Interesting people the best part of realty
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.