St. Joseph, the husband of Mary and father of Jesus Christ, is honored as the patron saint of married couples, families, carpenters and workingmen. Over the years, a tradition arose of St. Joseph having a special power in real estate transactions. European nuns buried a medal with his likeness on property they hoped to acquire for convents. Gradually the medals were replaced with statues and the focus changed from buying to selling. The reasons behind using this particular saint are Joseph’s strong connections with families, homes and moving. Today, people of all religious denominations follow the tradition of using a St. Joseph statue to help sell their home.