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Real Estate Auctions Since 1942



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 goes to work on your behalf, things start to happen and happen fast. New clients are advised to fasten their seat belts and hold on tight, because this team puts the accelerator to the floor and never lets up until the sale is complete.

Thanks to Kim, Shane, Greg, Jeff and all the Cates team for their hard work on my behalf. Kim – the ever-present “lady at the top of the stairs.” Your calm demeanor and professional knowledge do a great deal to calm the frayed nerves of new clients. It is much appreciated. Shane – thanks for your eye for detail, ability to spot antiques and, most importantly, your ability to haul away junk on a flatbed trailer! Greg – thanks for meeting with me after my initial call and thanks for taking the time to arrange an auction that would probably be considered too small for Cates these days. Jeff – thanks for your skill and enthusiasm at the on-site auction. I’m wondering if there’s anything you can’t sell?

I would recommend Cates Auction & Realty without hesitation to anyone considering the auction process. If you want to sell or dispose of real estate, personal property or vehicles, Cates will deliver.

Bill McNary

Beard Estate Auction

Thanks! Whee—-What a great job! I would recommend Cates to everyone. We did not know what to do when my brother passed away and left us a mess.

Ray Bucklew told us we needed an auction. Of course he caught us when we were hot and very tired. He was very kind to my 86 year old mother and she was doing the best she could. She lost her youngest child and only son, then a week later lost her baby brother – 14 years younger than her.

She even gave in and sold a beautiful car we really wanted to keep but knew Mom needed the money more than we needed that Bumblebee! Gee! I even miss all of Ray’s phone calls! Hi Ray!

Carolyn Botsford

Bruce L. Ledgerwood Estate Auction

I will recommend Cates to anyone that is wanting to do an auction. I was very pleased.

Kathy Price
United Country

Docekal Trust RE & PP Auction

We were very impressed with the Cates Auction Company and would certainly recommend them to others.  I have never been to an auction that was as well run as this one…. Very pleased.
Judi Blezek


Judi Blezek

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!

Pam Wormsley

Pam Wormsley

Klingler RE & PP Auction 8/6/11

I met with Jeff and he explained the options available for the sale of my estate and what his company would do. I went with the absolute auction. Everything went as he said it would. The sale brought more than I had hoped. His staff was great to work with. They did an excellent job of marketing and preparing for the sale. Cates Auction is in the business of selling property, not just listing it. I recommend Cates to anyone wanting to sell property quickly so you can move on with your life. I will definitely use Cates again when the need arises.

Ken Darnell

LaCygne KS Farm Auction

I have never been to an auction before so have nothing to compare it to. However, everything seemed to be first rate. The brochures were excellent. I didn’t know my farm looked so good! The publicity was great, many of my friends saw your ad in the KC Star and pointed it out to me.

The day of the auction your staff was so good at setting everything out on tables & everything went like clockwork. Jeff worked hard and is very professional. Overall I was very satisfied with your service & keeping me up to date on everything.

Roberta Newell

Roberta Newell

Kramer Auction


Cates treated me like a million dollar seller! (And I wasn't even close). It's gratifying to receive the same level of service from your firm that a big estate would.

Thanks so much!


Bruce Neff

Hill Auction

Thanks for the outstanding manner in which you and the Cates Auction team handled the marketing and sale of the property in Lenexa.

I was very confident in recommending Cates Auction Company for this property and I was not dissapointed with any aspect of our combined efforts. In spite of the relatively slow market, we had about forty people at the auction, twelve registered bidders, and five who actually participated in the auction itself.

I am convinced that the final proceeds to the seller were at least $10,000 higher than we could have generated with the traditional listing approach. I have spoken with my prior client and he is very satisfied with the result as well.

Please call on me to recommend Cates Auction any time you have a realtor who has not had first-hand exposure to your company's excellence.

Bob Edwardson
Reece and Nichols

Gardner Trust 3 Acre Estate with 10,000 Sq. Ft. Home at Lake of the Ozarks, MO

My experience with Cates Co: Truly professional in every step of the way. The presentation and marketing proposal to the seller was extremely well done. Communication with me was outstanding and left no question unanswered. The marketing money was very well spent with high quality saturation exposure. The Open Houses that I held resulted in several great leads that I will continue to work. The day of the Auction they showed up with a complete crew. Set up a sound system with music prior to the auction. In addition you could watch the Auction live and bid via the internet. The final bidder was actually bidding from their KC office connected to the Auction via telephone. We had a reserve set prior to the Auction and were very pleased that the final bid price of $1,785,000.00 exceeded the reserve. To sum this up, I have never seen a more professional Auction process.

