Back in the day, there was so much available land in the U.S., especially in Kansas and other Midwestern and Western states, that the federal government was giving it away for next to nothing. Thanks to the Homestead Act of 1862, settlers who made their homes on land and stayed there for at least five years could take ownership of up to 160 acres,
Decluttering, getting rid of things, and moving into a smaller space is a well-trodden road for families all across the nation. If you’re thinking about, or in the beginning stages of downsizing your home, you are not alone by any means.
Every stage of life could bring about reasons to downsize.
There are two main reasons people selling real estate miss out on the benefits of a professional auction strategy. Either they assume (incorrectly) that the process is for distressed properties or they assume (incorrectly) that the process is mysterious.
If you’re thinking about selling your home or already trying unsuccessfully,
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve recently been involved in a conversation about the “hot” real estate seller’s market and how quickly homes are selling. Amazing feats of Realtor heroism and houses getting snapped up in the blink of the proverbial eye. Your aunt’s neighbor only had a sign in the yard a week.
Published in the Kansas City Star March 19, 2017. In the same year that California was admitted as the thirty-first state of the Union, and more than a decade before the start of the civil war, a grand house was being built in Lexington, Missouri.
Published in the Kansas City STAR November 20, 2016. The team of agents at Cates Auction & Realty Company is often asked about the best time of year for a real estate auction. “We have successful real estate auctions 12 months a year!” says vice president Greg Duncan.
Is that an opportunity or just another Charmander? Online auctions for real estate are popping up in more unexpected places than Pokemon these days.
If you’ve contemplated selling or buying real estate recently you’ve undoubtedly encountered an online auction of one sort or another. Like digitally generated characters, online auctions seem to be appearing everywhere.
Published in the Kansas City STAR 7/12/16 Selling and buying commercial real estate can be a lot like sprinting through Jell-O. Lots of effort expended, but rather slow progress. The properties are often unique, negotiations can be complex and urgency may slip away as the process stalls.
Of course you want to sell fast, but you’re also smart enough to know that just getting a quick offer isn’t a win. You want to sell to the best offer. The one for the most money, with the fewest strings attached, that’s the most likely to actually close and not end up costing you more money or grief along the way.
If you want your auction handled with utmost professionalism and integrity, Cates is your auctioneer.
Herman & Virginia Scharhag Estate Auction
I was pleased with the process, and presentation of the auction and it’s outcome. It was a pleasure to work with Mr. Cates and his crew, and will certainly recommend your group in the future.
Thanks to everyone at Cates Auction and especially Rick Bradford. The auction of both my house and personal property was handled professionally and netted me more money than I was expecting.
I had talked to other auctioneers and realtors and received “advice” from many people but followed my inst…
To The Good Folks at Cates,
I could not be happier with my experience with Cates.
The sale was just great. I’m very pleased. I will recommend you to everyone. Such a load off my mind.
You all are the best. Jeff, Shane and Kim took great care of someone who knew nothing.
I can’t ever …
Sandra Carroll Berger Estate Auction
McNary Absolute Estate Auction
My personal experience with Cates Auction & Realty Co. was overwhelmingly positive. I was mainly interested in a quick sale of real estate and property to settle an estate and Cates delivered the service I needed with professionalism and speed. Once the Cates team goe…
Bill McNary, Beard Estate Auction
The reason bidding wasn’t very competitive had more to do with the appeal (or lack thereof) of the property itself than the work of Cates Auction & Realty. I believe that they did a great job with what they had to work with, and they were very, very pleasant and professional.
Ron Snyder, VP The Commerce Trust Company
This is the first time I have done anything like this. I was very please with everything! Your staff was very helpful and friendly. When I had questions, they were there to answer them. I want to thank you all very much.
My mother died and left her house to me. But I live in Florida and I didn’t want to own property in Kansas City and have to keep up with it. My parents always told me to just have an auction and be done with it. But who should I contact? Thankfully someone suggested Cates Auction. J…
Karen Kay Davis
Wormsley RE Auction
This experience could not have been better! Your promotion of our house brought 13 bidders after two years without an offer. Wayne and I were very grateful to have you handling all of the details and legal requirements of a real estate sale. Thanks for everything!
Copple Trust Auction
I worked with Jeff Cates and Kim Mangum, and they were just great to work with. Very pleasant and accommodating.
They work hard to get the most dollars for your property.
The reason bidding wasn’t very competitive had more to do with the appeal (or lack thereof) of the …
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