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How To Sell Real Estate In A Seller’s Market

Avoid mistakes sellers make in a hot real estate market or L’eggo my Eggo!

Yes, it’s a hot real estate market. What exactly is a “seller’s market?” It’s pretty basic. If four people are sitting around the table and one frozen waffle pops out of the toaster,

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How to Avoid Pricing Your Home Wrong — JUST DON’T.

One of the hardest parts for every potential home seller is deciding on pricing. What should you ask? After all, you have to take into account what you paid for it, what you owe, what improvements you’ve made, what your next house is costing, other debt you want to pay off,

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WE’RE HIRING: Sales Manager, Auction Coordinator, and more!

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As Cates Auction & Realty continues to grow, so do the opportunities to join our professional, dynamic team. So, we’re hiring! Check out our current (and future) openings:

SALES MANAGER

We are looking for an experienced sales manager to lead our growing team of auction specialists and agents.

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LUXURY LAKE HOME AUCTION – Good for Seller AND Buyer!

“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” Henry David Thoreau

On a less esoteric level, Pinterest, Etsy, and even many a gift shop offer up plaques,

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A Smooth Transition: Downsizing Made Easy!

As seen in the Kansas City Star

Roughly 10,000 Baby Boomers turned 65 today and that daily pattern will continue until 2030, according to Pew Research Center population projections. By that time, say the projections, 18% of the nation’s population will be 65 or older.

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REALTORS ® — Do you have a Frozen Food section? (If not, you’re losing business.)

A few days ago, Cates agent Rick Bradford and I met with a group of Realtors ® from three prominent offices in Kansas City. By the end of our time together, there were head nods all around the room in agreement that they needed to be offering their clients a frozen food option.

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What Will People Think? Prospective Auction Sellers Want to Know!

Years ago, when my kids were passing around the dark side of the planet (junior high), they lived in constant fear of being embarrassed by their parents. Concern about what their friends would think weighed more heavily than just about any other criteria when deciding what was acceptable. Turns out,

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No Reserve On Gorgeous Executive Home Auction

As seen in the Kansas City Star

This executive home in Tiffany Greens is selling without reserve at auction.

These sellers are serious! Having already downsized and moved, they aren’t interested in just putting a sign in their yard and waiting indefinitely to see what happens.

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Auction is First Ever Opportunity to Buy Historic “Pine Haven Estate”

As seen in the Kansas City Star

Designated a “Clay County Historic Landmark,” the stately “Pine Haven” home resides over a 52-acre pastoral setting replete with gated entry and quintessential tree-lined drive. It is for sale for the first time in its history, along with the furniture and collectibles that have graced its handsome rooms through the years.

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Homes on Acreage Popular with Auction Buyers

As seen in the Kansas City Star

Looking back over the past 73 years of his company’s history, Jeff Cates notes that homes on acreage are consistently among the most popular real estate auctions. “From the very early days when my grandfather founded the company,

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