It’s no secret that the current real estate market in Bellingham is a friendly one to sellers. With mobs of ready, able & willing buyers practically going door-to-door, all sellers need to do is ink a listing agreement and blow town for a couple of days. Upon their tanned & rested return, their Realtor arrives with a stack of offers to review, submitted in their absence. PENDING!
Or not. It isn’t exactly April 2017 anymore, after all. The jets have cooled considerably from the Hysterical Spring to the point where the current market almost resembles one that is if not fair then at least not a mass ripoff. There are still more buyers than there is inventory to satisfy, and prices certainly haven’t come down. But it’s not the melee it was earlier this year.
And that is generally a good thing (said the Realtor). Having a wagered frontyard fistfight over every listing that comes on the market wears buyers down and makes everyone feel gross– sometimes even the seller who presumably benefits from the competition. Still– no one wants to be the last leaf on the tree. Autumn is upon us. Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and you know what happens after that. The bar is closing. Last call…
So what does the seller who’s been overlooked do– leaning into the holidays? How does one sell the house that buyers– even in a seller’s market– have passed on?
The answer is simple: voodoo!
Some might call it Christianity, and indeed our hero does also appear in popular Christian science fiction literature. But make no mistake– this is Real Estate Sorcery of the highest order. Of course I am talking about the hardest working statue in the real estate business– Saint Joseph the Homeseller!
Joeseph is the Patron Saint of home improvement. He was also Jesus Christ’s stepdad– the standup guy who schlepped his unfaithful wife Mary and the infant Jesus between Bethlehem, Egypt and Nazareth even though he wasn’t the father. That’s kind of another story, but the point is that the family had to move a lot– and thus Joe had a lot of experience selling houses.
Leveraging a hardmagic 4″ plastic figurine (made in China) to help attract a buyer to your listing has never been simpler. Here are eight simple steps to a commission check. Let’s bring him out!
1. GET YOUR HANDS ON A STATUE OF SAINT JOSEPH the HOMESELLER
This should be easy. If you have a Christian Superstore Outlet in your town, they will probably stock them. Sometimes these stores will place a limit on how many Saint Joseph the Homeseller kits a customer can buy in one day. If you have some listings piling up, you may want to draft some neighborhood kids to go in and buy for you. Kids will usually provide this service if you score them alcohol later. (editor’s note: DO NOT drink with neighborhood kids. It’s OK to buy them beer, just don’t drink it with them..)
2. DIG A HOLE IN THE GROUND FOR SAINT JOSEPH the HOMESELLER
Opinions vary on where exactly you should bury Saint Joseph the Homeseller. Some say he should go near the front door; others say near the FOR SALE sign; still others recommend the place on the property with the best view (if applicable). Clearly, the precise location is open to some interpretation, but it is universally recommended not to bury Saint Joseph the Homeseller near the septic drainfield…
3. WRAP SAINT JOSEPH the HOME SELLER IN AN OLD RED TOWEL FROM THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR
Don’t worry if you don’t have an old red towel in your trunk. Any old towel from your trunk will do. Saints like red and they look good in it– but a floral or striped towel is just as good and even a solid-colored towel will do in a pinch. We’re trying to make a real estate transaction here– be creative. A tissue from the glovebox or sock from the backseat will do if necessary. But please have a little respect– this is a Saint we’re talking about, after all…
4. PUT THE SHROUDED SAINT JOSEPH the HOMESELLER INTO A ZIPLOCK BAG
My personal take on this is that the old towel should suffice for two reasons. Firstly, Saint Joseph the Homeseller is so potent he’s not going to be in the ground long before the house is under contract. Secondly, I despise plastic bags. But I didn’t invent the rules, and all versions seem to indicate it’s important to protect Saint Joseph the Homeseller from whatever it is that lives in the dirt–so just get a bag and put him in there. You probably have one of those in your car, too– unfortunately…
5. PUT SAINT JOSEPH the HOMESELLER IN THE FUCKING GROUND
There are lots of varying opinions on this step, too: feet down facing out; feet up facing home; feet up facing view, etc. My advice is to make up your mind as to what position you think is right and then confidently justify it. In a raised voice, say something like “the moths have no wings” or “We Know About This” and just act like you know what you’re doing. Hopefully there’s no one around to hear you, but if your seller is hovering nervously nearby, wringing her hands, just give her that million-dollar wink scoop up a trowel’s worth of soil.
6. SHOVEL THE DIRT RIGHT OVER THE TOP OF SAINT JOSEPH the HOMESELLER AS IF HE HAD NEVER LIVED LET ALONE DIED FOR YOUR LISTING
This may be the most-difficult part of the process for agents who are behind on their car insurance payments or who may recently have lost a pet. It needn’t be. Realtors need dough like anyone– and if burying an action figure in the front yard is going to appease our sellers, I say let’s start digging. I never knew Saint Joseph the Homeseller, but I have a feeling– considering his roots– that his HGTV show would widely-viewed and that he wouldn’t mind a little vivisepulture humor.
This step may prove to come easier to some agents than others, also. If you’re rusty or just plain agnostic, there is a stock prayer on the box that ought to do the trick:
Dear Saint Joseph, God the Father chose you from all men to be the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus. You cared thoughtfully and wholeheartedly for them while on Earth. It was through you that Jesus first learned of His Heavenly Father’s gentleness, compassion, and protection. So close were you that He was known simply as the Carpenter’s son.
We now ask your help in these our requests. Please intercede before our Heavenly Father for His protection, provision and peace. Help us sell our home and find a new one, suitable for our needs.
Grant us harmony and grace on our home, and we may be ever hospitable to family, friends and neighbors. Amen.
8. REDUCE THE PRICE
The importance of this step of course cannot be overstated. No matter what market you are in, price heals all ills. Odors? Functional Obsolescence? Ratty neighbors? Get the pricing in-line and step back and watch the miracles fly. Throw away those crutches. You can walk. Oh, Thank you Saint Joseph the Price Reducer– thank you…
WHILE YOU’RE HERE
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