Category Archives: Estate Sales News

Estate Sales When Times Get Tough – Government Sequestration, Shut Down

esate sales Estate Sales have weathered a lot in the last several years during a time of recession followed by sequestration and now federal government shut down. Through it all most professional estate liquidators have come through and buyers have saved thousands of dollars. Buyers, sellers, and estate sale companies are all effected.

When buyers are not cash fluent purchasing at estate sales becomes a viable alternative for things needed. It can even prove to be a mental or emotional boost for just a small impulse purchase.

At many estate sales you can find everything from sheets, towels, blankets, clothing and shoes to cleaning supplies (partial or in full) appliances (small and large i.e. blenders, mixers, washers, dryers) to sewing kits, patterns, materials, hobby supplies, office supplies, something as simple as pads of paper and pens.

When money is tight an estate sale can be the perfect place for shopping. Sometimes you will even find canned goods (expiration dates still good) and dry food stuffs (pastas, rice, etc.).

Estate Sales can be a one stop shop in good and not so good times. Just remember to use estate sale etiquette with the liquidator and chances are you’ll be pleasantly surprised and save many $$$$.

Many areas have estate sales starting tomorrow through the weekend. Check out EstateSales.Net,, or for sales in your area.

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What Some Estate Sale Companies Don’t Know – Be Informed

laws and regulationsEstate Sales News is contacting estate sale companies all across the United States about state regulations and sales tax and we have found that some estate liquidators don’t know if they have regulations in the states where they work. They know whether they need to collect sales tax, but some (not many) do not know if they have regulations. This should be of concern.

If you are conducting business, any type of business in any state you should be knowledgable of any state regulations pertaining to your business. This especially applies to estate liquidation companies who are the liquidation representatives of heirs, families, attorneys, and Realtors. Your job is to know everything that pertains to the successful and lawful liquidation of an estate sale, tag or moving sale. 

The estate liquidation company should also be aware of county or municipality regulations (permits, permits for signs etc.).

If you are interviewing estate sale companies on the telephone in preparation for a face to face, ask them about state regulations. If they hedge or say they aren’t aware of any you may want to reconsider. They should be able to say yes and explain what they are or say no, there are no regulations.

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It’ Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Estate Sales News Remembers

Breast Cancer AwarenessStarting today each Estate Sales News article will end with a pink ribbon to remind us that it is breast cancer awareness month. Most people know someone who has had the disease and in some cases died from it. Please support all the upcoming events in your area this month. Let’s keep help keep all of us on this beautiful planet.

EstateSales.Net New Release Scheduled for Sunday Night

responsivemobileEstateSales.Net is about to put out on Sunday night, October 6th, the biggest release for their website in its’ history .

When Estate Sales News was in Jackson, MO at the offices a few weeks ago we got to see a sample of what the new site will look like and can do. “Impressive” is our term for it.


So many exciting new and better features. Here are a few:


  • A better way to view sales.
  • Listing sale improvements.
  • Email Notifications.
  • Search Improvements along with Treasure Tracker.
  • Geolocation capabilities.

This will be a responsive website and all we’ll say for now is wait til you see.

Estate Sales News uses all available sites for estate sales news, but nothing can compare to what is about to be presented from EstateSales.Net.

Estate sale companies, sellers, buyers get ready. This will be a great improvement to the Estate Sale Business as a whole. Estate Sales News looks forward to seeing the new release live.

Here is a link to Katie Britt’s blog with a few new additions to follow before the weekend.

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Estate Sales – Regulations or Not – Sales Taxes or Not

Estate Sales News will be reviewing estate sale regulations by states over the next several weeks. This is with regard to state regulations or not. This will not be coverage of any possible county or municipal regulations.

California – Does not have state regulations for estate sales. Does require collection of sales tax.

Georgia – Does not have state regulations for estate sales. Does require collection of sales tax.

New Jersey – Does not have state regulations for estate sales and does not collect sales tax for estate sales.

Texas – Does not have state regulations for estate sales. Does require collection of sales tax.

Washington – Requires the collection of sales tax and the estate sales businesses have to pay a tax (Business & Occupation) under the retail sales category.

We will be continuing our review of the 50 states and when completed we will have a page dedicated to this information. In most states if the purchaser has a resale certificate, they usually don’t have to pay sales tax, however, in some states such as Maryland, the purchase must be over $200 or they have to pay the sales tax and then apply to the state for the reimbursement of the tax.

With so many states not having any regulations pertaining to estate sale companies, this is another excellent reason for having a written contract with the estate liquidator. Protection for all parties.

Another Sneak Peek from EstateSales.Net – Treasure Tracker

EstateSales.Net offered another sneak peak at their upcoming website release yesterday. Katie Britt who we interviewed two weeks ago shared on their blog the Search Improvements and Treasure Tracker.

Here is a link to the blog and the sneak peek.

