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Thanks for stopping by. We make a lot of friends in this business, coordinating some of the biggest events of our clients' respective lives. We like to get to know each seller as an individual, to understand their goals for their auction and their lives after. It helps us serve them better, by designing custom marketing campaigns to suit the people and the project.

When you conduct over 200 auctions a year, you learn to be flexible - to listen with care. We approach bidders that way, too, educating them on the auction process, our M3 system, and the property of interest. Our reputation after a sale is as important to us as the sale price; and all the awards in the world can't make up for a record of integrity.

Below is a list of some brief facts you may not have known about Schrader:

  • Established in 1944.
  • Headquarters located in Columbia City, IN, in a new company-owned office facility, with 10,000 square feet of office space and heated garage/shop for auction equipment.
  • Salaried staff (15) averages over 12 years experience, and the Schrader marketing team includes (4) graphic designers.
  • Sales representatives (24) in five states.
  • Joint venture offices in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia and Washington and a joint venture office in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Licensed in 20 states and have ability to secure proper licensing in any state.
  • Real estate auctions conducted in 40 states. Senior auctioneer has 46 years experience.
  • Over 400 years of combined experience.
  • Seven staff members and managers with masters degrees. Our President has an Masters in Agricultural Economics and our Executive Vice President has a masters degree in Agronomy
  • 200 to 250 auctions conducted annually.
  • Annual sales volume has exceeded $200,000,000
  • Annual acreage sold has exceeded 50,000 acres plus residential and commercial properties.
  • Traditional real estate sales and Section 1031 tax deferred exchanges is a sector of Schrader business
  • Conducted the first online multi-tract auction on the internet simultaneously with the live auction on March 27, 2000

Schrader Real Estate and Auction Co., Inc. was founded by Denzil Schrader when he began in 1944 as an auctioneer in Columbia City, Indiana. Denzil was soon joined by his brother. The recognition of the Schrader name was built as the auction business grew selling farms, farm equipment, and livestock throughout Indiana and Michigan.

Expansion accelerated beginning in 1967 as a strategic plan was implemented to add Schrader representatives throughout the Midwest. Growth in the 1970's included selling land by arranging tax-deferred exchanges for many Midwestern landowners moving operations to other regions of the United States.

The Maximum Marketing Method, now known as was also developed in the 1970's to maximize the sale price of large land tracts at auctions. This innovative method, energized by an experienced Schrader team, resulted in numerous strategic joint-venture auction companies being formed by Schrader.

The Schrader Company has now reached over 40 states, marketing large holdings of farms, ranches, and timberland, as well as commercial and industrial portfolios.

I don't think it could have been done more competently from the proper division of tracts in the beginning to the ending with the word SOLD! Your preparation for the auction was superb, and the auction was run with the precision of a Swiss watch. We wish to especially thank you for the tremendous amount of work and effort you put in during the entire process. The job Rex did on the floor during the two different auction sessions was nothing short of masterful.

Harry W. Vassels Vice President, Martin Oil, Ltd., Alsip, Illinois

The Schrader Auction Company team is proud to offer our professional auction marketing services. The previous years successes have provided us the understanding of the need for innovative marketing to meet the market demands. Our company answers that call by joining together an elite team of real estate and auction expertise with local, regional and national marketing.

Sellers who choose our services have access to a nationally recognized group of auctioneers, consultants, and negotiators backed by the reputation of the Schrader Auction Company since 1944. Our principals are certified auctioneers and real estate brokers. Each holds professional designations, including membership in the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI).

The combination of these experts with our in-house marketing staff assures you that your property will be marketed through effective pre-auction advertising and promotional exposure in the targeted marketplace, as well as through the dynamics of the auction itself on auction day. The comprehensive marketing services we provide and our proven record exceeding our clients expectations are what set us apart.