According to a recent press release, nearly one third of adults would consider burying a statue of Saint Joseph in the yard if it would help sell their home in today's market.
While the act of burying a Saint's statue in order to promote the sale of a home can easy be viewed as mere superstition, the practice does have a historical basis.
The tradition began hundreds of years ago in Spain when Sister Teresa of Avila buried medals of Saint Joseph in the ground when she needed land upon which to build convents.
The practice evolved over the years, and now thousands of home sellers and real estate agents bury tiny statutes, seeking divine intervention in the sale of their home. In fact, there are online retailers who will sell entire Saint Joseph home-selling packages, including free listings.
Such unconventional tactics multiply in difficult markets, and the burying of a statue is really no different than hiring a feng shui expert to arrange the furniture or baking cookies before open houses.
Still: if an offer comes in quickly after, it's natural to see a causal relationship.
While burying a statue in the yard probably won't move a house as well as reasonable upgrades, good staging, and competitive pricing, in today's market it certainly couldn't hurt - and sellers are certainly looking for any little advantage they can get to sell their home.