Burying St. Joseph in Your Yard

Burying St. Joseph to Sell Home

Getting desperate to sell your home? Try burying a statue of St. Joseph in your yard. Some people may not believe and some may think it’s hokey, but we say: why not?

Right now, the market in the Pikes Peak region is a seller’s market, but what happens if you have a hard-to-sell property or the market turns again and it becomes difficult to sell your home? You may find yourself frustrated by the length of time your home is languishing on the market. It is a helpless feeling that some of us know all too well. One trick that some Realtors have been suggesting for decades is to try burying a St. Joseph statue in the yard to usher a quick sale.

Who is St. Joseph?

St. Joseph is the Catholic patron saint of “The Home” (and many other things) and by extension, the patron saint of buying and selling real estate.  Some say this is because Joseph was a carpenter by trade.

The online Catholic Faith Store explains how burying a statue of St. Joseph came about:

This tradition is believed to have started with a 16th century nun named Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada (later St. Teresa of Avila). St. Teresa founded the Discalced Carmelites order of nuns in 1562, and it was her personal mission to establish many convents throughout Spain. One day as she searched for a location to build on, she discovered an ideal parcel of land. She turned to St. Joseph in prayer asking for his aid in acquiring the land; she buried a medal with his image on it in the soil and waited patiently. St. Teresa ultimately attained the land and believed it was St. Joseph who came to her assistance. The tradition of burying a medal of St. Joseph—and later a statue of the saint—gained momentum after St. Teresa’s experience.”  [Source]

How exactly is it done?

The tradition involves planting a small St. Joseph statue upside down (about 6-12 inches deep) in the lawn or garden of the home near the for sale sign while simultaneously praying for divine intervention to sell the home. There is some disagreement as to whether the statue is supposed to face the house needing to be sold, or whether it should face outwards in the direction of the house you want to buy. In any case, the statue should be dug up once the house sells, and taken with the seller to their new residence where it should be kept in a place of honor somewhere inside the home.

Does it actually work?

There’s only one way to find out… try it and see!

Our agent Rachel Buller offers a complimentary version of the St. Joseph home selling kit for all her new listings. Give Rachel a call to see how she can help you sell your home quickly and efficiently.