Agence France-Presse reports that vendors bury a statue of St. Joseph in the garden of a property they want to sell, and then beseech him to intervene on their behalf to find a buyer.
A Washington real estate agent said the trend has increased during the market slowdown of the past two years.
She admitted it was a strategy forced by desperation: "What else can we do in this market?"
Market analysts predict that home sales in the US will fall to less than six million this year compared with nearly 6.5 million in 2006.
Phil Cates, who runs the StJosephStatue.com website, said: "St Joseph represents to most a sense of hope. In the current situation, hope is pretty much all we have."
Special kits includes a small statue of the saint, a brief history of St Joseph, and an instruction book on how to bury him.
Joseph called on to help sell homes (News.com.au, 19/9/07)
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St Joseph (Wikipedia)