October 2015 – Allen & Marshall Opens 3rd Auction Location in Trappe, MD

Marshall Auctions is proud to announce the Opening of its Auction Location at 3795 Ocean Gateway, Trappe, MD.

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After 5 decades of outstanding Auction Service to the region the Nelson Auction Gallery will merge with Marshall Auctions. The business was started by Ira C. Nelson and his Wife Esther in the 1950’s. The Building & Property will be undergoing some modernization and maintenance in the next month or so. This facility is being operated by Doug Marshall.


Allen & Marshall Auctioneers attains an FFL License

Allen & Marshall Auctioneers is now a Federal Firearms Licensee.

We are happy to announce that we have attained an FFL through the BATFE. This will allow the Auction Co. to continue to legally consign, store, sell and transfer firearms at our Auction Sales.


We would like to remind everyone that out 9th Annual Firearm & Men’s Night out Auction will be held on Thur. Jan 29th and Friday Jan 30th, 2015. We currently have 301 firearms consigned. We still are accepting quality Shotgun, Handgun, Rifle, Boat, ATV & Ammo consignments at this time. Call today to consign. 410-835-0384!

New signage on Westover Facility

Out with the old signage and in with the new!

The signage on our Facility in Westover, MD has been professionally painted on the building by Roger C. Jones of Princess Anne. He did a wonderful job and we would like to thank him for giving the exterior of our new facility a professional look.

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New Website Launch

Allen & Marshall is proud to announce the launch our new website.

The new website combines the Personal Property & Real Estate Auction Companies listings into one easy to use site.

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Our thanks to Michael Giordano with Spotlight Web Design. He is very professional and has been pleasure to work with. From the initial consultation to the launch of the new website he has exceeded our expectations in every way. If you are thinking of having a website designed  Michael is your best choice in the area! Below is his contact information.

Michael Giordano

Owner | Lead Developer @ Spotlight Web Design

Web: www.spotlightwebdesign.net

Direct Line: 443.455.1651 x104

Direct Line: 800.753.7567 x104

Fax: 443.455.1646

Renovations Under Way at Marshall Auctions’ Newest Location, Westover, Maryland

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Refurbished Floors on Auction Floor

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Fresh Paint

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Renovations are under way at the newest location of Marshall Auctions. Marshall Auctions renovations are in preparation for their first multi-estate auction to be held on January 17th.  This facility, the former Olsens Antique building located on Rt 13 just South of Princess Anne, will serve an ever expanding business market from Princess Anne to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

Marshall Auctions, based in Salisbury, Maryland, added the Westover location last month.   The 8,000 square-foot site will hold monthly estate and personal property auctions, in addition to those currently hosted in the Parsonsburg, Maryland location, which opened in 2005.

Keep Checking Back for Additional Information on our Progress and Upcoming Auctions!

Marshall Auctions Purchases Building In Somerset County

Originally Written by Kelly Rule at WMDT. For the original article please go here
By Kelly Rule

SALISBURY, Md. – A local real estate auction company is expanding across Delmarva.

Marshall Auctions, based in Salisbury, now has another location in Westover, Maryland, in the Olsen’s Antique building. According to reports, the 8,000 square-foot site will hold monthly estate and personal property auctions, and will also be home to their moving company.

The company also recently purchased Yorkshire Estates in Delaware, and back in September, held a groundbreaking ceremony at Heron Pods in Delmar for their new ampitheater.

Doug Marshall, owner of Marshall Auctions, says the purchase is a key part of moving forward.

“We would like to have a substantial presence from the Bay Bridge to the Bay Bridge tunnel. This helps us close the gap to the bay bridge tunnel.”

Olsen’s building to be auction gallery

Landmark property sold to Doug Marshall

Originally Written by Liz Holland – Staff Writer for DelmavaNow.com. For the original article go here:
By Liz Holland

WESTOVER — A landmark building along Route 13 that housed Olsen’s Antiques for nearly 60 years will soon become the new home of Marshall Auctions and the site of monthly Friday night estate sales.

“It’s just a wonderful layout for an auction,” new owner Doug Marshall said of the 8,000-square-foot building that sits on nearly three acres near Curtis Chapel Road.

The Olsen’s building will be Marshall’s third. The others are located in Parsonsburg and Salisbury, which will be converted to an online auction facility once the Westover site opens sometime after Jan. 1.

Marshall traces his roots to Somerset County, where he is related to the McCready, Powell, Beauchamp and Marshall families, and with the move to Westover, hopes to tap into the market there and in neighboring Worcester, Accomack and Northampton counties.

“Our business continues to grow and diversify, with recent acquisitions in Delaware with Yorkshire Estates, breaking ground at the Amphitheater at Heron Ponds in Delmar and our home building division, which is going strong,” Marshall said.

“Estate auctions will continue to be one of our major focuses, and we’re thrilled to be able to move into this market with this visible showplace in Somerset County.”

The Olsen’s Antiques building has been closed since 2006, when owner Roger Olsen decided to retire and put the building up for sale.

The business was started in 1947 by Olsen’s parents, who moved it to the Route 13 property in the 1960s. Known for its “ceiling of chairs” plus thousands of other pieces of furniture, china, silver and collectibles, the business was a favorite stop for antiques hunters on the Eastern Shore.

Although the store was closed, Marshall said Olsen opened it periodically for special sales to liquidate the remaining inventory. The last of it was sold off just before the Nov. 1 settlement, he said.

Since then, Marshall said he has been figuring out what work needs to be done before he can open.

