Selling Your Home with Saint Joseph?

Real Estate Agent

St. JosephEven in a buyer’s market, selling a home can be a challenge. Buyers don’t show, deals fall through, and there’s always some snag or other with paperwork. Sometimes, in fact, it feels like it will take a miracle to sell your home. Enter – or rather, bury – Saint Joseph.

Well, not the actual Saint. Customarily, it’s a medal or statue (most frequently the latter). Joseph – the one who’s Jesus’s stepdad – is the patron saint of home and family, so it makes sense that sellers would turn to him for intercession. The Saint Joseph legend has grown so much that many companies now offer kits, many containing a plastic statue of the Saint for burial in your front yard. You can also, if you have a mind to, say a novena to Saint Joseph.

The tradition supposedly dates to Teresa of Avila; however, references to it don’t show up very often ‘til the 20th century, and not in earnest until the 1990’s. The statue can be of any size or material, and should be buried upside-down in the front yard (some place the statue near the house, and others adjacent to the For Sale sign), facing the house. Pray, then wait. Once the home has sold, it’s customary to dig the statue out of the ground, and put it in a place of honor in your new home.

Of course, there’s a reason they’re called “legends.” For each person who swears by Saint Joseph, there’s one or more who think it’s all a bunch of hooey. My own experience has taught me that when you’re selling a home, as with so much else, a little faith goes a long way. But you know what they say: faith without works is dead. My job is to handle the practical aspects of getting your home sold, since at the end of the day, there’s really no substitute for experience and good, old-fashioned, hard work. All of the miracle working in the world will only get you so far. To make sure that all of your earthly bases are covered, call me at 201-930-8820 x212.

Comments (3)

Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Cheryl - I don't know whether it really works, but when one home simply was not getting offers even though everyone loved it and thought it was well-priced, I buried a small St. Joseph statue upside down in the garden and we finally got an offer.

Jan 11, 2012 11:33 AM
Mykael Marinelli
American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate - Key Largo, FL
The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador

I'm not saying that I do or don't use them, but.....there are quite a few buried St Josephs up and down Miami and The Florida Keys, some almost 20 yrs old!!!  LOL

Jan 11, 2012 11:41 AM
Cheryl Evans-Cooper
Hillsdale, NJ

I think I may have to keep a spare Saint around, just to be on the safe side!

Jan 12, 2012 01:29 PM