Updates and News

On this page, we'll keep you updated with what is going on in the Real Estate and Auction Industry. We'll also post any updates to auctions or real estate listings. If you're a subscriber to our e-mail mailing list (form to your right), you'll automatically receive these updates within 24 hours of the update being posted. Thank you for your interest!

Family-owned Business Wins Three International Awards

This update was posted on Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 4:20 pm.

UPSALA, MN—Schultz Auctioneers, a family-run auction firm, was recognized on July 15 as one of the international leaders in auction advertising. Competing against industry peers as far away as South Africa, the firm was awarded three top honors in the National Auctioneers Association’s (NAA) annual marketing competition, sponsored by USA Today.
Read more

Schultz Auctioneers Recognized as State Leader in Auction Advertising

This update was posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 at 1:40 pm.

UPSALA, MN—Schultz Auctioneers, a family-run auction firm, has recently been recognized as one of the state leaders in auction advertising. Competing against industry peers from across Minnesota, the firm was awarded three first place honors, and two second place honors in the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association (MSAA) annual marketing competition.

“They really took down some heavy weights,” divulged Ryan George, who has designed over 1,300 direct mail pieces and over 5,000 newsprint ads for the auction industry. “This competition reflects the growing grass-roots democracy of advertising in general: the best presentation and message can trump even the mass-produced, well-funded efforts of large corporations,” continued the author of the AdverRyting blog.

“We’ve taken some chances and pushed the envelope here in Minnesota for auction advertising,” said Mike Schultz, president of the firm. “It’s starting to pay off in more than just increased sales,” Schultz noted. Schultz credited several of their professional partnerships with helping this family business compete with local and larger firms.

The first award—for internet marketing—was the first-ever won in this category, as the MSAA created it this year to reflect the growing media marketplace auctioneers are using to gain exposure for their sales. John Schultz, vice president for operations and web developer at the firm commented, “That was huge for us. Stories about our leading-edge web practices have been printed in industry publications, but this award validates our effort and rewards the risks we’ve taken to stay at the forefront.”

Other awards included First Place, Commercial & Industrial, Two Color Brocure; First Place, Household & Antiques, Multi-sided Brochure; Second Place, Real Estate & Personal Property, Two Color Brochure; and Second Place, Newspaper/Magazine Advertising.

Mike and John Schultz can be reached at 800-457-2967 or through email addresses available on www.schultzauctioneers.com. Schultz Auctioneers conducts auctions of almost every type but specializes in lakefront, residential, and recreational real estate, and firearms, hunting/sporting collectibles, coins, breweriana, and stoneware.

Matthew Schultz Named 2010 Minnesota Champion Auctioneer

This update was posted on Monday, January 18th, 2010 at 5:52 pm.

Duluth, MN – A Stillwater man is the 2010 Minnesota State Champion Auctioneer. At the 22nd annual auctioneer championship held in Duluth, Matthew Schultz won the competition in which 27 auctioneers competed.

The contest was held last night during the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association Conference and Show. Schultz has been part of the auction profession for almost half of his life. He is a graduate of World Wide College of Auctioneering and prior to this contest won the 2002 Minnesota Rookie Auctioneer Contest. He currently sits on the Young Professional Auctioneers Advisory Committee for the National Auctioneers Association and is actively involved in both the Minnesota and National Auctioneers Association.

Schultz will now have his entry paid into the International Auctioneers Championship to be held in Greensboro, North Carolina this July. Asked to describe how he felt with one word, Schultz said, “Awesome!”

The contestants were judged on presentation, chant/voice, effective auctioneering and an interview conducted on stage. This year’s Reserve Champion was Austin Bachman of Ottertail, Minnesota. Rounding out the top five were Kurt Johnson of White Bear Lake, Theresa Ann Larson from Aitkin and Bryce Hansen of Prairie Farm, Wisconsin.

The MSAA celebrated their 60th anniversary at this year’s conference and show, which concluded Saturday night in Duluth. The association is an organization of licensed auctioneers who work to promote the auction profession. As the new champion, Matthew Schultz will serve as a goodwill ambassador for Minnesota Auctioneers throughout 2010.

Area Teen Achieves Two Career Milestones in One Month

This update was posted on Monday, July 27th, 2009 at 2:46 pm.

UPSALA, MN—Isaac Schultz, 18, recently graduated from World Wide College of Auctioneering, no small feat for his age.  But less than a month later, he achieved first runner up status at the International Junior Auctioneer Contest, held this month in Overland Park (Kansas City), KS.

By graduating from auction college, Isaac earns the traditional auctioneer title of “Colonel,” a term of honor harkening back to the Civil War, when Army Colonels were assigned the duty of managing such market transactions.  Schultz’s dad, Mike, president of Schultz Auctioneers, put the achievement in perspective, “Within our profession, Isaac is now an equal to men and women across the world who’ve bettered themselves with this specialized training.”

That training paid off come competition time.  The Upsala High defensive end was an imposing figure at the podium, calling out bids at the fundraising auction, at which his bid calling skills were judged.  In fact, judges commented that he had a strong presence in front of auctioneers who have been bid calling and critiquing bid calling for longer than Isaac has been alive.

“I’ve been tweaking my chant over the past several weeks since graduating from auction college and just gave it my best shot,” said Isaac.  “I get a lot of practicing bid calling at our auctions, and I look forward to the career ahead of me.”

Isaac successfully completed the course of instruction and training covering all phases of auctioneering taught by 20 professional instructors at the college.  Students received instruction in Real Estate, Automobile, Farm, Antique, Charity/Fund Raising, and Specialty Auctions, as well as vocal training and auction law.  Other subjects included business management, technology, marketing, and the development of an auction chant and bid calling.

Isaac Schultz can be reached at 800-457-2967 or at the email address available on www.schultzauctioneers.com.  Schultz Auctioneers specialize  in real estate auctions, online auctions, estates, as well as coins and historic collectable auctions.

First Time Homebuyer in 2009? Receive up to a $8,000 tax credit!

This update was posted on Monday, May 4th, 2009 at 11:03 am.

Are you a first time homebuyer? Have you rented for the last three years, and are now purchasing a home?  In both scenarios, you may qualify for up to a $8,000.00 tax credit.  The program is open to buyers who have not owned  a home in the past three years are eligible for a tax credit of 10% of the home’s value – up to $8,000.00.  This is a tax credit, and you will receive this as a deduction on your income tax returns, and receive any unused portion as a tax refund.  If you’re in the market for a home, this is an excellent program of which to take advantage.  Contact us today for more details, and to discuss the type of property you are looking for.

International Attention on Family Auction Company

This update was posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 at 10:48 am.

SAUK CENTRE, MN—597 bidders from nine countries and 48 states gathered to bid at Schultz Auctioneer’s annual “Spring Rendezvous” auction of antique guns, Western collectibles, and native American artifacts. More than 350 of those bidders followed the bidding via the Internet, accounting for 30% of the 553 lots sold.

“We’re seeing more and more interest from other countries,” noted Mike Schultz, president of the firm. “This year, we were surprised to ship pieces to countries that don’t even speak English as a primary language.” Online bidders hailed from Thailand to Sweden and from The Netherlands to South Africa—as well as several other European countries.

John Schultz, vice president for operations, discussed their marketing strategy, “88% of our in-house bidders came from our direct mail list—a buyer base who has grown to trust our brand and know the kind of auction we conduct.”

Ryan George, who manages the direct mail aspect of Schultz’s auction marketing was blown away, “11% of Schultz’s 2009 mailing list came to the auction in person. That kind of response rate multiplies the typical response rate for direct mail—which already bests broadcast media in most studies. As the world goes digital and major newspapers are looking at closing their doors, Schultz has created a print audience atypical of cultural trends.”

“We’re not resting on our laurels, though,” divulged Mike. “We know the online marketplace is our future. Our online marketing is what’s bringing new bidders—especially from cultures new to us—to our auctions. Those Internet bidders almost doubled in number from our 2008 event. The number of countries they represent more than doubled, too.”

Brainstorming has already begun on how to tap the seemingly-new global interest in Wild West items, historic books, and vintage guns for the 2010 event. “We’re learning and growing,” said John, “We have fascinating items that have stories with them. And now our auctions are starting to grow stories of their own. It’s cool to see how much attention this Minnesota event gets around the world.”

Mike and John Schultz can be reached at 800-457-2967 or through email addresses available on www.schultzauctioneers.com. Schultz Auctioneers conducts auctions of almost every type but specializes in lakefront, residential, and recreational real estate, as well as coins and historic collectibles.

2009 Spring Rendezvous Results

This update was posted on Monday, March 9th, 2009 at 11:37 am.

The results from the 2009 Spring Rendezvous are now online. View Results. Each item is listed in sale order along with the price it brought.

Thank you for your interest and participation in the auction. It was a success! If you would like to schedule a no obligation consultation with our staff to review your collection, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to working with you!

Auction Industry Remains Strong in Challenging Economy

This update was posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2009 at 11:06 am.

Overland Park, Kan., – The National Auctioneers Association (NAA), the nation’s leading association of auction professionals, reported today the results of its 2008 industry survey. In 2008, approximately $268.4 billion in goods and services were sold at auction in the United States, a decrease of slightly less than 1% compared to 2007.

Read more

Schultz Auctioneers Creates New Sales Method from Old Concept

This update was posted on Friday, January 9th, 2009 at 9:08 pm.

UPSALA, MN—In the 1970’s and 1980’s auctioneers used telephone conference calls to allow remote bidders to compete against each other at feeder pig auctions.  Fast forward into the new millennium, where online-only auctions and simulcast auctions have become an industry staple.  As 2009 approached, Schultz Auctioneers wanted to take live Internet bidding to a new frontier: live online only auctions.

Read more

Invitation to Consign Coins

This update was posted on Monday, December 29th, 2008 at 8:57 pm.

We are currently seeking coin and paper currency consignments for our January coin auction.  The auction will be held on January 19th, and will be a live online only auction.

What We’re Looking For
Currently, we have approximately 200 coins consigned to the auction, and are looking to round out the auction with 100 quality coins or pieces of paper currency.  We have been contacted by an individual that likely will be consigning several high quality items of paper currency.  Hurry quick to get your great items into this auction!

Last Auction Results
Our last coin auction was held on December 15, 2008, and was a live online only auction.  The auction featured 300+ lots of quality coins and paper currency.  We had 130 registered online bidders, with over 60 logged in and active on auction night.  Both sellers and buyers were happy with the results, and are eager for our next auction.  Complete results can be viewed at proxibid.com/schultz.

Your Next Step
If you have several coins, a large collection, or just want to talk coins, feel free to contact John (email: john@schultzauctioneers.com, office: 800 457-2967 or cell: 612 432-4015) today.  The deadline for inclusion in this auction is January 9th.

« Previous PageNext Page »