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