Burying Saint Joseph

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Burying Saint Joseph

 

Okay, we’re talking about desperation methods here. I’m always of the opinion “Hey, what can it hurt?” A top broker and 40 year veteran of the real estate industry, Gloria Deysher, from Wilmington Delaware says she plants a small plastic statue of Saint Joseph in front of every home she lists for sale. Gloria has several good stories of homes that had been on the market for months or years and sold within weeks of burying a statue of Saint Joseph.

 

A California based company sells a statue of Saint Joseph in a kit called the “Underground Real Estate Agent Kit.” The kit includes directions for burying the statue in an instructional booklet, along with a burial bag and some historical information.

 

According to the U.S. Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C., the tradition of burying a statue of Saint Joseph can be traced back several hundreds of years to Theresa of Avila. Theresa prayed to Saint Joseph when the convents needed more land and asked the convent’s nuns to bury Saint Joseph medals in the ground as a symbol of their devotion. Other historians argue that the practice came from German home builders who buried Saint Joseph statues in the foundations of the homes they built.

 

Gloria asks her Catholic priest to bless the 4 inch statues with Holy water before taking them to the seller’s home. The seller buries the statue upside down, facing the street and next to the for sale sign, and then prays to Saint Joseph for assistance. There are two different Saint Joseph figures. The first is Saint Joseph the worker. This one carries a water pitcher, a loaf of bread and has an axe by his feet. The second is Saint Joseph patron of the family, who is holding the child Jesus.

 

It doesn’t have to be a Catholic home, either.” Gloria explains. “I ask sellers of every denomination to bury them in front of their home.” Once the home settles, you’re supposed to dig up the statue and put it in a place of honor in your new home.

 

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Rainer
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Bill Wendel
Real Estate Cafe - Cambridge, MA

Couldn't hurt?  Really?  Which do you think would reflect better on your values, beliefs and reputation as a thinking, compassionate real estate professional:

Encouraging sellers to bury St. Joseph statues upside down or extending spiritual and emotional safety nets to millions of households who are upside down on their mortgages or facing foreclosure during the holidays?

Isn't it time to bury this superstition and invite "believers" in the real estate industry to practice their faith in a more meaningful way, one that is consistent with the church's teachings on social justice if one is Catholic?

For information on a St. Joseph statue buy back program and a call to create a national network of Advent prayer groups read:

http://realestatecafe.squarespace.com/blog/2011/11/1/flashback-all-saints-day-debate-should-sellers-bury-st-josep.html

Nov 17, 2011 02:23 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

It is amazing what we may do to sell a home and I have had clients do this twice and they did sell, still not a believer though.

Nov 17, 2011 02:56 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

I'm glad you mentioned that St. Joseph must be buried upside down, otherwise it won't work.  There are entire St. Joseph websites.

Out here in Silicon Valley we have sign post companies that install and remove real estate sign posts.  As an ancillary business perhaps they should offer St. Joseph burying service at a nominal extra cost.  As you say, it can't hurt.  Unless it's a sin to bury St. Joseph upside down.  I don't think you'd do that to Mary.

Nov 17, 2011 04:38 PM #3
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