For BuyersFor SellersReal EstateReal Estate Marketing March 24, 2011

Does a St. Joseph's Statue Planted in Your Yard Help to Sell Your Home?

My sellers had received the St. Joseph’s statue as a present from a friend and asked me to plant it when the “for sale” sign was planted in their yard.  So, I planted the St Joseph’s Statue in their yard.

St Joseph Statue for real estate sales

St. Joseph Statue

I’ve heard about St. Joseph’s statue being planted in the yards of homes for sale, but this is the first time I’ve had a seller ask me to do so.

I was curious as to how this whole idea got started, so I checked online. Snopes has an interesting post on its history and some of the results from planting a St. Joseph statue in the front yard. According to Snopes and a few other sources, the idea originated centuries ago when a group of nuns first planted St. Joseph on the grounds of their convent.  The idea didn’t spread to the sale of homes in the U.S. until the late 20th century.

So along with along with today’s high tech marketing with professional photos and video on Zillow, Craig’s List, Trulia, and a number of other sites, I went with the centuries old luck of St Joseph.  I’ve always said that the most successful real estate marketing combines the best of old with the new!

Do you believe the St. Joseph statue will help a home to sell faster?  Have you tried this and have you had luck with it?

Oh, by  the way, the home sold in 4 days!