How many of you bury St. Joseph?

ladynimueMarch 4, 2008

I saw a St. Joseph Home Seller KIT online (put the link below) - I'd never heard of it and I'm not Catholic nor Irish, but I'm intrigued by the idea.

With all the stress of preparing our home for listing and then the coming stress of showings, etc. I'm thinking the psychological benefits of feeling 'someone' is on your side would be pretty nice :)

How many of you have some sort of good luck home selling charm around? Does it work for you?

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Here is a link that might be useful: St. Joseph Home Seller KIT

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ladynimue

No, I'm not a spammer. I've posted here many times and I've been a member since 2006 - take the time to check my username or MyPage before calling me a spammer, please.

On the other hand, maybe I should give up being a sahm and start a new career in the ad writing field? ;)

Anyway, it's a genuine question and I'm interested to know what others have done or how they feel about it. I'm not generally a rabits foot type of girl, but when I was ttc I did keep a miniature brass cradle and porcelain baby around - made me feel hopeful when I looked at it, and sometimes I would actually talk to the baby, lol.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2008 at 2:48PM
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xamsx

ladynimue if you do a search of the forum you will find a lot of desperate folks that buried St Joseph in the past, and for whatever reason, found it worked! A lot of the people were not Catholic, they were just willing to try anything.

I too am curious as to whether or not there are any other saints, talismans, etc that have "helped" sell a house.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2008 at 3:00PM
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cordovamom

I've never resorted to burying St. Joseph, but admit that I would if my home lingered on the market. My sister buried St. Joseph after her home had been on the market for 3 months. Within a week she sold, so she's an avid believer. One of my son's former girlfriends is a buddhist and after a few months when nothing else was working her family buried St. Joseph and their home sold quickly thereafter, of course it may have had something to do with the fact that they finally listened to advice and dropped their price.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2008 at 3:05PM
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ojoy119

St. Joe worked for me, twice! However, this last time selling it took a lot longer. I have to admit I was a little miffed at St. Joe, but he did come through the third time around as well. I didn't actually bury him, n the kit you should put him in a place of honor in your home and say the prayer. I have borrowed my St. Joe's to a couple friends and it worked for them too.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2008 at 5:38PM
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mpinto

Agents in my office have done this. One told me her last listing sold in three weeks. It certainly can't hurt!

    Bookmark   March 4, 2008 at 6:31PM
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sovra

I was taken aback when I first heard about this, and I would never do it. It seems inappropriate to me to use a religion's icons as a sort of magical token if you don't believe in the religion. And if you do believe in the religion, it seems disrespectful to bury an icon head-down in the ground for your own profit or convenience. Even if (as the internet says you're supposed to do) you dig it up and keep it on your mantlepiece as a devotional object after you move. I'm sure that there are people who would disagree with me, but that's the way I see it.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2008 at 7:13PM
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clax66

I'll tell you what I did when I sold my house last summer: I wanted a bidding war for my house and I chose a final selling price that I wanted. (Nobody thought I could get this amount.) During the weeks of preparation for the sale of my home, I "meditated" on this number and put it out to the universe, asking for a wonderful couple to buy my home and asking for that number. I wrote down my desired price on my sunroom floor and then I tiled over it. Guess what? I got a bidding war and the exact selling price.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2008 at 8:23PM
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kathyg_in_mi

St. Joseph worked for us. Yep, we're Catholic, sent kids to Catholic schools, church on Sundays, etc. But when it came down to selling the house and the first buyer had to back out a week before closing, St. Joseph went into the ground. Two months later, with new buyer, we closed.
Kathy G in MI

    Bookmark   March 4, 2008 at 9:13PM
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newgardenelf

I live in a Catholic area and many people have used them. I once helped my SIL bury one in the middle of winter and she sold her house within a week despite having been on the market for two months with little activity. I think the key is believing that it will work.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2008 at 9:54PM
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acoreana

My RE agent gave me one when I was selling my place up north. I did use it, and I definitely meant no disrespect, and was very thankful for any help I could get.

I've been tempted to offer them up to DBF's sellers now & again but haven't. Wouldn't want to offend, etc.

There is a shrine/convent in MA that sells them, as a home selling kit, which is where our agent purchased it, and the profits go to support the church so I don't think they in particular at this one place see it as a negative.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2008 at 10:01PM
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groomingal

I just ordered one! I found mine on Ebay for $6.29 including shipping. The seller id was krystalriver and they had 100% positive feedback- I in no way know the seller but just in case someone else would like to order one.

