Company Bio

Wardlow Auctions Inc. is a full time auction company engaged in the marketing and sale of real estate and personal property by auction. The auctioneers with Wardlow Auctions are licensed to do business in the States of Kentucky, and Indiana. Their clients include numerous individuals, attorneys, banks, municipal agencies and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The four principle auctioneers in the company have a combined 90 years of experience in the auction business.

Basic Operating Principles and Philosophies

Rick Wardlow formed the company in 1998. At that time he set forth four simple, fundamental principles to serve as the foundation for building and operating Wardlow Auctions Inc. Those principles are:

  1. Conduct every auction in a legal, ethical and professional manner, with no exceptions.
  2. Conduct every auction as if it were a job interview for a future auction.
  3. Always put your client’s objectives and needs first in guiding your decisions.
  4. From the standpoint of advertising, preparing for, and conducting the auction, treat every client’s property as if it were our own property.

These principles are like an oath of office and must be supported and adhered to by all staff members.

Professional Affiliations

Member of the National Auctioneers Association
Member of the Kentucky Auctioneers Association
Member of the National Association of Realtors
Member of the Kentucky Association of Realtors
Member of the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors
Accredited Member of the Better Business Bureau
Member of the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce
Member of the Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce

ABILITY TO PROVIDE ONLINE AND ONSITE AUCTIONS

Wardlow Auctions Inc. can provide onsite as well as online, internet only auctions. Having this capability allows them to evaluate the property, buyer market, and logistical issues for each situation and recommend the auction method believed to be most effective for that particular situation.

Management and staff at Wardlow Auctions Inc. recognize that changes in lifestyles, technology, the marketplace, and the economy affect the way people do business. Therefore a business must adapt and change the way it operates if it is to properly and effectively serve its clients and customers. That is why Wardlow Auctions Inc. provides an informative and effective web site, uses Internet marketing and offers online bidding in conjunction with onsite bidding at real estate auctions.

In 2007, Wardlow Auctions Inc. began offering online-only Internet auctions of personal property and is currently one of the few auction companies in the Louisville area that regularly offers online-only Internet auctions of personal property.

Real Estate Auction Experience

From January 1998 to January 2016 Wardlow Auctions Inc. has successfully auctioned and sold approximately 375 residential, commercial, and agriculture real estate properties totaling $52 million. Through judicious screening of all auction candidates and effective marketing efforts of those properties chosen for auction, Wardlow Auctions Inc. obtained sales contracts on 90.4% of all properties auctioned. Those properties that did not sell were usually due to the seller’s establishment of minimum sale price higher than what could be attained from the potential marketplace of buyers. Furthermore, Wardlow Auctions Inc. has successfully closed 98.3% of all properties on which sales contracts were received.

Personal Property Auction Experience

From January 1998 to January 2016 Wardlow Auctions Inc. conducted 312 personal property auctions totaling $7.5 million. Types of auctions conducted included antiques and household items; vehicles including cars, boats, and motorcycles; commercial equipment including restaurant, office, industrial, woodworking and merchandising.

Typically over half of the auctions we do are to assist families with settling estates and living estates (a living estate is usually someone who is downsizing to a patio home, condo, or assisted living facility). In 2014, the primary purpose of our auctions were to: 1) settle estates, 2) assist families moving out of state, 3) assist commercial business with downsizing, 4) assist a bank with liquidating its bank owned properties, and 5) assist individuals with selling surplus real estate.

Benefit Auctions

In addition to its regular auction business, Wardlow Auctions Inc. actively supports numerous charity, school, health, religious and civic organizations by assisting them with the auction portion of their fund raising events. Since the year 2000 Wardlow Auctions has assisted over 160 different organizations, conducted over 650 benefit auctions, and helped to raise over $18.8 million for these organizations.


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Caitlin Wardlow receives CES designation

Congratulations to Caitlin Wardlow who earned her CES (Certified Estate Specialist) designation from the National Auctioneers Association in the fall...
2017-03-03T20:56:40-05:00
Congratulations to Caitlin Wardlow who earned her CES (Certified Estate Specialist) designation from the National Auctioneers Association in the fall of 2016.  Caitlin also recently completed the NAA's Auction Marketing Management designation course and will receive the designation shortly.

Testimonials

Nellie Borders

Rick, Just wanted to let you know I received your Summary Report and check in the mail. Thank you! I...
2014-07-29T16:33:28-04:00
Rick, Just wanted to let you know I received your Summary Report and check in the mail. Thank you! I am VERY pleased with how things went with the recent auction on my brother's house conducted by Wardlow Auctions. I was very impressed with your level of professionalism, knowledge, timeliness, and results. You guided me through the process step by step, and handled everything, just as promised. Even with the 11th hour curve ball you were thrown, you handled it gracefully. You were always there for me when I needed you. It has been a pleasure to work with you Rick. I would definitely recommend you to anyone wanting/needing to do an auction.

