Auctioneer &Auctions 31 Jul 2015 07:04 am

Are you Maximizing Your Abandoned Storage Unit Auction?

Recently I have been keeping my eyes open on Storage Unit Auctions here in Middle TN. I recently wrote about the effect of Online Auctions and how I believe you will see the return of live Auctions on abandoned units. Just the other day, I noticed a well known and large group of facilities having onsite auctions for their units and inquired as to who was doing the Auction. The answer I received surprised me a bit. it was the owner of the facility.

Now I know that the thought is to “save money.” But are you saving money if you are not maximizing your sale through the use of and knowledge of marketing an Auctioneer can provide you?

By now most everyone is familiar with the show Storage Wars on A&E (#StorageWars). I have enjoyed watching them as well. What most folks maybe do not understand is the value Dan Dotson brings not only to the show, but to the owners of the facilities they are selling at. Dan is a fantastic auctioneer, and along with his wife, they are making the Facility Owners big money because they know how to market the event properly and at minimum cost. Using Social Media, you are always aware of where Dan and the Auction is going to be and that has proven to bring larger crowds to the sales and up the price on units.

His fine tuned chant also brings out more money from the bidders as he is constantly putting them on the spot to make a decision! Simply asking someone to bid is not going to drive the urgency to bid home with your potential buyers. The simple flow of the Auctioneers chant and the raised vocal tones brings life to the sale and will certainly make that bidder lift his finger, wiggle his ear, or say “Yuuuuuup” one more time.

The stars of that show are the featured buyers in those areas, but Dan with his company American Auctioneers, have certainly played a HUGE role in making it the success it is today. Therefore, facility owners, both here in Tennessee, and around the nation should take notice! An Auctioneer who is savvy on Social Media, knows how to build momentum and excitement into the process, and get new bidders to your sales, is going to MORE than pay for himself/herself!

Next time, you are going to have a Live Auction at your Facility, find and hire yourself a great Auctioneer who knows how to use Free Social Media Advertising to maximize your Abandoned Storage Unit Storage Wars Auction!

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Selling 30 Jul 2015 10:00 am

Why is my property not Selling?

This is a question any Realtor is used to hearing! Usually after a property has sat on the market for a bit with little to no action. Or, after it has been on the market, had a lot of lookers, but no offers! In a super hot market, like Middle Tennessee is experiencing, this is a valid question for any property currently not moving in a reasonable amount of time. So why is it not selling?

1. Price! Lets be honest! This is typically the number one factor a property has not sold. In hot markets, or even soft ones, a property that is properly priced is going to sell. I have been through 21 years of Real Estate and seen those 7 year lulls now three times, and even in the soft markets, property that is properly priced sells. So many times folks think a quick sale means they were under priced. That is not true. There are always people out looking to buy and they are typically willing to pay market value. So ask yourself first, is my property properly priced?

2. Is it showable? Whether a house or piece of land, if you cannot see it at its best, you are not going to have a high percentage in converting lookers into buyers. If you are selling your home, keep it looking good (not perfect, but good.) Before walking out of the house, turn around and ask yourself, would I buy this home if I saw it like this? If you are selling land, keep the grass mown and any drivable paths cleared. People are attracted to attractive things, make your house or property fit that description and your offers are sure to come in!

3. Is it being marketed properly. This one is on your Realtor or Agent. Ask them what their marketing plan is and make sure they are sticking to it. If you have done your part keeping points one and two straight, then their marketing system should turn into acceptable offers on your property.

That may sound simple and generic, but simple is the truth and it works. Like the old KISS method (keep it simple stupid) you can deploy an effective marketing plan on a properly priced property that is showable which is certain to convert into a SOLD sign appearing in your yard.

Call Priority One today and get your property listed with the Easy and Effective 25 step plan to selling your House/Property! We look forward to serving your Real Estate needs in Sumner County Tennessee and surrounding areas!


Auctioneer &Auctions 29 Jul 2015 07:46 am

Storage Auctions – Are Live Auctions Fading Away?

Just about everyone is well aware of the Storage Wars TV show. I like others enjoy watching as they raise that door and then watch as they dig through the unit that has just been bought. We often get excited when they find something rare or valuable and kinda feel for the ones who did not do so well (unless they are just a character easy to dislike!)

Recently I took my own daughter to some Storage Auctions in Nashville TN. She was excited about possibly buying her very own unit and making some money. At the age of 12, her dad is proud of her desire to get out and try her hand and making money through buying and selling. We enjoyed the day and she has bought a couple and done very well on them.

However, there was a lot of talk that day of how these type of auctions are going to soon be strictly online. I was a little shocked by this personally. Being an Auctioneer, I am well aware of how many Auctions across the country are going online and I hear the talk of how well they are doing. However, I also hear the other side of the conversation. There are some people who simply are just not going to buy if they cannot physically see what they are buying. And to me, that makes perfect sense.

Since our first trip, we have attended, and conducted a couple of more Storage Unit Auctions, and I am hearing what I figured to be true. The folks who are really knowledgeable about this part of the Auction Industry, “The Pros,” they are reacting as I assumed they would. Several have said they have bought some of these Online Units and have been extremely disappointed. As One should figure, the pictures posted of the unit are only of the “good” and they are leaving out the fact there is a lot of trash in the unit as well.

