St Joseph has been helping home owners sell their homes for years. But how did this tradition come to be?
St. Joseph, the husband of Mary and earthly Father of Jesus Christ, is honored as the patron saint of married couples, families, carpenters and workingmen. It is believed that a 16th century Saint buried medals of St Joseph in land she wished to buy for her convent and a tradition was born.
While originally used to help buyers, St. Joseph has crossed over to the other side, sellers. Now you can purchase a small five inch plastic statue, say a prayer, and bury him in your yard. The goal is for him to help the home sell. Versions do vary with some requiring:
- you to bury him upside down so his feet point to heaven
- bury him three feet from the house
- bury him next to the for sale sign
- dig him up once the home sells and bury him in your new homes yard
...and the list goes on and on. Yes, it might seem silly. But what do you have to lose? If your home has been on the market along time here in Minneapolis, anything can help. Just don't forget to say the included prayer....and no, you don't have to be Catholic for it to work. All you need is a little faith!
By the way, we had a home for sale in Florida that had been on the market for a year. I buried the statue in the back yard, upside down, following all instructions. Six months later, the home finally sold. Divine intervention? Who knows, but all I care about is that the home sold and kept us from going into foreclosure.
For those of you here in the Twin Cities that have their homes for sale, or are planning on putting your home on the market soon, I am offering the first 10 people who contact me via email a free St Joseph home kit. Make sure to include your name, phone number, and local address so I can send it to the correct home. (One thing, you must be a home owner, not a Realtor or one of my avid real estate blogging buddies) :).