We are getting ready to put our house on the market and had a disastrous time doing so last year and we didn't sell- I figure some good juju wouldn't hurt this time.

I think it would be interesting to see how many of us do it and what results we get!

    Bookmark   March 4, 2008 at 10:20PM
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jenanla

My Aunt is a Nun and she is sending me a Saint Joseph for when our house goes on the market (hopefully in the next month or so). She is also sending one to bury at the house we are building for good luck.

Jenn

    Bookmark   March 5, 2008 at 7:38AM
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sweet_tea

It worked for me and I sold FSBO in a very strong buyers market this year where hardly any homes have been selling.

Also I told a couple friends about it over the years after their homes were on the market for many months (one 9 months). Once they got their St Joseph statues, they were under contract within a few weeks. Hard to believe but it is true.

For mine, I don't bury it at all. Instead I place the statue inside the home that was for sale. Then once sold I bring the statue to where I live and I keep it displayed.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2008 at 11:18AM
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minet

I did it over a year ago in a free-falling SoCal market. We also followed suggestions posted here and by our experienced realtor.

After our first buyer fell through in escrow, I went to a Catholic bookstore and just bought a regular ceramic statue, about 4 inches high, nicely painted. Buried him upside down in a front flower bed. A few weeks later we had another good offer. This at a time when almost nothing in the area was selling and prices were dropping every couple of weeks.

I almost forgot to dig him up - remembered as we were pulling out of the driveway for the move to another state - jumped out and ran to get him. He rode to Oregon in the cupholder of my car.

I think our house sold with a combination of good pricing, aggressive marketing, following suggestions on decluttering and keeping it always ready for unexpected visits, and just plain old luck - maybe St. Joseph helped a little with the luck? :-)

BTW, some of the houses in our old neighborhood are still for sell, 18 months later - now listed at $200k less than they were when we sold ...

    Bookmark   March 5, 2008 at 12:35PM
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ladynimue

Hmm, I'm really tempted to buy one now. It can't hurt and I do believe that positive thinking is very helpful.

What's the purpose of burying him upside down? I wonder how many people forget to dig him up and I wonder how many new owners find a St. Joseph's when they prune the garden? :)

    Bookmark   March 5, 2008 at 12:48PM
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cearbhaill

"I was taken aback when I first heard about this, and I would never do it. It seems inappropriate to me to use a religion's icons as a sort of magical token if you don't believe in the religion. And if you do believe in the religion, it seems disrespectful to bury an icon head-down in the ground for your own profit or convenience. Even if (as the internet says you're supposed to do) you dig it up and keep it on your mantlepiece as a devotional object after you move. I'm sure that there are people who would disagree with me, but that's the way I see it."

As a devout agnostic I can agree 100%.

But I bought one and buried it anyway.
I did not say the novenas myself as it did not feel right, but instead had my devoutly Catholic Mother In Law do it for us.
The house sold, she moved in with us as planned, and now the St. Joseph is sitting right along side of her other religious icons- he's in good Catholic company.

Do I really think it helped? Of course not.
But in selling a home I wanted every advantage and if he only helped 0.01% then it was worth the five bucks.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2008 at 1:42PM
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arizonarose

We buried the St joseph statute in the back yard...upside down, facing the house. The house was on the market for a year and hadn't sold and I thought maybe he should be in the front instead...so, we moved him to the front, upside down, facing the front door. The house sold shortly after that. Now he's in a place of honor on top of the computer desk here in our new home. I'll rebury him if we ever decide to sell again. (seems kind of mean, but hey....if it works....)

    Bookmark   March 5, 2008 at 6:07PM
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gwgjr33

This thread is incredible. I guess it is hands off for the non-believers, but do those of you who are not Catholic actually believe this? Maybe sellers do this in fun to relieve the stress of selling a house?

    Bookmark   March 6, 2008 at 12:35AM
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minet

"Maybe sellers do this in fun to relieve the stress of selling a house?"

