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Liquidating an Estate: How to Sell a Lifetime of Stuff, Make Some Cash, and Live to Tell About It Paperback – October 23, 2013


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ (October 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440236658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440236655
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Martin Codina is the founder and CEO of Fine Estate Sales and Estate Liquidation, Inc. in the San Francisco Bay area. He has conducted estate sales for nearly 20 years with the promise to obtain the maximum dollar value each item in a client's estate deserves; to discover hidden value in items thought to have little or no value; and to solve the age-old question: "What do I do with all this stuff?"


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Martin Codina was born in Norwalk CA, a sleepy dairy town on the edge of Los Angeles, in the mid 1950's. To say the least, it was a very good day. In that town soon to be gobbled up by the immensity of an expanding L.A., was a city park containing a small jewel of a Victorian home that had been turned into a museum. It was in that small antique of a house, he first glimpsed the "Olden Days" never knowing as a child, that someday he would live in a city full of houses such as that, or that he would be granted the profound honor of being invited by their owners to sell their contents...

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Easy to read.
Roberta Mocabee
The book takes the mystery and overwhelm out of disposing of an estate whether you consign at auction, hire a liquidator, or gird your loins and do it yourself.
N. Rhoads
I highly recommend this book for anyone who has an elderly parent or loved one with a lifetime of belongings.
An Indy Fan

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Wayne C. Jordan on November 28, 2013
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I've been an auctioneer and estate specialist for over 20 years, and I've read more than a dozen books on the subject. "Liquidating an Estate" by Martin Codina is the only book I believe to be a thorough and honest assessment of what's involved in liquidating an estate. Mr. Codina covers not just the "how to" of the job, but the emotional aspects as well. Along the way, he treats the subject matter with respect and humor. He's been in the business long enough to have a personal story for every topic. I like this book very much, and I heartily recommend it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N. Rhoads on December 22, 2013
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I've been in the antique business for 20 years and shopped at over 5,000 estate sales, and I can tell you this book about liquidating an estate has it all. The author has written many chapters detailing how to sort through your mountain of stuff and make a preliminary determination about whether your items have resale value (they most likely do unless it's truly trash), and why you will save yourself a ton of grief and lost revenue if you bring in a pro to advise you, before you begin selling or even before throwing away stuff that looks to you like junk but actually can be sold at a nice profit. (Included are true-life tales of unrecognizable or hidden or lost treasures, that had been headed for the dump, bringing in big money instead, thanks to the trained eye of a professional adviser.)
The book takes the mystery and overwhelm out of disposing of an estate whether you consign at auction, hire a liquidator, or gird your loins and do it yourself. Unlike a previous reviewer alleged, Mr. Codina includes an entire chapter on the pros and cons of running your own estate sale, and even provides helpful hints and tips and lists of what you'll need to do it well, and what to expect through the process.
Also, the book is beautifully organized and put together, with loads of helpful, color pictures, and is printed on quality stock. Highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By An Indy Fan on December 6, 2013
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I highly recommend this book for anyone who has an elderly parent or loved one with a lifetime of belongings. Not only does the author provide good advice but the book also helps to put you in the right frame of mind to deal with a challenging situation. I recently settled the estate of my parents which was an emotional and stressful experience. Frankly, the experience was brutal. First you deal with the sense of loss and then comes the reality of dealing with a lifetime of stuff. There are issues with other family members, legal issues, and sorting through decades and decades worth of household and personal items. Some of it is junk; some not. Time is typically not on your side, which adds to the challenge. The author is an estate sales expert with 20 years of experience so it's not surprising he suggests using the services of an estate sales professional to ease the burden. But even if you don't go in that direction (I didn't), the book offers practical advice to follow before and during an estate liquidation for the DIY crowd. Well written and nice design. This book is now a permanent member of my library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Dale on December 26, 2013
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The book is not a great literary read, but that is not why I bought and read it. I highly recommend it for anyone who might have to deal with a family estate, or anyone, like myself, who might croak and leave an estate to be settled.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. June on February 9, 2014
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It is my pleasure to know the author outside his estate business and before I discovered he wrote this book. As a person, I find Martin Codina to be open, focused and forthright. He has the amazing talent to bridge gaps between A and B with concise, clear phrases and words. He is a gentleman. And a pro. I am delighted to report his book is every bit a reflection of his persona, well written and comprehensive. Martin summons up some interesting, intriguing and humorous events, each with a summary. His description of estate liquidation choices and details could serve as a guide for do-it-yourself-ers. And his explanation of advantages gained through professionals in his field is both logical and compelling. I am not ready to give up my own estate yet, but when I do, this is gent will be at the top of my call list . . . or maybe I'll just do it myself . . . with this book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Della Newnum on January 1, 2014
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The advice was aimed more at the wealthy person who had more valuable assets to liquidate. I ordered it for my daughter who is executor of our modest estate, and am not sure this will be helpful to her in dealing with a normal collection of an average lifetime.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on February 13, 2014
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After dealing with an estate and being told how much I did wrong, I purchased this and it has perfect advice in it. I did most of what they suggest and didn't make everyone happy but that is life. Very useful
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JacksonW on March 26, 2014
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Looking at starting an estate business ... this book is certainly an eye-opener and great mentor startup guide. Touches on the human and moral sides of being in the business of buying and selling other peoples treasures.
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