When a listing is languishing on the market despite tactics such as staging the property or adjusting the price, some home sellers may look to St. Joseph for help. For at least several hundred years, believers have buried a statuette of the saint in the yards of homes that are up for sale. For good luck, the tradition says to bury the statue head down and facing the street; while other variations recommend positioning the statue to face the home or planting it in a flower pot if there is not yard to speak of. It is unclear exactly how the ritual started, but it has many followers — particularly when the real estate market is in a funk. “In the past, we’ve seen some upticks in sales of the kits whenever there’s a sign that the housing market is on the skids,” says Nicholas Cole, marketing director of a North Carolina firm that sells religious items online. | Read More