That's why I did it. A bit of fantasy in the gritty world of real estate.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2008 at 4:25AM
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Cassandra

As with all religions, there are some Catholics who are superstitious and will do such things. It is actually an Italian-American, not Irish-American, custom. I'm a believing, practicing Catholic and I would never do it, but I doubt that it offends St. Joseph especially if the prayers that are supposed to accompany it are sincere. God knows I prayed a lot when my house was on the market last fall!

    Bookmark   March 6, 2008 at 2:27PM
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herbivore

"It seems inappropriate to me to use a religion's icons as a sort of magical token if you don't believe in the religion. And if you do believe in the religion, it seems disrespectful to bury an icon head-down in the ground for your own profit or convenience."

I'm Catholic, and I agree.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2008 at 3:09PM
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sparksals

My MIL sent me St. Joseph after her house sold. I buried it after we fired our first realtor. Our house still took 60 days to sell, so I don't think it works.

I'm not religious. But I was willing to try anything. I didn't do it for "profit or convenience". I did it because we needed to sell and I was willing to try anything. We were selling in a down market and we certainly weren't getting a profit.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2008 at 11:35PM
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justnotmartha

We buried one more as a light hearted joke and saw no immediate results. A few months later it dawned on me that the shovel I used to dig is hole is also the shovel DH used to pick up the dog poop!!
Since we just accepted an offer today I plan to go dig him off, apologize profusely and give him a bath!!

    Bookmark   March 7, 2008 at 2:14AM
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sweet_tea

For those that feel the need to bury the statue, here is a tip: Zip-Loc plastic bag. But if you don't want to bury it, you can do some www research and find that it is not necessary to bury and displaying the statue inside the "for sale" property is ok.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2008 at 10:52AM
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herbivore

My MIL sent me St. Joseph after her house sold. I buried it after we fired our first realtor. Our house still took 60 days to sell, so I don't think it works. I'm not religious. But I was willing to try anything. I didn't do it for "profit or convenience". I did it because we needed to sell and I was willing to try anything. We were selling in a down market and we certainly weren't getting a profit.

You took another religion's (

    Bookmark   March 7, 2008 at 1:16PM
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sovra

Since my semantics seem to be a bit of an issue-- I think that selling quickly is more convenient than waiting and worrying for a long time because you don't have a buyer. You can use other words for it if you want, but that's basically what I meant.

I'm Catholic and-- as others on this board have indicated-- some Catholics don't see a problem with it and some do. I personally don't think it's okay, even for nonbelievers. It just doesn't seem right to me.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2008 at 4:09PM
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zazz

clax66,

I love your story! I did pretty much what you did when I sold my townhome many years ago.

I love telling this story, because it turned out so amazingly cool...

When I decided to sell my townhome, I decided to sell it FSBO, I had absolutely no experience in selling real estate, but I didn't want to pay realtor fees.(I was young, 27ish...how hard could it be?)
I wrote out an ad to place it in the newspaper for the coming weekend, telling the potential buyer, exactly how much the total P.I.T.I would be to buy it, on an assumption loan. (I was a little upset when I bought it, at the extra costs at the closing table, so I didn't want any surprise's for the person buying my home.)

I started opening my front door, and visualizing the perfect person coming to my door, and falling in love with it, because it was perfect for THEM, and how happy & excited they were to find it.

The first couple that came that Saturday afternoon, said they loved it, and wanted to buy it.
My dining room Chandelier, perfectly matched a lamp they had.

The next really cool part was that the young girls father was a loan officer, and helped guide me with all the paper work, that needed to be done.
More than I even thought to imagine!

Clax66, I love that you wrote what you wanted on the floor and, tiled over it.
I live in an apartment now, and when maintenance had to tear a wall out in my bath room I placed the color blue behind the wall. And...what was so interesting about that too, was when I mentioned it to him, he didn't even bat an eye, because he and his girlfriend are interested in feng Shui. (Go figure)

May you all find the buyers, that your home is perfect for.

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zazz

Oh my gosh...how could I forget the most important thing I asked for, selling my home?!

...With Complete Wisdom, Justice, and Harmony for All Concerned,

    Bookmark   March 7, 2008 at 8:55PM
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edgewood96

I placed my house on the market last year and buried the St. Joseph statue even though I am not Catholic. By the way, I do have my Realtor's license. I never even got an offer after 4 months so I dug the statue up and brought it to my new home and held it and prayed diligently every day that the house would sell.....well it did not. I took the house off the market for 2 months and relisted the house but I did not bury the St. Joseph statue.

