Can a statue of a saint sell your home?

By
Real Estate Agent with Quality Real Estate Services

I recently read an article about some of the extremes through which people are going in order to sell their home in this market.  The one that caught my eye was the purchasing of a little statue of one of the Catholic Saints who is said to be of great assistance in selling one's home.  For a minimum of $5.00 and shipping and handling, you can order a "Sell Your Home" kit.  This kit features a little statue of the saint, instructions on how to bury the statue on your property, and a little prayer to say over it after you've buried it.

 Hummmm....  Does this process actually work or is it a ploy to get people to spend more money?  I read, the more you pay, the bigger the statue.  A few people have testified that yes it does work and their home sold soon after they went through this burial process.  What happened to good old prayer?  God's will be done.  It is my personal opinion that each home will sell when it is supposed to.  I see some very nice homes on the market for months even after the seller has offered to give $25k in gift cards to the nearest home improvement store or to purchase the buyer a new car (including sales taxes and licensing fees).  

 My advice to sellers is to be patient and stay informed of what the market is doing, i am sure your agent is doing the best they can to keep your home out there.  For buyers, now is the time to find a great deal, but remember, don't lose out.  Just as you become interested in a property, someone else might too.  For agents, keep communicating with your sellers and provide them with updated CMAs to let them know their home is not the only one not selling.  Statue or no statue, the market will turn around again!

Comments (8)

Cristy Smith
mmm - Austin, TX

Shaundra,  

wow a statue that will help sell your home...now that is a new one I had not heard of. I agree iwth you be patient and your real estate agent will help you get it sold!

 Cristy

Dec 11, 2007 08:20 AM
Wayne Miller
San Diego, CA

Hi Shaundra,

Yes, I have heard of this.  I've also heard and seen people offering expensive sport cars, vacations packages and dinner for two at their favorite restaurant to generate buyer interest. 

My position is just adjust the price according the what the market will bear and target marketing to Real Estate Professionals who are working with qualified buyers. 

Thanks for the post...

Dec 11, 2007 08:34 AM
Joey Almeida and Oscar Peralta The Almeida/Peralta Group Chandler, AZ
Global Realty Marketing - Chandler, AZ

Thank you for your very interesting post. I guess doing something extra to sell your home does not hurt.(is this another variation of the law of attraction???) If you focus all your energy and your prayers in to the selling of your home,(statue or no statue) I guess The universe will listen and you will have your buyer.

Whatever rocks your world, as long as you do not forget to hire a Realtor.....LOL...

Thank you Shaundra for this fun post...

 

Op

Dec 11, 2007 08:34 AM
Laura Haseman
Real Estate Masters - Saint Paul, MN
It is my understanding that prayer accompanies the buriel of statue of the saint.
Dec 11, 2007 08:40 AM
John Lockwood
Lockwood Real Estate - Sacramento, CA

The thing to do is:

Put the saint in the yard.

Run the comps again.

Decrease the price to below the number in the comps.

Fix whatever cosmetic problems need fixing.

Increase the buyer's side commission.

Then the saint will sell the house for you. 

 

 

Dec 11, 2007 08:44 AM
Jeff Kessler
Austin Homes, Realtors www.OwnAustin.com - Austin, TX
Broker,CLHMS,GRI

I have known some people that have done it. So, I guess it works.

J.

Dec 11, 2007 08:57 AM
Sheri Hipsley
Advance Realty Direct, Inc. - Dundalk, MD

I know a lot of people who bury the statue.  One agent in our office goes to the religous book store and buys several at a time.  When she lists a house, she takes one with her in case the owner would like to use it.  I guess it is all in what you believe.

 

Dec 11, 2007 09:09 AM
Shaundra L Jackson
Quality Real Estate Services - Renton, WA
John, you're too cute.  Very clever!  :)
Dec 11, 2007 09:24 AM