Frank Christensen
Broker, RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks

Hooray for CATES!  Needless to say I was delighted with all that happened in the auction of my lake home.  The advertising was extensive and thorough; your staff was so courteous and upbeat and knowledgeable; the day of the auction was like a giant party–an atmosphere of anticipation, the aroma of brats and hamburgers filling the air, and many happy people checking out all the items up for auction.  The auctioneer was superb–he actually brought in more than I had hoped.  Thank you all for your fine work!  All my friends were very interested in this way of selling a home and they were extremely pleased with the outcome of my home!

Mary Lou Vest

Thank you!  Jeff and all the crew made an emotional time for me go smoothly, you are definitely worth the cost to get a job done!


Lella Barger

This would not have worked out any better based on my needs, even in the face of the current Real Estate market.  Residing out of state, your team was always there to see that what needed to be done–GOT DONE!  What had been a burden for almost 5 years, moved smoothly to conclusion in a matter of weeks.  Thanks to Beckie, Shane, and Greg for showing me a way to get this project off dead center and completed.  Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan

Joy Estate Auction

A big THANK YOU to all who helped at the auction.  My son was not too sure at first about doing an auction but was very pleased how well it was handled.  All of my family were very impressed.  Thank you again!  Jane Joy

Jane Joy

"I believe the real estate sold much better at the auction than it would have sold through a real estate agent…I most certainly appreciated the clean up work your staff relieved me of having to do.  You all took loads of pressure off my shoulders and I thank you for that."

Penny DeMoss

Wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the way you conducted our auction.  From the first time we met, and through the closing process we were 100% pleased!  Thank you so much!

Larry & Ruth Mallard

I was very pleased with everything and every way my Uncle's estate was handled! Cates is a very efficient, well-run company. Every employee I dealt with was very courteous and helpful! Thank you for everything!

Jan Johnson

I can not thank you enough for making the sale of my Parents house and contents painless! From the first meeting with Jeff, to a meeting with Shane–the way the house was staged-the marketing-the sale-the cleanup…everything was done in a timely, professional manner! Your entire staff was a pleasure to work with! The fees charged for marketing and commissions are reasonable, and prove CATES AUCTION & REALTY know exactly what to do to sell the property! Thanks again for an exceptional experience….Lynn

Lynn Correa

I would like to thank each and every one of you for the work you put into preparing and selling my parents and grandparents houses. I am most appreciative to you all. Losing parents and grandparents is stressful–losing them so close together is even more so-but your care and professionalism in dealing with all of the property–inside and out, made what could have been even more stressful, an enjoyable process. Once again, thank you for everything you did to insure this process ran as smoothly and efficiently as possible. I will always be grateful! Chris

Chris Bair

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.

Lilly Thompson

….After more than 18 months in the traditional real estate arena with an open house, private showings and MLS listings there were only a handful of showings and fewer serious qualified buyers. After a short five weeks with your aggressive , targeted marketing, we had 85 "groups" at the open houses, and 53 showings and or calls on the property! You handled the auction with such care and precision. I'm grateful for your attention to detail and for your fine staff in handling every aspect of my successful sale.

Janet Frizzle

Everyone I dealt with at Cates did a very commendable job! I'm sure that I must have expected some courtesies from you that were outside of your primary function but I had very little time in Liberty, no extended family there, and your every assistance was truly appreciated. I found Greg to be excellent, Shane very meticulous, and Beckie very patient. You all well deserve your reputation. I wish you all the best. R.P. Hayes

R.P. Hayes

From the very first contact we had with your company, to the day of the sale, your entire staff was honest, caring, and very professional.

Randy Bent

I have worked with Cates Auction & Realty Company for several years and in that time I have come to have a great deal of respect for their expertise, professionalism and their character. The Cate Team’s devotion to their customers is a constant reminder to me of the type of commitment that I need to always aspire to in serving my own clients.

Debra L. Gwin
Clay County Public Adminstrator

It was a pleasure for the Bent family to do business with you. It was a first class business all the way to the end.

