Oh, to be the patron saint of real estate! Saint Joseph — yes, that Joseph — has an enormous load to bear these days, especially in the housing slump we find ourselves. Saint Christopher, the patron saint of travellers, gets to sit on car dashboards and hang as a medal around people’s necks. Saint Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, and gets to advocate for birds, cats, dogs, and gentle creatures. Both carry out their admirable missions in style. Meanwhile, Saint Joseph — a plastic replica of him anyway — has the privilege of getting buried in the front lawn of a home that is for sale, hoping to spur a sale. Why this disservice? Blame Saint Teresa of Avila.
According to the Catholic Community Forum, in the mid-1500s, Saint Teresa was trying to get housing and land for Christian converts and prayed to Saint Joseph for help. She even urged her nuns to bury medals of Saint Joseph in the ground. It must’ve worked because more than 500 centuries later, people are still doing it.
Zillow Discussions has a couple of threads where Saint Joe came to the rescue:
- PinksandBaby lit a candle near her “indoor St. Joe” and said a prayer. As soon as she finished, she got a call for a showing from someone who called before.
- sbspillane‘s mother’s house sat for approximately 6 months, until the day she buried the St. Joe statue. The next day she received a solid offer, and sold her house.
OK, so if you have a house to sell and believe St. Joe can help, how do you bury him? Here are some suggestions from the Zillow Discussions thread:
- “Just make sure he is facing your house and not the neighbors’.”
- “I heard he was supposed to face the street or the ‘for sale’ sign…ugh! I do have him upside down tho…lol.”
- “Bury St. Joseph in front of your home, upside down facing the street in a plastic bag (provided with mine)… if you don’t have a yard, you’re allowed to use a large potted plant…”