Last week I can across Sanette Tanaka’s WSJ column “Spreadsheet” titled “Bless Our Happy Home Sale ” that talked about the tradition regarding St. Joseph. I waited to blog about it until today since March 19th is actually St. Joseph’s Day (BTW: who is getting any work done this week with 3/17 St Patrick’s, 3/18 March Madness brackets and now this?).
I love the phrase within the WSJ graphic: “Faith in Action.”
I previously wrote about this here in September 2005  and in October 2007 .
Traditionally, Joseph, the husband of Mary, is hailed as the patron saint of home and family. Some believe that burying a statue of St. Joseph in the yard helps sell a house.
Here’s how it the process works when selling your home:
Bury the St. Joseph statue upside-down in your yard, facing toward the house listed for sale.
Sell the house.
The Seller digs up the statue and puts it in the new home in a special place.
The last 4 years of statue sales show a pattern consistent with NAR’s existing home sale pattern with the housing market rebound beginning in 2011.
Who says housing trend analysis is devoid of emotion. Got it?