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Many Turn To Higher Power For Home Sales
WKMG TV NEWS ^ | 9-19-2006

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."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: housingbubble; realestate; stjoseph
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DOES ST. JOSEPH HELP SELL? Survey (at linked source): Ever Buried St. Joseph Statue?

1 posted on 09/19/2006 8:04:32 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: Cagey

I'll take my house off the market before I engage in voodoo.


2 posted on 09/19/2006 8:06:03 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Cagey
Patron Saints index
3 posted on 09/19/2006 8:09:50 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Cagey

I guess those bathtub shrines in the front yards weren't doing the trick?


4 posted on 09/19/2006 8:10:40 AM PDT by Deguello
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To: AppyPappy
From Snopes: The last line is hystericaly funny.

The custom of burying St. Joseph has become so widespread that some religious goods stores even offer a Home Sale Kit, which includes a plastic statue, a prayer card, and an introduction to the St. Joseph home sale practice.
Prudent realtors also recommend the following advice in addition to burying Joe: "For this practice to be fully effective, the seller must, of course, first do such practical yet all important chores as completing all necessary fix-up, properly staging the home and finally, adjusting the price so as to exactly reflect market value."

Many who have experienced difficulty selling their homes have reported seemingly miraculous sales shortly after burying a statue of St. Joseph on their property. Stephen Binz's 2003 book, Saint Joseph, My Real Estate Agent, is replete with many such examples. However, one tale included in the book — which might well be apocryphal — points that everything doesn't always go as planned. One impatient man moved his statue from the frontyard to the backyard to the side of the house and finally threw it in the trash. A few days later the frustrated seller opened the newspaper and saw the headline "Local Dump Has Been Sold."
5 posted on 09/19/2006 8:11:07 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: Cagey

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!


6 posted on 09/19/2006 8:11:45 AM PDT by RexBeach (Will Rogers Never Met Bill Clinton.)
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To: AppyPappy
I'll take my house off the market before I engage in voodoo.

is any act of faith "voodoo" in your book, or just the ones you don't agree with?

7 posted on 09/19/2006 8:12:19 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("It's only pain, darling.")
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To: AppyPappy
You aren't serious about selling a house unless you are willing to slit a goats throat in the light of the full moon while reading from the Egyptian The Book of The Dead.
8 posted on 09/19/2006 8:13:15 AM PDT by BipolarBob (I get homesick when I look up in the skies and see my home planet.)
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To: Cagey
Judy Moore turned to a St. Joseph figurine. She buried it in the yard, head down.

This alone is enough to convince me that Judy's head is firmly planted in an anatomical location where the sun doesn't shine ...

9 posted on 09/19/2006 8:13:41 AM PDT by tx_eggman (The people who work for me wear the dog collars. It's good to be king. - ccmay)
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To: Cagey
If I'm looking to sell to a muslim,do I bury a picture of that mohammed clown and his nine year old wife?
10 posted on 09/19/2006 8:13:50 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: Cagey

Head down? Poor, Joe!


11 posted on 09/19/2006 8:13:53 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: RexBeach

Bury one on the day it goes on the market, then report back.


12 posted on 09/19/2006 8:13:54 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Cagey

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...


13 posted on 09/19/2006 8:14:04 AM PDT by Axenolith (Got Au? Ag?)
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To: Cagey
I thought you were supposed to bury St. Anthony? He's the Patron Saint of lost things and my Catholic friends insisted we were "looking for a buyer".

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.

14 posted on 09/19/2006 8:14:26 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Go Big 12 Football!)
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To: BipolarBob

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.


15 posted on 09/19/2006 8:15:38 AM PDT by mmyers
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To: AppyPappy
I'll take my house off the market before I engage in voodoo.

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.

16 posted on 09/19/2006 8:17:06 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: tx_eggman

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/


17 posted on 09/19/2006 8:17:24 AM PDT by pikachu (Be alert --we need more lerts!)
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To: BipolarBob

Can I use the Necronomicon too?


18 posted on 09/19/2006 8:17:27 AM PDT by PandaRosaMishima (she who tends the Nightunicorn)
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To: mmyers

And that proves . . . . . . ?


19 posted on 09/19/2006 8:18:45 AM PDT by BipolarBob (I get homesick when I look up in the skies and see my home planet.)
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To: Obadiah

"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.


20 posted on 09/19/2006 8:18:51 AM PDT by linda_22003
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; martin_fierro

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?


21 posted on 09/19/2006 8:19:44 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: the invisib1e hand; AppyPappy
From a Catholic perspective, this practice is an act of superstition, idolatry, and sacrilege.

YMMV

22 posted on 09/19/2006 8:19:49 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: AppyPappy

I'll take my house off the market before I engage in voodoo.




No doubt. It simply amazes me. I wonder how God feels about this. I can imagine the conversation....

