Faith in the housing market

It didn’t take all that much to sell a house in the real-estate market’s headiest days mere years ago. Where a fresh coat of paint or a new appliance package might have sold a house in the past, these days, even if it’s less about setting up a bidding war than reeling in one viable offer sheet, some say a full-fledged feng shui redo might be in order. Others vouch for the efficacy of burying a likeness of a canonized carpenter. See full story.

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