Last fall there was a big article in our newspaper talking about the St. Joseph statue and what people were willing to do to sell a home. There was also a different prayer printed in the paper than what came with my statue. I even tried praying the prayer that was in the newspaper but again no luck. My personal opinion only, I think it all depends on your Real Estate market and of course the condition of your home if and when a house sells. Praying can be done without burying the statue.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2008 at 7:53AM
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alohamillion123

There is more than one tradition. We purchased ours at a Christian bookstore and the prayer was very respectful. My SIL forwarded the prayer that came with hers as well as the instructions that indicated to bury the statue face down, which I found very disrespectful...the prayer was pretty self serving as well.

We are Catholic. We listed our house with a realtor for three months w/ little activity. We relisted a short time later FSBO, had our first showing five days later. We buried the statue just a few mins before the showing, and had an offer the next day. Coincidence???? I do not believe so which is maybe why it worked for us. AMEN! lol

    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 10:14PM
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kellyeng

There is an old Mexican wife's tale that says if you place a wet ball of red thread on a baby's forehead when he has hiccups they will go away. And you know what? They EVENTUALLY go away! Amazing!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2008 at 11:14AM
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rosie_2006

Last spring I buried St. Joseph in front yard and said the novenas.....nothing...zilch....dug him up and set him in front window....nothing...zilch.....took house off market. St. Joseph's been sitting in front window all this time.....

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ladynimue

LOL, kellyeng.

I think I need an old wives tale 'formula' for my kitchen tile!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2008 at 9:13PM
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theroselvr

Which kit is everyone using successfully and what exactly are you doing? I see a few different kits one has candles another just St Joseph. There appear to be different prayers too.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2008 at 12:47PM
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sweet_tea

I didn't order a kit, but instead just got a statue. You can get one at catholicstore dot com.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2008 at 3:29PM
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amandamay

I'm not catholic but I buried a St. Joseph statue. My house had been on the market for 6 months with no offers. I went to the catholic book store in the middle of winter and buried him in the front yard, facing the house -- i can't remember if he was upside down or not. Nonetheless, we had an offer two months later and closed in antoher two months. I honestly believe it was b/c of the statue. I will bury again when I get ready to sell and this time I will not wait 6 months.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2008 at 6:00PM
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theroselvr

Neither of you said the prayer?

    Bookmark   March 23, 2008 at 7:32PM
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terrig_2007

LOL. This is becoming a big deal in our area of the state. Personally, I've never tried it, and my DH and I sold two houses last year in about three months each.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 4:19PM
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vhehn

cant believe so many well educated grownups still fall for superstition.

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ladynimue

Hey, who said we're well educated? ;)

    Bookmark   March 26, 2008 at 1:24AM
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gretchenvon

A different twist - When I put my condo up for sale in Cleveland before moving to Chicago, I asked St. Anthony to "find" me a buyer quickly. Whether or not he did, a buyer came through very soon and I moved. So I sent a generous donation to the St. Anthony mission in San Francisco (friend's aunt works there). Since then I have asked him to find my Filofax (which was returned from a rental car in Germany) and other items. So far he has delivered and I always make a donation. Am putting current house up for sale next month and will ask St. Anthony for his assistance. FYI, I'm a non-practicing Catholic who still believes in unexplainable things.

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sweet_tea

Whether you call it superstition, or devine intervention or the power of prayer or even positive thinking or visualizing.....I believe.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2008 at 7:57PM
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charles_von_hamm

Absolutely unreal! People are either making a mockery of (and disrespecting, in my opinion) Catholicism, being overly superstitious and attributing eventualities to burying a statue or need to possibly consider the real estate market or their curb appeal.

Kits for these statues? Barnum was right, a sucker is born every minute!

- A Catholic

    Bookmark   March 28, 2008 at 1:48AM
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scotslassie1959

Okay, I'll admit to burying St Joseph in the yard after our previous home sat on the market for over 6 mos. with out much action. My MIL lent us a beautiful statue she brought over from Italy. We wrapped it in multiple layers of tissue and bubble wrap; then into a ziplock he went. I was so concerned that it would get damaged that after 6 weeks I had my DH dig him out of the cold,wet Michigan mud!
He was not happy... DH not St.Joseph! We had NO response in the time St.Joseph resided in our yard.
House eventually sold after finding the right buyer at a price which reflected the(at that time)current housing market.
Good Luck!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2008 at 11:33PM
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littlebug5

Well, I'm not Catholic, but we're getting ready to list our house and I think I may bury a St. Joseph. I'll have to admit, though, the very idea of burying a religious icon has me squirming just a bit in my Presbyterian roots. It seems just a bit disrespectful to me.

