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Ray Bucklew was very helpful and patient answering our questions and explaining the sales process. The marketing of the sale was good and we were very pleased with the outcome.

Ellen Long

The Cates Auction staff were delightful to work with, very thorough and efficient. We highly recommend the auction process for anyone who wants to sell their home “as-is”, and for whom liquidating years of accumulated personal property is overwhelming. Thanks again for a great job!

Rick & Susan Nichols

I think the sale went fine, fast and I’m glad it’s over.

Thank you so much.


Clara Vaughan

My name is John Hinkle and I am the Personal Representative for the estate of Gary Michael Taylor. Cates Auction & Realty recently completed the auctions of Mr. Taylor’s residence located at 38208 Boswell Road in Lone Jack, Missouri as well as his personal property. I was referred to your company by my Attorney James Tobin who has worked with your staff in the past. My initial contact was with Ray Bucklew of your realty team who was very helpful in guiding me through the auction process. Since this was my first time handle these types of matters, Ray’s patience, expertise, and advice regarding developing a strategy for selling the real estate was invaluable in achieving results that far exceeded most people’s expectations.

Compounding the sale of the real estate was the fact that Mr. Taylor suffered from an issue of hoarding and his entire home was extremely cluttered with paper and a large quantity of personal property acquired over many decades. Before the real estate could be sold, all the clutter and personal property had to be dealt with. This is where Carrie Dilbeck and her team saved the day. To most people, myself included, the simple solution would have been to haul all of the clutter to dumpsters. She and her team, through their experience, saw value in many items that I would have probably tossed into the trash. The team quickly cleaned up the clutter and found many, many items suitable for the personal property auction. They treated all of Mr. Taylor’s property with respect and when unsure of whether an item was too personal to auction, sought my opinion. The cleanup, organizing, and catalog work they performed in a relatively short time period was truly remarkable. I would like to thank the entire team – Carrie, Jennifer Healy, Janet Cates, Ken Delaney, Robert Baker, Megan O’Hara, Holly Stewart, Paula Hecker, and also Dennis Lollar who took care of logistics and security. They saved me and my friends untold hours of work and back pain as well as making the house much more presentable, which surely helped to make it more attractive for the auction. Through the team’s efforts, the personal property auction was extremely successful, again greatly exceeding any of my expectations.

Overall, my entire experience working with all members of Cates’ staff was excellent and the results achieved in both auctions was outstanding. I will certainly refer and recommend Cates to anyone needing auction services in the future. Thanks again to Ray and Carrie and everyone for a job very well done.


John Hinkle

I was so appreciative of Mr. Ray Bucklew and his help in this sale. His professionalism and support was without measure. Ray always kept me fully informed and was great to explain what needed to be done and how to achieve the best result possible.

During the pre auction period he dealt with a) disdaining and uncooperative tenants in the building b) a DPOA halfway across the country and c) a tornado. I cannot say enough about the level of support he provided. He always had my mother’s best interest in mind.

Diane Griffith

We could only imagine how horrible it was going to be selling our childhood home. Not having any idea which direction to go, with trepidation, we called Cates to see if going the auction route would work for our situation. Let me tell you…..not in our strongest prayers could we have hoped for a better experience!

We did the online auction wherein everything was done online, no strangers walking through our house picking up mom & dad’s things like a thrift store. Cates personnel handled all of the organization of the personal property and the huge time commitment that entails. The staff in the office was courteous and very mindful of how difficult this was for us. We were never made to feel like ‘just another auction.’

And lastly, if auctioning your home is the path you choose to take, Rick Bradford is your guy! I can’t say enough about his personality, attention, knowledge and most importantly, his compassion. I’m sure we were a serious challenge, but you would have never known it. He went above and beyond for us and he too, never made us feel like just another auction. If you are fortunate enough to get him as your agent, you absolutely will not be sorry. He is A+.

Kennedy Estate Auction


We would like to thank Rick Bradford for providing us with his wealth of knowledge in putting together a strategy to sell our house quickly.  He did a remarkable job explaining the process to us and was available to answer any questions that came up.

The marketing team did an outstanding job and our house sold before the auction date and for more money than anticipated!! We couldn’t have asked for anything more.

We would highly recommend Cates Auction and Rick Bradford to anyone!

Mike & Tina Gatschet

On behalf of Sarah Cox and for myself, we would like to thank Rick Bradford of Cates Auction Service for all of his help in getting Sarah’s home in Excelsior Springs sold at auction last Friday 1-20-17.

Rick was very helpful, great to work with, and both kind and patient. He knew exactly what we needed to do to accomplish a great sale and he helped us in every way possible.

Thank you so very much Rick and the entire Cates team for a job done well!


Maureen McNeil

Sarah Cox

We can’t thank the Cates team enough for the special care we were given. Shane was such a great person and made us feel so comfortable with the auction process. We will forever keep him in our hearts. Jeff, you took over at a critical time and calmed our nerves. Kim, you were so patient with our millions of questions. We appreciate the entire gang!

Jeff & Marla Burvee

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 instincts and am very pleased with the end results.

I would highly recommend Cates to anyone selling his or her house or property.

Diane Christy

We are Kansas City's oldest and most experienced real estate auction company specializing in accelerated real estate sales in Missouri and Kansas, including Overland Park, Lenexa, Shawnee, Leawood, Kansas City, Lee's Summit, Olathe, Blue Springs, Independence, Liberty, Kearney, Parkville, Smithville, Gladstone, Clay County, Platte County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Wyandotte County, Leavenworth County, Cass County, Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Ozark, Sunrise Beach, Osage Beach, Four Seasons, Shawnee Bend, Miller County, Camden County, and around the Midwest. Kansas City auctioneers with regional expertise!