By Joe Boylan on Friday, 22 September 2017
Category: General News

St. Joseph Statues and Other Tips To Make Your Home Sell Faster

In the world of real estate, superstitions abound.

Perhaps driven by sheer desperation, say, a house that’s been on the market for months and just won’t sell, or a home that’s in less-than-optimal condition, real estate agents and homeowners alike have been known to take some drastic measures.

Take, for example, the legend of St. Joseph. Over the years, St. Joseph has become the patron saint of real estate. Have a home that won’t sell? Simply head online, purchase a St. Joseph statue –they’re available for $9.95 –and wait for it to arrive in the mail. Once it shows up, you simply bury it in the yard, or, in a pot, if you’re in a condo or don’t have a yard, and wait for the statue to do its work. Some say that the statue can help a home to sell much faster than it would otherwise. Others insist that it can even help to ensure a competitive price, no matter what the current state of the housing market.

Different sources recommend varying methods for burying the statue. Here’s a look at a few common, yet conflicting, instructions on where, and how to bury St. Joseph:

Once the home is sold, proponents say that the statue should be unburied, and given a place of honor in the new home.

While opinions vary widely on the effectiveness of this approach, it’s worth noting that, as is the case with many things, it seems to work best for those who are already convinced of the statue’s effectiveness.

But while there are believers, there are skeptics too, among them, Eckerd College student Aidan Murphy.

When Murphey’s father got a new job in Michigan and the family relocated, they buried a statue of Joseph at their home. Eight years later, though, the house has plunged in value but still hasn’t sold.

“My mom says, ‘St. Joseph doesn’t like us,’” Murphy recounts, “I personally think it's because it’s a piece of plastic, and it is the home market system crashing in 2008 that has caused our misfortune.”

It’s also interesting to note that some of the websites that sell these statues also offer a complimentary home listing on their site, free with every purchase.

Other Myths and Legends

But it’s not just St. Joseph statues that are being used to sell homes, there’s a host of other superstitions that people hold to that influence their home buying, and selling decisions.

Take, for example, clients –or real estate agents who refuse to look at homes where someone has died. Or, what about prospective buyers who refuse to buy a home during certain astrological time periods? Then there’s the issue of numbers, with ‘13’ being a house or apartment number that many people will avoid. Some real estate agents will even try to avoid the number 13 popping up in an asking price, taking care to avoid listing prices of say, $113,000 or $213,000. Likewise, hotels and apartments will often skip the 13th floor altogether. Chinese buyers, on the other hand, are often leery of the number ‘4’, since this number is considered to be bad luck. On the other hand, ‘8’ is considered to be very lucky in Chinese culture.

Tips for Helping Your Home Sell Faster

Legends aside, though, there are a few things that every homeowner, or real estate agent, can do to help a home to sell faster. With this in mind, let’s have a look at a few proven ways to make a home more attractive to potential buyers.

Finally, if you’re having trouble selling your home, and considering using a St. Joseph statue to sell your home, perhaps you’d be better served by seeking out a professional real estate agent. Real estate agents may not be patron saints, but they are experienced with selling homes and could be your secret to selling a lot faster.

For more information on home sales in Springs Colorado, contact Springs Homes today. We will work hard to help your home sell as quickly as possible, for a competitive price. You may also want to have a look at our guide to getting your home ready to sell.

Additional Resources:

Home Selling Myths: By Xavier De Buck 

Preparing Your Home for a Quick Fall Sale: By Paul Sian

10 Really Smart Ideas About Selling A Home By Lynn Pineda

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