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The Legend of the St. Joseph Statue

Whether it is luck, coincidence, or something else, many home sellers like the idea of using a statue of St. Joseph to help sell a home. If you have never heard of the St. Joseph statue legend, I thought you might enjoy this.

The story goes that if you bury a small statue of St. Joseph in your yard, you will sell your home more quickly.

Whatever your beliefs, burying the St Joseph statue in your yard appears to be a longstanding tradition associated with real estate.  There are different stories about how the tradition got started. One story says that an order of religious sisters in Europe during the Middle Ages buried a St. Joseph medal and prayed for the saint to help them acquire the land for a convent. Another story traces the practice to a Montreal brother in in the late 19th century who buried St. Joseph medals in the land he wanted for a new oratory. Both of these stories imply that originally the person who wanted to buy the property was the person burying it.  Somewhere along the way it became tradition for the seller to buy and bury the statue.  According to some historians, German carpenters buried St. Joseph statues in the foundations of houses they built.

St. Joseph is the husband of Mary. Even if you are not religious or have never been in a church, you may have seen him depicted in nativity scenes in holiday displays.  Joseph was a carpenter. He is associated with workers, feasts, being a model for fathers, protecting the church, the sick, and a happy death.  St. Joseph is also associated with the color red, the essential oil spikenard, lilies, fava beans, and Italian pastry.

Details on the story include that you should bury the statue head down, facing the direction in which you want to move. Some people say to plant the statue near the For Sale sign so that it is easier to find when you leave.  Once you have moved you can place the statue in a place of honor, such as the mantel, in your new home.

Obviously, you don’t want to dig holes that disturb landscaping.  Don’t put holes in your beautiful lawn when you are trying to take pictures and attract people to view your home.

Be very careful when digging. The last thing you want is to burst a water or sewer pipe, or cut through a gas, electric, cable TV or internet line. That is going to cost you and make it harder to sell your home.

Some say that you should dig up and take the statue with you to avoid leaving the property stuck in a constant sales cycle.

A quick Google search should bring up plenty of options for buying St Joseph statue home seller kits online. Amazon actually has pages of St Joseph statue kits with prayer guides, designed specifically for helping to sell your home. The miniature statues are often used along with prayers. If you are interested in the prayer, Google can show you a few versions

Once you receive yours, get to work. You may want to kindly protect the statue with a cloth or zip lock back before placing it in the dirt.

If you have a condo or townhome with no yard, you may also bury the statue in a plant pot.

Whether you decide to give a St. Joseph statue a try or not, you will need the services of a real estate professional to effectively market and sell your home. When you are ready to get the process started or if you would like to check out the market for a new home, please give me a call. I will put my experience to work for you. And no digging is required!

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