Recently I helped a woman looking for a home in Laguna Beach, last month in Irvine, and prior to that you name it. I have helped people find homes from Malibu to La Jolla. Utilizing the skills of a Feng Shui expert is important, not only for the skills that tell a person if the home is "good" feng shui, but having the guidance of a sensitive person that understands real estate, values, design and function.
Growing up with a dad that has been a real estate developer for the past 60 years and a real estate appraiser husband has influenced my abilities to pick fabulous properties with investment written all over them. I understand people and also have great intuition when it comes to matching people with properties. Yes, I have my real estate license to make it all come together. My main goal in helping people seek properties with an ideal land parcel and dwelling that will work for them aesthetically, professionally, personally and for great investment prospects.
The first thing I do is understand what my client's values are in life, personally, professionally and socially. If the client loves to entertain but they are looking at a home with a small living room and dining areas I will help them understand the home does not lend to large groups or even small intimate parties. If the family has growing kids that love athletics but the neighborhood is empty nesters with not a lot of grass options or other kids, I say “lets look at more options.” Visa versa, empty nesters looking for quiet neighborhood in a noisy kid area, with mowers and blowers going 24/7, I guide to different destinations.
Knowing my client’s number one priorities helps get them to the correct neighborhood, plot of land and space.
A great and creative cook / entertainer is looking for large and functional kitchen, a person with physical functionality challenges doesn't want multiple levels. Sensitive to energy types don't want a bunch of power lines all around, and beach people don't want a property 30 minutes away from the beach.
Honing in on personality and lifestyle helps identify neighborhood, city, and even state properties that will work for each individual client, long term. It is not a one stop shop opportunity. It is not about the realtor paying off a second mortgage or sending a child to college or a new grand baby. The real estate agents responsibility is: Selling or locating property that fits the client perfectly, creating their ideal lifestyle and client happiness is the key to a successful real estate transaction. Feng Shui also comes in handy.
The Feng Shui aspects most important in properties are: rectangular or square lots and not lots that are triangular in shape, a home without another home hovering over the top of it, a home where the headboard of beds can be on walls not facing west and homes with stairs coming down to the front door are to be avoided. Homes with fire pits or fireplaces in back of prosperity can be fixed with fountains or water features, encroaching properties, noisy street noise, damaged or destructed properties, choppy floor plans that would take a fortune to fix, homes with poor window to wall ratio, and driveways where you have to back out backwards are all bad Feng Shui. Inconvenient parking in area, homes at end of cul de sacs, and homes at a T and homes below street level are considered to create menacing and restless feelings.
There are Feng Shui fixes but why buy a home when you have to fix it, when there are so many on the market at any given time. Realtors who tell you there is not a lot of inventory, especially in Orange County are not always being authentic. Look on www.realtor.com and find your dream home and get some support from a Feng Shui expert to help you determine an exact fit to you and yours.
Marla Stone is a Real Estate professional and a feng shui expert located in Irvine, and San Clemente serving all of California and beyond.
Call 949-709-7000 for a free Feng Shui phone consult now.
Marla is known as the Declutter Your Strategy™ expert. Marla earned her BA in Psychology and a Master's in Social Work and is the founder of