I’ve recently learned of an interesting bit of folklore that has been circling around the real estate world for years. The legend says that if you bury a little statue of Saint Joseph in your yard, your home will sell swiftly. You then give thanks to the tiny St. Joseph by digging him up and placing him on the mantel of your new home.
Where did this tale come from, you ask? According to www.StJosephStatue.com, an online purveyor of all of your plastic (and pewter, if you’re feelin’ fancy!) St. Joseph needs, this tradition has been around quite some time. “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.”
Now, I am not a skeptic. If this 4” St. Joseph can sell my house quickly in Michigan’s tough market, I’ll buy him a posh little dollhouse to live out his golden years. But if you’re looking for a surefire way to sell your house, I’d try pricing it at fair market value. Easier said than done, though. Ever since housing values took a dramatic dip, many people owe much more than their homes are worth. This is where a short sale comes in handy, and this is where we step in! We can negotiate with the bank to accept an amount closer to what your house is worth, rather than what you owe on it. If you’re facing a Michigan foreclosure, want to sell your house, and want to find out if a short sale is right for you, give Emily a call. She’s ever so sweet, so don’t be nervous! Oh, and let’s bury a St. Joseph statue just for good measure…
(The “Authentic” St. Joseph Home Sale Kit – $7.95)