His plans so far include new restrooms, a kitchen, wi-fi and flat screen TVs to keep people entertained while they are waiting to bid.

“So you’re not just staring at a blank wall,” he said.

Outside, Marshall plans to paint and do some landscaping, and will leave in place the columns that came from a general store that once stood nearby.

“When people drive by on the highway, they will look up and say ‘what an attractive building,’ ” he said.

Marshall Finds Expansion Suitable In Current Economic Times

The Dispatch



SALISBURY – Preparation is the key in today’s economy and a local business, Marshall Real Estate Auctions, has taken the steps to not only survive but expand.

“I see people keep holding on for the market to come back while we are in a slump,” owner Doug Marshall said. “My argument is get your business to where you are making money now and you will become much more successful than to wait and wait and wait.”

Marshall refers to his core business model as a bus.
“It was very important during the slowdown years for me to get the right people on my bus and the wrong people off of my bus,” he said.

The company opened in the late 1990’s and during the “boom years”, it grew rapidly, by 50,000 percent in five years. Marshall said by late 2006 he realized he had to begin streamlining his company’s holdings in investment and commercial properties, as well as re-arrange staff.

“I knew that this market place on the Delmarva Peninsula was going to become distressed,” he said. “I predicted being in the auction industry the banks and the lenders would have to use auctions to liquidate properties so I wanted to be in an equity positive position to invest in certain bank portfolios because I figured that would be the best deal.”

With tough times ahead, Marshall invited RE/MAX brokerage to join his office in 2008 to help handle properties.

“What it really taught me was auctions were going to be more and more needed but less and less people would participate because the lending requirements were going to be so stringent that it was going to be impossible for people to competitively bid,” he said.

Next, Marshall decided to sell off a division of the auction company to his employees, which became Allen & Marshall Auctioneers and Appraisers.

“We had to make some tough decisions and I peeled off a division of my company that was very profitable,” he said. “I either had to lay off a bunch of people or sell the company to them.”

By selling off the division, Marshall’s real estate company became more focused on the banking industry’s need to get rid of properties. Since there were such few buyers, an unseen consequence was Marshall became the main buyer of bank portfolios in the region and led him to owning hundreds of building lots. That is when he decided to bring in a full-time realtor that specializes in short sales and hired Joel Maher as residential property advisor to take on pre-auction property listings.

“After we ended up with these portfolios, now I needed someone to build new homes for us … I needed to bring on a power house contractor so I hired AJ Tucker,” Marshall said.

Tucker, former partner of Tucker Homes, was hired as director of construction. Marshall explained that while he was streamlining he changed his business model to list a property before auction.

“What I failed to realize was that the growth of the brokerage was affecting the auction company,” Marshall said. “So I decided by buying properties at distressed values where I could build the homes and have AJ manage the construction end of it that I had to take some key staff from the auctioning and transport them over to the brokerage.”

While acquiring projects and transferring employees, Marshall found himself in need of a marketing person and that is where Victoria Kent from Montgomery County came in and is now the auction company’s vice president of marketing.

“After I ended up with all these lots, I realize now I need to have a homebuilding company so we developed Marshall Home and Land Company that will focus building in the communities that we own,” Marshall said.

Marshall said he is proud to admit that he made no money from 2008 into 2011. Between streamlining, taking substantial losses, not taking home any pay and living below his means, Marshall has been able to eliminate debts and move into a position to invest in “some really good people.”

Marshall’s passion over the foreclosure industry has landed him a seat on Gov. Martin O’Malley’s task force where he works in Annapolis once a week to help find ways in stabilizing home and neighborhood values throughout the state.

“I am so opposed to the current foreclosure system that I have been leaning on the government to find an alternative to the current system and that is what prompted the call from Annapolis for me to come up and help them develop some solutions and it has been very enlightening,” he said.

Marshall shared a couple of future projects the company plans on taking on but couldn’t release too many details. He said between a new commercial facility on the Maryland-Delaware line, one of Maryland’s newest green energy communities, and the construction of other homes in sporadic neighborhoods he hopes to create two to three dozen full-time positions by the end of 2012, as well as a couple hundred part-time jobs.

Jan 2012

Local Business Growth:

Hiring Expansions for the New Year



Salisbury, MD – January 17, 2012 – The new year has brought big growth to local Salisbury business Marshall Real Estate Auctions. Doug Marshall, President and Owner of Marshall Auctions recently announced expansion plans for the company. The additions include the creation of Marshall Home & Land Company, as well as the hiring of three new lead employees.

“I believe in the future of our local communities,” says Marshall. “For that reason, I am committed to investing our company into community growth.”

With the ever increasing number of calls for residential auctions, Marshall Auctions hired Joel Maher, as Residential Property Advisor to take on pre-auction property listings. Joel is a certified short sale specialist and is a multi-million dollar producing real estate agent and was named Coastal Association of Realtors Rookie of the Year in 2010.

Marketing and advertising for both companies will be directed by Victoria Kent, Vice President of Marketing. Victoria comes to the area from Montgomery County, Maryland with a strong background in marketing, advertising, and promotions.

“It has always been my dream to move to the Eastern Shore,” says Kent. “I am very excited to be working for such an exciting company.”

With the launch of Marshall Home & Land Company, AJ Tucker has been hired as Director of Construction. AJ comes to the company from a life-long background in the construction and home building industry. AJ has managed a wide variety of projects ranging from homes for first time home buyers, to full scale residential developments, as well as custom home design and construction.

“Our stream lined business model has allowed us to survive during the downturn and position ourselves to acquire projects that will put people to work on the Delmarva Peninsula,” says Marshall.