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 have been on the other side of following Cates auctions for over 30 years, and through that know the professional manner and honest reputation they do business with. It was such a relief for us to turn over the sale of our parent’s home and personal property to people we trusted to do the best j…
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 goe…
Bill McNary, Beard Estate Auction
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 b…
Mary Lou Vest
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…
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!
Overall experience working with Cates Auction & Realty?
Would do it again and we are with another family member’s house!
Were there any members of the Cates team you would particularly like to recognize?
Chad Bender – EXCELLENT WORK really did what no realtor has ever done for us in tr…
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 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 deali…
If you want your auction handled with utmost professionalism and integrity, Cates is your auctioneer.
Herman & Virginia Scharhag Estate Auction
My name is Rick Kuckelman.
Your company just sold my home in Lee’s Summit this morning!
I just wanted to let you know how thankful I am for the quality of your operation and the efforts of Rick Bradford.
You truly run an outstanding operation, from top to bottom. I am impressed!
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