Wednesday, October 24, 2012

St. Joseph To The Rescue

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

Mr. and I have decided to sell the home we’ve enjoyed for the last 20+ years, the place where we raised our kids. It’s too large for just the two of us, and really, it deserves another family torpedoing down the halls and writing on the walls:)

Only the housing market has bottomed out. Everybody is holding tight, worried about the economy and their futures.

That means it’s time to bring out the big gun – St. Joseph!  And appeal to him for help!

Before we moved here, when we had to sell our starter home, I drove across town to a Catholic gift store for a statue. Back home, I asked Mr. to bury it properly – upside down, facing the house. A week later, we still hadn’t had any house action.

“Where exactly did you bury the statue?” I wanted to know.


Not a reassuring response. “Where?”

“Er…Um…I tossed it in the window well.”

“WHAT?” After correcting the situation myself, our home sold in just a few days.

This time I’m not leaving the job to an amateur. I’ve ordered the statue, directions, and prayer card from Amazon, and as soon as it comes, I’ll bury St. Joseph just right, in the perfect spot.

I better go house hunting!


Maggie Sefton said...

Deb----OMG, I'd completely forgotten that custom. I learned about it when I was first in real estate. Laughed out loud when I heard it. Then, I watched it work. Again and again. So, I decided what the hey. If Saint Joe likes to sell houses while buried upside down, its okay with me. And it was definitely okay with all the real estate agents trying to sell houses. :)

Unknown said...

Deb. I buried St. Joseph in my parent's yard when they needed to sell their house. Took a tiny bit longer than we would have liked, but it worked!

Happy house hunting!

Diane said...

My house is up for sale and has been for 2 months. I know about St Joseph but have not yet gotten a statue. I will order one today.

Jeannie D. said...

Wow! I have never heard about that one. Happy house hunting!

Dru said...

Sending you good luck vibes on the sale of your house. Have you already picked out your new home?

Aurian said...

Lol, never heard of it, but I do have a collegue who has been trying to sell her house for 2 years or so, and now has two. I'll send her this post :)

Deb said...

Don't have anything in mind, since homes in the Midwest aren't selling well. 2 years or more sometimes. I'm afraid I'll find the perfect place right now and not be able to have it.

Debi Murray said...

Last time we tried to sell our house, we didn't have time to do anything but discuss getting a St. Joseph sold in just 4 days on the market including a 3 way bidding war. Just the mere mention of the statue did it! LOL! Of course this was 9 years ago in a looser market.

Diane said...

I'm planing to rent in a senior complex.. There are 4 of them here that are not Hud. They more expensive but at age 75, I'm sick of owning. I got a call two weeks ago and they had a 2 bedroom one for me but I had to pass on it.

Diane said...

I found a St Joseph kit on Amazon and ordered it this monring.

Deb said...

Good luck, Diane!