Any Realtors Out There Using St. Joseph (And I'm Not Talking About Aspirins)?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Brevard

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......

 

Comments (8)

Suzanne Gantner
Realty Texas - Round Rock, TX
GRI, E-Pro, SRES, SRS, ABR, CNE, REDS, CPS, WCS

Statues don't sell houses, marketing and people do.  Good luck and would like to hear the outcome.  

Jun 08, 2009 05:47 AM
Lourdes Hoglo REALTOR® Three Village & North Shore Suffolk Co. Long Island
Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Setauket, NY

Hi Sharon, I personally haven't tried it; but in this market, if you have faith, why not?!? :)

 

Jun 08, 2009 05:48 AM
TIM MONCRIEF
Tim Monciref - Austin, TX
Over 2,000 homes sold…..

If one believes in anything strong enough it will have a positive effect due to the power of the mind.  I am 100% behind anyone that wants to do anything because of their religious belief or culture.  Mindset is so powerful in this industry and we and our clients have to focus on the positive.  Make it your client's beliefs and not yours as that can do more harm than good.

Jun 08, 2009 05:52 AM
June Lewis
Northwood Realty Services - New Castle, PA
Realtor Northwood Realty - New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571

I hate the overall generic thought that a statue will sell a house....it just creates a image of superstition.  That is not what is behind the concept. 

Because people hear the results, everyone thinks by burying this little statue ...that is all that you need to do. Like a geni in a bottle....gasp   the thought ...in relationship to this

All it is...is an visual, physical  act of faith, in a prayer to a saint, to pray with you to accomplish the act of selling your home.

As we all at times have asked our friends to pray for us and with us..this act of burying a statue along with a prayer to St Joseph to HELP you pray that the task is  accomplished.

We have friends on earth and I hope friends in heaven.  What better friend and role model to help us storms the gates with prayer than St Joseph.  He was a carpenter and certainly knew hard times . Bury the statue if you wish..but it isn't a casual act..the power of prayer is an awesome thing and it is a blessing to have someone you know pray with you.

BTW ..Conditions better be right..if the house is overpriced...

St Joseph may turn a deaf ear

Jun 08, 2009 06:09 AM
June Lewis
Northwood Realty Services - New Castle, PA
Realtor Northwood Realty - New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571

I had to  leave another response  Tim's comment posted before I hit the submit button and wanted to comment on his excellent comment.  He said it all.

especially  when he said

  Make it your client's beliefs and not yours as that can do more harm than good.

Jun 08, 2009 06:15 AM
Laura Gray
RE/MAX Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD

Sharon -

What can it hurt , I have used St. Joseph to sell many homes , even for my clients that aren't Catholic. Most of the time it has been at their request , and the homes do sell.

Yes ,pricing right and condition are important , but if a seller had "faith" that St. Joseph will help them sell the house and they have it ready to show more often , so be it.

 

Jun 08, 2009 06:28 AM
Lisa Bosques
Burien, WA

Hi Sharon,

I just finished writing a post about this very topic.  I edited it to include the link to your post.  Very interesting stuff indeed.  An agent in my office just sold a listing we thought would never sell after having 20 people in her prayer circle do some heavy-duty praying on it.

Jun 08, 2009 06:47 AM
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

We have used the statue a couple of times, but without any luck in selling.  Perhaps the owners were not as into it as they told us they were, but we haven't used it since.  That being said, we are not opposed to using the statues and will in the future, if asked by the seller.  It has to be their belief as well as the agent's.

Jun 08, 2009 07:01 AM