Downsizing Your Home, Antiques and Collectibles

House Sold at Auction

There’s no place like home. Even after we have grown up, gotten married, started families, and have a home of our own, there’s still no place like Mom and Dad’s home.
One step through their doorway and we are instantly transported back to our youth. This “home” is filled with favorite old chairs, shelves crammed with books, the “good” Sunday dinnerware—memorabilia that marks the passage of time.
We take our children into our old rooms, oftentimes filled with high school trophies, our first typewriter, and several childhood toys. We watch in delight as our sons and daughters play with an original Barbie, build forts with Lincoln Logs, and guard those forts with G.I. Joe. If it is the holiday season, we point out our favorite ornaments and decorations and see their eyes light up as ours did years ago.
But eventually, many adult children will find themselves having to walk through that door one day with the task of executing the disposition of those cherished memories. This is very often a somber and difficult process.
A growing trend in dealing with estates is auctioneering. An auctioneer can assist you in many different ways. He or she can arrange the sale of items individually, in lots, or as a whole. Keep in mind, too, that if your parents were collectors—art, figurines, antique furniture—or had inherited items from their parents or grandparents, you will want to contract with an auctioneer who is knowledgeable in antiques and vintage collectibles.
Some auctioneers are licensed real estate agents, too. He or she can assist you by auctioning the house as well as the contents. Real estate auctioneering is ideal for inherited property, or when time is of the essence, such as in divorce settlements.
In times like these, when the real estate market has softened, an auction is an excellent means of selling property within a specified timeframe. Because auctions are a true market forum, it brings interested buyers to a point of decision—act now, or lose the opportunity to purchase.
And the benefits are numerous. Auctions reduce the amount of time goods and/or property is on the market. It eliminates numerous individual appointments and unscheduled showings. Auctions create competition among buyers. 
An auction takes the seller out of the negotiation process. This is particularly helpful after the loss of a loved one. It is a difficult enough time without a son or daughter having to be haggled with over the price of a cherished memory. The auctioneer sets the terms and conditions of the sale and you will know exactly when the property will sell.
Whether you are faced with carrying out the last requests of your loved ones or need to sell your real estate quickly, talk with an auctioneer. Seek the professional attention and advice you deserve for your specific needs.

This message from Showcase Auctioneers & Appraisers a division of Showcase Antique Center, Inc.

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