Quadrant Photography

Several months ago my business partner and I were faced with a dilemma.  Our business had changed.  We once had...
2014-08-12T15:46:40-04:00
Several months ago my business partner and I were faced with a dilemma.  Our business had changed.  We once had 20,000 square feet, now we have 3,000 square feet.  Over 27 years we had accumulated equipment to fill those 20,000 square feet.  Now, we didn’t have the space to house all of the things we no longer needed. We toyed with the idea of having a big yard sale, or putting things up for auction on eBay.  Then we contacted Wardlow Auctions. Looking over the items we had to sell, Rick Wardlow said, “If you put these items up for auction, you will sell everything.”  We found that hard to believe. We sold everything! Sure, some items didn’t fetch as much as we felt they were worth.  Then again, some items got substantially more than we’d hoped for.  The bottom line is that we are now relieved of all of our excess inventory and received more overall that we suspected we could. Joe Gribbins and Rick Wardlow couldn’t have been more professional.  We highly recommend Wardlow Auctions to anyone who is contemplating doing an auction. Click here to read unsolicited letter

Iris

Dear Rick, Thank you so much for such a fun, exciting and professional experience, not to mention, highly successful. I...
2014-07-29T16:36:17-04:00
Dear Rick, Thank you so much for such a fun, exciting and professional experience, not to mention, highly successful. I can't say enough about how professional and efficient you and your staff were to get this auction in place. You had a whopping 2 weeks to catalogue, organize, clean, and advertise this auction and it by far exceeded our expectations. I have always held you in high regard but this just confirms my faith and trust in you. I enjoyed working with you on a professional level at many live and silent auctions that I held. I never dreamed that I would hold an online auction of my household belongings. I am so glad that Idid! Congratulations to a great company with awesome staff. I would not recommend anyone else to run an auction for them.

Elaine Goodlett

Just a note of thanks for the superb job you and the staff of Wardlow Auctions performed in handling the...
2014-08-12T15:42:50-04:00
Just a note of thanks for the superb job you and the staff of Wardlow Auctions performed in handling the sale of my uncle’s estate.  Your knowledge of the entire auction process, and your ability to answer all our questions, eased our fears during the difficult task of selling my uncle’s real estate, vehicles, guns, and personal property.  The sale price of the house and everything else far exceeded our expectations. We cannot thank you enough for guiding us through this process.  Wardlow Auctions is a top-notch organization! Click here to read unsolicited letter

Connie Crawley

It is my pleasure to recommend Rick Wardlow Auctions, Inc. to anyone interested in selling a home and/or personal property. ...
2014-07-29T16:48:15-04:00
It is my pleasure to recommend Rick Wardlow Auctions, Inc. to anyone interested in selling a home and/or personal property.  I was responsible for selling my parents' home and an auction seemed to fit my needs since I lived nine hours away and I desired to sell the property quickly and efficientlly.  Fortunately, I have two friends who had very positive experiences using auctions to dispose of real estate and personal property, so I felt this was the right option for me. CLICK HERE to read Unsolicited Letter

G. Willihnganz

I must say I was positively impressed. All in all, it was a very well organized, professional event and I...
2014-07-22T17:00:52-04:00
I must say I was positively impressed. All in all, it was a very well organized, professional event and I compliment you on it

C. and R. Thompson

We never expected an auction could be the best choice…but it definitely was. Your whole crew was very professional ......
2014-07-22T17:08:50-04:00
We never expected an auction could be the best choice…but it definitely was. Your whole crew was very professional ... We would definitely recommend an auction to others – it turned out so well for all of us.

Marty

The Kamer family would like to express our appreciation and thanks to Wardlow Auctions for a job well done in...
2014-08-12T15:50:07-04:00
The Kamer family would like to express our appreciation and thanks to Wardlow Auctions for a job well done in helping us settle the estate of our parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kamer Sr. The entire process, from the initial meeting to the actual auction, was conducted in a very cooperative, thorough, and respectful manner. It was obvious that many hours of preparation were spent in preparing the house and its contents.  The real estate and the personal property auctions were so efficiently and effectively handled it was a pleasure to observe. Also it was evident that Wardlow's marketing, advertising, signage, and internet exposure all did their part in drawing the large crowd of bidders to the auction.  We marvel at Wardlow's attention to planning and execution of every detail, too many to mention. To all the Wardlow personnel who helped with the auciton, we applaud your work. Rick, Joe, and Allee.......your dedication and professionalism are to be commended. Thank you again, and we positively and without hesitation, sincerely say we highly recommend Wardlow Auctions. Click here to read unsolicited letter

