After a person passes, what happens to their possessions? It all depends on whether or not that person had a will and what their final wishes were. The value of assets or possessions a person owned at the time of their death also influences what happens to their belongings.
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.
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 help…
My experience with Cates Auction was great. I had a very complicated and surprise filled estate to sell, and there were several hiccups that arose. Rick was very patient and understanding each step of the way. He kept the lines of communication open, and always answered my calls, texts and emails. H…
Erin Harrison - Anderson Estate
We are grateful for Cates Auction! Living out of state, I don’t know how I could have done this in any other way that was so efficient, professional, and stress-free (even going with an absolute auction).
Living remotely, it was just the greatest relief to me that everything, and I mean everythin…
Marie Fairweather For the Estate of James Wolf
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.
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, an…
I appreciate all your help. Your people were very impressive. You made what I thought was going to be a big task into a simple one for us.
I was thinking of what ELSE we could auction with you 🙂
Nothing but positive reviews from Debbie and I!!!
Thank you so very much for a very smooth sale!!
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 unanswer…
Frank Christensen Broker, RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks
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 excel…
John Mael Estate
The overall experience was good. Shane did a very good job and was great to work with!
I think it’s the easiest way to sell a property with minimal effort on the seller’s part.
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