Winton Auction & Realty Has a Future Rooted in Service and Collaboration.

by | Apr 2024

FOR OVER seven decades, Winton Auction & Realty has been a cornerstone of Franklin County, its weathered brick facade whispering tales of community spirit and dedication. Founded in 1948 by Bob Winton, the business has witnessed generations grow and evolve, actively participating in their journeys. From helping young farmers secure their first plots of land to hosting cherished annual charity auctions, Winton Auction & Realty has consistently embodied trust, good ethics, and a deep-rooted love for its community.

Bob Winton’s legacy lives on through Bill Anderton, who started at Winton Auction & Realty in 1971. Anderton learned the intricacies of the auction business from the charismatic founder himself, witnessing firsthand the emotional weight of selling family heirlooms and the thrill of unearthing hidden treasures. Anderton’s dedication earned him Winton’s trust, paving the way for his future leadership.

In 2013, Thomas Ore, a land surveyor who had known Anderton through professional collaborations, entered the picture. Impressed by Winton’s values and legacy, he partnered with Anderton, eventually purchasing the business in 2021.

“We did a lot of surveying work for Mr. Anderton. And then that’s how I got to know him and got my foot in the door to work with him in the real estate business,” explained Ore. 

But for both Anderton and Ore, the focus remains not on individual ownership but on preserving the Winton legacy. 

“It’s about Winton Auction & Realty. I want to make it last another 75 years,” Ore said. 

Winton Auction & Realty’s involvement in the community extends beyond the auction block. The business provides valuable educational resources to local farmers, navigating land sales with sensitivity and expertise, and to those seeking to sell their estates. 

“A big share of the work that we do is for estates. We do a lot of work with people who are grieving the loss of loved ones, and they are trying to take care of business and move on with their lives. They have assets that they need to maximize the value of, and we help them with that. The lion’s share of our business is working with attorneys and accountants to help these people maximize their family inheritance,” he continued. 

Their community involvement lies in lending a helping hand to organizations around the county. Every year, Anderton fulfills childhood dreams by supporting the Kiwanis Club’s bicycle program. Their generous donations put smiles on countless faces, allowing children in the community to experience the joy of freedom on two wheels. 

Anderton understands that investing in our youth is investing in the future and remains committed to programs that empower and enrich the lives of those around them.

“I think it’s really important that we maintain an attitude of community involvement and support,” Ore said. 

Their annual consignment auction serves as a platform for residents to declutter, connect, and revel in shared history. It’s a thriving community event where laughter collides with the thrill of the gavel, promoting belonging and shared experiences.

Winton Auction & Realty plays a proactive role in shaping the future of Franklin County. By staying ahead of the curve in technologies like online auctions and drone photography, it offers its clients innovative ways to navigate the ever-changing real estate landscape. 

As the business approaches its 75th anniversary, Anderton reflects on the key to its longevity, saying, “Just be fair with everybody. Do the right thing.” 

Even when navigating economic shifts and the ebbs and flows of interest rates, Ore and Anderton steer the company toward a bright future. 

The duo plans to remain a cornerstone of the community, offering essential services with unwavering reliability. They strive to continue collaboration, fueled by trust and cutting-edge technology — all working in harmony to deliver the highest quality service to our neighbors. 

“It’s about being fair, honest, and providing excellent service,” said Ore

Looking ahead, Ore envisions a future where Winton Auction & Realty continues to be a pillar of the community, providing valuable services while nurturing a culture of trust and collaboration. 

“We want this to be a place where people feel welcome, where they can get honest advice, and where they know they’re part of something bigger than themselves,” said Ore. 

As Winton Auction & Realty embarks on its next chapter, one thing is certain: Commitment to service and deep-rooted connection with the people of Franklin County will continue to guide the business every step of the way. GN 

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