By Graham WoodPeople have tried crazy things to sell a house: throwing in a $1,000 bar tab with the home purchase, filming YouTube spoofs of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and advertising a cheating husband's affair. But some use a much simpler tactic to get a home sold: They just have a little faith. In a real estate market still slow to recover from a massive bust, turning to divine inspiration and calling on spiritual and religious cues to sell a home has actually gotten the transaction done much more quickly for some -- or so they say, anyway. From the power of a religious figurine to home exorcisms and spiritual cleansing, we bring you three success stories of how heavenly guidance helped sell homes. 'How Can I Not Believe?' Some say faith can move mountains. Joan Berkowitz will tell you that it can also sell a house. After all, her quaint cottage in Accord, N.Y., which she used as a weekend home, had lingered on the market for a year with no takers. But after a little divine intervention, she said, she snagged a buyer three weeks later.
Of course, there's no way to prove that the St. Joseph statue had any effect on her home sale, but there is one reason to keep the faith. The national median number of days that a home sits on the market before being sold is 107, according to listing website Trulia. The National Association of Realtors pegged that number even lower in a recent survey: just 69 days. That's far less than the year that Berkowitz's home went unsold before she buried the statue. And the three weeks that it took to sell after the statue was buried is way ahead of the trend. Berkowitz called the statue "a good omen" and even returned to the home after she moved out to retrieve it. She's now in the market for a new vacation house, and she hopes the statue will lead her to the perfect place.
"We still laugh about it today," Humphrey said. "That's definitely the craziest thing we've ever done." Clearing the Air New York City-based Citi Habitats real estate agent Jason Saft often summons the spiritual world to wipe out the bad aura left behind in spaces where stressful situations have occurred.
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