Skip to comments.Many Turn To Higher Power For Home Sales
Posted on 09/19/2006 8:04:31 AM PDT by Cagey
BOSTON -- In order to sell a house these days, people are looking for all the help they can get.
A Boston area real estate agent is among those who've turned to a saint. And she believes it worked.
Facing a slow market -- and a house with a steep driveway -- agent Judy Moore turned to a St. Joseph figurine. She buried it in the yard, head down. And she soon had a buyer.
Moore isn't alone in turning to St. Joseph. Stores nationwide that sell religious goods say sales of his statues are way up. They come with varying instructions, but they all boil down to burying the statue in the yard or near the "for sale" sign -- then saying a prayer for a buyer.
Linking St. Joseph to real estate goes back to the 16th century, when a nun buried his medal and prayed to him for help in getting land for convents.
These days, one theology professor has a more simple explanation: "In times of crisis," he says, "people try anything."
DOES ST. JOSEPH HELP SELL? Survey (at linked source): Ever Buried St. Joseph Statue?
I'll take my house off the market before I engage in voodoo.
I guess those bathtub shrines in the front yards weren't doing the trick?
I had a client use this method and it worked great! The house went unsold for months. She placed St. Joseph in the front yard and got an offer three days later!
is any act of faith "voodoo" in your book, or just the ones you don't agree with?
This alone is enough to convince me that Judy's head is firmly planted in an anatomical location where the sun doesn't shine ...
Head down? Poor, Joe!
Bury one on the day it goes on the market, then report back.
Hopefully, there's no aluminum or copper on these things. I don't need to be digging them up from 2 feet metal detecting, all the while thinking I'm about to haul in a cache of Morgans...
Either way, St. Anthony is buried in my old front yard on PA, where I sold the house on the very day we buried him.
And no, I'm not Catholic, I did it for my friends.
When I closed on my house the seller gave me the keys and went to her trunk and pulled out a shovel. She went to the garden area and dug up a St. After 2 1/2 years I now have 500,000 in equity.
Oh, my gosh. I have heard about this from family members, and I chided them saying that they should have simply called a witch doctor. Unbelievable, really staggering, that otherwise intelligent people have become susceptible to this. How far we have fallen spiritually as a nation.
The instructions in the 'kit' my ex-mother-in-law sent said to burry the statue head down. House did not sell for a year after that. For a while I was comptempalting burrying the real estate agent head down after she kept screwing up the listing/
Can I use the Necronomicon too?
And that proves . . . . . . ?
"Have become", like it's a recent thing? People were doing this in Boston thirty years ago, when I lived there, and it wasn't new then.
Well, according to Martin's link in post #3, St. Anthony is the Patron Saint of Butchers and Gravediggers. Did you sell your home to either profession?
I'll take my house off the market before I engage in voodoo.
That only works if you put Christmas lights on 'em.
Heck, why not? If we're going to engage in idolatry - in for a penny, in for a pound.
It just takes a little common sense. My friend "stages" houses. Meaning she goes into a home, rearranges the furniture that's there and, for a minimal amount of money, makes your house look better. Her last house was on the market for 13 months. She staged it and it sold 8 days later.
Like all things religious...impossible to prove, but if it makes one feel better, then OK with me.
I am a practicing, believing Catholic. I teach catholic Sunday School (Catechist). I have never heard of this before and consider it both silly (why on Earth would a Saint desire this--burying their image upside down--in order to intercede?) and blasphemous (it's just not something to bug God about). I could see praying to sell a home in order to ensure one's material survival, but beyond that, it's like praying to win the lottery.
Saints should be honored for the sacrifice they gave God, not for their ability to give us material things. It's not proper.
Only if yer nekkid when ya read it!
Huh. New to me I guess. Still, doesn't change my opinion.
So it was an act of faith, not voo-doo..and it worked.
I used St. Joseph from my Christmas Nativity set..:)
It worked for me. Had my condo on the market and not a nibble. Put the statue in the ground, and two weeks later had an offer and I sold.
There are some key differences, starting with the fact that St. Joseph is actually a saint . . .
You can't argue with results. Jewish real-estate firms in New York have been giving them away for decades.
This practice was very popular, at least in the Northeast, during the last real estate slowdown.
Saints should be honored for the sacrifice they gave God, not for their ability to give us material things.
I agree and this really does seem silly.
Admiral Fyodor Ushakov, patron saint of nuclear long-distance bombers.
Bogus list...St. Barbara is the Patron Saint of Artillerymen.
Last time I looked, I was too .. by faith, through grace.
I agree about it being a silly thing to do, but it's not new at all. It may be a regional thing, I don't know (certainly I haven't run into it here in the Washington area).
Now, "staging" houses, that does work. People can't look at their own houses objectively; they don't see the clutter and they don't smell the smells. An objective eye is necessary - and so is getting rid of a lot of crap. :)
Sorta dissapointing to not see your name on the list, isn't it? I wonder if their list matches Gods?
I am Catholic and had never heard of this practice until recently. I was told that the Church does not sanction it. But because it has become popular they have issued guidelines to keep the statues of St. Joseph from being treated in a sacreligious manner.
To me it would be better to ask for simple prayers and to pray that God send a really ethical and excellent real estate broker.
I have a friend (a very liberal Catholic) who was a real estate agent in DC. She told us all about this some years ago. The statue must be buried in the garden head down. Then, after the sale, you must dig St. Joseph up and put him in a place of honor on your mantlepiece, as a show of thanks.
The whole business struck me as more like Mafia extortion than true religion, frankly. Although my friend didn't say so, the wholel procedure sounded to me something like, "Listen, Joseph. Sell me this house, and I'll dig you up again. Or else you can stay buried upside down!" Very strange, and not at all like the usual Catholic way of venerating (not worshipping) a saint, or praying to him for intercession.
From the site:
Can you tell me how many saints there are?
That is a difficult question to answer. In the first eight or nine centuries there was no formal process of canonization. People were recognized as saints because of a kind of popular acclamation. People were believed to be saints because they had been martyred for the faith or they had lived very holy lives. Often their graves became places of pilgrimage and prayer. We have no idea of how many peoples holiness was not recognized. That is one reason why we have the Feast of All Saints.
Sometimes the recognition of holiness was particular to an area or community. Sometimes the reputation for sanctity spread beyond national borders.
It was not until 993 that the first official canonization took place. It was then that Pope John XV declared Bishop Ulrich of Augsburg a saint.
The original edition of Butlers Lives of the Saints, published between 1756 and 1759, had 1,486 entries. The 1956 revision contained 2,565.
Butlers Lives is now undergoing another revision. Since not all the new volumes have yet been published, I cannot tell you how many biographies or saints will be listed.
In any case I doubt that anyone will claim it is a complete and exhaustive listing of all the saints or people who are claimed to have been saints.
There is also under way a revision of the Roman Martyrology by the Congregation for Divine Worship. The Martyrology is an official listing of saints feasts.
My house has been on the market for 7 months. I've decided to bury my listing agent upside down in the yard and sell it myself. Looking for a nice house in Pittsburgh area? We have a good football team, notwithstanding last night.
Man, I haven't heard this one in about 30 years!
It was meant as a joke. Sorry it misfired on you.
Looking for a nice house in Pittsburgh area? We have a good football team, notwithstanding last night.
I really like Pittsburgh but with the way the roads are designed, I'd be perpetually lost.
"I really like Pittsburgh but with the way the roads are designed, I'd be perpetually lost."
We have maps.
Just this one?