Real Deal

In­ter­est­ing peo­ple the best part of realty

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - News - By Don Thoma­son, pho­tog­ra­phy by Mara Kuhn

Preacher, auc­tion­eer and real es­tate bro­ker Jess Gideon says peo­ple are the most in­ter­est­ing as­pect of his pro­fes­sions. Owner of Good Earth Real Es­tate and Auc­tion Ser­vice, in ad­di­tion to serv­ing as pas­tor of Glory Barn Church, Gideon says he has been in the real es­tate business about 38 years.

“I guess it's the peo­ple that have kept me in the business this long. It's a big ser­vice work. We've helped a lot of peo­ple, a lot of hurt­ing peo­ple and it's kind of a min­istry for us. It pays us, too, but we've done a lot work that we didn't get paid for, but we've helped peo­ple, so re­ally it's a min­istry,” he said.

Gideon said he served as a state youth di­rec­tor in In­di­ana for sev­eral years be­fore he and his wife, Carolyn, moved back to Hot Springs, where he went into the real es­tate and auc­tion business.

“We've been for­tu­nate,” Carolyn Gideon said. “When the real es­tate mar­ket hasn't been good, the auc­tion business picks up and one off­sets the other.”

“It's re­ally been unique for us,” he said. In Hot Springs there are about 300 real es­tate agents now, but there's only about a half dozen auc­tion­eers.

Work­ing pri­mar­ily for the bank­ruptcy court sell­ing real es­tate and per­sonal prop­erty, Jess Gideon said he is not a Re­al­tor, although he has served as past pres­i­dent of the Hot Springs Board of Real­tors.

“We have noth­ing against Real­tors be­cause we work with them all the time, but we work pri­mar­ily for the bank­ruptcy court sell­ing real es­tate and per­sonal prop­erty,” he said.

“That's been a bless­ing for us. We've worked for a par­tic­u­lar (bank­ruptcy) trustee for about 20 years now, and if ev­ery real es­tate agent could find a trustee to work for in the bank­ruptcy court, or some sit­u­a­tion like that, it would be a bless­ing for them,” Jess Gideon said.

“About 95 per­cent of the real es­tate auc­tions we've done have been suc­cess­ful,” said Carolyn Gideon. “We try to treat peo­ple the way we would want to be treated and the way the Lord wants us to treat them.”

“We sell very few real es­tate auc­tion as ab­so­lute,” said Jess Gideon. “About 99 per­cent we sell sub­ject to the owner's ap­proval. The don't nec­es­sar­ily have a re­serve, but the owner has the fi­nal say in whether the amount is ac­cept­able. That way the seller isn't un­happy.”

In ad­di­tion to work­ing with the bank­ruptcy court, Jess Gideon said he takes in­di­vid­u­als clients as well.

“We try to meet the needs peo­ple have in real es­tate, per­sonal prop­erty, and the church. It's all tied in to­gether,” he said.

The Gideons have one grown son, Seth, and two grand­daugh­ters, ages 10 and 16.

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