Category Archives: Appraisers and Relocation Services

Estate Sales Information – Know What You’re Selling And What You’re Buying

Slide1In a January article on manta (we included that in part 1 of increasing your audience on February 23rd) they discussed the important topic of knowing what you are selling and being informed about value.

This is important to estate sale companies. When describing your estate sale you want to make sure that you have adequately researched the items you have questions about to be able to present accurate information and price accordingly.

Many buyers today are very educated on what they see at estate sales. If you want to get your seller the best possible price at the sale, make certain you have done your due diligence and don’t just use Ebay. There are many resources available for information on the internet to assist you. Don’t hesitate to contact a local appraiser (well worth their fee) to be a knowledgeable estate sale liquidator. Estate sale companies are experienced and knowledgeable, but like anything else, you can’t always know it all and being resourceful is good business and showcases your many estate sale liquidation qualifications.  ISA (International Association of Appraisers) , ASA (American Society of Appraisers), and CAGA (Certified Appraisers Guild of America) trained appraisers are available across the country. Look on their websites to find one in your area. We have provided a link to each appraiser group, just click on the link. Both Judy Martin and Julie Hall are appraisers and have written articles in the past for Estate Sales News.

Buyers, if you are attending an estate sale you too should be informed. Attempting to purchase an item (without knowing what it is or is worth) and making inappropriate offers is a good way to alienate an estate sale company and perhaps have them prevent you from attending any of their future sales. Remember they represent a seller, have a fiduciary, and it is not their personal property to give away.

Video Interview Judith Martin, ISA, CAPP About Estate Sales

Estate Sales News traveled to the Morgan Park section of Chicago on Tuesday to meet and speak with nationally Judy Martin, a certified appraiser ISA, CAPP, long time estate liquidator and owner of The Perfect Thing, a high end consignment shop in Wheaton, Il. She is a Director of the ISA (International Society of Appraisers) past president 2009-2011, she was a lead instructor for them as well.

Next week she will be conducting an estate sale in Morgan Park for the estate of Jack and Marjorie Simmerling. Jack Simmerling was a well known Chicago artist and he and his wife had many interesting collections. Here is part one of our interview.

Estate Sales News Will Be In Chicago Tomorrow With Judith Martin

Judith Martin, ISA CAPPTomorrow Estate Sales News is traveling to Chicago to interview and visit nationally known ISA appraiser Judy Martin. We had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Martin at the estate sale conference in St. Louis in 2013. Her article on USPAP always available here on EstateSalesNews.com

Judy and Kate Martin are the owners of The Perfect Thing, an upscale consignment boutique in Wheaton, IL and also conduct estate sales and appraisals.

We will be visiting them in Morgan Park, the historic Chicago Home of for the upcoming estate sale of the collections of John (Jack) and Marjorie Simmerling. Jack Simmerling was a well known Chicago artist.

Here is a video done last year for Windy City Live with Judy. We will have more on Judy and this fascinating sale upon our return from Chicago.

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This article was contributed by CRTS and was written by Erin Kurimay

There comes a time when an elderly person can no longer manage their home or live alone, and the grown children begin to realize that their parents or aging loved ones need to either move to an assisted living residence, or downsize, remodel, and modify the design of the current home to age-in-place.

The aging parents have most likely lived in the home for 30 years or more, and with that have collected a lifetime full of memories and stuff.  Furniture, china, silver, collectibles, family heirlooms, art work precious photo albums, clothing, holiday decorations, the entire contents of the kitchen, medicines, hazardous household chemicals, gasoline cans, the lawn mower, snow thrower………the list goes on.