About Us

In 1985 Basinger Auction Service was born. Starting out in the home of Paul and Sandy Basinger, our family run business quickly grew and in 1987 we purchased a building in Lowellville, Ohio and held our auctions there for 2 years.  Since then, we have expanded rapidly and have outgrown each facility since then.

In December of 1995 we purchased the old Truck Stops of America in North Lima, Ohio – a 30,000 sq ft building which housed our main office, moving trucks, mobile office vehicles and storage of items for upcoming auctions. After much remodeling and updating, our 8,000 square foot auction center held many antique and collectible auctions, vehicle auctions and household auctions. We now have 2 auction facilities. Our main auction gallery is the former Calla-Mar Manor located at 9983 Market St. North Lima, OH. We have a secondary location at 10766 Market St., North Lima – which is typically for more tools and lawn/garden items or industrial equipment, but also serves as an over-flow location if we have multiple estates that we are settling.

  • We’ve traveled coast to coast selling out oriental rug stores. One of our largest grossing 2-day oriental rug auctions was in Philadelphia, PA.  With the inside of the store packed with people inside and people standing outside in freezing temperatures bidding through the showroom windows, the sale grossed $750,000!!!
  • In December, 2004 we conducted our largest grossing rug/furniture auction to date – a 5-day oriental rug and furniture liquidation in Pleasant Hills, CA that grossed $1.3 million.  We obtained this auction through recommendations of individuals and businesses that we have worked for in the past.

In March of 1998 we bought out K.F. Kepner Auctioneers in Hartford, Ohio.  Between the auctions booked at our central office and the auctions booked through our Hartford office, we now average about 300 auctions per year.  Many auctions have to be held on the same date with 2 different crews going to different auction sites.

Along with our real estate company, American Real Estate Specialists, we successfully auction off real estate.  With our well-planned and efficient marketing strategies, we have sold millions of dollars in real estate (since 1997) with sale prices at or over the appraised value!

Our staff consists of 2 real estate brokers, 4 licensed auctioneers, an office manager and several top-notch staff to aid in set up of your auctions.  Still a family run business, we feel it is important to know as many of our customers by name as possible.  Many return because we know them on a personal level and they enjoy the entertainment our auction staff provides during each auction.

Changing with the times, our auctions are available now for ONLINE ONLY bidding. We are able to reach a broader, world-wide market resulting in higher prices for our client Sellers. We offer shipping world-wide allowing buyers the opportunity to not miss out on items they want.

We thank each of you who have participated in attending our auctions or recommended us to do one.


Real Estate Broker / Auctioneer 


  • CCIM – Certified Commercial Investment Member
  • GRI – Graduate of REALTORS Institute
  • GSA – Graduate Senior Appraiser
  • CAI – Certified Auctioneer, Graduate of Auction Marketing Institute
  • AARE – Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate, Certified by AMI
  • GPPA – Graduate Personal Property Appraiser, Certified by AMI
  • SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist
  • RECS – Real Estate Cyber Space Member


  • Ohio & Pennsylvania – Real Estate Brokerage License
  • OH, PA, WVA – Licensed and Bonded as Auctioneer
  • Former member of the National Association of REALTORS
  • Former member of the Ohio Association of REALTORS
  • Former member of the Youngstown-Columbiana Association of REALTORS
  • Active member of Auction Marketing Institute; Auction Council of NAR
  • Active member of Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute
  • Instructor at Hondros College teaching auction method of marketing of real estate
  • Instructor at Reppert School of Auctioneering, Founded 1921
  • Member of the HBA


  • Apr. 1991 to present – American Real Estate Specialists, Real Estate Broker
  • Aug. 1985 to present – Basinger Auction Service
  • July 1989 to May, 1991 – Basinger Realty Auction Service, REALTORS
  • July 1988 to July, 1989 – David B. Roberts Realty, REALTORS
  • May 1987 to July, 1988 – StanJim Realty, REALTOR
  • Aug. 1986 to May, 1987 – Lund Realtors, REALTOR


  • President, MLS of Youngstown-Columbiana Association of REALTORS, 1996-1997
  • Governor of Auction Marketing Institute, 1990-1992
  • Instructor for Auction Market Institute, AARE Course 101 & 102
  • Broker & Owner of American Real Estate Specialists, Founded 1991
  • Principal Auctioneer & Owner of Basinger Auction Service, Founded 1985
  • Articles published in The Auctioneer, Youngstown Vindicator and others
  • Convention speaker at State, NAR, NAA, OAA conventions
  • President, OLICA, Ohio Land Improvement Contractors Association, 1983

julie-cernekaJULIE A. CERNEKA

Real Estate Broker / Auctioneer


  • SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist


  • Ohio Real Estate Brokerage License
  • Ohio Licensed and Bonded as Auctioneer
  • Former member of the National Association of REALTORS
  • Former member of the Ohio Association of REALTORS
  • Former member of the Youngstown-Columbiana Association of REALTORS
  • Member of the HBA


  • 2004 – present – American Real Estate Specialists, REAL ESTATE BROKER
  • 2000 – 2004 – American Real Estate Specialists, REALTOR
  • 2002 – present – Basinger Auction Service, AUCTIONEER
  • 1985 – present – Basinger Auction Service, Website maintenance


  • Class President of Mendenhall School o f Auctioneering – Nov. 2002
  • Voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by Mendenhall School of Auctioneering – Nov. 2002
  • Speaker for forums on real estate and auction services


  • Real Estate Auctions
  • Real Estate Listings
    • Asset Management
    • Estates
    • Divorces
    • Relocations
    • Business Liquidations
    • Court Orders
    • Government
    • Schools
    • Benefits/Fundraisers

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