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Some divine intervention in real estate-[Bury St. Joseph Statues in Ground]
Beacon Journal ^ | Oct 10 2006 | Kim Hone-McMahan

Posted on 10/10/2006 10:04:26 AM PDT by MrNationalist

Sellers put faith in St. Joseph statues.

Randy Moore jumped on the shovel with both feet, and the blade pierced the earth.

``It's supposed to be buried 8 inches deep and upside down,'' said Carla Herbert, owner of Harvest Home Realty, who has Randy and Beth Moore's $149,900 Cape Cod on the market.

Again, Randy leaped on the garden tool.

``OK, that's deep enough,'' said Herbert, sporting a taupe suit, high heels and a grin.

The statue was placed in the ground.

Using their bare hands, the Moores pushed the dirt back into the hole, Beth's diamond ring catching the light from the afternoon sun.

``Now, we pray,'' Herbert said, telling Beth to ask for divine intervention in selling the three-bedroom home in Stow.

Legend has it that for help selling property, homeowners should bury a statue of St. Joseph, the patron saint of family and household, in their yards.

Many homeowners these days are grumbling about a difficult real estate market. But Bill Askin, president of the Akron Area Board of Realtors, said that lots of area homes are selling. In fact, he said, more real estate could be sold locally this year than ever before.

However, statistics also show that a record number of properties are on the market. By the end of August, there were far more new listings to date than in all of last year. The result is oversupply -- forcing sellers to keep their homes in top shape and allowing buyers to be picky.

The imbalance between supply and demand can mean some homes will sit unsold for months.

That's one of the reasons some real estate agents and homeowners who are having a devil of a time selling their properties are enlisting the help of St. Joseph to deliver them a buyer.

At Grismer's Religious Gifts, co-owner June Grismer has noticed a marked increase in the sale of St. Josephs in the past year or so. Each of the family's three stores sells six to 12 statues a day.

At the downtown Akron store, there are at least 15 types of the statues on display. Among them is the patron saint enclosed in a ``Home Sales Kit,'' which sells for $7.99, complete with a prayer card. But Grismer doesn't like how the product is packaged.

``If it were up to us, we would never have a `sales kit,' but that is beyond our control,'' she said. ``The true custom is that you put the statue in a place of honor in your home.

``You never have to bury it.''

But others, like Herbert, say St. Joseph must be placed in the ground if you want his help. It's a ritual that Herbert says has brought her success -- and glares.

She laughed when spinning a tale about a contractor's home she had on the market. Frustrated that the house wasn't selling, she persuaded her staff to tag along with her to Kent, where the home had been built.

``We buried the statue in the front yard, stood in a circle, held hands and said a little prayer.''

Curious construction workers at a nearby house were watching the bizarre ceremony. Herbert wondered whether they might think that the women were involved in some type of devil worship.

``Shortly after, the house sold,'' Herbert said.

Asking a client for permission to bury a St. Joseph statue in the yard isn't something that comes up immediately in conversation. Herbert waits until the home has been on the market for at least 90 days and, if the owners are Catholic, then she might broach the subject.

``It depends on their faith and beliefs,'' she said, adding that she personally trusts in a higher power.

The step most people skip, Herbert said, is saying a prayer for nine days following the burial rite. Some believe that it's the prayer, and not a piece of plastic, that leads to a sale.

Exactly how the statue is to be placed in the ground and which way it should be positioned depends on whom you ask. But popular opinion suggests that it be placed upside down, its feet pointing to heaven.

And despite disagreements on things like whether the statue should be placed in the front or back yard, believers agree on one thing: After the house sells and closing is complete, the statute is to be unearthed and placed in a prominent spot in the new home.

Ray Leber, owner of Rebel Enterprises in Tallmadge, provides selling tools to real estate agents. His own home is on the market.

``Since I have the product (St. Joseph statues),'' he said, struggling to suppress a chuckle, ``I may plant them all around the house.

``I need all the help I can get.''


