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Saint Joseph The Patron Saint of Real Estate. One of the well-known customs in real estate is burying a statue of Saint Joseph upside down when your house is for sale, and a successful closing won’t be long in the offing. Then, the statue must be dug up once your house sells, and taken to your new home where it will be kept in a place of honor.
The connection between Saint Joseph and real estate was probably made because Saint Joseph was a carpenter and that he could work miracles with wood.
As a carpenter, Saint Joseph is believed to bring good luck with home-related matters. Most homeowners who want to sell their house quickly with a good price do this practice.
There are various ways of burying the statue of Saint Joseph. You can buy kits or packages of Saint Joseph The Patron Saint of Real Estate online. Burial instructions are usually included in a “Saint Joseph Home Kit,” which also includes a written prayer. There are different practices on how the placement of the statue should be:
- Bury it upside-down, about 12 inches underground, next to the “For Sale” sign
- Bury it 3 feet from the rear of the house
- Bury it next to the front door facing away from the home
- Bury in the garden close to the foundation of the house
- Right-side up
- Lying on its back and pointing towards the house like an arrow
- Facing the house
- Facing away from the house
Since the rumor of Saint Joseph bringing good luck when selling your house, homeowners were seen burying the statue in all types of places within the property and doing all types of ceremonies. The important thing is not to forget where you buried the statue and to remember to dig it up and put in a place of honor in your new home. Or else, some believe leaving the statue underground will cause the land to continue changing hands.
In 1990, the practice of burying a plastic Saint Joseph to help speed the sale of a home became viral in the United States that some religious goods stores offer a Home Sale Kit, which includes a plastic statue, a prayer card, and an introduction to the Saint Joseph home sale practice. And now, these Home Sale Kits are also available to order online.
There are different beliefs as to where this practice have originated. Some say it started when an order of European nuns in the Middle Ages buried a medal of Saint Joseph while asking the saint to intercede in its quest for a convent. Some say it might be connected to a practice by German carpenters who buried the statues in the foundations of houses they built and said a prayer to Saint Joseph. Others trace the connection to a chapel building in Montreal in the late 1800s wherein Brother Andre Bessett wanted to buy some land on Mount Royal in Montreal to construct an oratory but the landowners refused to sell, so Bessett began planting medals of Saint Joseph on the property and finally, in 1896 the owners suddenly relented and sold, and Bessett was able to build his oratory.
Fact or fiction, whether you are going to believe and follow this practice or not, when selling your house, it is recommended to do the most important practices such as completing all necessary fix-up, properly staging the home and finally, adjusting the price so as to exactly reflect market value.
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