Your home has served you well over the years. It might be where you raised your family or the first significant purchase you and your spouse made together. But the time has come to move on, either to a bigger home to accommodate a growing family or a smaller place now that your children have grown up.
The traditional method for selling a property requires doing whatever it takes to make it as appealing as possible to prospective buyers. Typically, the owner must make improvements and upgrades such as painting, remodeling the bathroom or replacing an aging garage door, as well as performing those long-postponed repair jobs.
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.
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Gary & Sandy Porter
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Sandra Carroll Berger Estate Auction
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Bill McNary, Beard Estate Auction
After my mother went to live in Senior Housing, it became my responsibility to sell her home and its contents. This was daunting to me because no one had lived in the house for over 5 years, the foundation was in need of repair, the plumbing was shot and the entire inside needed to be gutted. I li…
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Debby Helton for the Muecke Family
My mother died and left her house to me. But I live in Florida and I didn’t want to own property in Kansas City and have to keep up with it. My parents always told me to just have an auction and be done with it. But who should I contact? Thankfully someone suggested Cates Auction. J…
Karen Kay Davis
Thank you Kim. Cates lifted a huge boulder off my shoulders. Every time I thought about selling my house and ALL the stuff inside I just got so overwhelmed, it paralyzed me to the point of doing nothing. Mark was the one who suggested Cates. I don’t know how he heard about you but he knew their fami…
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