Shawn Wilkie

I have been meaning to write for some time to express my appreciation for the excellent job you and everyone...
2014-08-12T15:53:06-04:00
I have been meaning to write for some time to express my appreciation for the excellent job you and everyone at Wardlow Auctions did in helping me with the personal property and real estate auctions of my father’s estate. As I’m sure is true for many who undergo the loss of a family member, I found myself on unfamiliar ground without any prior experience to draw upon. I consider myself blessed that my dad had a lawyer who was tremendously helpful, and who recommended Wardlow Auctions to me. Trying to manage the estate—particularly the details of sorting the personal property and determining what held value and what did not—was not going to be an easy task considering I live in Indianapolis while the house and property were there in Louisville. The professionalism, helpfulness and patience you and your firm displayed in taking on that task for me made an otherwise overwhelming period of my life a little easier. For that I will always be grateful. I also appreciate the advice and wisdom both you and Joe Gribbins shared regularly as decisions regarding the estate became necessary. It is no exaggeration to say that the results of the auctions you conducted for the estate exceeded my most optimistic expectations, and I cannot imagine that trying to liquidate the estate in any other manner would have yielded the same results. On the day of the real estate auction, I was so impressed with how deftly you, Joe, Rick Wardlow and Brent Gribbins managed the proceedings, both in person and online. Having all of you there participating gave me further confidence that I could not have made a better choice, and I believe the results bear that out. I hope you will provide my name and number in the future if you ever have occasion to convince a potential client what great work you do...

Sharon Loehr

Wardlow Auctions, through your professionalism and expert handling of the sale of my dad’s home and belongings, has far exceeded...
2014-08-12T15:54:05-04:00
Wardlow Auctions, through your professionalism and expert handling of the sale of my dad’s home and belongings, has far exceeded my expectations for a successful outcome.  When my dad moved into an assisted living facility this summer I was faced with the overwhelming task of organizing his accumulation of a lifetime’s belongings to be sold as well as selling his home of almost 40 years.  I had never been faced with a task such as this and I didn’t even know where to start.  Luckily, I received a referral to Wardlow Auctions from a friend who had seen your highly successful handling of the sale of a neighbor’s estate and home. From the time I contacted Wardlow Auctions you provided invaluable assistance.  Beginning with sorting and disposing of items that would not be saleable and then grouping other items and preparing them for the auction, your staff was remarkably efficient and knowledgeable as well as being highly professional and totally trustworthy. In a matter of several weeks, what had looked like a totally overwhelming task had been handled and we were ready for the auction.  Even though the weather did not cooperate and we had a cold, rainy day, your advertising and preparation produced a turnout of more than 250 people at the auction.  What might easily have taken weeks or months was taken care of in a few hours on one day.  The house and the belongings sold and your staff handled all transactions easily and efficiently. I wouldn’t have believed it would be possible to say this, but Wardlow has turned an task I had dreaded for years into a pleasant and successful experience. I highly recommend Wardlow Auctions to anyone faced with the disposition of a home or an estate.  I am very grateful that Wardlow was...

D. Gordon Prudential, Parks & Weisberg Realtors

Just a short not to say thank you for all your help in closing our transaction. It has been a...
2014-07-22T16:56:27-04:00
Just a short not to say thank you for all your help in closing our transaction. It has been a pleasure to work with you and I appreciate your professionalism, as well as humor. The industry needs more people like you!

B. Lawrence, Semonin Realtors

Just wanted to say thank you for the terrific job you did .... You are always so professional, it is...
2014-07-22T16:50:10-04:00
Just wanted to say thank you for the terrific job you did .... You are always so professional, it is a pleasure to work with you and your team.

L. W. Tilly, International Festivals & Events Association

My sincere thanks for the out-standing job you did as Auctioneer. You and your team were excellent. We have worked...
2014-07-22T16:55:50-04:00
My sincere thanks for the out-standing job you did as Auctioneer. You and your team were excellent. We have worked with numerous auctioneers over the years, but you guys are certainly some of the best

B. Rucker

Thank you for doing such a splendid job. I was totally unfamiliar with the auction process. You made it very...
2014-07-22T16:44:45-04:00
Thank you for doing such a splendid job. I was totally unfamiliar with the auction process. You made it very enjoyable as well as far more rewarding than I had dared to hope!