Pat Kennedy - Your Washington, DC Real Estate Connection


Saints Preserve Us!

DSC00177St Joseph is the widely recognized patron saint of real estate agents.  Many of my colleagues and my own clients have planted his statue, head down, next to a For Sale sign so he will help the house sell. 

Ah, but there is another saint who I’ve found to be even more helpful.

Soon after I got into real estate, my grandmother, now St. Tootsie, told me that St. Joseph is too busy.  St. Anthony, she said, is our family's special saint when it comes to real estate.  Now, I know he's great for finding lost car keys.  I mean, jeez, he found my whole entire car when it was lost last week!  But real estate? 

She explained that he is the patron saint of things that are lost. If you have clients looking for a house, it's a lost house until he helps them find it. For an unsold listing, the buyers are lost, and a little St. Anthony statue in the front yard or on the windowsill will help find the lost buyer. And I must admit that during my long real estate career, I have been a major customer of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception's gift shop. They have the area's best selection of St Anthony statues. 

Finally, for the jobs that are too tough even for St. Anthony, we have St. Jude, the patron saint of impossible cases. Now, I haven't run into too many St Jude jobs, but I may go over to the National Shrine's gift shop to buy a couple of his statues. I'm getting a lot of new listings, and this market is sending mixed messages.  A good recovering Catholic real estate broker has to be prepared. 

Still, St. Anthony is the mainstay of my working saints.

But what about agents and clients who are not Catholic?

Some Hindu sellers welcomed St. Anthony onto their front yard, and he found their buyers.  

A Jewish seller placed him on the windowsill of her Georgetown condo, and we had multiple offers when nothing else in the building was moving.

A favorite agent who is a Wiccan is one of St. Anthony’s major devotees.  

Now, it helps if he's on the windowsill of one of your listings to have it priced right, looking wonderful and easily shown.

St. Anthony is a really good guy!  I should send him referral fees!

Comment balloon 27 commentsPatricia Kennedy • August 25 2007 08:44AM


How nice - thanks for sharing!

Cindy Stys 

Posted by Anonymous almost 13 years ago

How nice - thanks for sharing!

Cindy Stys 

Posted by Anonymous almost 13 years ago
St. Joe does seem to help people believe...
Posted by Yvette Chisholm, Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500 (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 13 years ago

Read Miss Yvette's statement, then read it again and again until you fully understand and comprehend how profound it is. 

Posted by BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach (Bill Cherry, Realtor) almost 13 years ago
I recently had a seller ask me what I thought about the St. Joseph burial and if I had ever done it. Honestly, I had never heard of it and didn't know what to think... in this market I just might give it a shot.
Posted by Vicente A. Martinez, Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes (Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson) almost 13 years ago
Thank you for sharing. Why not ask for a little help now and then? I never hurts to ask.
Posted by Rosario Lewis, GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY (DDR Realty) almost 13 years ago
Patricia, never go against St. Tootsie. I have purchase St. Joesph statue and never use one. the property I consider using it on sold before I could place it. I have always thought his help was near. St. Anthony is a new one on me. I will pick up one in short order. Thanks for your thoughts. Also, never forget the referral fee.
Posted by Frank Rubi, (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) almost 13 years ago
The Dorthy meathod works also and is very effective. I just have to find ruby slippers in my size. 
Posted by James Gordon, REALTOR, PBD SFR SRS (Sibcy Cline Realtors®) almost 13 years ago
Great Post.  How about a tag team.  I have a couple of properties that could use both Saints help.
Posted by C.J. Johnson almost 13 years ago

I don't suggest the St. Joseph statue...but support any clients that bring it up or wish to use one. For myself, my concern is that my clients may feel that I lack confidence in myself and my marketing abilities (which I don't) and I certainly don't want to lead their thoughts in that direction. Just my 2 cents.

Posted by Kelly Sibilsky (Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD.) almost 13 years ago
Patricia, I work with an agent who swears by these. Can't really argue, she's moved properties that no one thought would move!
Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) almost 13 years ago
I like the Dorothy method too!  I have red shoes that fit perfectly.
Posted by Tracey Thomas, CA Real Estate Broker (BrokerInTrust Real Estate) almost 13 years ago

A couple of my clients have tried St Joseph with success, but I will definitely remember to suggest St Anthony next time I need extra help!  Thanks -


Posted by Vicki Lloyd, (619)452-9798, Real Estate San Diego California (The Lloyd Realty Group) almost 13 years ago

I know for awhile several agents where using the St. Joseph home selling kit. See even some FSBO's got into the game on this one. I wonder how many actually sold their homes using this item?


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Posted by Keith Elliott Jr, Principal Broker/Owner (KEIRE Realty Group) almost 13 years ago
That's so funny you should mention St. Anthony. I just got a statue of him for my seller! Hope he finds the buyer soon.
Posted by Chrissy Harrison (Referral Only Realty) almost 13 years ago
love the post
Posted by Joshua Talayka (Chase Internatinonal) almost 13 years ago
Yeah, I think St Joseph might be too busy. It took him a year and a half to sell our home for us. I wasn't able to dig him up yet as our new home isn't built yet, but I cannot imagine him liking being buried up side down. Next time I might find another Saint to do the job. :)
Posted by Jennifer Kirby, The Luxury Agent (Kirby Fine Homes) almost 13 years ago
I have a client I just took a listing with and before we even met to sign the listing agreement she had already buried her statue of St. Joseph in hopes of a quick sale. I'll have to let her know about St. Anthony as well.  
Posted by abka defg almost 13 years ago
I may start recommending that to my sellers.  Enjoyed the post.
Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) almost 13 years ago

Cute story.  I wont use them though and have no need for one.  Just refused a listing because they wanted me to buy one and burry it in their yard.  Not my bag....

Posted by Jessica Horton Jessica Horton Realty, Jessica Horton: I'm not #1... You Are! (Jessica Horton - Jessica Horton & Associates) almost 13 years ago
Loved the post. I have heard of this being done, but somehow thought it too cruel to 'bury' a saint.  My Catholic upbringing just wouldn't allow it!  So glad to hear that there's an alternative - St Anthony on the window sill is much more palatable. 
Posted by Linda M. Cataldo, Beach Destinations Realty Myrtle Beach (Dock Street Realty) almost 13 years ago

I love these stories. Great post1 

My former Mother-in-law buried St. Joe after her home had been on the market for several months. It sold a week later.

Maybe for the Hindu clients you could use Ganesh - god of knowledge and the remover of obstacles.

Posted by Jeff Shields, REALTOR Qualicum Beach, BC (RE/MAX Anchor Realty) almost 13 years ago
Perhaps Saints are like Feng Shui - it's the intention and belief that are important.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) almost 13 years ago
I hear many stories about St. Joseph working.  Had not thought amout Anthony or Jude.  Are they still considered Saints.  There sre a lot less than when I wen to Catholic grade school.
Posted by Laura Moore Godek (Laura Moore Godek, PC) almost 13 years ago
Some listings need all the help they can get, so you never know until you try something.
Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) almost 13 years ago

Pat, If you do a sizable price adjustment at the same time the Saints are placed, they work much better. I, too, have had clients tell me they have burried St. Joseph...just to help me out.

Very cute post!


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

Margaret, St. Joseph is exhausted these days.  We have a great price, great condition, and it's only been on the market for a bit of time.  It'll go.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) over 9 years ago