St. Joseph

St. Joseph – Patron Saint of Realtors

So what is it about St. Joseph and home sales?   There are so many tools available to sellers to ensure successful sale of their Western New York home. The most important tool I have is the market conditions and current sales data to ensure that the home is priced correctly. History of what has happened in the Real Estate market is how we determine the value of your home. The next important tool that your Realtor has is the marketing plan for your home, which includes the Internet, traditional advertising and Open Houses. Getting that WNY home in front of as many potential qualified, ready and willing to purchase buyers.

So where does St. Joseph come into the picture? Well this falls in the it can’t hurt category. Many people believe that burying a St. Joseph Statue in the yard will speed up the process of the sale of their WNY home. St. Joseph is the Patron Saint of Realtors after all.

There are a couple of possible origin of burying a St. Joseph statue:

  • The tradition of burying St. Joseph in the earth began hundreds of years ago in Europe with nuns praying to St. Joseph (the patron saint of the family and household needs) when they needed land for convents. The Sisters were encouraged to bury their St. Joseph medals in the ground.
  • Another possible origin is with German carpenters who put St. Joseph statues in the foundations of homes.

While it may seem a bit improper to bury St. Joseph upside-down on your property, this is actually recommended.

  • You can apparently bury either a medal or a statue in the front or back yard
  • Right side up or upside down
  • Some say the saint should face the house
  • Some say he should be close to the “For Sale” sign

Wherever you place the patron saint, it appears that miracles do happen. I cannot guarantee by buying a St. Joseph in your yard, you will sell faster, we just want to make sure that you know about this tradition.



Rev. Colleen Irwin
Reverend Colleen Irwin is a Spiritual being having a human experience as a Blogger, Wife, Mother, Mentor, Healer and Public Speaker living in Rochester New York. Colleen, a Natural Born Medium, teaches, lectures and serves Spirit when called upon. She remembers speaking with Spirit as a child and learning how to share this knowledge with others has been an adventure that she captured in her book “Discovering Your Stream”. Colleen has been mentored by Reverend Jack Rudy, and ordained as a Priest in the Order of Melchizedek by the Reverend Dan Chesboro through the Sanctuary of the Beloved. When she is not doing her Spiritual work she is a volunteer docent sharing Susan B. Anthony's history to visitors of the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester. Her trust in Spirit gave her a new title – PREVIVOR. She now uses her platform to educate others about the BRCA genetic mutation and how one can take control of their health and well-being.
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