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.
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.
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.
I was very pleased with Cates Auction. Everything went great.
The ladies I met were very nice and helpful. Shane Maxwell was very good explaining things and was polite and very nice and helpful.
I was very happy with everything.
Thank you very much,
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I want to thank Cates Auction & all the staff for the assistance in disposing of my aunt’s property. You were so kind, knowledgeable & professional that it made what seemed to be an insurmountable chore manageable. You all went above the normal and customary in terms of service and I sincerely appre…
Copple Trust Auction
I worked with Jeff Cates and Kim Mangum, and they were just great to work with. Very pleasant and accommodating.
They work hard to get the most dollars for your property.
The reason bidding wasn’t very competitive had more to do with the appeal (or lack thereof) of the …
Kevin Roberts - Commerce Trust Company
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!
A property seller recently asked about my experience with Ray Bucklew at Cates Auction Company. I was very favorably impressed with the marketing campaign and successful sale of my property, at a pleasing sale price.
I myself am a professional Realtor who owned a producing commercial property tha…
Jeff Page-350 Properties
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
We can’t thank the Cates team enough for the special care we were given. Shane was such a great person and made us feel so comfortable with the auction process. We will forever keep him in our hearts. Jeff, you took over at a critical time and calmed our nerves. Kim, you were so patient with our mil…
Jeff & Marla Burvee
Thank you Kim. Cates lifted a huge boulder off my shoulders. Every time I thought about selling my house and ALL the stuff inside I just got so overwhelmed, it paralyzed me to the point of doing nothing. Mark was the one who suggested Cates. I don’t know how he heard about you but he knew their fami…
Jeff, the probate case for Mr. Gary Turnquist has just ended. You and your staff were just outstanding in handling all of the details of the asset sale and transfer to new owners. To remind you would be tedious, but I have to say that the estate contained four collections, watches, knives, guns…
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