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.
Ray Bucklew was very helpful and patient answering our questions and explaining the sales process. The marketing of the sale was good and we were very pleased with the outcome.
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
I think the sale went fine, fast and I’m glad it’s over.
Thank you so much.
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 …
Ray & Pat Hageman
To The Good Folks at Cates,
I could not be happier with my experience with Cates.
The sale was just great. I’m very pleased. I will recommend you to everyone. Such a load off my mind.
You all are the best. Jeff, Shane and Kim took great care of someone who knew nothing.
I can’t ever …
Sandra Carroll Berger Estate Auction
This was a nice way to sell the house. It was quick & easy way to sell that avoids constant showings and allows for planning on vacating the house.
Greg Duncan was prompt with responses to my emails. Kim Mangum put up with my constant questions.
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.
Melanie Watt - Personal Representative
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
Having 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 sellin…
Thank you for the opportunity for comments. The home was well advertised in the KC Star & Dispatch and the pictures and online service were very good.
There was a good amount of showings and open house activity. More effort was put into the time Cates had the listing than the 7 months with a trad…
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