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According to a recent press release, nearly one third of adults would consider burying a statue of Saint Joseph in the yard if it would help sell their home in today's market.

While the act of burying a Saint's statue in order to promote the sale of a home can easy be viewed as mere superstition, the practice does have a historical basis.

The tradition began hundreds of years ago in Spain when Sister Teresa of Avila buried medals of Saint Joseph in the ground when she needed land upon which to build convents.

The practice evolved over the years, and now thousands of home sellers and real estate agents bury tiny statutes, seeking divine intervention in the sale of their home. In fact, there are online retailers who will sell entire Saint Joseph home-selling packages, including free listings.

Such unconventional tactics multiply in difficult markets, and the burying of a statue is really no different than hiring a feng shui expert to arrange the  furniture or baking cookies before open houses.

Still: if an offer comes in quickly after, it's natural to see a causal relationship.

While burying a statue in the yard probably won't move a house as well as reasonable upgrades, good staging, and competitive pricing, in today's market it certainly couldn't hurt - and sellers are certainly looking for any little advantage they can get to sell their home.


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Michael Shankman
Award Realty - Las Vegas, NV
Selling Las Vegas 702-498-3383

good post..you just need to price the home correctly..that is everything!!!!

Jun 13, 2008 03:23 AM #1
Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

I have never done the Saint Joseph Statue...I have thought about it. 

Jun 13, 2008 03:41 AM #2
June Lewis
Northwood Realty Services - New Castle, PA
Realtor Northwood Realty - New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571

I have never been in favor of burying the statue of Saint Joseph ONLY because of the general opinion of superstition attached to the act.. 

In reality-it is NOT  superstition BUT an act of faith to the saint asking his help ( as you would also ask a friend to pray ) to help you pray for the intention of your prayer.

That being said the house has to be priced right!!  I heard the other day this:

God answers all prayers with yes, no, not right now and "you got to be kidding."  I  think that is what happens with over-priced listings.  Poor Saint Joseph has his work cut out for him.

Jun 13, 2008 03:50 AM #3
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