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.
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…
Mary Greta Mould
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 think the sale went fine, fast and I’m glad it’s over.
Thank you so much.
If you want your auction handled with utmost professionalism and integrity, Cates is your auctioneer.
Herman & Virginia Scharhag Estate Auction
Ray Bucklew is a consummate professional who handled the difficult aspects of our sale with patience and resolve. We appreciate his efforts.
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 doi…
I have used Cates Auction & Realty for the sale of 5 properties which all sold pre-auction and at above expected price.
Sherrie Gomez, Payne Estate
Ray was great to work with throughout the process. He was professional and knowledgeable about the auction process. He was able to clearly explain to us how the process would work since it was our first time using an auction company.
Troy Merrill, VP, Union Bank & Trust Company
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.
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.
We are Kansas City's oldest and most experienced real estate auction company specializing in accelerated real estate sales in Missouri and Kansas, including Overland Park, Lenexa, Shawnee, Leawood, Kansas City, Lee's Summit, Olathe, Blue Springs, Independence, Liberty, Kearney, Parkville, Smithville, Gladstone, Clay County, Platte County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Wyandotte County, Leavenworth County, Cass County, Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Ozark, Sunrise Beach, Osage Beach, Four Seasons, Shawnee Bend, Miller County, Camden County, and around the Midwest. Kansas City auctioneers with regional expertise!