Category Archives: Professional Liquidators

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.

Decorative garden furniture and concrete at estate sale

iron garden chairsgarden irondecorative garden concrete This weekend there is an estate sale in New Jersey that features a very large collection of decorative iron and concrete items for the yard or garden. Here is a sample of what you’ll find at a sale in Plainfield, New Jersey. Check out all the sales going on this weekend across the country at and/or . Get ready for lounging in the yard.

Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist -CRTS

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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.

Estate Sales News – Estate Sales Conference in full swing

Estate Sales Conference 2013This morning more than 240 attendees are here at the first ever Estate Sales Conference being held in St. Louis, MO by

Micky McQuade started us off with a great welcome and run through the agenda.

The keynote speaker was Tony Ruesing. He has 35 years of experience as a speaker, author and executive coach. His topic was customer service and building a rapport with clients. He was marvelous and held the attention of all the attendees with real life examples of listening skills, the importance of networking and building trust with clients. He emphasized how important listening was to meet the needs and concerns of the estate sales liquidators clients. 

I’ll being writing more on Mr. Ruesing, but to quote him “when choosing a personal property liquidator choose a listener”. Great advice.


Part 3 of Interview with EstateSales.Net’s Dan McQuade

Discussing the the estate sales conference:

ESN – Can you tell me about some of the topics and speakers at the conference?

Dan – Well our keynote speaker is Tony Ruesing an NSA certified speaking professional and his address will be all about customer service. This is what the conference is all about.

The other topics we have been working really hard on that we get questions about all the time is the ATF and Fish and Wildlife. You don’t want to have ATF roll up to a sale and shut them down for something they shouldn’t be doing so we thought they should hear it from the horses mouth. This way they know what is and isn’t ok to do and now since we started organizing the conference there are all the proposed changes to the gun laws.

ESN – What will define success for you and Micky at this conference?

Dan – The biggest thing will be if people ask if we’re going to do it again.

Interview with EstateSales.Net’s Dan McQuade

2013 Estate Sales Conference logoLast week I had the opportunity to conduct a telephone interview with EstateSales.Net co-founder Dan McQuade. He and his son Micky started the online Estate Sales Network in 2002. Next week in St. Louis, MO. on March 26th and 27th they will be holding the first ever estate sales conference. I’ll be sharing with you the news and information from this interview during the course of this week.

ESN – You have had great success since 2002 when you and Micky started EstateSales.New.  What do you think was the biggest contributor to your success?

Dan- Being first in the market place with the idea of EstatesSales.Net, a big thing, a network for estate sales companies to list and showcase their sales. That their name had been there longer than any other people trying to do the same thing. The number one thing he said they work towards is customer support, you can call and get someone on the phone or if they are tied up they call you right back or you can email. All different kinds of ways to contact them and try to help the customers with their problems. Customer support that’s in any business today.

Thursday – time to look for this weekend’s estate sales

Whether you are looking to hire an estate sales company or looking to attend an estate sale this weekend today is the day to check out the many sources on the Internet for estate sales listings in your area. You might also want to check out your local newspaper. Many estate sales start on Friday while some start on Saturday, but Thursday is usually the day that the public will learn what sales are taking place, where, and what the time is for the sale.