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 52 reviews
Olathe, KS


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!

Strawberry Hill, KS


Ruth Yang auction Auctioning off our investment property with Cates Auction has been the best decision my husband and I made. Their staff team is professional, quick, and gets the job done well.

View auction details: Distinctive Strawberry Hill In-Process Renovation Project

Kansas City, MO


I’m not even sure where to begin. Words cannot effectively express the thanks we owe to Rick Bradford and the entire Cates Auction team.  Rick is delightful and provided exceptional service!  My family and I cannot thank him enough for his time, effort, patience, knowledge and dedication in helping us manage through the process of selling our property (both home and contents).  While we ran into several snags along the way (none of which were their fault). They patiently stuck with us – providing expert advice and, when we were ready to move forward, Rick seamlessly picked up where he left off– never missed a beat!  Without their extreme patience, knowledge and dedication, I don’t think we would have been able to manage through or complete the sale.

This is our second auction with Cates, and we would highly recommend, without any hesitation, Rick Bradford and the Cates Auction team.  We are completely satisfied. Selling our property for more than the appraisal was just the icing on the cake!  No Reserve Auction: 3 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath Home | Kansas City, MO

Leawood, KS


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.

Kansas City, MO


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.

Lone Jack, MO


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.

by Rick & Susan Nichols on Cates Auction & Realty Co., Inc.
Kansas City, MO


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!

Gladstone, MO


Ray Bucklew is a consummate professional who handled the difficult aspects of our sale with patience and resolve. We appreciate his efforts.

by Bonnie Crocker, Estate of Edna L Wade on Cates Auction & Realty Co., Inc.
Strawberry Hill, KS


Thank you for all the time and work you did to make the recent auction of my sister's estate a success.

We had never been exposed to a property auction before. Someone recommended we contact Cates Auction. We called and our contact was agent Rick Bradford. Rick set up an appointment to meet with us and to explain the process of an auction. He was very professional and we understood what their role would be and what was required of us.

Rick was always available if we had questions or needed more information. Overall we are pleased with the way Rick helped make this auction successful. The results were greater than we were expecting and would indeed call Rick Bradford and Cates Auction if we had the need to do so.

Shawnee, KS


Having sold homes in the past, I found working with Cates to be my best selling experience. Greg was very open about the process, Greg and Kim were fantastic with communications keeping me informed and knowing the day my home would sell was very calming. Finally my home was in great shape and selling it “as is” without negotiating petty things the buyer might not like was an incredible experience.

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