Sneak Peak – A Better Way to View Estate Sales from EstateSales.Net

citypageFollowing up on our visit with EstateSales.Net we would like to share the latest news and information from Katie Britt, the Operations Manager for EstateSales.Net. A sneak peak of a better way to view estate sales.

Here is the important link.

Here is our interview from last week with Katie.

ESN – Who calls more at EstateSales.Net? Estate sale companies or visitors to your site?

Katie – It’s about 60/40 – more companies. They usually call about how to use the site or what packages we offer as well as any technical issues they many encounter. The other 40% are probably private sellers and subscribers and users of the site who just want to obtain information.

ESN – How many customer service people do you have answering calls and emails?

Katie – We have a staff of seven some of whom are full time and some are part-time, but we generally try to have two people on a shift from 8am – 10pm central standard time.

ESN – What tips can you provide so that companies get the most out of listing on EstateSales.Net?

Katie – To be very thorough with the sale description as well as pictures. It is very important to provide clear pictures that showcase the items that you have for sale as well as a very good detailed description, not just listing furniture or a bedroom set, but what kind of furniture is it. Is it a complete set, is it antique, vintage, or new, does it have a name, what color is it. Provide very specific details so that people searching on the site for particular items or using our Treasure Tracker will find those items.

Pictures is a big, big one to get uploaded to their sale.

ESN – When someone calls the toll free 888 number do they reach you or who do they reach?

Katie – Typically they will reach one of the seven staff members out there. Probably BJ, Matt or Brittany. It’s not until it gets so busy up front that the calls rollover to either myself or Micky and then Dot or Dan.

Video Interview With Micky McQuade – EstateSales.Net Exciting News


Here is a link to EstateSales.Net Blog and more news about what’s coming from Micky McQuade

Exciting News Coming From EstateSales.Net – Interview With Chief Programmer Steve Haar

Offices of EstateSales.netEstate Sales News sat down with the Chief Programmer for EstateSales.Net, Steve Haar in Jackson, MO.

A must interview for estate sale companies and subscribers to EstateSales.Net.

ESN – How many programmers are on staff Steve at EstateSales.Net?

Steve – There are 6 programmers, 7 if you count Micky, however, the business has grown so much lately that he’s moved away from day to day programming and is handling other issues of the business. I over see 5 other programmers. We work Monday – Friday.

ESN – How do you get the ideas for implementing new features on your website?

Steve – A lot come from our users. Our phone number is all over our site. One thing that sets us apart is you can call in and talk to a live person 7 days a week. We receive suggestions including calling and speaking to our customer support staff or emailing us on our contact page. These suggestions can come from calls or emails from estate sale companies or subscribers who receive email notifications about sales. A lot of times when they call in they give our customer support staff suggestions and when the staff hears the same idea more than once or twice they’ll let us know about it. We also have a feed back page on the website and what is entered there is automatically put into our electronic system for keeping track of different feature requests.

When we get done with our features we’ll look back through our feature tracking system and see what are the most popular requests. We may not get to everyone right away, but we keep a list through time of suggestions and rarely is one discarded completely.

ESN – How long does it take to make a new feature for the website?

Steve – It depends a lot on what the feature is. There are some features that are cool and do a lot of new things and need just a little bit of programming work and some features that might not look that involved but because of the technical issues, the feature requires a large effort.

Technology is getting better so we are able to do a lot more newer and powerful things that we couldn’t do before, but because there are so many new devices out it may take longer now to do than a few years ago. Just a few years ago our users were at home using a laptop or desktop . Now we’ve got iPhones , tablets, Android IOS and all sorts of different devices so a feature now needs more time so we can handle all the different devices that are coming to us.

ESN – When working on a new idea, does one programmer take it from start to finish or is it more a team effort?

Steve – It’s a team effort. Even if 1 programmer is doing a lot of the work, the whole team is involved in the process. We get together and talk about it and design it up as a team and if it isn’t the whole team it is at least 2 or 3 of us.

ESN – Do your programmers have specialties in their field?

Steve –  Our programmers do have specialties, i.e. user experience and data base design programming. With that said even with their specializations, everyone helps out where needed. They multi-task.

ESN – Speaking of devices do you have an iPhone App coming?

Hiring an appraiser – USPAP by Judith Martin ISA CAPP

The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)  is published by The Appraisal Foundation located in Washington DC.   This document is re-issued every two years and is the guidelines for Appraisers and the users of Appraisals.  USPAP involves real estate, personal property and business valuation.  

The document is broken into nine parts.  The first seven sections (Definitions, Preamble, Ethics Rule, Record Keeping, Competency, Scope of Work, and Jurisdictional Exception ) pertain to all those who use USPAP in their professional lives.   The following sections are The Standards which pertain to the development of an appraisal and the reporting of the findings.  The final section is the Statements which clarify, interpret, explain and elaborate the Standards.     

All  the parts of USPAP are important in an appraisers work.  However, USPAP does not state how reports are to be written.  The Standards only indicate what needs to be included in the report to be a USPAP compliant report.