Reviews

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Melissa M, Trust Officer – Harvard, MA
Decedent Estate – Hybrid Approach

Serving as trustee for a decedent estate, I was entrusted with the responsibility for fulfilling the wishes of my client – regarding his real estate and personal property – upon his death.

As a trustee, I have a fiduciary responsibility for ensuring that a decedent estate is handled in a way that will bring the heirs fair market value for the property in the estate and will not be contestable.   Like many professionals these days, I have a very busy schedule. I was concerned about the time and effort it would take to manage all of the details required in liquidating the real estate and personal property associated with my client’s estate.

I reached out to Mark Shear of Berman Auctioneers and Appraisers (now Berman Property Solutions) for a consultation. He listened carefully to my goals and needs, and proposed a customized solution for this unique situation. I hired Mark to be my main point of contact, to coordinate with someone who could manage the sale of the personal property, and to sell the real estate via his proposed hybrid method – where we scheduled an auction and offered the real estate via the traditional method (with a “buy-it-now” price) at the same time.

Mark was a wonderful partner on this project. He was organized, communicated extremely well throughout the entire process and coordinated the personal property sale with the sale of the real estate in a seamless way.

When we learned that the septic system failed, Mark moved into problem solving mode. He delivered a buyer who presented a very attractive traditional offer and was able to be flexible while the septic issues were being resolved. This was exceptionally valuable because we were able to consummate the sale in a timely fashion, and not have to hold and maintain the property over the winter.

I was very pleased with both the process and the outcome of this project, and highly recommend Mark Shear of Berman Property Solutions. He effectively serves as a main point of contact, is professional, an excellent communicator, a problem solver, and delivers results that exceed expectations.

Melissa M. – Bank Trust Officer, Leominster, MA

Theresa and Carl - Plainville, MA
Decedent Estate - Auction by Choice

We were thrilled with the level of guidance and service, as well as the process and the outcome, of the work that Berman Auctioneers /Mark Shear delivered on the sale of Carl’s mother-in-law’s home and real estate. On a scale of 1 to 10, we would rate Berman Auctioneers a 9.5. (That’s only because we don’t believe in giving perfect “10’s”). The process and the outcome far exceeded our expectations! We would use Mark Shear and Berman Auctions again for future needs and HIGHLY recommend them.

Carl’s mother-in-law was ill for a very long time. During that period, we had to care for the house as well as provide care for her. When she passed away, our energy was zapped. We were done with taking care of the house. Our goal was to be done quickly with the best results. The contents needed to be dealt with, and we wanted the house itself sold “as is”, without additional time, effort or money spent on fixing it up.

Through a search on the internet, we found someone who could deal with the contents; he referred us to his trusted colleague, Mark Shear of Berman Auctioneers, for the sale of the real estate. Although we knew that Mark was both a Real Estate Broker/Realtor and Auctioneer, he suggested an auction event to best meet our particular goals.

The level of service and guidance that Mark Shear provided was amazing. Mark “took care of everything”! He took on our burden and made the process easy for us, which was a relief after the long period of stress tending to our mother-in-law’s health needs and her home.

We felt a sense of confidence and trust in Mark from his extensive knowledge and 25-plus years of experience. He thoroughly explained the process to us and patiently answered all of our questions in layman’s terms. He clearly and frequently communicated with us throughout the process leading up to the auction, which gave us great comfort along the way. Mark coordinated with the professionals responsible for the sale and disposition of the contents to create an exciting event that encouraged and invited participation by buyers for both the home and its contents.

The outcome of the real estate auction exceeded our expectations, due to the expertise and attention to detail of Mark Shear. The property sold for $46,000 more than the minimum bid. It was a cash deal and closed in 31 days.

There are a lot of myths out there about the auction process, and we heard about them from people close to us. “Why are you doing an auction? – that’s for distressed properties and foreclosures.” “You can get more money by working with a realtor.”

Our experience working with Berman Auctions has debunked these myths. We did not have a distressed home to sell and the property was not in foreclosure. Through working with Berman Auctions, we received more money from the sale of the house than we expected and/or that we would have accepted. And, the sale was closed in 31 days under our terms of sale. We would use Mark Shear from Berman Auctions again, and would highly recommend him for the sale of real estate by auction, traditional or any other method that Mark suggests based on his vast experience.

