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St. Joseph’s Day, 2010: real estate’s best friend

With the housing market being what it is, more people are turning to everybody’s most venerated father and carpenter to help sell their homes.

One take on the subject:

St_Joseph.pngSaint Joseph is known as the patron saint of this industry. I don’t think that this is his official stature in the church, but practically every real estate agent and even home sellers have heard of this him.


One of the reasons St Joseph was chosen as the patron saint for anything related to real estate is because he was a carpenter. According to the stories he made sure that all around him were taken care of and were never wanting for housing.

The tradition of burying a St Joseph statue in the back yard started because during times of economic hardship, people turn to something more spiritual. So, turning to religion makes a lot of sense. And, burying a statue of St Joseph gives great comfort to many homeowners who need to sell, especially during these tough economic times.

There are many types of St Joseph House Selling Kits, including just the statue, some come with manuals, and others too with a few other options. But, probably the best is a simple statue with a little prayer to go along with it.


The best way to use the St Joseph House Selling Kit is to bury the statue upside down near the “For Sale” sign. If that is not possible, bury the statue in the back yard or even in a flower pot. Then say the prayer that was included in the kit.

There are many stories of the success of the St Joseph kit from all around the world. Many sellers don’t necessarily start out believing in the kit, but there have been stories reported in USA Today, local newspapers and many other community articles. One report even stated that the owners had three real estate agents, dropped their price at least three times and waited for over a year to sell. It was not until they buried a St Joseph statue did they finally find success.


There’s more at the link.

And, you can also catch this interview from last fall with an expert, from “Currents.” He’s Stephen Binz, the author of “St. Joseph, My Real Estate Agent.” (I wonder what his commission is like?)
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Heath Coker real estate broker

posted July 25, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I’ve had sellers tell me they’d tried this before they listed with me, but I’ve never tried it myself. I do know that belief is a strong contributor to anything: In Mark 9, Jesus says, “Everything is possible for him who believes.”
Best wishes, Heath

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posted February 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm

We have statue of St Joseph in our home. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article to us!

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Joseph Fregus

posted July 18, 2011 at 12:08 am


I visit the site I link to in my name when I was going to sell my house. I think its a nice tradition, I am not uperstisious but it felt kinda good anyway. Praying always gets me in a go getter mode :)


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rental homes

posted September 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm

This is really very intresting, thank you for the nice content and I hope it will be really helpful for the people intrested in the rental houses‘s topic

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