OK - so I'm a bit of a 'woo-woo out-there' person as well as being a realtor. When I help my clients stage their homes I try to incorporate basic feng shui principles (an ancient Chinese technique, very sensible, used to generate positive energy flow in a home through furniture placement, etc. - It is not a religious practice....) and help them do the obvious. I try to get them to clear out the clutter, store excess furniture if they can't bear to part with it, and also help them to use correct placement of mirrors, pictures, lighting, and so forth.
That said, I have a client who has done all of the above and has her home staged extremely well. However, with the market the way it is I've had only one showing even though its in a great price range and has an extremely beautiful long-range mountain view. (http://133cimmarondrive.ePropertySites.com) In having my weekly check-in with my client she suggested using the St. Joseph treatment. Basically, you bury a medal or small statue of St. Joseph in your yard and say a prayer.
I had forgotten about this one since I purchased my home in Brevard, NC, 11 years ago. I was not a realtor at the time but a friend suggested using St. Joseph. I had a contingency contract and needed to sell my home quickly. I had an agent who took the listing but did little or nothing to sell the home. (This was before the advent of wide-spread Internet usage.) I had a showing or two with no results. Time was ticking and I had a month left before the contingency expired. So I buried a St. Joseph medal in the SW corner of my home since I wanted to move to Brevard from N. Asheville.
A day later, a friend called me and I was bemoaning my fate about not being able to sell my home. She gave me the name of a friend of hers who was a realtor. I called this person and she instructed me on how to end the listing agreement. (Something I didn't know you could do.) I then hired her to be my agent and literally, three days later, I had not one, but two, offers to purchase on my home through two agents in her office. And we moved forward with my offer to purchase and I've been living happily in Brevard since then.
My question is whether or not, in this crazy market, other realtors are burying St. Joseph statues and have had results. I looked on eBay last night and there are stores out there selling 'Realtor Home Selling Packages' with anywhere from 4-100's of St. Joseph selling kits and all with free shipping! So I ordered one for my client and will bury it for her. (She lives in FL.) And I'll keep you posted as to whether or not it works. In the meantime, I invite your comments......