‘feature’ for wealthy businessmen – having bad ‘qis’ flowing around the house.

The final blow was that the house is facing a common pool. And according to calculations, the pool signify a potential ‘桃花運 – luck in love’ to the owner. Which again, does not bode well with the overall prosperity aura of the house to its wedded owners.

There you go. Deal off. Probably I may sound a little sour over the whole saga but say what you like. When negativity is uttered even in its slightest form bearing no solid proof that the house has no connection whatsoever with the potential owner,  it is also best said that our luck left us right there and then. It is cold and it is harsh, but when unseen forces come to play, we can only acknowledge the cruel end and be subdued by those who claim to foresee irrelative events, which also translates to their income with no remorse to their predictions, over other’s fortune.

Nevertheless, feng shui masters/sifus will always be in demand for some and they will strut their stuff when called upon.  And we agents, we can only do our part and to be as professional as we can and make sure our clients deserve the best home and the one that ‘complement’ them the most!

What is my 八字 again…? LOL


Feng shui quote courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_shui

Rhombus Bangsar – Luxurious defined

Was at Bangsar late Thursday evening for a viewing with a British expat. This time, it was the Rhombus, Bangsar. For those who are not familiar with this development, it is actually located along Jalan Penaga next to The Cascadium. It is one of Benéton Properties’ pride in Bangsar after their well received ‘Bangsar Peak’.

Do take a look: http://rhombusbangsar.com/

The building is one of the most contemporary and stylish ones you’ll see around the area. It is nothing short of looking imposing and the dark themed architecture made it looked almost like a modernised version of Barad-dûr tower from LotR : The Two Towers. The sharp and planate feature of the building also did enough to distinguish itself from the rest of the condominiums around it.

There are 25 units across 13 storeys. Yes, a PH on the 13th for the big boss. Rhombus is not one of those typical condominiums around Klang Valley where you can have multiple owners from the units. This is a not-for-sale establishment and the to-let can only be managed through Benéton Properties themselves. The rental starts at RM17,000 and goes up according to the level. Most of the units offer 180 degrees of KL view and it’s remarkably close to BSC (Bangsar Shopping Complex). A very good location for expats indeed.

Myself and the tenant were particularly impressed with the workmanship of the building and its finishing from each of the units we managed to view.  The lower level units are fitted with a more light-colored theme fittings and cabinets whereas the higher ones are with darker themed furnishing.  It also comes with an extra huge balcony, probably 10′ X 20′?. And oh, my tenant preferred the lower units.

She and the hubby would be back again soon to finalise the rental as they need to make an urgent trip back to the UK this weekend. Well, we will arrange the necessary and when they are back, we will be ready to conclude another rental for a satisfied tenant!

On a quick note, Rhombus also won itself the 2013 Malaysia Institute of Architects Gold Award (Multiple Residential, High Rise) and the 2014 FIABCI Malaysia Property Award for Building of the Year (Residential, High Rise).

 

Another case study… for agents (Part 2)

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  1. The pic of the agent is no other than – the buyer’s girlfriend!
  2. Both Agent A and B was shocked nonetheless.
  3. Agent A called up the owner and told him what has happened.
  4. However, the owner didn’t want anything to do with these agents’ issues. He just wants to make sure the deal goes thru although he was made aware that he is potentially selling at a lower price (hence the 2% agent fee) to this particular buyer if the agent is indeed someone attached to him.
  5. That is expected though.
  6. As also expected, when the agents tried to get hold of the buyer, he couldn’t be reached. And so does everyone.

Moral of the story for agents out there:

Make sure you try your best to get exclusivity. Always get your agency appointment letter signed by the owner. Without that, you are just another ‘person’ helping another person to market his/her property. Not until you have the appointment/exclusivity in black and white, the above would likely happen.

To the lady agent, all I can say is… karma strikes quick sometimes… (“.)