Types of Properties We Sell At Auction

Over 70 Years Experience Selling Homes At Auction in Kansas City

If you are looking to sell real estate in the greater Kansas City area, Cates Auction & Realty Co. can make the entire process faster, easier and more profitable for you. Our time-tested auction methodology offers a number of important advantages when compared to selling your property in the traditional real estate market. Our auction services are available for virtually any type of residential, land or commercial real estate – our professional auction marketing will help you get the true market value for your property.

Residential Property »

Featured ImageSingle family homes are ideally suited to the benefits of auction marketing and competitive bidding. We sell quality family homes, investment properties, vacation homes, estates, executive homes and more. Home owners like the ability to schedule their sales and they appreciate how auction marketing makes their properties stand out from the crowd of residential properties for sale at any given time. An “as is” and contingency-free sale add simplicity to an otherwise confounding process.

Commercial Real Estate »

Featured ImageCommercial and industrial properties can range from a small retail storefront to a sprawling office complex or industrial park. Our wide range of commercial real estate auction services encompass offices, stores, shopping malls, industrial facilities, development land, multifamily dwellings and even specialty properties such as restaurants, car washes, health care facilities and more. Such properties often suffer from very long listing cycles, but auction effectively compresses that extended sale time. Another important benefit of choosing us as your commercial auctioneer is that we can help you sell assets such as equipment, office furniture and machinery that you will no longer need.

Land Auction Services »

Featured ImageDo you own land in the Kansas City metro area you are looking to sell? Cates Auction & Real Estate Company offers comprehensive land, farm and acreage auction services that will give you complete control over the sales process. Our land auction experts will develop a detailed marketing plan that will allow you to sell your property with greater speed and simplicity. You set the date for your auction – then watch as qualified buyers compete to own your land. You won’t have to wait many long months for your land to sell. Our land auction services are available to owners of agricultural, recreational and investment land, as well as all types of commercial and residential development land.

Luxury Property »

Featured ImageAs with lake properties, high-end real estate represents a relatively small, highly specialized segment of the Kansas City real estate market. One of the biggest issues when selling a luxury property in the traditional real estate market is establishing a price that will attract the right prospective buyers, while still enabling the seller to get the true market value for the property. Our luxury property auction services combine highly customized marketing with  competitive bidding, which draws the largest pool of qualified buyers and also eliminates concerns over inaccurate pricing. You also get the benefit of a fast, hassle-free sale of virtually any type of luxury real estate you own, whether it’s a lakefront property, grand estate, gated mansion, luxury ranch, executive house or custom home.

Senior Downsizing »

Featured ImageMany older Americans make the lifestyle decision to move to a smaller home. Our senior downsizing services are specifically designed to make the transition as smooth and seamless as possible for homeowners and their families. Our auction process takes the stress and aggravation out of selling your home and any personal property you may no longer want or need. In addition to helping you get the true market value for your property, we can schedule the entire process exactly when you want it. We understand that leaving the home you and your family have lived in for so many years can be an overwhelming experience – you can count on us to remove much of the burden from your shoulders.

Lake Property »

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We’re the lake property specialists in Missouri and Kansas! Over the course of more than 70 years, we’ve helped people sell waterfront homes in popular lake areas such as Loch Lloyd, Lake Lotawana, Weatherby Lake and Lake Tapawingo, as well as beautiful luxury homes at The Lake of the Ozarks. Lake properties can be a challenge to sell, as they appeal to a specific, somewhat narrow segment of the real estate market. Our experience gives us a unique understanding of what it takes to sell lakefront real estate at auction. Our sophisticated auction marketing techniques will draw numerous qualified buyers to your auction.

Sell Your Property with Confidence

Our auction selling process is simple, efficient, and transparent.

Our real auction services for sellers begin with a free property auction analysis. Simply provide our expert auction staff with basic information about your property, including essential details such as property type, size and condition. We will so some research and then contact you to further discuss your property and help you determine whether our services are a good fit for your unique selling situation. We’ll also be happy to answer any questions you have about the auction process. Should you choose to move forward, we will work with you to create a dynamic marketing plan that will attract the highest number of qualified buyers to your auction.

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Leading With Experience

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Cates Auction has been setting the standard for professional real estate auctions since 1942. We leverage our 70+ years of experience in the greater Kansas City area to help buyers and sellers find ultimate satisfaction in their business with us and their transactions with each other. The Cates Auction reputation for honesty and integrity began when Dean Cates conducted his first auction back in 1942. Since then, our team of Real Estate Auction Specialists and Realtors® have continued our mission to bring buyers and sellers together through accelerated auction marketing to achieve the highest value for assets in the shortest amount of time.

Partnering with Excellence

To ensure the best possible experience for our sellers and buyers, we selectively team up with providers we believe offer superior service. Some of these include the National Auctioneers Association, the Missouri Professional Auctioneers Association, and the Kansas Auctioneers Association. Our partnering service providers include Old Republic Home Warranty, Thomson-Affinity Title, Integrity Land Title, and Coffelt Land Title and we also partner with Pinnacle Real Estate Partners in Lake of the Ozarks. Are you a realtor? We offer several partnership opportunities to allow you the flexibility to promote auctions in the way that makes the most sense for your business plan and your clients.

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Results That Speak for Themselves

No matter how skilled the auctioneer conducting an auction, the ultimate success of the event is determined in large measure by the people who are present to participate. A well-designed and executed marketing campaign is essential to getting the right number and type of potential buyers to attend the auction. We use accelerated saturation marketing tactics to increase the amount of exposure given to your property. Don’t believe us? View our past auctions or testimonials from previous clients who worked with Cates Auction and learn more about their experience working with Cates Auction.

Profile PhotoHaving 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. – Bill Gagnon


See If Auction Is Right For You

Discover why so many owners of commercial, land and residential properties in the Kansas City metro area have made Cates Auction & Realty Company their choice for selling their property at auction. Contact us to learn more about our auction services and the many advantages of the auction process.


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!