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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2013
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2013
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2013
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2014
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2013
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
on June 15, 2014
For anyone who can or should be using an estate liquidator, this has all the info. It's clearly self-published (my editor's pencil was busy and surely he knows that there is no Monterey BAY County!) but engagingly written with good anecdotes to buttress his arguments.
That said, it doesn't work for those of us who can't use a liquidator or easily do an estate sale. My aunt's house in SF was stuffed, but also had water damage (meaning moldy books, etc) and was in such bad shape it wasn't safe for public to enter -- so liquidators wouldn't touch it. It took me 2 years and at the end I had salvaged what I could and the rest was tossed -- I know we could have made more but I had to sell the house at that point. My sister is living in my parents place in rural Oregon -- another massive clearout job and not a liquidator in sight. I could have used more tips on how and where to find the specialists to deal with old dolls, Red Rose tea figurines, costume jewelry, etc. This obviously wasn't the right guide for me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2014
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2014
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
on August 17, 2014
This book seemed to be trying to tell people how to become an estate liquidator, rather than telling you how to do it yourself. So I feel the title and subtitle are misleading. There were some tips on what to do and how to do it, but overall, not what I was looking for or expecting. There were some amusing stories about terrible estates he's dealt with, but even they got repetitive. So I'd only recommend this book for those planning to become an estate liquidator.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2014
This book is a shameful plug for the estate sale industry and this business owner/author, with use of scare tactics to intimidate do-it-yourselfers. It offers less than 9 pages of actual 'help' for those of us who are planning to do it ourselves. The balance of the pages are filled with horror stories of doing it yourself, including getting "picked" and not making as much as an item is worth (HORROR!!) , losing your mind due to the stress, (more HORROR!!!), or the worst! Having to deal with the public!!!!! Filled with wonderful stories of rare items that were sold for huge profits, but ONLY when recognized and handled by the professionals! To quote the author, that "experience" is why they "make the big bucks"!

We have an average house, downsizing for retirement, looking for "how-to" info. This book is NOT it!
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