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Feng Shui & Real Estate

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The Art of Feng Shui Can Improve Your Well Being, Wealth, and Property Value

Is Austin Feng Shui?

Austin became the capitol of Texas in 1839 and, in 1845, Texas became part of the United States. After 2 elections, Austin retained the title of the State Capital and, throughout the years, has been voted as the one of the most desirable cities to live in. So desirable, in fact, that many high-tech companies open branch offices or even move their entire company to Austin. Is this a coincidence or is this fate? From a Feng Shui viewpoint, this is definitely not a coincidence.

During a recent interview with Real Estate Consultant at Realty Austin and Feng Shui Specialist, Ms. Rosalia Chiu, she gave an overview of Real Estate trends in Austin, and what makes Austin so desirable from a Feng Shui perspective. Here’s what she had to share.

Rosalia grew up in Hong Kong, received her various degrees in Medical Technology, Computer Science and Project Management in the US, and speaks fluent English and Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese and Taiwanese). She lived in California prior to relocating to Austin in 2002.

Rosalia said she was very impressed with the lovely scenery and great Feng Shui that Austin provides. She mentioned that Steiner Ranch is an auspicious Feng Shui location because Lake Travis looks like a Dragon on the map and Steiner Ranch is where the Dragon “Breath” or “Chi” or, as the Chinese say, “Pearl of the Dragon” accumulates. Selecting a great Feng Shui location will bring prosperity and wealth to your business, as well as harmony and well being to your life.

Rosalia also mentioned that a lot of Austin’s GREEN building designs have been implemented by Feng Shui masters in China for many, many years. For example, a North/South oriented home will be much more energy efficient than an East/West oriented home because it minimizes the effects of the sun. Homes built on a hill side or have a high structure behind it with have better protection from the wind. Homes on the low side of a road will have more drainage problems and moisture accumulation. It is preferable to have a higher building on the left of the home (when you are in your house looking out) than the right side of the home, that way the “green dragon” on the left can keep tabs on the “white tiger” on the right to ensure peace and harmony.

In addition to where and how the house is situated in relation to the environment and the roads, the location of each room (the floor plan) of the home and the placement of furniture are just as critical. For example, in the kitchen, it is not desirable to have a stove right next to your refrigerator, as one is fire and the other is water, it is not energy efficient. The stove represents the prosperity of the owner and to have water which puts out fire so close to it will have a negative effect on wealth accumulation for the owner.

Years of tradition and practical knowledge of Feng Shui is beneficial in purchasing real estate as well as decorating your home.

Rosalia really enjoys helping her clients find their dream home. To her, it is like she is buying her own home. The biggest satisfaction she gets is when her clients love and really enjoy their home.

Rosalia also mentioned that in most cities she has noticed that the North and West areas are usually more prosperous than the South and East. For Asians, most of them always buy where the best school districts are because this is where the real estate will keep its value when the market is down and appreciate faster when the market is up. The Chinese even have a proverb based on a true story about the mother of a famous scholar who moved her house 3 times until she found the best neighborhood/best school district to raise her child.

Rosalia jokingly advises her clients that if you buy in the wrong location and cannot sell when you need to, then you will be stuck and very sad. (In Chinese, the term “real estate” consists of 3 Chinese characters: the first 2 characters mean “stationery – no movement,” the third character means “property”; however, there is another character that sounds like “property” but actually means “sad and disappointing,” hence her joke, “when you cannot move, you will be very sad.”)

Location of your lot, location of your house, location of each room, location of furniture could have positive and negative effects on you, your family and your life.

A home is the largest and most important purchase for everyone. It involves a lot more than just finding the perfect home. An experienced real estate consultant that genuinely cares about meeting or even exceeding your needs and expectations is essential in helping you through the mounds of paperwork, guiding you through all the details from contract to close and ensure that you truly enjoy your home now and in the many years to come. So, it is best to work with a knowledgeable consultant when purchasing a home to give the results that you desire and enhance your life and well being.

Rosalia of Realty AustinArticle provided by Rosalia Chiu of Realty Austin. A Chinese translation of this article can be found in the Epoch Times newspaper. Rosalia works in Austin, Texas, as an Austin real estate agent with a specialization in Feng Shui. Contact Rosalia by filling out her Realty Austin agent contact form on her agent profile, or search all homes for sale in Austin on


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