It’s not easy being jolly when your home is not selling.

In the spirit of the holiday season, here are some suggestions for getting your home sold in December.

First Day: Bury one small statue of Saint Joseph, the patron saint of real estate, in your front yard upside down. A little faith goes a long way.

Second Day: Put two flowering plants by the front door to give buyers a powerful first impression This is important for getting buyers to feel good before entering your home.

Third Day: Add three attractive floral arrangements in the foyer to enhance the positive feelings folks have as they enter your home. This keeps them feeling good after they enter your home.  

Fourth Day: Place four fragrant cinnamon stick decorations inside the house to continue and enhance the “This is the house I want to buy” good feelings.

Fifth Day: Prepare festive fruitcakes, creating a fragrance that is sure to please any and all potential buyers.

Sixth Day: No offer yet? Position a photo of Saint Jude, the Patron Saint of desperation in six different parts of your home.

Seventh Day: Obtain seven compelling reasons (one each by seven different people handwritten on an index card), stating why someone should buy your home. Put those cards with the writing facing upward throughout the house.

Eighth Day: Ensure that your home is advertised in eight different online real estate directories (e.g., Zillow, Trulia,,, etc.).

Ninth Day: Send nine brief but different emails to your real estate agent asking him or her what was done over the past nine days to get your home sold.

Tenth Day: Use Feng Shui for 10 days in a row to sell your home.  (What do you mean, you don’t know which real estate company he works for?)

Eleventh Day: Scatter 11 pictures of Sylvester Stallone around the house, to create the impression that nothing is impossible in this day and age (how many “Rocky” movies have there been to date?).

Twelfth Day: Still not sold? Then it’s time to take drastic measures.  Go out and dig up that St. Joseph statue that you buried, turn it right side up, and place 12 more St. Joseph statues throughout the house. A lot of faith goes a long way!

I wish you all many smiles and a Happy Holiday season!

Larry Stoller is a broker and Realtor with Real Estate Five of the Lowcountry.,