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KEYWORDS: faith; homes; realestate; statues; stjoseph

1 posted on 10/10/2006 10:04:28 AM PDT by MrNationalist
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To: MrNationalist

Silliest thing I've heard of so far today.


2 posted on 10/10/2006 10:06:02 AM PDT by orionblamblam (Prayers... give people the feeling they're doing something without making any real effort.)
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To: orionblamblam

Perhaps, but to humor my dear mom, who says two rosaries a day, I did this in a slow market in 2003 in Boca Raton, FL.

We got a 97% of List Price offer 5 days later, accepted & closed on it.


3 posted on 10/10/2006 10:09:10 AM PDT by Seeking the truth (Freep Gear & Pajama Patrol Badges @ www.0cents.com)
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To: orionblamblam

Are you sure?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1716928/posts


4 posted on 10/10/2006 10:11:18 AM PDT by MrNationalist (Isaiah 6:8)
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To: Seeking the truth

> We got a 97% of List Price offer 5 days later, accepted & closed on it.

Yeah? I asked Odin for assitance, and my house got three offers on the first day it was listed (two unofficial before it listed) and sold for ten grand more than the asking price.

Neener neener! Odin whups them saints!


5 posted on 10/10/2006 10:14:25 AM PDT by orionblamblam (Prayers... give people the feeling they're doing something without making any real effort.)
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To: MrNationalist

I've done it, sold a home in a week after being on the market for 60 days in 1980.


6 posted on 10/10/2006 10:15:22 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: orionblamblam
This looks to me like nothing so much as shamanism dressed in Christian trappings. I wouldn't do it even if it was proven to work...perhaps especially not then.
7 posted on 10/10/2006 10:17:00 AM PDT by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: MrNationalist

Ok.....I'm girded and guarded for the obvious incoming strife from my fellow Freepers for what I'm about to post. But, for the sake of this thread alone I'm willing to bare my soft white underbelly [ tanned actually ... I live in Florida].

My daughter and her husband are young, early 20's young when they built their first home. He was reassigned to another part of the country and packed up his lovely wife,(my stunningly attractive and equally brilliant)daughter and their 2 year old daughter.

....and they put their house up for sale in real estate challenged, SW Florida.

Many, many, many double mortgage payments later I get a call from my daughter who is crying. They had to sell their cars, blood, cuticals and anything else they could to make both mortgages. They dropped the price of their home, changed realtors ... anything they could ....

....when I decided to try something foolish. I bought a St. Joseph's statue, drove the 146 miles to their house for sale which wasn't selling along with the several other homes on their street in the same condition ..... buried it ... said a prayer and left. Calling my sobbing but grateful daughter, and telling her what I had just done....feeling both helpless and foolish we hoped this would work.

It's 5 days later and she got a call from her realtor. They have an offer .. in the price they were asking .. with a close date of 30 days from today.

I know...I know........but you have to admit .... it makes a great story!


8 posted on 10/10/2006 10:20:19 AM PDT by Fighting Irish (Béagán agus a rá go maith)
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To: MrNationalist

Why would anyone want to live or buy a house in Akron, OH?


9 posted on 10/10/2006 10:20:34 AM PDT by coon2000
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To: MrNationalist
A friend gave me one before I was ready to sell. Once had told my real estate agent to put my house on the market - I buried the statue and said a prayer. My house never did go on the market - it was bought up by another agent within two days!

I report - you decide :-)

10 posted on 10/10/2006 10:22:26 AM PDT by Sunsong
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To: Fighting Irish
I tend to think it's coincidence. I tried it 6 months ago. No buyers. But of course I'm in Michigan, where there are mass quantities of unsold houses, what with everyone getting the hell out.
11 posted on 10/10/2006 10:26:03 AM PDT by PCBMan (Wernstrom!!!!)
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To: MrNationalist

I don't think I could bury my St Joseph's statue. I would have to buy one of the kits. I just don't think I could do it but if it ever comes to the point of really having to I guess I could. Just doesn't seem right to me to bury him. Do you dig him back up after the sale? Or is he left there forever?


