St Joseph....

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc)

How many of you have heard of him?Does anyone know who he actually is?

Why do some people bury his statue upside down in their backyard when selling their homes?  

Saint Joseph statues have been one of the most appreciated traditions and folklores among Catholics since short after the 1500th century, when nuns first began to bury Saint Joseph medals in the ground.

Today its a common way to try to make your sale go faster and smoother.
 

They even sell kits!

Many years ago,my mothers house was on the market exactly one year with very few showings,when she decided to bury this little statue in the ground and 7 days later she was under contract!  

Fast forward to me and my beach house that I was trying to sell...with little luck at the time.My mother said,lets go bury St Joseph and see if he can help...sure enough within the week,I get a call from a friend who says....I have someone who really wants your house...sure enough...it went under contract immediately!  

One of my investment properties,I was trying to sell and nothing was happening except for vandals visiting the property....well,I decided to give St Joseph a shot again and sure enough I got a cash offer for more than I was hoping for and close in 5 days!  

Whether it is folklore or not..I believe!

Do you believe?

 

Comments (19)

Charlie Ragonesi
AllMountainRealty.com - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

I do not think he is a Saint any more but hey traditions are good

May 22, 2008 12:46 AM
BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL

If he sells houses Charlie..he is a saint to me!

May 22, 2008 12:53 AM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

BLR Guy,

Sounds like St. Joseph is a saint of home sales.  LOL  I'll have to give it a shot.  LOL

May 22, 2008 01:00 AM
Barbara Carter
C21 Alliance Realty Group - New Paltz, NY
Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle

St Joseph is still a Saint in the Catholic Church- He was the step father of Jesus. He is the patron Saint of Family and Household needs.

The tradition of burying a St Joseph statue began hundreds of years ago in Europe by a group of Nuns who needed more land for their convent. They buried their St Joseph medals at that time.

The tradition continues today with many success stories. I have clients that have hired me and buried their "St Joseph- The Underground Real Estate Agent" Kits and have faith it works for them. Ok so you brought out the Catechist in me!

 

May 22, 2008 01:04 AM
BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL

Please do Brigita...You just never know..as long as you believe!

May 22, 2008 01:04 AM
BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL

LOL Barbara!We may have brought out the cathechist in you..but you believe and your clients believe and that is all that matters!

Thanks for sharing the info!

May 22, 2008 01:07 AM
Anonymous
Anonymous

I Had a client htat recieved three offers on her property a week after she had buried St Jospeh in the ground about 6 months ago. She had had very littel activity before that!!

May 22, 2008 01:11 AM
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Ida McCarthy
Ida McCarthy-Lombard Real Estate - Lombard, IL

My birthday is St. Joseph's Day, March 19th.  (I won't say what year!).  So, I was selling my townhome by owner many years ago  ( I was not a realtor yet) and I thought, wow I should be really lucky if I bury him, I was born on his day!  I buried him, and it took a year to sell my townhome.

I guess he doesn't work for everyone!  LOL!

May 22, 2008 01:11 AM
* Rate A Home
Rate A Home - Saugatuck, MI

BLR, I have heard many who have found success with burying SJ as well. Not sure why, but hey if it works, why not.

May 22, 2008 01:11 AM
BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL

Ida there is always one in the crowd!

I am not going to say a word about the by owner thing though...LOL

Always use a realtor!

May 22, 2008 01:19 AM
BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL

Ida there is always one in the crowd!

I am not going to say a word about the by owner thing though...LOL

Always use a realtor!

May 22, 2008 01:19 AM
BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL

I am with you there Duane!It has worked for me,so I would try it again!

May 22, 2008 01:26 AM
Joe Virnig
RE/MAX Gold Coast REALTORS, Ventura County, California - Ventura, CA
No Ordinary Joe

I tell my clients who ask about the statue that even better is to list with an agent named Joseph.  I go on to tell them that 2 of my last closings have already been declared bonafide miracles by the Pope and I only need one more to be a saint myself!

May 22, 2008 02:11 AM
BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL

LOL Joe!That is a good one...see miracles happen everyday!

May 22, 2008 02:21 AM
BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL

LOL Joe!That is a good one...see miracles happen everyday!

May 22, 2008 02:22 AM
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

I think it is great to believe in whatever works, and I may be trying this in the near future.

 

May 23, 2008 02:54 AM
Ida McCarthy
Ida McCarthy-Lombard Real Estate - Lombard, IL

Joe, that's too funny!  :)  I think you should use the statue in your marketing materials, think of the possibilities!

May 23, 2008 03:10 AM
Derek Noggle
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc - Lake Mary, FL

I have to say that I have quite a few non-Christians who are willing to bury St. Joseph in their front yard (my ex-wife included) for a better home sale.  If you believe, how much more powerful will the effect be!

Jun 10, 2008 04:26 AM
Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369

BLR Guy, One of my clients asked me for a St Joseph statue to bury so off I went to Ebay and sure enough there are sellers with kits. She buried him according to the directions. We could use some extra prayers for a sale!!!

Jun 29, 2008 12:17 PM