"Hey God, can you take a moment and send a buyer to this house? They took the time to bury a piece of plastic in my image in their front yard, face down. I know, it wasn't an image of you, but I'm the home sales guy they turn to. With faith like that, you just gatta help them out. Thanks, I knew I could count on ya."

sigh


23 posted on 09/19/2006 8:19:53 AM PDT by MadeInAmerica (- If ILLEGAL means Undocumented - Then Breaking and Entering means Unannounced Visit)
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To: Deguello
I guess those bathtub shrines in the front yards weren't doing the trick?

That only works if you put Christmas lights on 'em.

24 posted on 09/19/2006 8:20:18 AM PDT by uglybiker (Don't look at me. I didn't make you stupid.)
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To: PandaRosaMishima

Heck, why not? If we're going to engage in idolatry - in for a penny, in for a pound.


25 posted on 09/19/2006 8:20:25 AM PDT by BipolarBob (I get homesick when I look up in the skies and see my home planet.)
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To: AppyPappy

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.


26 posted on 09/19/2006 8:20:55 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: Cagey

Like all things religious...impossible to prove, but if it makes one feel better, then OK with me.


27 posted on 09/19/2006 8:21:11 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: Cagey

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.


28 posted on 09/19/2006 8:21:59 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: PandaRosaMishima; BipolarBob
Can I use the Necronomicon too?

Only if yer nekkid when ya read it!

29 posted on 09/19/2006 8:23:32 AM PDT by uglybiker (Don't look at me. I didn't make you stupid.)
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To: linda_22003

Huh. New to me I guess. Still, doesn't change my opinion.


30 posted on 09/19/2006 8:23:55 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: Obadiah
I buried St. Joseph upside down, in my front yard and sold all three of my houses..

So it was an act of faith, not voo-doo..and it worked.

I used St. Joseph from my Christmas Nativity set..:)

sw

31 posted on 09/19/2006 8:24:00 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: Cagey

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.


32 posted on 09/19/2006 8:24:04 AM PDT by Wright Wing
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To: Gay State Conservative
If I'm looking to sell to a muslim,do I bury a picture of that mohammed clown and his nine year old wife?

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.

33 posted on 09/19/2006 8:24:15 AM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: Alas Babylon!
I have never heard of this before ...

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.

34 posted on 09/19/2006 8:26:55 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: martin_fierro

Admiral Fyodor Ushakov, patron saint of nuclear long-distance bombers.


35 posted on 09/19/2006 8:27:03 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: martin_fierro
Patron Saints index





ROFL, they have an index? I just looked it up and that's just too funny. I'm Protestant so excuse my position, but allow me to indulge in folly for a moment.

Bwahahahahahaha
36 posted on 09/19/2006 8:27:07 AM PDT by MadeInAmerica (- If ILLEGAL means Undocumented - Then Breaking and Entering means Unannounced Visit)
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To: martin_fierro

Bogus list...St. Barbara is the Patron Saint of Artillerymen.


37 posted on 09/19/2006 8:29:29 AM PDT by Redleg Duke (ˇSalga de los Estados Unidos de América, invasor!)
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To: SamuraiScot
There are some key differences, starting with the fact that St. Joseph is actually a saint . . .

Last time I looked, I was too .. by faith, through grace.

38 posted on 09/19/2006 8:31:39 AM PDT by tx_eggman (The people who work for me wear the dog collars. It's good to be king. - ccmay)
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To: Obadiah

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. :)


39 posted on 09/19/2006 8:32:46 AM PDT by linda_22003
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To: tx_eggman

Sorta dissapointing to not see your name on the list, isn't it? I wonder if their list matches Gods?


40 posted on 09/19/2006 8:34:04 AM PDT by BipolarBob (I get homesick when I look up in the skies and see my home planet.)
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To: Cagey

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.


41 posted on 09/19/2006 8:48:26 AM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Cagey

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.


42 posted on 09/19/2006 8:53:20 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Redleg Duke
Bogus list...

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 people’s 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 Butler’s Lives of the Saints, published between 1756 and 1759, had 1,486 entries. The 1956 revision contained 2,565.

Butler’s 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.

43 posted on 09/19/2006 8:54:58 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Cagey

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.


44 posted on 09/19/2006 9:02:11 AM PDT by almcbean
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To: Cagey

Man, I haven't heard this one in about 30 years!


45 posted on 09/19/2006 9:02:48 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: martin_fierro

It was meant as a joke. Sorry it misfired on you.


46 posted on 09/19/2006 9:02:52 AM PDT by Redleg Duke (ˇSalga de los Estados Unidos de América, invasor!)
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To: Redleg Duke

OIC

< |:)~


47 posted on 09/19/2006 9:05:11 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: almcbean
I've decided to bury my listing agent upside down in the yard and sell it myself.

LOL!!!

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.

48 posted on 09/19/2006 9:07:51 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: Cagey

"I really like Pittsburgh but with the way the roads are designed, I'd be perpetually lost."

We have maps.


49 posted on 09/19/2006 9:11:53 AM PDT by almcbean
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To: ArrogantBustard
From a Catholic perspective, this practice is an act of superstition, idolatry, and sacrilege.

Just this one?

50 posted on 09/19/2006 9:14:16 AM PDT by balrog666 (Ignorance is never better than knowledge. - Enrico Fermi)
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