Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

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
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-4041-55 next last
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
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

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.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

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)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

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.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

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.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

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
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

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.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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!
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

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
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

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)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

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
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

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
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

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.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

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)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

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!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

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)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

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
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

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.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-4041-55 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson