This WSJ article describes what we face everyday when we try to inform our clients about the value of the furniture in an estate or when downsizing. http://online.wsj.com/articles/why-the-market-for-heirloom-and-secondhand-furniture-has-disappeared-1404256129 Fortunately, we are able to overcome some of these obstacles because we can Store items and post on Craigslist Sell to the local college community (Northwestern, Loyola, […]View Post
WELCOME TO THE NEWS PAGE AT ESSEX ESTATE SERVICES.
The intent of this page is to inform and educate you about interesting situations, unusual items, and news-worthy events that may affect you when the time comes to liquidate your personal property. Visit us frequently for updated, timely information, tips and suggestions, and links to resources about personal property liquidation and appraisals.
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This first article provides insight about how people tend to value their possessions.
Bankrate.com just published an article discussing the best venues to sell various types of personal property, both online and off-line. This article was in direct response to the question: “Is a house sale or garage sale or estate sale the best place to sell personal possessions?” The answer to the question is a resounding “NO!” […]View Post attornet, auction, ebay, estate sale, etsy, executor, fair market value, garage sale, live auctioneers, trust officer, worthpoint
My client came to me with a 1.5 ct diamond in an earring she found in the bathroom at an amusement park. She had tried to find the original owner to no avail. Her search for the value of the stone took her to Jewelers Row in Chicago, where one dealer gave her an offer. […]View Post
Join Rich and a panel of other appraisers at this year’s appraisal fair event at The Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest. The event will be this Saturday, February 8th, from 10am to 3pm at the Nineteenth Century Club in Oak Park, 178 Forest Ave, Oak Park, IL 60301. For more information visit […]View Post
This is the first piece of advice we give clients when they ask us “where do we start getting rid of the contents of a house.” This story from AOL.com tells of a lucky find that could be worth a quarter million dollars! The heir had no idea of the value. Granted, finds like these […]View Post
My client’s husband was pulling up the old carpet late one night while rehabbing their 1950s home when something sparkly caught his eye. “I got you something”, he said. She called me to ask if it could be “real”. I inspected the piece and confirmed that it was in fact a gold, diamond and sapphire […]View Post