Maybe we'll see how it goes, first, without him . . . . and if I do resort to burying him, I'll wrap him up real good first. Maybe I'll put him in a box.

littlebug5, hoping she doesn't have to buy a St. Joseph, but will if that's what it takes . . .

    Bookmark   March 30, 2008 at 10:45PM
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brutuses

I'm not burying St. Joseph. Doesn't seem right to me and I'm Catholic. If I believe in God, why do I need to bury poor St. Joseph to get a blessing? The bible teaches we shouldn't be idolizing statues anyway. The Catholics have it all wrong with that statue worship I think!!

My friend buried St. Joseph 9 months ago and now the house is in foreclosure. Explain that?

Now on the other hand, if I don't eat black eye peas and smothered cabbage on New Year's, I don't feel like I'm starting the New Year on the right foot. Not because I'm suspicious, but because it was drummed into my head for so many years that you ate these foods on New Year's day. Isn't that awful?

    Bookmark   March 31, 2008 at 3:02PM
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herbivore

The bible teaches we shouldn't be idolizing statues anyway. The Catholics have it all wrong with that statue worship I think!!

I'm Catholic too. You should know, as another Catholic, that we DON'T worship statues. Statues are just a reminder of a person. For example, when you have a picture of someone else, do you think it is actually that person?? Or just a reminder of them?

We don't pray TO statues. We pray that that saint will intercede on our behalf. There is a huge difference.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2008 at 3:47PM
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bellamay

Really.....I wonder how intelligent people can fall for this. I am a born again Christian and have an aversion to idolatry, and burying a plastic "Saint" is a clear case of it. I purchased a house that came with a caretaker who told me that the previous owner had instructed her to bury the statue. I can assure you she regrets the day that she buried that thing.....she has spent hours digging up the front yard trying to find it. She hasn't been successful but will have to keep trying because I want that thing out of my yard!!!

    Bookmark   March 31, 2008 at 5:22PM
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herbivore

I am a born again Christian and have an aversion to idolatry, and burying a plastic "Saint" is a clear case of it.

Read my post right above yours. Catholics do not practice idolatry. I know Catholics are not a born-again Christian's favorite group, but please open your mind and act like the "intelligent" person you wish others would be. Educate yourself on the simple fact that we do not "worship idols." Thanks.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2008 at 5:39PM
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feedingfrenzy

Bellamy

Why in the world would you make your caretaker go to all that work over something so harmless as a molded piece of plastic?

The "aversion" you claim to have to idolatry sounds more like fear to me. Why not just decide to ignore the whole silly business?

    Bookmark   April 1, 2008 at 2:21PM
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claimsgirl61

Buried him soon after listing. 8 months later...nothing! My sil told me about it so I gave it a try. Not a believer!

    Bookmark   April 1, 2008 at 8:41PM
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susanjn

We found poor St. Joseph buried in our flower bed after we moved into our current house - quite undignified for him if you ask me. I hope the previous owners don't think he made us magically appear.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2008 at 12:42AM
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paintyliz

I just had to join in - I have such an amazing experience with this that if anyone else told me I would not believe it. My ex and I had our house on the market with a realtor for 6 months - NO interest. We fired the realtor stuck a sign in our front yard. The next day - hubby (catholic) decided to bury St. Joseph. I thought 'only a Catholic would threaten saints' and laughed. AS HE WAS PUTTING THE SHOVEL AWAY - a man stopped his truck, asked if the house was for sale, wanted a house with a pool and no garage (seriously said this - and around here, everyone wants a garage because of hail) and BOUGHT THE HOUSE! Then when we moved, our neighbor owned the lot next to us and would NEVER sell - had great plans for the lot. We tried to convince her for about a year, and then stopped asking. About a year later, we noticed St. Joseph sitting there and thought, what the heck - buried him in the empty lot and A WEEK LATER her husband came over and offered to sell us the lot for a really good price, too . .. . so I'm a believer . .. but not sure what I'm believing, probably sold my soul to the devil LOL

    Bookmark   June 17, 2008 at 4:31PM
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scdeb424

We did this after 3 months of showings and no sale--it was Christmas time and I called a Christian book store to ask if they had a St Joseph statue--they said, "are you trying to sell a house?"

