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What Is the Meaning of Selling As Is?

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. 

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The Best Time to Sell a Home Traditionally, at Auction or For Sale By Owner (FSBO)

Best Time to Sell a Home

When is the best time to sell a house? At Cates Auction & Realty Company, we hear this question a lot.

So much so, we’ve aggregated our insights to put together a guide on the best time of year to sell your house. Whether you’re going the ordinary real-estate agent route,

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How to Sell Real Estate in Kansas City During Probate

How to Sell Real Estate in Kansas City During Probate
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.

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What You Really Need To Know About Selling Land By Owner

How To Sell Land By Owner

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,

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The Ultimate Checklist to Downsizing Your Home

How To Downsize Your Home

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.

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The Six Simple S’s to Selling Your Home at Auction

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,

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The Problem for Sellers in a “Seller’s Market” – And What to Do About it!

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.

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HISTORIC AUCTION – IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD (As seen in the Kansas City Star)

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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Year-End Auction Opportunities Include Commercial, Land & Residential Properties (As seen in the Kansas City STAR)

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.

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Pros and Cons of Online Auction Sites

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.

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