About Us

We're your Northern Michigan Auctioneer!

Don Hower Auctioneers & Appraisers was founded in 1967 by Don and Brenda Hower. 2017 marks 50 years of continuous auction service to Northern Michigan. During these past 50 years, Don Hower Auctioneers & Appraisers have conducted thousands of auctions and are proud to continue this service with the same integrity and enthusiasm that has been with us these past 50 years. Don Hower Auctioneers & Appraisers offers all types of auctions including estate, farm, equipment, antique, liquidations, real estate, business, coin and benefits.   don image

Don Hower is a graduate of the Reisch Auction College in Mason City, Iowa and is a member of the Michigan Auctioneers Association. His background includes banking and trucking as well as farming in beef cattle, milk cows, buffalo and feeder pigs. The knowledge gained in this varied background serves him well in the auction business. Don was also named Lake City's 1998 Citizen of The Year.
Darin Hower was born into his family owned auction business. Darin is a 1984 graduate of the Missouri Auction School, in Kansas City, Missouri. Darin also holds the CAGA designation from the Certified Appraisers Guild of America for personal property. Darin is a licensed Realtor in the state of Michigan, with Whitetail Realty in Lake City, MI and a member in “good standing” with the Paul Bunyon Board of Realtors. Darin is a proud member of the Michigan Auctioneers Association and served on the MAA Board of Directors from 2012-2015, as the Secretary/Treasurer. Darin has competed in numerous auctioneer championships as has been a finalist in the competition. In 2015, Darin competed and was crowned the Michigan Ringman Champion.

Don Hower Auctioneers & Appraisers is a full service Auction Company, offering consultations, marketing, auction setup and settlement services. Our outstanding auction staff has many years of experience in all these aspects of the auction business. Don and Darin, along with Russ Westdorp of McBain, MI all share the auction duties along with cashiers, clerks and auction workers who all help to make our auctions successful and efficient. Whether you are the seller or a buyer, at a Hower auction, our intent is to always treat you with respect, humor and a friendly smile. We truly appreciate everyone that has made Don Hower Auctioneers & Appraisers successful over the years. We believe the Auction Method of Marketing means more than just making a sale. A successful auction involves a commitment to meet the needs of both our clients (seller) and our buyers. Our goal has always been to provide positive outcomes for both the buyers and sellers, through the following:   darin image


  • Merchandise Valuation….we get to know your personal property. We use our expertise to realistically assess their value.

  • Marketing… one of the keys to a successful auction is effective marketing reaching as many potential buyers as possible. We use website(s), newspapers, fliers, photos and emails to target those interested in your type of auction.

  • Auction Preparation….We understand the aspects of auction preparation. We can provide this service and/or offer step by step consultation on how to prepare for a successful auction.

  • Accounting…. On auction day, we keep a log of the items sold and the sale prices as well as documenting the expense associated with your auction.

  • Coordination…. We assist with the details of the auction including portable restrooms, tents, parking, lunch, refuse removal /cleanup………… again, our goal is your successful auction!