Wheatland Realty Agent Nicole Tudisco talks about the age old tradition of burying St. Joseph to help sell a home.
As an agent I pride myself on the fact that I am a straight shooter. I do utilize some familiar tools to sell homes for a top dollar. They often include: high end marketing, buyer traffic, buyer feedback, current market dynamics, evaluating the competition and so on. After almost 10 years in real estate I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked about burying the St. Joseph statue. I finally had to look up the history behind the tradition.
It turns out it originated approximately A.D. 1515-1582. It began in Europe with nuns at a Closter who needed more land. After a prayer to St. Joseph (husband to Virgin Mary ), they buried medals of his likeness in the ground. A short time later they got more land. And so the tradition began. Of course now you are suppose to bury a statue instead of a medal but obviously the principal is the same.
Today’s tradition seems to have turned into a lengthly process. I think there are a couple variations to the one I found on the internet, so feel free to use the method you are most comfortable with. Some think you don’t have to dig him up, rather you buy a new one. The new one is then given a place of honor in your new home.
For some selective memory reason, I can only recall the times burying St. Joseph has helped sell a home as opposed to it not helping at all. Regardless, I will always say better to bury than not bury!
Below is the process I found. Will it work for you? Try it out, it can’t hurt!! You can buy the kit here.
Procedure for burying a St. Joseph statue when selling a home:
Bury the statue in the yard in the front of the house. Favorable spots are either close to the “For Sale” sign or close to the road.
Bury the statue upsidedown, facing the house.
Pray to Saint Joseph when you are burying him and keep praying until the house is sold.
But the most important part is to have faith all the time, in yourself, in your Sale and in Saint Joseph.
After your house is sold take him with you to your new home and put him in a place of honor.
If you live in a condo, bury the statue of St Joseph in a pot.
O, Saint Joseph, you who taught our Lord the carpenter’s trade, and saw to it that he was always properly housed, hear my earnest plea. I want you to help me now as you helped your foster-child Jesus, and as you have helped many others in the matter of housing. I wish to sell this [house/property] quickly, easily, and profitably and I implore you to grant my wish by bringing me a good buyer, one who is eager, compliant, and honest, and by letting nothing impede the rapid conclusion of the sale. Dear Saint Joseph, I know you would do this for me out of the goodness of your heart and in your own good time, but my need is very great now and so I must make you hurry on my behalf. Saint Joseph, I am going to place you in a difficult position with your head in darkness and you will suffer as our Lord suffered, until this [house/property] is sold. Then, Saint Joseph, i swear before the cross and God Almighty, that i will redeem you and you will receive my gratitude and a place of honour in my home. Amen.