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Posted 14 September 2006 - 07:47 AM

Another thing I've heard about the St. Joseph idea is that when you sell your house, you are supposed to dig up the statue and take it with you to your next house and display it in a prominent place. I've never done this myself but, one of my relatives did (she's not even Catholic) and her house, which had been on the market for a long time, sold quickly afterward. She now has her little statue of St. Joseph sitting in the kitchen window of her new home. Personally, I think it's all about belief myself.

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 09:27 AM

LOL, This article about the St. Joseph statues was on the front page of my local newspaper today.

Published: September 14, 2006

Selling out: When all else fails, patron saint of homesellers steps in
Daily News of Newburyport

Lela Wright strolled into a recent meeting at her Amesbury real estate office hauling a large bag filled with statues of St. Joseph, the patron saint of house hunters.

The real estate agent for Stone Ridge Properties was looking for unique help to sell local homes in a sluggish housing market.

"If we can't sell houses, I've got a bag full of St. Josephs right here," Wright recalled telling other agents, as she walked into the meeting this summer. "If all else fails, why not try this?"

Desperate home sellers in Greater Newburyport are snatching up the Catholic icon, which helps sell properties, believers think. Uses for the statues differ somewhat from person to person.

One tradition is to bury the statue upside down in the backyard about 3 feet from the house with Joseph's face positioned toward the home. Another tradition calls for the statue to be buried face up in the front yard exactly 1-foot deep, facing away from the house.

Once the house is sold, the statue is to be taken out of the ground and put in a place of reverence in the new home.

Jean Bourdreau, owner of Divine Mercy Catholic Books and Gifts in Seabrook, N.H., said whenever the housing market turns sour, the sales numbers for the statues soar.

"When anything gets worse, people pray," she said. "It is our A-number-1 best-selling item."

The Andrew Lane Company, a wholesale store that sells religious articles and church supplies to much of the North of Boston area, said the increase in sales of the statues started to spike in the past three to four months - and it hasn't stopped since.

"There has been a tremendous increase in the demand for St. Joseph statues," said Andrew Lane, owner of the Peabody-based company.

Lane said the company gets many orders from its Web site, sells statues to walk-in traffic and to many real estate agents in the region who "come in and buy numerous pieces." He said this past Saturday, the store sold more than 50 St. Joseph statues in the morning hours - and that's just walk-in traffic.

"We usually order them by the hundreds to have them on hand," he said.

In the past few months, real estate agents say the market is being saturated with homes for sale, giving buyers more options on what homes to buy. While that bodes well for buyers, Wright said the trend makes selling a home much more difficult.

"It makes the whole buying process a whole new animal," she said.

Single-family home sales fell 11.7 percent in the second quarter, dipping to the lowest number of sales over that time period in more than 10 years. That trend has people turning to St. Joseph, the husband to the Virgin Mary, who is said to be the patron saint of homes because of God's command for him to leave Bethlehem after the birth of Christ and find a home in Egypt.

Both Bourdreau and the Rev. John Gentleman, of Holy Family in Amesbury, said that is what makes St. Joseph a perfect fit with real estate.

"He knows what it is to have to buy a house on the spur of the moment," Boudreau said.

The statues range in size from several inches tall to almost 2 feet tall, each a depiction of Joseph standing in a robe carrying several tools. The figurines can be in color with great detail of Joseph's tools and robe, or detail-free versions that are solid gray.

Diane Paulter, a worker at Divine Mercy, said what a person does with a statue is not as important as theperson's prayers and devotion to the faith. She said she's heard many stories of how the statue and prayers have worked miracles, helping to sell houses within days of burying the statue.

"If you have the faith, if you believe, if you pray, it will happen for you," she said of selling a house. "People have a special connection to St. Joseph."

It is unclear where the tradition started, Gentleman said. It could have started with European nuns who used St. Joseph prayers and metals to find land for a convent, or from German construction workers who used prayers to St. Joseph while building homes.

One thing that is clear, Gentleman said, is the faith put in the prayers to St. Joseph is consistent with Catholic theology.

"Obviously we Catholics we believe the saints intercede for us," he said. "If people are doing it out of true faith and true devotion, I don't see a problem with it. It's not a bad thing if it strengthens their faith."

At Divine Mercy, a small cardboard box once filled with colorful St. Joseph statues had just four of the figurines left, selling for $10 each. On a small shelf at the end of the counter, about a dozen more gray statues sell for about $9 apiece.

Paulter, who suspects that even non-Catholics buy the statues, said the figurines have been selling at a brisk pace.

"People buy them when they get more desperate, I guess," she said. "They're interested, and they want to sell their home."

Wright, the real estate agent, said she has a statue in her home, her car and at her office in Amesbury. She said throughout her 12 years as a real estate agent, she has heard many stories of how the statues have helped sell homes.

She said just this year she planted two statues at two different homes in the area. One that had been on the market for 204 days sold within 10 days after the St. Joseph statue arrived.

The other one, though, still hasn't brought in an offer.

