As a Realtor who specializes in condos, I see a lot of different buildings and units. I’m always impressed by how much each building and association varies from the next. Each has their own personality and certainly not all are created equal! You may fall in love with a particular unit, but if the Feng Shui of the building and landform are bad, chances are you’ll never truly thrive there. In another post, I talk about Feng Shui cures and adjustments to your individual unit, but we've got to find the right building first!
We are going to cover:
Let's dive in!
1. First things first, the location!
Studying the landform and geographic location are the first step here. As with any property, study what is around the property.
Located on a steep hill:
Chi will either be rushing by if you are located at the bottom, or it will be tired as it tries to reach you at the top.
Condition of the neighboring properties:
Neighboring run down or shabby buildings can project sha chi (negative chi) on to your building.
Ease of access to property:
It’s generally best to avoid dead-end streets, alley-way only access or flag lot properties.
Busy corners, one way streets or a location on the outside of a curve can be problematic.
Future developments nearby:
Find out what may be in the plans to be built near by. Maybe a skyscraper is planned next door and will block your view or the city is revitalizing the park across the street and will increase your value and experience living there.
2. Next, let’s look at the building.
Examine the physical condition of the building:
If there are items you see that need attention, make a note so you can inquire later. Maintenance of a building is key, and if you see it’s being neglected, there may be underlaying problems with the finances and how the chi is coming in or staying in the property.
Look at the main entrance:
Are the entrances welcoming or will it be difficult to enter? If it will be difficult for YOU to enter, it will be difficult for the chi to enter! Are there any colors, flowers or fountains to attract chi?
Look at the building’s HOA docs and finances:
If the bank accounts are under-funded, this may be a sign of mismanagement. Gain an understanding of how money is allocated and if finances are struggling or money being squandered. Review the CC&Rs and Regulations. While some of them can seem overly restrictive, keep in mind that rules also prevent a building from looking like a slum project! Take a close look at the meeting minutes for red flags.
3. Now it’s time to look at the unit.
Again, first things first, the location:
Units right next to the entrance or elevator, all that extra energy rushing by your unit could disturb your harmony. A unit located at the end of a long hall, or in a dark, back corner is best avoided.
Choose the right floor:
Everyone loves a top floor unit, but a top floor could leave you vulnerable to attacking energy, as nothing is there to protect or shield you. Bottom floors experience heavy energy, as the weight of the whole building is on you. In regards to Feng Shui, middle floors generally are a solid choice, however, there are always exceptions!
Look for views and natural light:
Views limited by walls or other buildings could leave you with a limited vision in your own life. Chi comes in with natural light, so make sure you have plenty of that so your space isn’t starved or cavernous.
Relation to the neighboring units:
Front doors directly facing each other creates clashing energy. Notice how many of your walls are shared with other units. Look for other things too, like if the unit is located next to the trash chute or far from a fire escape.
Think carefully about the size of the unit:
Many times we don’t NEED as much space as we think...bigger is not always better! However, too small of a space and it may limit your ability to grow in other areas of your life, same principle as a limited view as mentioned earlier.
There are certainly more things we can consider when shopping for your condo, but this gives you and idea that there’s a lot more to condo shopping than choosing just the unit!
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