An estate liquidation is similar to an estate sale in that the main concern or goal is to liquidate the estate (home, garage, sheds and yard) with an estate sale organization[1] There is no government regulation of the industry. There is also no formal training for estate liquidators.[2] Estate liquidation of assets can be all-encompassing: appraising, donating, cleaning, packing, transporting and auctioning.[3]

In the United States, while it is necessary in most states that a realtor be present to write up the documents for the sale of real land, most other items do not require any other license or permit other than the local licenses needed to run a business in that city, county or state where the liquidation is taking place. Oftentimes the family will retain a lawyer to oversee the process of liquidation and to keep the system straight on legalities of stocks and bonds being traded, investments liquidated and any real property changing hands legally.[4] However, in European countries such as Germany, there are firms which solicitate non-binding initial inspection first and then rolling out the contract.[5][6]

Estate liquidations happen mostly like estate sales, with the liquidators making the home and items to be sold ready for a public sale. Most liquidators will charge a commission of a percentage of the net profit.

Differences from estate sales edit

The main differences between an estate liquidation and a mere estate sale is the sphere of inclusion which in a liquidation can expand to stocks, bonds, real property, fine jewelry, coin collections and fine art. Often an estate liquidation is accompanied by realtors, attorneys, Certified Public Accountants, and appraisers, while an estate sale can be done by anyone with knowledge of value of household items and collectibles in question.

Forms of estate liquidation edit

Besides estate sales, liquidating the estate may be done in the form of an auction or the estate liquidator will offer a cash buy-out for the entire contents of a home.[7]

Further reading edit

References edit

  1. ^ "What is An Estate Liquidator?". Estate Sales. Present Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  2. ^ O'Brien, Elizabeth. "10 things estate sales won't tell you". marketwatch. MarketWatch, Inc. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  3. ^ Jordan, Wendy A. (24 March 2016). "When mom and dad are gone, how best to get rid of a lifetime of possessions". The Washington Post. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  4. ^ Gray, Victoria (2017-08-15). Estate Sales Made Easy: A Practical Guide to Success from Start to Finish. Hay House, Inc. ISBN 978-1-4019-5303-4.
  5. ^ Schulze, Eike; Stein, Annette; Tietgen, Andreas (2019-05-01). Haushaltsauflösung leicht gemacht: Richtig entrümpeln und clever verkaufen (in German). Akademische Arbeitsgemeinschaft Verlagsgesellschaft. ISBN 978-3-96533-017-7.
  6. ^ "Haushaltsauflösung | Zuverlässig & professionell Deutschlandweit". RümpelExperten Entrümpelung (in German). Retrieved 2021-04-05.
  7. ^ Codina, Martin (2013-10-23). Liquidating an Estate: How to Sell a Lifetime of Stuff, Make Some Cash, and Live to Tell About It. Krause Publications. ISBN 978-1-4402-3665-5.