"I really think it comes down to the homeowner and their belief," she said.
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 10:58 AM

:D What bizzare timing with that article GhostCat! :ghost: ;)

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 10:40 PM

Yeah, no kidding. I need to buy one of those kits for my parents. They are wanting to move and sell their house. They live in an area that has been notorious for selling houses anyway. Though, they say they are not worried at this point about selling the house right away. They know someone who would like to rent it from them. Might as well keep it and rent it out.

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Posted 15 September 2006 - 01:40 PM

I can't tell you about spells to sell your home, but there are some more mundane things you can do to make your home sell and for a better price. I have a great deal of experience with this, being a realtor. Drop me a line and I'll give you some hints.

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Posted 16 September 2006 - 08:37 PM

I can't tell you about spells to sell your home, but there are some more mundane things you can do to make your home sell and for a better price. I have a great deal of experience with this, being a realtor. Drop me a line and I'll give you some hints.



I took real estate classes too! I didnt get my license because we own a subdivision. By law in Illinois you mut pay a realetor to hold your license, and they get a percentage of whatever you make. We didnt want to share the wealth considering we are selling so may homes...greedy we are. These are actually new construction town houses the are beautiful. But we live in a poor town, with high taxes. So all the bake good smells and the beautifying ,and setting up the place is not working. If you have any other hint, let me know. Thanks for offering your advice.~Hlee
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Posted 20 September 2006 - 01:53 PM

The Statue thing worked for my parents. They tried selling their house for 2 years (about 10 years ago when the market was really bad, and to top it off the house is suposedly "haunted, we lived there for 15 years and never saw a thing) My dad and step mom are Unitarians and they heard about the statue thing. So one night (I think it was on the full moon) we went to the front of the house dug a small hole (it was almost winter so the dirt was pretty frozen) and put the statue upside down facing the road. We all chanted "please sell this house now!" a couple of times and then ran inside b/c it was freezing out! Well I think a few weeks to a month went by and the house sold! Once we were packed, my step mother went to the front yard and dug up the statue, I don't know what she did w/ it in our new house but I knwo she has it around somewhere. She thinks the statue thing was what sold the house, my dad thinks it's b/c they dropped the price by a significant amount the same day they did the statue thing.


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Posted 20 September 2006 - 03:11 PM

I ordered my "Sell Your House With St. Joseph" kit on eBay two days ago, so I guess you can use me as a guinea pig. Let's see what happens next :)

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 09:16 PM

I'll try anything once . . . my place has been on the market for almost eight months now, and I've had a total of one potential buyer look at it. Unfortunately, the house belongs to my late wife's estate, and her son (the executor) has it listed at an inflated price. He's says he'll wait as long as it takes to find a buyer. In the meantime, I am court-obligated to make the mortgage payments.

A statue of St. Joseph buried upside down and facing the street, huh? OK . . . now all I have to do is find a statue of St. Joseph . . . I'll keep you posted!

Update #1 - You can buy a complete "Let St Joseph Sell Your House" kit on eBay for $3.95 plus $1.95 shipping and handling. I pay more than that for a good cigar, so let's see what happens :Spaz:

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Good Luck, i will keep you informed too!
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Posted 20 September 2006 - 11:31 PM

Is St. Joseph the patron saint of postal workers, too? I got home from work tonight and there was a padded mailing envelope in my mailbox all the way from Arizona.. It was St. Joseph--complete with a prayer card and directions on where to place the statue! Looks I'll be out in the yard tomorrow evening planting him next to the "For Sale" sign . . .
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Posted 25 September 2006 - 08:29 PM

Update:

I planted St. Joseph in the appropriate inverted position next to my "For Sale" sign last Friday evening, the 22nd of September. It's now Monday, the 25th of September, and I'm taking a quick break between mowing the yard and vacuuming to let everyone know that I have a prospective buyer coming to look at my house tomorrow--the first one in four months! {raising right hand}

Did St. Joseph have something to do with this turn of fate? ¿Quién sabe?
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Posted 18 October 2006 - 04:05 PM

Well, no bites from buyer on the 25th, but I did have someone look at the place today. Of course, St. Joe and I had a little talk this morning before I left for work. I told him "No more kidding around. Gotta get that house sold!!!"

We'll see if the realtor has anything positive for me tonight or tomorrow. It might seem like St. Joseph is falling down on the job, but I've had two prospective buyers in the last three weeks. That's no bad considering it's the same amount as I've had in the previous nine months!
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Posted 19 October 2006 - 09:08 AM

Well Earth spirit Joe is sleeping on the job here too! My spell is not working either.~Hlee
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Posted 19 October 2006 - 11:15 AM

I will have to give him credit for moving the energy and getting people out to look at the house. I suppose with today's flat housing market, St. Joseph is probably stretched a little thin with all those prayers from sellers pouring in :clap:
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Posted 22 October 2006 - 01:50 AM

This isn't a spell....but it works.

When you have prospective buyers coming to look at a home.....fry onions.

Onions frying smell like home.

It's how we got our property sold!!

There are a hundred different spells for all sorts of things.

The spell's effectiveness is directly linked to the amount of intent you invest into it.

That said.....I don't believe magick is a fix it for everything.

For the person that said there is no such thing as a spell.......think of it this way....a spell is simply focused prayer or thought.

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