Saints Preserve Us!

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Real Estate Agent with Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. AB95346

DSC00177St Joseph is the widely recognized patron saint of real estate agents.  Many of my colleagues and my own clients have planted his statue, head down, in next to a for sale sign so he will help the house sell. 

Ah, but there is another saint who I’ve found to be even more helpful.

Soon after I got into real estate, my grandmother, now St. Tootsie, told me that St. Joseph is too busy.  St. Anthony, she said, is our family's special saint when it comes to real estate.  Now, I know he's great for finding lost car keys.  I mean, jeez, he found my whole entire car when it was lost last week!  But real estate? 

She explained that he is the patron saint of things that are lost. If you have clients looking for a house, it's a lost house until he helps them find it. For an unsold listing, the buyers are lost, and a little St. Anthony statue in the front yard or on the windowsill will help find the lost buyer. And I must admit that during my long real estate career, I have been a major customer of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception's gift shop. They have the area's best selection of St Anthony statues. 

Finally, for the jobs that are too tough even for St. Anthony, we have St. Jude, the patron saint of impossible cases. Now, I haven't run into too many St Jude jobs, but I may go over to the National Shrine's gift shop to buy a couple of his statues. I'm getting a lot of new listings, and this market is sending mixed messages.  A good recovering Catholic real estate broker has to be prepared. 

Still, St. Anthony is the mainstay of my working saints.

But what about agents and clients who are not Catholic?

Some Hindu sellers welcomed St. Anthony onto their front yard, and he found their buyers.  

A Jewish seller placed him on the windowsill of her Georgetown condo, and we had multiple offers when nothing else in the building was moving.

A favorite agent who is a wiccan is one of St. Anthony’s major devotees.  

Now, it helps if he's on the windowsill of one of your listings to have it priced right, looking wonderful and easily shown.

St. Anthony is a really good guy!  I should send him referral fees!

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James Gordon
Sibcy Cline Realtors® - Cincinnati, OH
REALTOR, PBD SFR SRS
The Dorthy meathod works also and is very effective. I just have to find ruby slippers in my size. 
Aug 25, 2007 09:02 AM #8
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C.J. Johnson
Great Post.  How about a tag team.  I have a couple of properties that could use both Saints help.
Aug 25, 2007 09:12 AM #9
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I don't suggest the St. Joseph statue...but support any clients that bring it up or wish to use one. For myself, my concern is that my clients may feel that I lack confidence in myself and my marketing abilities (which I don't) and I certainly don't want to lead their thoughts in that direction. Just my 2 cents.

Aug 25, 2007 09:22 AM #10
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Patricia, I work with an agent who swears by these. Can't really argue, she's moved properties that no one thought would move!
Aug 25, 2007 09:46 AM #11
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Tracey Thomas
BrokerInTrust Real Estate - Calabasas, CA
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I like the Dorothy method too!  I have red shoes that fit perfectly.
Aug 25, 2007 12:27 PM #12
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Vicki Lloyd
The Real Estate Professionals - Lake Forest, CA
(949)457-0281, Lake Forest and South Orange County

A couple of my clients have tried St Joseph with success, but I will definitely remember to suggest St Anthony next time I need extra help!  Thanks -

Vicki

Aug 25, 2007 12:34 PM #13
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Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

I know for awhile several agents where using the St. Joseph home selling kit. See www.catholicsupply.com/christmas/stjoe.html even some FSBO's got into the game on this one. I wonder how many actually sold their homes using this item?

-Keith

RE/MAX Olympic, Manassas VA

www.MyRealtorKeith.com

Aug 25, 2007 12:38 PM #14
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Chrissy Harrison
Referral Only Realty - Longmont, CO
That's so funny you should mention St. Anthony. I just got a statue of him for my seller! Hope he finds the buyer soon.
Aug 25, 2007 01:48 PM #15
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Joshua Talayka
Chase Internatinonal - Reno, NV
love the post
Aug 25, 2007 02:57 PM #16
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Jennifer Kirby
Kirby Fine Homes - Minneapolis, MN
The Luxury Agent
Yeah, I think St Joseph might be too busy. It took him a year and a half to sell our home for us. I wasn't able to dig him up yet as our new home isn't built yet, but I cannot imagine him liking being buried up side down. Next time I might find another Saint to do the job. :)
Aug 25, 2007 03:36 PM #17
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I have a client I just took a listing with and before we even met to sign the listing agreement she had already buried her statue of St. Joseph in hopes of a quick sale. I'll have to let her know about St. Anthony as well.  
Aug 25, 2007 03:40 PM #18
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I may start recommending that to my sellers.  Enjoyed the post.
Aug 25, 2007 03:51 PM #19
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Sun City Peachtree® Resales Jessica Horton
Jessica Horton & Associates - Griffin, GA
#1 Resale Agent in Sun City Peachtree®

Cute story.  I wont use them though and have no need for one.  Just refused a listing because they wanted me to buy one and burry it in their yard.  Not my bag....

Aug 25, 2007 03:53 PM #20
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Linda M. Cataldo
Dock Street Realty - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Real Estate
Loved the post. I have heard of this being done, but somehow thought it too cruel to 'bury' a saint.  My Catholic upbringing just wouldn't allow it!  So glad to hear that there's an alternative - St Anthony on the window sill is much more palatable. 
Aug 25, 2007 04:23 PM #21
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Jeff Shields
RE/MAX Anchor Realty - Qualicum Beach, BC
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I love these stories. Great post1 

My former Mother-in-law buried St. Joe after her home had been on the market for several months. It sold a week later.

Maybe for the Hindu clients you could use Ganesh - god of knowledge and the remover of obstacles.

Aug 25, 2007 05:03 PM #22
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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Saint Petersburg, FL
St. Pete FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
Perhaps Saints are like Feng Shui - it's the intention and belief that are important.
Aug 25, 2007 09:46 PM #23
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Laura Moore Godek
Laura Moore Godek, PC - McHenry, IL
I hear many stories about St. Joseph working.  Had not thought amout Anthony or Jude.  Are they still considered Saints.  There sre a lot less than when I wen to Catholic grade school.
Aug 25, 2007 10:20 PM #24
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes
Some listings need all the help they can get, so you never know until you try something.
Aug 26, 2007 01:03 AM #25
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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Pat, If you do a sizable price adjustment at the same time the Saints are placed, they work much better. I, too, have had clients tell me they have burried St. Joseph...just to help me out.

Very cute post!

Margaret

Oct 28, 2010 06:21 PM #26
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Margaret, St. Joseph is exhausted these days.  We have a great price, great condition, and it's only been on the market for a bit of time.  It'll go.

Oct 28, 2010 06:24 PM #27
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