Burying a St. Joseph Statue and Other Selling Superstitions

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living

When you are ready to sell your house, you may consider burying a St. Joseph Statue and Other Selling Superstitions.  Have you heard about this?  Some sellers want all the help they can get.  Additionally, not only do they want an effective selling agent, but they may also reach beyond this world!

Therefore, you may consider buying a St Joseph Statue, as you want all the help you can get!   Additionally, selling your home depends on many things, including hiring the right Real Estate agent, pricing, house condition, and overall market conditions.  Additionally, some sellers want to find ways to help along the process.

For many years, sellers have tried unconventional ways to help along the selling process. And below are several ideas for anyone who decides to "help" along the home selling process!



#1. Why Bury A St. Joseph Statue?

One superstitious tack many sellers swear by involves burying a statue of St. Joseph in your front yard, near your for sale sign.  Also, tradition has it that the statue is buried upside down.  Also, once sold, homeowners should then dig up the statue and take it to their new home. 

Burying a St. Joseph and Other Selling Superstitions Additionally, Place the statue on a shelf in a place of honor.



#2 The StJoseph Prayer to Sell a House.

O, SaintJoseph, you who taught our Lord the carpenter's trade, and saw to it that he was always properly housed, hear my earnest plea. I want you to help me now as you helped your foster-child Jesus, and as you have helped many others in the matter of housing.

#3 Who was St. Joseph?

We see St. Joseph in the Nativity scene at Christmas.  Also, he stands there with his wife, Mary, and the new baby. Additionally,  St. Joseph is the patron saint of families.  He is also recognized at the patron saint of working people and carpenters.  Also, he generally protects the average working person and home sellers as well.

#4 Use Lucky #7 in Your Sales Price

The number seven is considered lucky all over the world.  Ask someone their "lucky" number and you will be surprised how many will say "7".  Additionally, you will find this thought of as a lucky number in various countries, such as Japan, Greece, China, and Egypt.

Many people believe you should include a "7" in your sales price. Burying a St. Joseph and Other Selling Superstitions What does it hurt?

Since the time of the Pythagoreans, seven has been thought to be the perfect number.  Also, for many years sellers have been incorporating the number seven in their house prices.


#5 Scatter Coins Like They Do in the Philippines

Some superstitious folks in the Philippines believe that scattering coins around the living room will invite financial prosperity.  These folks believe scattering the coins will attract the right buyer which will be financially beneficially to them.


#6 West African Tradition

In West Africa, there is a belief that your housework should be done in the morning. Therefore, if someone is cleaning up at night, you could sweep away your good fortune.

All sellers want their home to sell quickly and for the most amount of money.  Having a great real estate agent will make sure your home is marketed to the fullest is helpful. Additionally, the right agent will be sure your home has professional pictures and effectively staged.  Also, while an effective strategy will get your house sold, a little "divine" intervention will not hurt!

#7 St Joseph Prayer for Home Buyers

While many home sellers turn to St Joseph and the burying of a St. Joseph statue to sell their home, Many buyers are also turning to St. Joseph.

If you are a believer, here is a prayer you may want to try:

Glorious St. Joseph, foster-father and protector of Jesus Christ! To you do I raise my heart and hands to implore your powerful intercession. Please obtain for me from the kind Heart of Jesus the help and graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare. I ask particularly for the grace of a happy death, and the special favor I now implore to help us find a home.

Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel animated with confidence that your prayers in my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.  O glorious St. Joseph, through the love you bear to Jesus Christ, and for the glory of His name,

#8 St Joseph Prayers or the Right Agent?

There are many beliefs and superstitions buyers and sellers use for home sales. Also, it is always a good idea to have an experienced real estate agent working on your behalf.   Additionally, you need someone familiar with the area you buying or selling in.  There are three key negotiation points in a home sale.

First, is getting the initial purchase offer accepted.  Also, this offer will consist of a sale price, possible closing cost assistance, a date for the sale and other items, perhaps including or excluding certain appliances, a home warranty, the title company, etc.

The next key negotiation is when a home inspection has been done on the property.  Buyers will often ask the seller to make repairs.  These repairs are frequently negotiated and can lead to the seller making repairs, providing a buyer credit at closing or a buyer walking away.

Not All Agents Are Great Negotiators

The last key negotiation is the home appraisal.  A buyer getting a home loan will find their lender will ask for a professional appraisal company completing an appraisal.  I recommend even cash buyers have an appraisal completed on their pending sale.  Should the property not appraise at the contract price, again negotiations start again.

The seller can cut the sales price, the buyer can agree to pay over appraised value and bring additional funds to closing.  The buyer and seller may meet somewhere in the middle.  The last option is for the buyer to walk away if the seller does not agree to cut the price.  The buyer would walk away, getting all earnest money returned.

The buyer will be out what they paid for the home inspection and the appraisal.  Working with an experienced real estate agent who has excellent communication and negotiation skills will ensure your best interests are met.


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Mountain Park Ranch Real Estate


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Shirley Coomer

Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living


15905 S 46th St, Ste 160

Phoenix, Az  85048




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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Shirley Coomer I can remember having many sellers decades ago who DID bury a St. Joseph statue in the front yard....  the way I looked at it at the time, I welcomed all the help I could get.... and my office always had a St. Joseph statue on the shelf!!!!  I have that St. Joseph statue in my home now!

Jul 23, 2019 05:17 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Shirley... loved this post with all the superstitions about home selling. Our Association sells St Joseph's statues in the Realtor Store. I have a few clients who will swear on their children's lives that it was burying one that got their homes sold after they sat on the market for a while. (Of course, I think it had more to do with them hiring me finally!) But nonetheless, kind of a fun thing to give to clients on a new listing.

Jul 23, 2019 05:18 AM #2
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Shirley Coomer - St Joseph statues do work.  I think in part because the seller is showing a real detachment from the home by burying the statue and reciting the prayer.  I have listed many homes and until the seller finally releases that home, they do not sell. 

Jul 23, 2019 07:26 AM #3
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