They didn't have a statue but suggested that we take Joseph from our Nativity set. Instead we bought an inexpensive set and put St Joseph in a ziploc bag. We couldn't bear to turn him upside down and we were uncertain as to which way to face him and which side of the lot to use.
We have are finally under contract (1st one failed) and hope to dig him up soon and replace him in the box. We have a fairly unique property in a down market and think that it was worth a shot.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2008 at 9:05PM
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parkejo

I just buried my St. Joseph and said a prayer. We are hoping to list our house this Thursday. Any prayers couldn't hurt. We buried St. Joseph at our last house and it took about a month for a solid offer to come it. I think it helps.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2008 at 9:31PM
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disneyrsh

Shoot, he worked for us the last time, looks like I'll have to do it again.

I actually think the fact that I found gardenweb and this forum at the same time that I buried poor ol' saint Joe was no coincidence.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2008 at 9:47PM
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happy2bme

It worked for me in a downspiraling miami market. Although I did not buy the kit. I asked my DH to purchase a St. joe statue at church on Sunday while I was home with one of our youngest girls. Unfortunatley, I did not tell him what I wanted the statue for. To my surprise he came home with the biggest statue the church offered for sale. Needless to say I did a lot of digging that night while my neighbors slept and couldnt see me out there.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2008 at 11:26PM
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okhouse

We buried St. Joseph in our yard when the sale of our house fell through at the very end of the escrow period - day 57 out of 60. We got an offer about three months later and escrow closed successfully. It is kind of funny that we went to dig him up after the new owners moved in (we first got their permission to do so) but couldn't find him! Perhaps he moved on to another successful house sale. We wouldn't have done this if St. Joseph hadn't been very inexpensive online!

    Bookmark   June 19, 2008 at 9:22PM
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dreamywhite

I want to BUMP this thread up as it is a new year with new market conditions and want to hear new positive stories about St. Joseph working for new sellers in this current market. We just buried our new statue last night with the prayer. My children and I have been praying at each meal this prayer. It does state you need FAITH in this approach to work. Please post your success stories for 2009.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2009 at 2:06PM
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phoggie

Okay......is the statue to be buried up-side down?....near the door, facing the door, or out by the "For Sale" sign?
This is a most interesting thread....but whatever works in this market!!!! Guess I'll at least give it a try.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2009 at 9:42PM
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gwent

I did and our closing is scheduled for May. Never in my WILDEST dreams did I think I would do such a thing but everyone at work told me about St. Joseph so I went out and got a small one, buried him under the For Sale sign and 6 weeks later we accepted an offer on our house.(I feel funny cause I am not Catholic) and did not tell my husband until we were under contract. So, best wishes to others with houses on the market!

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 12:49PM
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theroselvr

I don't know if I ever posted that I did get one last year. The thing was, it wasn't a real one, was more of a realtor "gift" to sellers; and after debating about it for a few weeks ended up putting it in a cabinet in the room with the front door. I had him facing the door, don't recall if he was standing straight up of his feet up; but yes we got offers; multiples. 1st was a low ball ($180ish on a $220) then a bidding war. I don't know if it was that or if we were the best in the neighborhood; and if my flier that said bring all offers made people try. My agent wasn't happy that I added that but we were almost desperate to sell.

I did repeat the prayer I found online.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 6:56PM
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deserae

Yes, I buried mine six months ago and my house is still on the market. We are lowering the price next week and listing with a new realtor so maybe I need to say the prayer again? Will this help...anyone know?

    Bookmark   April 4, 2009 at 12:18AM
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phoggie

What the heck?.....can't hurt. Is there "The" prayer that is supposed to be said? I need to give it a try when we list our house. THANKS

    Bookmark   April 4, 2009 at 10:17PM
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ladynimue

I'm the OP and I did buy and bury one - it came with directions and a specific prayer to be read. Didn't work for us though, not really. We listed just at the moment the market started to turn downwards in our area. We ended up selling for a great price but it took two or three times as long as expected (based on previous market conditions). We made it out just in time, the housing market there is now dead.