Mary Jo Bent

Thank You so much for all your hard work and speedy process on auctioning off our car wash. Not only did we get more than what we expected, you got it done in a fraction of the time that we had it on the market.

Michael Minor
Four Seasons Wash,LLC

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.

Norma Schildknecht

My client was receptive to the idea of an auction, and from the beginning of the transaction, through the closing, has been extremely pleased with the results. The staff and Jeff have been extremely helpful and professional.

Ann Taylor

My experience with Cates has been very satifying. Since the first meeting to the present everything has been professional and courteous. All of my questins were answered completely and thouroughly. Jeff Cates explained what he and his company would do and when it would be done. Everything was done as he said and there were no surprises. If I ever need this type of service again, Cates Company will be the company I call.

Richard Harlin

I want to thank Cates Auction & all the staff for the assistance in disposing of my aunt’s property. You were so kind, knowledgeable & professional that it made what seemed to be an insurmountable chore manageable. You all went above the normal and customary in terms of service and I sincerely appreciate your eforts. I would highly recommend your services and your company to anyone.

Carole Parks

The Cates Team are always very professional. The process was very simple and straight forward. The day of the Auction, even though the weather was very rainy, there was a good turn-out. The sale went fast and we were pleasantly suprised at the final sal price.

John & Cheryl Fellinger

The entire experience was very well organized and professional. The procedure was explained and then carried out just as it was outlined. Employees were very pleasant and helpful which was greatly appreciated. This was a very positive experience.

Beverly Roark

‘Thanks again for a superb experience…you guys made it go off without a hitch and took a lot of stress out of our lives in a stressful time already.’

David Lehman

‘The ‘Cates Family’ has been more like family and friends than just another auction company. They have a personal touch about them, so you feel free and at ease to ask for help and direction.’

Frank & Carolyn Melton

‘Thank your for the wonderful job in handling the Estate Sale. It was so helpful to have the House, car and contents taken care of in one day. You and your employees did a professional job and were great to work with.’

Gary & Sandy Porter

‘Our very first meeting with Jeff was a reassuring experience, which at that point in time was certainly needed. Jeff explained thoroughly how to proceed, gave us options and suggestions, but never did he pressure us one way or another…Our many thanks to all of you…we could not have gotten through this without you.’

Joan & Winson Finney

‘I found your company to be very Trustworthy & Honest. I was advised of each action to be taken and the reason, thereby, given a chance for discussion about the same. I appreciate everything being done in a timely manner with a courteous attitude; this proves to me you have your client’s best interest at heart.’

Lucille Foster

I wanted to let you know how pleased we were with the sale of my brother’s home. When he decided to go with the Absolute method, I was not totally comfortable that was the best approach. Having never been involved in real estate auction before, I was simply unfamiliar with it and experienced a touch of ‘fear of the unknown’. I am delighted to have been so wrong in my reservations!

As you know, the interest generated by the absolute auction was incredible. I once had the less than desirable experience of my own home taking 14 months to sell. My brother’s house generated more interest and more traffic from potential buyers during the short marketing period with Cates than my home did during 14 months on the conventional real estate market!

Not only were we very pleased with the sales price (it even exceeded by a bit the hoped for price) but I was very impressed with your and Cates’ thorough and professional handling during the entire process. In addition to the excellent business aspects, you were very helpful and supportive during a time that was difficult for my family.

Thank you and thanks to the entire Cates’ operation. I am very pleased to provide my highest recommendation to you and your firm.

Suzanne Scott

‘You handled everything so well; it took a lot of the worry and stress away from us before and during the whole event. Everything went so smoothly…We recommend you highly and would tell anyone that this is the way to go. It could not have worked better for us. We thank you very much for handling our auction- we could not be more satisfied.’

Ray & Pat Hageman

‘From our first conversation to the day of the sale, Cates staff has been unfailingly patient and thoughtful of us and always reachable. Your marketing plan was carried out with Class…We only recommend Cates Auction- always have, always will.’

Kay Lunsford

‘We were very pleased with the way everything was handled, as well as the outcome. You are wonderful to work with and made everything so easy for us. Your professionalism in all that you do is ‘tops’.

Sandy Crowley

‘I chose ‘Cates’ because of their reputation and the encouragement of friends who have used them in the past. The Cates staff can only be described as professional, knowledgeable and service oriented. Jeff and his staff took care of everything. They covered all bases and took into consideration every detail to make the sale a success.’

Phil McCauley