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The home owner was a widow who needed to transition to a nursing home. In helping her with the transition, her daughter-in-law and son investigated the auction strategy as a simple way to take care of selling the home and the contents she wouldn't need or have room for. All agreed that auction was the perfect solution. The house was dated but well-maintained with several interesting features to attract buyers to the competition. Auction marketing generated 54 Realtor showings, 30 open house groups, 25 bidders (17 of whom participated online), and a sale price almost $42,000 over the reserve. Among the personal property was a mid-century wall clock that unexpectedly sold for $155 at the auction! 

Why Sellers Choose Auction

When you're ready to downsize, transition or liquidate an estate, a professional real estate auction may be the 


Let's talk about your goals for selling your property and explore how an auction strategy could work for you. 

Real Estate Auction Specialist 

It's Fast & Easy! 
You choose your sale date, and relax!
Let Galadriel and the Cates Auction staff handle all the details.  

It's Effective!
Auction marketing gives maximum exposure to your property.

It's Accurate!
Qualified buyers compete to determine market value.

It's Hassle-Free!
Your property sells as-is and without contingencies, so there's no work to do and nothing to negotiate.

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A Message from Galadriel...  

Before joining Cates my only experiences with auctions were the random weekends my grandfather would take me out to old farms where the contents of someone’s life would be spread out in the pasture for people to bid on and take home. It always felt detached and impersonal. Why would someone choose this? Perhaps you’ve had a similar experience or wondered the same thing. 

I now realize my perspective was small and wide of the mark. When I learned that Cates Auction & Real Estate, a family owned real estate brokerage with a 75-year history of auction success, had a team dedicated to helping seniors and the aging community gracefully downsize and transition, I wanted to know more! I was quickly convinced that this was the right place for me to be so I shifted my traditional real estate career to specialize in providing auction services full time for Cates in their senior transition and estate division. 

Any sort of transition can be challenging and feel overwhelming, but especially when you’re downsizing or liquidating an estate after a lifetime of memories. There are so many decisions, details, and unknowns. Plus, there’s the time, effort, and energy it takes to sell your house, figure out what to do with unneeded belongings, maybe find a new place to live, and process the emotions of it all. Auction is often the best means to ensure that you’re getting the best prices for your property without all the uncertainties, stress, and inconvenience of trying to handle it yourself. I love watching relationships develop between Cates and our clients because the process is simple and the experience is dignified. That is my personal commitment to you. 

Real Estate Auction Specialist 


Our overall experience was positive and I would work with Cates Auction again. Our agent explained the entire process in detail until we were comfortable. The individuals who worked on the online property sale were also much appreciated by us. The weekly activity report was also very informative. Everyone did a good job! I would recommend Cates Auction. They took the stress away and marketed the home to a huge audience that provided a solid result. They also communicated each step of the way. There were no surprises. If you want a good outcome, work with Cates.  

Linda Hawkey, Seller

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