12 posted on 10/10/2006 10:27:24 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( barbaric with zero tolerance and dilligaf?)
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To: pandoraou812

Dunno ..... I gave up the pagan idol schtick long ago.

I hear you can dig it up when the house closes. In this case my mother wants it.

I came to some relative peace about it while I was praying over the sale of the house that day, apologizing for doing it but asking my efforts be taken as faith.

Who knows........I know God doesn't smack you in the head for trying. He might even find all this quite amuzing.

Me thinks God sees past the motivation and directly at the heart. Or I hope anyway...


13 posted on 10/10/2006 10:35:51 AM PDT by Fighting Irish (Béagán agus a rá go maith)
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To: orionblamblam
O.K. guys, get a load of this. My house was on the market (hot market) for 38 months. No one could figure why it wasn't selling. Turns out it was marketed under the wrong area (not a good one) while we were looking. Of course we bought a few hundred thousand under potential mark-up. Just the other day while gardening I found a Saint Joseph statue in the flower garden, I think upright. Will someone please tell me without a tin foil hat that ALL IS WELL?

All I hear is bury the statue upside down. I found this one right side up.

Flame but be easy...
14 posted on 10/10/2006 10:38:51 AM PDT by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: MrNationalist

Although the Catholic Church supports using religous statues and icons as aids in prayer, the Church STRONGLY warns against sliding into superstition and iolatry as a result. The Church reminds us that such objects are NOT talismans and charms in and of themselves, and do not possess any power within them WHATSOEVER!! They are merely aids to help those who already belive to focus upon God. One needs to have a firm faith and 100% focus on Christ to begin with, and such objects are used to direct our attention more fully to Jesus (but are NOT by any means NECESSARY for this purpose!!). They are not objects of worship themselves. Such things are for people who are ALREADY staunch followers of Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit. If statues and icons ever become a superstition for a Catholic, where they think that good things will not happen unless they do something with a physical object, the Church then forbids their usage.


15 posted on 10/10/2006 11:04:49 AM PDT by Zetman (I believe the children are the next generation.)
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To: Fighting Irish

I am laughing here thinking of my husband buying a new house & finding St Joseph in the ground, he would think he had a antique or a treasure.


16 posted on 10/10/2006 11:09:00 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( barbaric with zero tolerance and dilligaf?)
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To: Zetman

In my Post # 15 above, "iolatry" should have been "idolatry", but I suspect most of you figured that out for yourselves. I really need to spend more time with my friend, Mr. Spellchecker!!


17 posted on 10/10/2006 11:11:18 AM PDT by Zetman (I believe the children are the next generation.)
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To: Seeking the truth; Matchett-PI; oldglory; Bob Ireland; M Kehoe; mcmuffin

OK - I admit it! We have St. Jos. upside down and facing the house in our front yard!

Hey Gene! How's by you? Long time, pal...

Yup, we're moving again - off the coast - a little inland.

Two hurricanes were enough. Stay well, pally..........FRegards


18 posted on 10/10/2006 11:27:01 AM PDT by gonzo (.........Good grief!...I'm as confused as a baby in a topless club!.........)
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To: MrNationalist

I know, it's Super BS. But after 7 months on market, tried it. Sold house in 3 weeks, and I'm a Presbyterian!


19 posted on 10/10/2006 11:28:22 AM PDT by MindBender26 (Having my own CAR-15 in RVN meant never having to say I was sorry....)
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To: Fighting Irish; Seeking the truth

Your # 8 - Would you come over to our house and teach us the prayer?

Musta done it wrong..............FRegards


20 posted on 10/10/2006 11:31:44 AM PDT by gonzo (.........Good grief!...I'm as confused as a baby in a topless club!.........)
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To: MrNationalist

bttt


21 posted on 10/10/2006 11:42:30 AM PDT by 100-Fold_Return (Soros hates MEGA-churches, Televanglists, and Wal-Mart)
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To: MrNationalist
Alas, its the same reason my mother is a winner at the casino. She only remembers the times she wins.

