Bust out your coconut bra or Mu'u Mu'u! I'll be speaking in sunny Honolulu for the Asian Real Estate Association of America's 2013 Global Summit alongside my friends below! Can't wait to see you all!
The feng-shui concept is a 3000-year-old Chinese discipline that was first used for tomb sites. It became involved not only with the remains of the dead, but the way the whole kingdom worked with each other. While a complete feng-shui transformation may be quite difficult- you can start simple. A few items can provide inspiration, allowing you to build your home in the style and conceptual basis of zen living.
1.) Emptying the Cup: A well-known Japanese practice goes something like this: a visitor wants to experience Zen. The master, serving tea, keeps on pouring the visitor’s cup full- but doesn't stop. When told by the visitor that no more will go into the cup- the master simply replies that similar to the cup- one is full of her own opinion. No one can experience Zen unless the person empties the cup. What’s the relevance, here? It's simple- the clutter must be cleared. As Rodika Tchi asserts, this is an “essential” step to experiencing feng-shui in the home.
2.) Learn the Five Elements of Feng-Shui: By integrating feng-shui inspired elements you can incorporate these time-honored traditions in your home:
4.) What’s Your Kua Number and Lucky Directions? First, find your Kua number; Then use a feng-shui directions chart to locate your lucky directions. Once you determine both items you can begin to re-work your space to accentuate the direction. For instance, maybe you can turn some sofas to the correct direction to revitalize better energy. From sofas to your bed, the dining area, and much more, these can play a pivotal role in the feng-shui of your home.
5.) Don’t Forget About the Outside: Utilizing the practical guidelines for the five feng-shui elements you can apply them to outside your home as well. For instance, look for triangular items to enhance the fire element in your garden. Do the same for other elements in order to achieve the correct level of energy- feng-shui doesn't only apply inside of your home.
6.) Pay Attention to the Upkeep: In feng-shui, the fluidity of energy and the element is central to the concept. In other words, the energy can easily be influenced with your actions. As, in the initial step, the cup was emptied, one must be careful not to disturb the positive flow of energy. Staying mindful of the elements and energy can allow you to maintain the positive state of feng-shui in the home.
Alan Bryan guest blogs above for Habitat For Hermanity. Born and raised near Silicon Valley, Alan's parent's had high hopes for him. Those hopes did not include gaming. Fortunately, Alan was able to channel his love of gaming into a career as a journalist...focusing on gaming. Both Alan and his parents have accepted this compromise.
From afar they look like cool wallpaper but up close it's anything but cool. It is tragical & ironic that in one of the wealthiest cities in the world, 47.7% of Hong Kong city residents must live in public apartments (government subsidized housing) because they are unable to purchase private housing. What is worse is that only 6.8% of Hong Kong land is devoted to housing use for 7.07M denizens! The rest of Hong Kong can be developed but the powers that be have prevented that. There is some major socio-economic political shadiness going on. ChinaSmack explains.
What a great interview with the Epoch Times!
Since their readership is primarily Chinese, they asked me about social media as it relates to real estate to the Asian market. I said that culturally Asian clients tend to be private low-key and it goes against their tendency to overly share...but sharing is the whole premise of social media. It is important for Asian agents and clients to remain open to receiving and dispersing information this way to stay on top of the ever changing market
We also discussed the importance weighing all factors in buying and selling a property. A good neighborhood does not guarantee a sale. Nor does a perfect condition home. With buyers being so picky (and especially with all cash buyers and/investors from Asia), it's got to be a great area, turn key condition, and attractive price for them to pull the trigger. Otherwise, they'll pass & wait for another good buy to hit.
Oh, can I just say this is my new favorite portrait! The lines, color, lighting and my hair are epic! 謝謝 to photographer Will Taylor for making me prettier than I really am. (It's no surprise he shot with world famous photographer David LaChapelle this summer!)
If any of you deal with Asian clients, what has your experience been like? Let's compare notes!