If something like this would make you feel more hopeful then I'm all for it.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2009 at 11:03PM
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onlygirlsmom

We buried our St. Joseph in the front flower bed (the reason you're supposed to bury him upside down is so that his feet are closer to Heaven -or so I've heard) Nothing. Dug him up and put him on the windowsill in from of our kitchen sink-figured if the guy was going to deny us he needed to do it looking me in the eye :) Nothing. He was on a ledge and fell off about a month ago and his head snapped off. I'm pretty sure our house is now doomed :) Our house has been on the market since Sept. '07 -we're in the miserable market of Michigan.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2009 at 7:47PM
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ladynimue

ROFL You broke off his head? Uhm, yep, you're doomed! ;)

    Bookmark   April 9, 2009 at 8:05PM
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littlebug5

I buried him, but he's not doing his job. 12 months on the market and no offers. We have a unique home in a slow market . . .

Here is a link that might be useful: My house

    Bookmark   April 12, 2009 at 3:52PM
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ladynimue

The LA Times has a good article about this -

Burying a St. Joseph statuette by a house is supposed to speed up its sale. And more people are willing to try pretty much anything.

After three real estate agents, two price reductions and nearly a year with no offers on their town house in Las Vegas, George and Katherine Grodin turned to a higher power for help.

Link is below

Here is a link that might be useful: LA Times - Home sellers seek help from a saint

    Bookmark   April 19, 2009 at 1:38PM
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divadeva

We've used St. Joseph twice. The first time he was upside down...I felt bad about that, threatening a saint felt wrong. However, there was a bidding war for our house and we sold it at exactly the price I asked for.
The second time I buried him right side up, without threats. It's been six months but we've had a great offer and we'll be in escrow tomorrow.
The first time, I also used a "magnetic oil" that I found on the same web site (some New Orleans voodun site,very sweet people) and put it around the front door frame. Our buyers showed up within 3 days.
So, yes I would use St. Joseph again...upside down and with threats. I figure that Catholicism has always contained a smidgeon of masochism, so who am I to deny him his fun?

    Bookmark   April 20, 2009 at 1:59AM
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divadeva

ps- Sorry, I meant to say martyrdom, not masochism. Freudian slip, certainly not Catholic bashing. Copious apologies from a Recovering Catholic, I didn't mean to offend.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2009 at 2:08AM
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dreamywhite

Well after burying the great guy we sold our home 2 weeks later only 39 DOM and got $1900 less than asking price and we were asking high for our area. We close at the end of May. BUT we prayed the prayer at every meal and even through in some extra prayers to Jesus a few times a day. The power of prayer works - it's all in his hands anyway.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2009 at 5:52PM
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ilmbg

Someone gave me a St. Joseph last year- and I forgot all about it until a couple weeks ago- found it in my glove box in the car, so I buried it the other day! My house has been off the market a few months and will be back on shortly. I didn't know about the prayer- NO WONDER it didn't sell-lol!! I better get with it!! All my fault that it didn't sell-he-he!!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 4:28AM
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susie_que

I purchased my St Joe many many months ago when I first listed my house. Its been blessed by a Catholic priest before hubster buried
him.

I said the prayer before each showing as well as a novena in January with no luck.

Could have been our lack luster agent or the poor market but we too are re listed with a more aggressive company.
Its been one week and we've had several showings, a weak offer and today is our first open house.
(while watering the garden this am I taped the ground where he is buried to sort of wake him up LOL)

On another note...I was at a store recently and saw a candle with an image of St Jude. Its said that St Jude is the patron saint on lost causes so I bought it-it sits next to my St Joseph candle.

Hope the 2 of them can work together to get us out of here since we have found our new home-we need to go soon!!

Cheers!
Susie

    Bookmark   April 26, 2009 at 10:05AM
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divadeva

We're in escrow, now, all cash...with 2 back-up offers.
We are very happy with the selling price. This is the 4th property we've sold since the real estate collapse. All thanks to St. Joseph. We have had a property just sit for over 18 months...decide to do the St. Joseph miracle...sale! We're very grateful.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 4:44PM
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divadeva

PS- That last reference isn't about the previous property (April)being in escrow- that sold. But yet another, 100 acres with a house. 4th property sale since 2006, and the last one we had to sell.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2009 at 12:48AM
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