This much is certain: When the real estate market declines, sales of St. Joseph statues increase. "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," said Nicholas Cole, director of marketing for a Charlotte, NC company that sells religious items online. Cole was quoted by The New York Times in 2009 - during a particularly low point of the real estate market.
Are you a St. Joseph statue believer now? If so, head over to Amazon.com, where you can buy a St. Joseph Home Seller Statue Kit for $8. Shovel not included.
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Brendon DeSimone is a Realtor & HGTV real estate expert. He has collaborated on multiple real estate books and his expert advice is regularly sought out by print, online and television media outlets like FOX News, CNBC and Forbes. An avid investor, Brendon owns real estate around the US and abroad and is licensed to sell in two states. You can find Brendon online or follow him on Twitter.
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