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Sunday, February 05, 2006

For Sale By Dunce

Posted by: Jambo / 10:36 PM

There are well documented cases of this same phenomenon affecting both the Brady family in Hawaii and the castaways on Gilligan's Island so maybe Twin Cities residents are on to something with this:

After their $540,000 house in Prior Lake had been on the market for three slow months, Holly and Sean Ploeger were willing to do anything to sell it. So in December, they pulled up soil at the base of their For Sale sign and buried a little statue of St. Joseph in a plastic bag upside down and looking away from the house (the direction they want to go).


Because the ground was frozen, Cummings planted St. Joseph head-first in a flower pot tucked away in a dining room cabinet at her $354,000 Nicollet Island condominium, which has been on the market since October. She and her listing agent, Marilee Anderson of Coldwell Banker Burnet, planned to take the condo off the market just after the holidays. But the number of showings picked up dramatically and Cummings changed her mind.


Platto said she learned of the practice several years ago during a particularly difficult market when a priest used a St. Joseph statue to help sell his condo.

Bob Pacieznik, a sales agent with ReMax Action West in Chanhassen, was something of a skeptic, too, until he landed a couple of hard-to-sell listings. He got his St. Joseph at Apostle Books and Gifts in Minnetonka.

"I walked in and said to the woman: 'I have to sell a house,' and she said, 'You need St. Joseph.' And they have one with St. Joseph standing next to a For Sale sign."

OK, let me get this straight. A bunch of muttonheads are burying idols in their yards thinking it will magically get someone to buy their house, the Strib runs it as a straight story, yet the right wing somehow claims that the mainstream media is hostile to religion? Unbelievable.


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