Auctioneer & Auctions 12 Nov 2014 01:20 pm

The Estate Issue – How to Settle a Dispute with an Auction

As you can imagine, when there is an estate to be settled, emotions can be all over the place. Family who once got along can suddenly become bitter enemies when matters of an estate arises. In other cases, bitter enemies can become close friends. It really is all in how the matter is handled. As an Auctioneer, I have seen it both ways.

A conversation today reminded me of how quickly things can turn bitter and how an auction can be the answer to keep that from happening.

When an estate arises, there will undoubtedly be some property or items that one or more people in a family want. This is how bad situations can start. Each family member lays a claim to the same item(s) and the war begins. Attorneys will line up at your door offering to help resolve the issue, for a modest 40% fee of course. When people fight, the legal folks are the ones that win…..unless

You call an Auctioneer.

Yes, for a very modest fee the issue can be resolved. You were more than likely going to sell all the “other” items at an auction, so why not include the items causing the discourse? At a public auction, EVERYONE is allowed to bid, including the heirs. Therefore, the item(s) in question can simply be placed on the block and you can “duke” it out at the auction with your bids and not your words or many hours in court. IN the matter of a few short minutes, both the public and the family can determine who indeed wants it more and after that the issue is resolved.

I have seen this happen many times in my 20 years and it truly is the best way to resolve the issue of “who gets it”. Whoever ends up with the items in question has the heirloom and the other party receives proper payment in hand as the public bid it to properly set its value. I have seen people bid in anger, but once it was over, the matter was settled and tempers remained low. (of course there is always the one in 1000 who is going to stay mad no matter what!) I have also family members weep as they bid against each other for that heirloom, then once over, embrace in love and tears.

Yes, this is coming from an Auctioneer who makes his living by selling things at auction, however, from where I have sit, this truly seems to be the best way to keep issues to a minimum.

Best of luck with your estate issue and……..

It’s Auction Time!

Auctioneer & Auctions & Buying & Personal Property & Real Estate Auctions & Selling & estate 05 Nov 2014 01:15 pm

Huge Auction – Sat Nov 8th 2014 at 9 am.

Amazing is the only word to describe this 47 year collection of items. Guns, Coins, Knives, Gold. silver, furniture, antiques, glassware, collectibles, pinball machines, baseball cards, 1998 Porsche, and MUCH more. We will have 2 auctioneers selling simultaneously all day long. This is an excellent opportunity for you the find either a new home or that collectible to finish out your collection.

Now there are multiple sales going on that day in the area. but don’t be fooled. this is the one to come to. The Browns collected their entire marriage and due to the passing of Mrs Brown, you have this opportunity ahead of you.

If you have any questions feel free to give us a call.

We look forward to seeing you there at 9am this Saturday.

Uncategorized 25 Aug 2014 11:36 am

Auction – Sat August 30, 2014, Lebanon TN

Absolute Auction - Lebanon TN

This is a must attend auction for a great opportunity to buy a house in Lebanon Tn at your price.

Come see us at the Auction Sale!

Gene Carman Real Estate and Auction

Auctioneer & Auctions 25 Aug 2014 11:25 am

Busy Fall Auction Schedule

Well, if you are into Auctions in Middle Tn, then you are going to love this coming Fall. Auctions are lining up like hotcakes and there is something for everyone. Be sure to check out the upcoming auctions on our Facebook Page.

If you want to book one of your own, be sure to call me and lets get yours lined up.

Ray Carman


Uncategorized 14 May 2014 08:36 pm

LAPS approach to Real Estate

Everyone has a marketing gimmick up their sleeve when it comes to selling a home. Agents spend their time thinking of ways to market themselves in order to convince you to allow them to market their property. Truth is, we all have pretty much the same level of ability to sell your home as long as the MLS is working. Now some have a knack for getting great photos. Others prefer the virtual tours. There is also all the social media outlets and simple onlin emarketing schemes utilizing sites like craigslist, zillow, trulia and more. However, when it really breaks down, what really matters when it comes to selling your home is the oldest and most foundational keys, and we find it in the LAPS approach.

Location, Appearance, and Price.

Every property’s ability to sell is based on the initial word, Location. Everyone has said it, Location, Location, Location! It is true, your location will determine how long it will take to sell and even if it is sellable. It is just a simple fact. The better the location, the easier it is to sell. Get out of the way, and well it may take awhile.

Appearance. Whether it is a home or a piece of land, how you look will determine how sellable you are. If your house/property is clean and well kept, the better it will sell. Let is sit in shabbiness, then do not expect buyers to want to rush in and buy your place. You have got to have a great appearance. The old saying, Curb Appeal Sells is VERY true.

