St. Joseph do your stuff

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX By The Bay

UPDATE: St. Joseph is working overtime. Two days after burying the little miracle worker I have received two offers on the property, one of which is acceptable to the sellers.

PPS, the first St. Joseph statue worked so well I bought another. This new listing was on the market for 1 week, 2 offers, one of which the sellers accepted, AND a higher than normal commission rate to encourage more co-op showings.

OK, so I have this great listing I can't sell (yet) ;-)

It's below comps for the last 3 months, great neighborhood, best school district in town, move in condition, brand new carpet, new paint, 4 bedrooms, 2,000 square feet, etc.,etc., etc. It's now reduced to $164,900

Over 50 showings to date; lots of positive feedback.......but...........no sensible offers. We did get one that was 15K below list and after 25 years of selling real estate I cannot believe we can't do better.

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So it's time to call in the big guns; the Saint Joseph home selling statue.

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Here's the St. Joseph legend.

"The solemn tradition of burying St. Joseph in the earth began hundreds of years ago in Europe. During those times, an order of nuns prayed to St. Joseph (the patron saint of the family and household needs) when they needed more lands for convents. The Sisters were encouraged to bury their St. Joseph medals in the ground.

The medals evolved into statues, culminaing with the complete "Underground Real Estate Agent" Kit currently available. Today, thousands of homesellers and real estate agents nationwide continue this successful tradition; they are looking for a little divine intervention."

At this point I'm willing to try anything so I ordered a St. Joseph statue. The directions say you're supposed to bury the statue upside down near your yard sign with his little feet pointing towards the house and the property will sell quickly.

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Man, after a 7 week dry spell this ground is like digging concrete. Apparently this is a tradition the Catholic Church embraces.

  • "People today bury statues, usually small, inexpensive ones, instead of medals. The size or cost of the statue doesn't matter, and has no relation to the size or cost of the property for sale.

  • Bury the statue upside down in the yard of the property you are trying to sell. I've seen a couple of versions with it upright, but upside down is by far the most common.

  • The location for the burial varies, but the most common is in the front of the property, facing the house. Some favour a particular corner, and many recommend putting it next to the "For Sale" sign.

  • This is the most important part: pray. Pray for Saint Joe to intervene for you. You can find some written prayers for this part (some of which seem to threaten Joseph if he doesn't get to work!), but prayer from the heart, prayer that discusses your personal situation, is much, much better.

  • Have faith.

  • While some traditions say you should leave the statue in the ground after the sale, others say that once the house is sold, you dig up the statue and take it with you to the new home. That seems a much better idea to me. Seems friendlier, more honourable, and is a great reminder to yourself (and the people you will unquestionably show it to) of the power of your prayer, and the closeness of our friends in heaven"
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    Alright, St. Joseph is now on duty, properly buried, and prayer said. I'm heading back to my office to wait for those offers to come in.

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    Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

    http://JimLee.com  RE/MAX By The Bay

    150 Mirona Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

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    Phil Cates
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    June, welcome aboard. The St Joseph; "The Underground Real Estate Agent" also includes a FREE Home Listing. Please look around the site and join Pro-beleivers, it's free and it is great exposure to the tens of thousands of sellers and buyers that visit www.StJosephstatue.com.

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    September 15, 2007 02:01 PM
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    Good job Jim ..I have heard stories over the yrs. of  sales that came about with St Joseph on their side.

    I personally havent done it but come to think of it...I do have a listing that I am considering as a candidate!

    September 18, 2007 09:33 PM
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    That is awesome - congratulations on your offers! We just ordered 2 and will give it a try in Western Montana! Thanks for your post!
    September 21, 2007 10:29 AM
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    Monica-thank you for the order, today we shipped your two St. Joseph Statue kits, which includes two bronze home listing on our site. Because you used the link form "the rain" and you ordered more than one kit, I want to upgrade the bronze listings to our "Gold" Package, a $40 value at no charge.

     

    Should you know other "Rain" members interested in this special package, all they have to do to receive the free $40 listing upgrade is click on one of our links found on the "Rain", order two or more kits, then email me at phil@StJosephStateu.com  with the order number, and they on the way to selling homes

     

    Thank you again and enjoy your weekend.

    September 21, 2007 06:17 PM
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    Readers' Digest once posted a funny story about St. Joseph statues:

    "When we decided to sell our home, many friends suggested that if we 'planted' a statue of St. Joseph in our yard, it would facilitate a quick sale.  But when asked for specifics about the superstition, we got conflicting directions.  Some said it should be buried upside down, facing away from the house in the front yard.  Others said the opposite."

    "Not wanting to spoil our chances, I frequently moved the statue around the yard.  Months passed, but our house never sold.  Feeling disappointed and foolish, I tossed the statue into a bag that was picked up at curbside and trucked to the town landfill."

    "A few weeks later I was reading the local paper and noticed the headline:

    TOWN SELLS LANDFILL TO PRIVATE CONTRACTOR

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    My customers all swear by their use, and often send in repeat orders to give out statue kits to friends and neighbors.  And now our line comes in both English & Spanish!


    ----  Mark
    http://www.SaintJosephSellsHomes.com
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