I have been trying to buy some real estate. I have been offered a piece of lot at a very nice gated community, developed and managed by a very reputable community, and near good schools, business, shopping and recreation establishments. The lot is also much cheaper (on a per square meter basis) compared to other lots in the village. The title and other documents are all clean and in order.
The lot is almost perfect… except for one flaw. The lot faces a road. It sits on a t-junction/ t-intersection. If you were in my place, would you invest in this lot?
There are disadvantages to a t-junction lot. The most obvious reason is that cars are more prone to hit your property. Headlights straight into your house will also be nuisances. But that is not why many buyers (specially from my country) stay away from these types of lots. They are believed to bring bad luck.
According to Feng Shui principles, a road brings lots of energy or “Chi”. The property directly in front of the road will have lots of energy rushing towards it – the energy becomes a “poison arrow” that will negatively affect the energy of the property and its occupants. People living in these types of properties are believed to soon suffer from health losses, financial problems and other difficulties. Businesses in these types of lots are believed to soon suffer from losses and even bankruptcy.
However, the poison arrows depend on how busy and long the road is. In a residential area such as the lot offered to me, the negative energy should be less – But most buyers wouldn’t care about the status of the road, they would probably avoid any t-junction lot.
There are many other properties that are considered unlucky such as those at cul-de-sacs (at dead ends), near bodies of water, below road level, etc. However, they are never as infamous among the superstitious as the t-junction lots.
The supposedly bad omen of t-junction lots didn’t escape producers of the Asian horror genre – after all, it is in Asia where superstition against road hit lots are strongest. A movie about a t-junction property “Tumbok” was shown in 2011. “Tumbok” translates to “Road-Hit” when referring to properties. I didn’t see the movie nor do I plan to, but from the looks of the poster, there must be something sinister in that road hit house. These types of movies are not particularly encouraging to people who plan to invest or who have already invested in t-junction properties. I’m sure most investors don’t believe in monsters, but the negative perception surrounding t-junction properties might be enough to push them away.
Would you buy Block 14 Lot 44? If you’re an end user and not superstitious then you should have no problem with the lot. However, if you plan to dispose of the lot in the future, other people’s beliefs become your concerns.