A Place of Honor.

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart SA541769000


Laugh if you will, but I am a believer. Call it fantasy, hocus pocus, or superstition.

There is a story, perhaps a wives’ tale, that if you bury a statue of St. Joseph on the grounds of a home that is for sale that the home will sell faster.

As a young boy, I was taught that St. Joseph was a carpenter. I do not think he ever sold real estate, so I am not sure where the belief that he is the patron saint of real estate agents originated.

But why tempt fate?

Over the years I have made it a practice to bury a St. Joseph statue at the home of all my listings, including my own when it was for sale.

There have been a lot of different opinions as to how St. Joseph should be employed. Some say upside down in the front yard. Others say in the back yard facing the house. Still, others say facing away from the house. But that technique always concerned me that the house across the street will sell and not mine.

I once read a story about a seller that did not believe St. Joseph can help sell a house. He dug up the statue and threw it in the garbage. A few days later the county sold the property that the landfill was on to a developer. I am a bit skeptical this report is true.

Of course, fixing up, cleaning, and staging a home for sale can also yield productive results, but that is a subject for another blog post.

The practice also says that once the home sells, that St. Joseph should be dug up and displayed in a place of honor. I like to display my St. Joseph statues in one of my most honorable places, along with the flag that draped my father’s casket when he was buried at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Dad was a veteran of World War II and served with honor in Burma and India.

One thing I know for sure is that I will continue to utilize St. Joseph, my namesake, to help with my real estate sales. I also will continue to display him in a place of honor alongside my father’s flag. It is the most honorable place I can imagine.


Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com

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Comments (16)

Number Cruncher LLC - Overton, NV
Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems

I have not heard of this practice before.


Jan 27, 2021 06:33 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Maybe there is a statue you can bring to an IRS audit?

Jan 28, 2021 06:54 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I had heard of this - and I believe the statue is supposed to be buried upside down facing the house. Why? I have no idea!!!

Enjoy your day!

Jan 28, 2021 05:37 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

That makes the most sense. If it makes sense at all.

Jan 28, 2021 06:54 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I have used Saint Joseph when sellers have done everything right, I've done everything possible and we still aren't getting an offer.  The most magical one was a Christmas Eve burial of St. Joseph.  Within four days, we had a buyer.

Jan 28, 2021 10:56 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Well done. You gave the sellers a nice Christmas present.

Jan 28, 2021 12:24 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Joseph I have had clients that believed in St Joseph helping to sell their homes - and guess what - he did!  Of course right now, just about any house sells within minutes so Joesph can take a vacation for a while!

Jan 28, 2021 03:48 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Yes Anna, he is probably in quarentine right now.

Jan 28, 2021 06:30 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joseph- I'd heard what Kat Palmiotti heard...that you bury st Joseph upside down. Interestingly...shortly after we'd moved into our new home, I was working in our flower bed in the back of the home and dug up a St Joseph statue. 

Jan 28, 2021 06:53 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

See, it worked!

Jan 29, 2021 06:27 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this practice.

Take care, be safe and have a great day and a very special weekend.

Jan 29, 2021 07:37 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Roy

Jan 29, 2021 06:39 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I believe we used it once, not sure if the sale was due to the statue. I will say, in this market, there's no time to buy any statue before a house is sold. :) 

Jan 30, 2021 08:58 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

I keep a supply. But I have to admit I sold one recently before I ever had time to put a sign up.

Jan 30, 2021 04:31 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Joseph,
I believe in self-fulling prophecies. If one believes in something subconsciously we do everything to make it so. Perhaps an upside-down St. Joseph does work. It can't hurt that's for sure. 

There is no higher place of honor than with the flag that draped your Father's coffin. My brother has the one from our Dad's coffin.

Jan 30, 2021 11:45 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Yes, the power of positive thinking. And a correct price.

Jan 30, 2021 04:32 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jan 30, 2021 06:07 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks for the feature Kathy Streib 

Jan 31, 2021 06:39 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joseph - I know about St Joseph and once was a bit surprised when I went into a church's gift shop and asked the clerk if they had any in stock and was directed to an entire section with different options.  

Jan 31, 2021 04:56 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

St. Joseph is a busy guy.

Jan 31, 2021 06:40 AM
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I had not heard of this practice and thank you for sharing the story.  I love that you honor St. Joseph and your dad as you do. 

Jan 31, 2021 05:45 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks Ray.

Jan 31, 2021 06:40 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 - Yes, I have head of this practice to and nice that you place St. Joseph next to your father.

Jan 31, 2021 06:33 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks for reading Grant


Jan 31, 2021 06:41 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I think that St.Jude is considered to be the patron saint of lost causes -so we should actually be praying to him in tough real estate markets

Jan 31, 2021 07:18 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

No wonder my parents named me Joseph.

Feb 01, 2021 09:49 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I've only done this once, at the request of an out-of-town seller I was working with to sell her grandmother's home, after a number of months on the market. We had a great offer within several days.


Jan 31, 2021 01:07 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

I guess it worked!

Feb 01, 2021 09:49 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib included your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week as I missed it. I have definitely used this practice with certain clients who swear it works and the scary part it's always worked! They have always wanted to bury Saint Joseph upside down in the front year.

Jan 31, 2021 05:11 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Coincidence or faith? Either way, it cannot hurt.

Feb 01, 2021 09:51 AM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID

I have had a few clients bury a St. Joseph statue.  Some have dug them up at closing and others have not. 

Feb 01, 2021 10:31 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Five stars! How can you go wrong?

Feb 02, 2021 08:19 AM

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