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buy it. I would have loved owning it.
I will tell you - sometimes you have to do things that you hope no human will ever have to do to get a home sold.
But it looks like it took TWO St. Joseph statues to get the old place sold.
Around the first of November, Cookie and the Husband were beginning to get a bit scared. No offers, no traffic, nada. We had dropped the price of the Tudor Cottage to our lowest point. And nothing.
There is a bit of superstition that in you bury a statue of St. Joseph upside down on the property lot (or in a potted plant if you life in an a hi-rise) and tell said religious statue as the patron saint of families that you need to sell the house so your family can be reunited as one, St. Joe will get the job done.
Well, we had buried the St. Joe that we used in Columbus and buried him upside down (per tradition) in the yard and waited. NOTHING. I moved him to a better spot and the house across of the street sold instead. My realtor, fearing that I would dig up St. Joe a third time, and on the verge of hysterics, begging me not to disturb the mojo suggested a second St. Joseph.
Then we found three families that wanted to rent the house, through May of 2017. Well that would take care of our mortgage payment and property taxes, and while not ideal, sometimes you take what you gotta take.
Still, I buried that second St. Joseph in the back yard.
I hunted down the first St. Joseph only to find him laying down under the inkberry holly where I put him on his head.
So I dug him up and replanted him, upside down - as tradition dictates - threatening him (also, as tradition dictates) to leave him there until he found a buyer. Furthermore, I told him that he would spend eternity in the ground IF the St. Joseph in the back sold the house first.
Now, before anyone calls the boys from Happy Valley to put cookie in the padded room - remember, sometimes you have to do things that you hope you would never resort to to change the energy around you.
And you know what? As the lease was being prepped, we had twenty showings, six second showings and *TING!* we found ourselves in contract!
Better yet - the contract is for "As-IS" on the house.
Thank Christ and Saints Joseph and Joseph!
Our targeted close is December 31st.