Editor's note: Forget the housing experts who've made our heads spin with real estate market forecasts. It's time for a fresh set of eyes and a new set of skills to tell us whether this housing market is going to bust. In this three-part series, we sought out some alternative sources for predicting the housing market. We opted for a deck of tarot cards, the Taoist zodiac and a consumer focus group. (See Part 1: Tarot reader predicts slowing, but no crash and Part 3: The people's forecast.) Now that we're in the new moon, the skies are clear again to start the paperwork on a real estate purchase or sale. Until Sept. 14, we were still under the influence of a Mercury retrograde cycle, a time when deals fall through. Susan Levitt, an astrologer, tarot card reader and feng shui consultant in San Francisco, recently advised her clients to hold off on their home purchases and sales until the new moon began on the 14th. But now its buy, buy, buy. Other than the three times a year when t...
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