Success as an Auctioneer
Auctioneer and realtor Matt Godbehere said that patience is the key to getting started in the business of real estate auctions and earning an honest living.
A Realtor with Tower Real Estate and owner of Godbehere Auction Co., Godbehere auctions off everything from estate and household items to guns, automobiles, livestock and beyond.
“Being an auctioneer is what I truly love to do,” he said. “Everything else is the hard work. For me, the easy part is being on the microphone and actually selling things.”
Godbehere graduated from Missouri Auction School in 2004 and obtained his real estate license in 2013.
“The school teaches you the basic auctioneer chant and everyone there learns the exact same chant. When you leave school and go out into the auctioneer field and start auctioning, you come up with your own chant,” he said. “No two auctioneers talk the same; everyone is different. That does make it interesting because everybody sounds different.”
Recalling the market when he started in the business 11 years ago, Godbehere said it fluctuates and the items people are interested in change often.
“When I first started, antique furniture was still a sought after item. Antique glassware and china still had value but, now, those things aren't sought after anymore,” he said. “You see antique stores closing left and right. Our generation could care less about china; I don't want a china cabinet in my house. When my wife and I got married, we didn't register for china. People right now want primitive, rusty stuff.”
A third generation auctioneer, Godbehere said real estate auctioning is a good business to get into and that it has always been an accepted form of ridding of personal property and real estate. With the odd and rare items he encounters, there's never a dull moment.
“I got a phone call on a Tuesday morning and a local veterinarian and horse trainer needed a thoroughbred racehorse sold that morning, and he had people in his living room waiting and didn't have an auctioneer. By law, you have to have a live auction to sell a thoroughbred racehorse. Within 20 minutes, I was auctioning off a thoroughbred racehorse in this guy's living room,” Godbehere said. “That was six years ago. That was fun.”
While he's found great success with his career, Godbehere said it takes a lot of patience and hard work, especially in the beginning years, to make it in the business.
“It's one of the hardest industries to just start up and start making a living in because it's so sporadic,” he said. “I was very fortunate to have the foundation that my grandfather laid out; without that, I wouldn't have been able to go to school, take the test and get licensed as an Arkansas auctioneer and start making an honest living. People do it all the time but it's very hard.”
When he isn't working, Godbehere enjoys spending time with his wife, Anna, and their 14-week old son, Jude.