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State Champion Auctioneer Jim Gavin of Gavin Bros.

Auction FAQs

What type of auctions do Gavin Bros. conduct?

Everything from small household or estate sales to large farm dispersals and heavy equipment auctions, even multi-day antique auctions. We also hold auctions for firearms, antiques, and collectible items. We have done many auctions for lenders, receivers, and trustees. With over 60 years in the auction business, we have the experience you can trust to professionally conduct your auction.

How do I go about having an auction?

Give us a call an auction professional will come out, access your items and give you an honest answer as to whether or not you have enough items for an auction. The best part is this is a free service!

Am I responsible for making a list and advertising?

Gavin Bros. will come to your property, develop a list of items you would like to sell, take pictures, and make an auction flyer for your auction. We will also go over where the best places are to advertise your auction with you and handle sending the ads to various publications. We advertise in print media, on numerous websites, on the radio, and direct mail past customers. We also have a weekly auction email update, sign up today and get information on all upcoming auctions.

Are there any upfront costs with your auctions?

No. All expenses are deducted from the auction’s proceeds.

Do you only conduct auctions onsite, or do you have a separate facility?

We are completely mobile; therefore we can hold an auction just about anywhere. We have a modern fully computerized auction clerking and cashiering trailer as well as several auction trucks that allow us to easily hold auctions anywhere. We also rent numerous buildings at fairgrounds, banquet halls, etc. for indoor auctions and also have large lots to accommodate machinery auctions. Just give us a call at (608)524-6416 and we will find the right spot for your auction.

I would like to have an auction off-site, but I have no way to get my items to an auction facility. Can you help?

Absolutely! We have trucks and trailers along with a full-service crew that will help pack up, transport, unpack, and set-up your auction.

How long does it take to receive payment from an auction?

We offer same-day settlement and guaranteed payment from our auctions. With larger multi-consignor type auctions we will mail checks out and you could expect to receive payment within 1 week.

I’ve heard you sell real estate at auction too. Is this a good way to sell my real estate?

In many cases, it’s a great way to settle real estate transactions quickly and efficiently. Gavin Bros. would assess your individual case and needs to determine if an auction would work for your property. Selling at auction often helps sellers realize higher prices than they had anticipated. Also with an auction, the property is sold “AS IS” and you will get a CASH offer with no contingencies. You also close on a date determined prior to the auction. If it wouldn’t work the best for you, Gavin Bros. would work with you to list your home or property in the traditional manner. Unlike most real estate companies, we have the licensing and staff to handle either situation…licensed auctioneers and licensed real estate agents and brokers.

What types of real estate auctions do you run?

Gavin Bros. holds auctions real estate auctions for residential homes, farms, vacant land,  recreation and hunting land, commercial properties, waterfront homes and lots, and more.

What about online auctions?

We have sold items all over the country and throughout the world through our online auctions. We offer many different styles of auctions including live onsite auctions, live onsite auctions with online bidding, and online-only timed auctions. Give us a call and we will see what suits your items best.

How do I get registered to bid for an auction?

When you get to an auction look for the Gavin Cashier trailer and the cashier will help get you registered for the auction. To register, you will need a photo identification card. If you have a state-issued resale number, you will be required to complete the necessary documentation.

If I am the successful buyer how do I pay for my items?

You can pay for your items at the same cashier trailer as where you got your bidding number. We accept cash and personal or business checks. If you are purchasing larger machinery or real estate and are not familiar to the auction company a bank letter of guarantee or a cashier’s check may be required. We do accept Visa, Master Card, and Discover. There is an additional 3% surcharge added to the purchase price if you are using a credit card.

Does Gavin Bros. do appraisals?

We do personal appraisals for lenders, estates, attorneys, and others. We also do real estate evaluations for estates, attorneys, and individuals.

If you have any other auction questions feel free to contact us anytime. We love auctions and would be happy to tell you all about them!!

The most important thing to remember while attending an auction is to have fun!!!

Gavin Bros: Auctions in Wisconsin & Throughout The Midwest

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