Price. Now this is where sellers often miss the mark. When the market is thriving, people think they can ask too much because they have points 1 and 2 right. Or, if the market is soft, they still want to ask higher in hopes there is someone out there still having money. The Price key is crucial in selling a home and property. Just the other day I met with a lady who after reviewing all current comps on her property still thought she could ask $30,000 over her closest competition and still find a buyer for her property. Unfortunately it just does not work that way. And, if an agent values their time and efforts, more than likely they will walk from a listing like that, much like I did. When it is time to sell, you absolutely MUST have this key point correct. As my Aunt says, if you were sick and the Dr said you have pneumonia, you probably are not going to argue with his diagnosis and prescribed remedy. In the same way, you should listen to your agent, because if they are worth their title as Realtor, they are going to have proper comps on hand to assist you in properly pricing your home/property.

I know, I said LAPS didn’t I? Well here is how it works.

If your LOCATION, APPEARANCE, and PRICE are correct, it WILL lead to a SALE! Which is what you wanted when you decided to put your house/property on the market anyway, Right?

SO take the LAPS approach. It is the oldest in the book, but it sure does work well!

(If you would like to discuss marketing your house or property, I would be happy to go over the LAPS approach with you!)

Uncategorized 07 Apr 2014 12:22 pm

Preparing Your House for the Market!

Every time I am asked out to view a home, it never fails that the seller will ask, “What can we do to get our house ready for the market?”

Now, there are MANY answers to this question. You could get an array of things to do or not to do as you have your home on the market. Most agents will give tips on decorating, taking down family photos, making your house flow better, and etc. All excellent tips. I tend to simplify things into one sentence: “Prepare your home the same way you would for a very important guest.”

Now that again can be interpreted in many ways. But, typically anyone about to host an extremely important guest will make their house as presentable as possible. If you have ever been invited to a friends home, they always try to impress, and that is what you the seller need to keep in mind when you are selling. You are “dressing to impress” but instead of yourself, it is your home you are dressing. Therefore, take a step back and consider what would it take to impress you about your home? What features do you consider your “finest?” Once you know those, then you need to take a few moments to accentuate those areas in the best way you know how. If you hit a road black on ideas for accentuating those positives, always feel free to ask the agent to help navigate that road.

Once you have “dressed to impress,” then your house is ready for the market and if done right, you should be on the hunt for your own new home soon.

(If I can help you in any way with your home in the Gallatin, Hendersonville, Hartsville and surrounding areas of Sumner and Trousdale County’s, I am only a phone call away!)

Uncategorized 17 Mar 2014 12:15 pm

Hard to Believe! 2014 on the MOVE!

2014 has already slipped two months past us and half of the third. Yet what an amazing time in the Real Estate world. There is no doubt that NOW is the time to be considering your next Real Estate move.

Already this year, Sumner County has seen 442 Residential transactions close with an average sales price of $186,000. Not to mention the 47 Land, Lots and Farms transactions, 20 condos, and 4 commercial sales. Commercial lease are on a rise as well, making spaces to lease hard to find.

All that being said, I, along with my family would love to talk with you about your next Real Estate or Auction move. We have a great assembly of local agents who have been trained to put your desires and dreams as their priorities.

As I like to tell folks, “We do not simply want to List your house or farm, Our mission is to get it SOLD!”

Uncategorized 19 Feb 2014 02:37 pm

Revving Up Real Estate in 2014

The professionals all have their opinion, but the one that matters is that of the person on the ground. In Middle TN the Real Estate Market has been consistently driving upwards over the past 24 months and projections having it going even higher soon. The days of waiting and watching for the unbelievable bargain are quickly running in the rear view mirror, and the anticipation for good house/land sales is high. So if you are considering a move, now is the time to call your agent and get things rolling.

That being said, it is still however extremely important that you price your property “in the market.” As people get back into the consistent groove of buying and selling, an over price can cause you extreme market anxiety. As you watch all your neighbors move in and out, and your property remains stale, you really must consider, “Have I overpriced my property?” A well done CMA should easily tell you where you should be in your market price range. This is something a Good Realtor can provide for you at no charge.

Can’t wait to see you all again this year as we enjoy the rising market with the onslaught of Spring and as the next year of Auctions kick into gear.

Will see you all on the Trail!


Uncategorized 08 Jan 2014 04:02 pm

Online Auctions

Hey everyone, hope you had a great holiday and are looking forward to a fantastic New Year in 2014.

As we start off a new year, we are always looking forward to the upcoming auctions. But as the weather stays colder, we like to point people to our online auctions. We offer some great properties at our online bidding site, during the winter months. If you are looking for a hunting tract or a nice piece of real estate, you might want to check us out there in the upcoming weeks as new properties show up.

Also, if you have piece you are thinking about selling, this online auction might be an option for you. If you want more details feel free to give me a call at 615-428-4920.

Look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming auctions.


Auctions & Real Estate Auctions 22 Apr 2013 01:10 pm

Catching up

Sorry for the delay in post, just been super busy.

Spring 2013 Auction season is here and roaring. Glad to see so many of you involved and at the sales. For a list of upcoming auctions you can visit us on Facebook or our Company website.

Real Estate in Middle Tn has seen a definite up turn in both activity and prices. It is an encouraging sign after the past 3-4 years. If you are considering a move in Real Estate, I would love to talk to you about how I may assist you in your efforts. Call me anytime!

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.


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