De-cluttered? Painted? Plied potential buyers with fresh-baked cookies and still can't unload your house?
Here's a sales tool you may not know about: A St. Joseph statue.
My mom swore by him, but then she was also known to keep a tiny voodoo doll.
After my 90-year-old Aunt Rose, a devout Catholic, endorsed it, I decided to give it a try.
Folk lore says to bury St. Joe near the FOR SALE sign "head first, feet towards heaven, facing the direction of the street. "
Say a prayer and wait for the offers to roll in.
After the sale, exhume your "underground real estate agent" and display him in a place of prominence in your new home.
Despite a softening real estate market last fall, it worked for us.
And there's no shortage of St. Joseph supplies. Statuettes, prayer booklets and in some cases searchable home listings are available online.
Face in this market, it takes Divine intervention to close a deal.
Plus you'll get pleasure in knowing your nosy neighbors are going nuts trying to figure out just what in hell you've buried in the front yard.