Theresa and Carl
Plainville, MA

Eric R. - Webster, MA
Lakefront Property - Auction By Choice

Mark Shear is GREAT!! When we decided to sell our home in Webster we did what everyone would  do – we brought in a couple of local Realtors. They wanted to LIST our house for $365k and be willing to accept $325-$340k. Mark came in and auctioned it for $425k!! That was $85k more than the realtor’s best scenario and $60k more than their suggested asking price. Mark handled it all from start to finish. I would highly recommend his firm to handle any real estate transaction you have. Thanks again Mark!

Eric
Worcester, MA

Maria R. - Worcester, MA
Decedent Estate - Auction By Choice

My long story….

For almost 15 years my mother lived two houses down the road from me.  I saw her almost everyday.  She saw her grandchildren and my extended family very frequently.  It was the perfect place for her to be.  We have so many warm happy memories of her living there.

Unfortunately, her health took a rapid downward turn.  She was in Hospice care for under a month before she passed away.  I cared for her in her warm loving home, with family, friends and nurses stopping by to help me one last time do whatever she needed me to do.

After she passed she left me her home in her will.

I know her intention was to leave me something I could sell or rent or keep for her grandchildren should they need it.  Maybe even hold onto it until I was ready to downsize?  Of course she gave me an incredible, meaningful gift…. but I was unable to appreciate it at the time.

In fact I couldn’t really do too much of anything with it.  I was grieving and helping my family navigate our tremendous loss.  The phone calls with her executor, accountant, lawyer for her estate left my head spinning.  I would take the long way around to get to my house so I wouldn’t have to drive by her home…mine now.  To say I was overwhelmed would be an extreme understatement.  I was completely paralyzed… now with another house… utilities… lawn care.. maintenance… property taxes etc.

Then I spoke with the staff at Berman.  They were able to talk me through my options in a compassionate and patient way.  They explained if I sold what price I could expect.  What I could get for rent, how I could manage the property.  Things I never thought of.  This helped me decide if I should sell or try to hold on to it.

I ultimately listed the home for sale with Berman.  They worked with the lawyers and handled everything.  I was calling the shots, but they cut the red tape and dealt with all the mailings and phone calls and the showings.  We sold the house, got the price I wanted and used the money in many different ways that have helped my family immensely.

I know my mother would be proud.

Maria
Worcester, MA

Eileen M. - Edina, MN
Auction By Choice

Dear Mark,

I just want to express our appreciation for the successful auction that you and your staff conducted. I had not been to an auction and was somewhat reluctant. I was surprised and very pleased at how smoothly it went and how very well it was organized. I realize that a great amount of work and detail were involved. All of your staff were extremely pleasant, organized and fun to have around.

You did a super job and the outcome was beyond my expectations. A great big thank you to you and your staff.

Most Sincerely,

Eileen M.
Edina, MN

Charlotte B. - Scarborough, ME
Move to Assisted Living - Auction By Choice

The home sold was one my mother had lived in for over 85 years before moving to assisted living. The house was in need of repair and extensive updating. An auction seemed to be the most promising option for a quick and efficient sale of a property that had potential but would not be appealing to most buyers.

Selling the home of a family member long distance in a stressful situation requires a relationship of trust and a commitment to communication. Through the entire process, from initial consultation through closing, Mark was honest, realistic, well organized and completely professional. I particularly appreciated his diligence in solving some unanticipated problems that cropped up along the way and keeping me informed.

The outcome was more than satisfactory and peace in the extended family was maintained.

I would heartily recommend Mark Shear and Berman Auctions to anyone looking to sell a difficult property in the least amount of time, for the most money, and with minimal hassle.

C. K. Bates
Scarborough, ME

Cindy K. - Worcester, MA
NH Lakefront Decedent Estate - Auction By Choice

I hired Mark Shear from Berman Auctions to sell a waterfront property in Pelham, NH. The property had been in my spouse’s family for many decades and it was an emotional time after she passed away. Mark was the consummate professional and made the sale of the property and its contents as easy as it could possibly be.

From the beginning of the process, Mark was forthcoming with information about how to proceed. He handled all aspects of the sale and knew exactly who to refer me to for aspects of the sale that would not be in his realm of knowledge (legal, financial, etc.).

Through Mark’s professionalism and expertise, the property was sold for a higher amount of money than I had hoped for. His services did not end after the day of the sale. Mark took care of all related paperwork and closed the sale in a timely manner.

I would have no hesitation in enthusiastically recommending Berman Auctions!

Cindy K. – Worcester, MA

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