When a certain number of St. Josephs are buried, the ones that do not result in prompt sales are never mentioned. (Who wants to admit to such a foolish thing.) But, if a sale soon results, the people will mention it to everyone in sight.

22 posted on 10/10/2006 12:07:16 PM PDT by superdad
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To: superdad

This was the first time I've ever done this .......



So my stats are pretty decent.


23 posted on 10/10/2006 1:56:19 PM PDT by Fighting Irish (Béagán agus a rá go maith)
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To: MrNationalist

Arrrrgh. This makes me cringe. As a Catholic, I'm all in favor of having a devotion to St. Jospeh, praying for his assistance, and, yes, even burying a statue as a SIGN of devotion, but this is the kind of thing is what makes Protestants think we pray to statues and worship saints.

The selling of a house in short order, after the burying of a St. Joseph statue, has nothing to do with the some magic formula. If God wishes to make His benevolence known through the saints - He can do so. But it's at His good will, not a superstition, that He does so.


24 posted on 10/10/2006 2:03:48 PM PDT by Rutles4Ever ("My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Cor. 12:9))
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To: Fighting Irish

There's nothing wrong with doing it as a sign of devotion. But some people treat it like some cheap trick that they can use to summon the help of God to sell real estate. These are usually people who close on the house and then forget about God until they have to sell the next home.

It comes down to motive and reverence. God certainly doesn't need a buried statue to help you sell your house, but the fact that you made an act of faith by doing something as odd as burying a statue of St. Joseph is what matters.


25 posted on 10/10/2006 2:11:14 PM PDT by Rutles4Ever ("My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Cor. 12:9))
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To: gonzo
***St. Joseph***

I thot St. Joseph was the patron of aspirin...?

26 posted on 10/11/2006 2:18:46 PM PDT by Bob Ireland (The Democrat Party is a criminal enterprise)
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To: Rutles4Ever

It comes down to motive and reverence. God certainly doesn't need a buried statue to help you sell your house, but the fact that you made an act of faith by doing something as odd as burying a statue of St. Joseph is what matters.

Respectfully, I am interested to read your more about your perspective that burying a statue of Joseph and act of faith?

In Christ...


27 posted on 10/11/2006 8:23:06 PM PDT by phatus maximus (John 6:29...Learn it, love it, live it...)
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To: Bob Ireland

*** I thot St. Joseph was the patron of aspirin...? ***

Dang! I thot it was plywood - the National Wood of Florida...............FRegards


28 posted on 10/11/2006 8:47:13 PM PDT by gonzo (.........Good grief!...I'm as confused as a baby in a topless club!.........)
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To: phatus maximus

Any kind of prayer is an act of faith. This is not sublime theology, but even the simplest trust that a saint can assist us with their intercession is a trust that God values the prayers of the saints, as demonstrated in Revelation. It just depends on what the motive for doing it is.

e.g., a Christian can wear a gold cross on a chain as either a) a sign of Christian devotion, or b) a fashion statement. One is pleasing to God, one is not. In the same way, one can bury a statue of St. Joseph as a) a kind of demonstrative prayer of belief in God's power to intervene in human affairs, or b) a belief that by burying a statue, God will make you fabulously (or modestly) wealthy/successful on demand.

In Christ...


29 posted on 10/12/2006 2:32:36 PM PDT by Rutles4Ever ("My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Cor. 12:9))
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To: gonzo; Seeking the truth; Matchett-PI; oldglory; Bob Ireland; MinuteGal

Florida FReepers are the GREATEST!!


30 posted on 10/12/2006 5:49:46 PM PDT by mcmuffin (About time to open up a can of vintage '94 GOP WhoopA$$-before it goes flat-again)
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To: mcmuffin

Hey, Dave!!! Long time!............FRegards


31 posted on 10/12/2006 8:15:06 PM PDT by gonzo (.........Good grief!...I'm as confused as a baby in a topless club!.........)
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