So, if I had to make a prediction, I would say Facilities are actually going to see a decline in the bid amounts from these Online Storage Unit Auctions and the Live Auctioneer standing before the door as it is raised will still continue and actually thrive again in this portion of our Auction Industry!

Facility Owners and Managers, to book your Own Storage Auction, just click HERE!

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Ray Carman

Auctioneer &Auctions 27 Jul 2015 12:34 pm

Memory Monday – Dumas Walker’s

Working Auctions here in Middle Tennessee, you tend to run across some interesting places at times. We often worked up in Clay County TN near the Kentucky State Line. A a teen I remember having an auction once for an Estate up that way. Being young and somewhat naive, I had little musical background, so when someone said, “Hey, that is Dumas Walker”s across the street, I really had no idea why that was important.

If you are not chuckling by now, you probably all know why I should have known about Dumas Walker’s. The Kentucky Headhunters made this little spot in the road famous in this song:


Interestingly enough, this was not the joint they made the video at, it was actually a place in KY but Dumas Walker had a little store right there in TN, and they liked his name better for their lyrics. So Dumas got famous even without having the video shot at his place.

Yes, we traveled by this place several more times over the years and since that first time, I have now become well aware of this great song and the history behind ole Dumas Walker’s. Like I said you never know who or what you are going to run across in the world of Auctions and Real Estate!


Uncategorized 24 Jul 2015 09:05 am

Auction Tip of The Week – Plan Ahead

Here is your Auction Tip of the week from Gallatin TN. Have a plan and stick to it!


Auctioneer &Auctions &memory monday 20 Jul 2015 11:10 am

Memory Monday – 7/20/2015

What do you get when you mix a snake and an Auction? Excitement!


If you are thinking about having an Auction in the Gallatin TN and surrounding areas, I would love to talk with you about how Priority One can help you achieve your goals with an Auction Sale! (Gallatin, Hendersonville, White House, Portland, Westmoreland, Lebanon, Mt Juliet, Nashville) Call me today and lets make a Memory at your Auction!

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Auctioneer &Auctions 17 Jul 2015 01:18 pm

Auction Tip of The Week – Bold Bidder

Here is this weeks Auction Tip! Have a great weekend enjoying the Auction!


Auctioneer &Auctions 15 Jul 2015 10:20 am

Fundraiser Auction – Know your Audience

Doing Charity and Benefit Auctions is something most Auctioneers enjoy doing. On the perfect day, it is an event where the Auctioneer was allowed to be a part of the process from the beginning stages of the planning. However, there are those events in which the call is late in the game and it is all done “on the fly!”

Recently I was a part of one of these events and it was their 49th annual fundraiser, but their first ever Live Auction at the event. Lots of preparations went into the event in hopes to raise money for a great cause. Many Silent Auction Items were on display and there was three items chosen for the Live Auction. All items were fantastic, but there was one glitch, the items did not stir the interest of those in attendance.

The items were great! Perfect donations for a grand event! However, the crowd did not seemed moved by them. The reason, the items did not touch the heart of the event and why people were there! Therefore, the Live Auction portion seemed to drag out a little and getting bids was more like pulling teeth than simply having fun. When the night was over, I would call the Live Auction a success, but the lesson was even greater.

If you are going to hold a Fundraiser and do a Live Auction, or even a Silent Auction, your items need to be something the resonates with the audience. Ask yourself, “Why are they coming to this event? What draws them in to be here?” Then take the answers to that and go obtain items that will be a part of the answer! Like, if the reason they are coming is to assist children in need, then make the items something that will allow them to picture that happening! If the reason they are coming is because they love the organization/school, then have items that represent that place and will make everyone there proud to be the owner thereof. If you are raising for a mission work overseas, then maybe a trip to visit the work personally!

Just remember, if you are holding a Fundraiser and want to have a successful Auction, then be sure you know your Audience and why they came and gather items that will deepen their resolve to give!


Uncategorized 13 Jul 2015 03:04 pm

Memory Monday – Touch of the Master’s Hand

This is a poem about an #Auction that my father quoted for many years at auctions. I love this story as it shares a lot about me and how hidden treasures can be made to reach their value in the hands of the Master! Hope you enjoy!

To speak to Ray about an Auction, contact him or check out or you can book your auction by going here!

Auctioneer &Auctions &estate &memory monday &Real Estate Auctions 06 Jul 2015 02:06 pm

Memory Monday – Do Auctions Really Work Part 4

This is our last week of looking at “Do Auctions really Work?” I am sure by now you know the answer, but this video is about another farm in Gallatin TN that I had the privilege to Auction off back in 2007. It well exceeded expectations and today stands as a beautiful place where people have built their dream homes.

I hope to see you soon at one of our Upcoming Auctions and we look forward to continue serving Sumner County and Surrounding areas here in Tennessee. #GallatinTN #HendersonvilleTN #LebanonTN #NashvilleTN #PortlandTN

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