Our Company

B&M Auctioneers and Appraisers (Raritan Bay Auction Service, Inc.) is a uniquely diverse company.  We offer a complete and extensive variety of auction, liquidation and appraisal services in residential real estate, machinery, equipment, inventories, bankruptcies, vehicles, antiques, collectibles, memorabilia on a personalized basis to individuals, corporations, institutions, government, developers, investors, law and accounting firms.  Our professional and designated staff is experienced in asset valuation and liquidation’s throughout the United States.

Since 1985, our Company has specialized in the implementation of market strategies in the dynamic, often volatile marketplace, for the sale of assets.  This includes the preparation of assets, photography, brochures, media advertising, asset inspection, security, sale, collection of proceeds, removal, clean up, and final accounting.

Robert F. McCook, Jr., has been an auctioneer and appraiser since 1985. He has conducted numerous estate, vehicle, real and personal property auctions. He is a leader in wholesale and retail sales specializing in marketing and business management since 1973. He is a licensed New Jersey Realtor®, a past Director and Vice President of the New Jersey State Society of Auctioneers. He is a current participating member of the National Auctioneers Association, the New York State Auctioneers Association, the New Jersey State Society of Auctioneers, the National Association of Realtors®, New Jersey Association of Realtors®, Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties Association of Realtors®. Mr. McCook is a New Jersey State Society of Auctioneers Bid Calling Champion, the recipient of their most prestigious award, Auctioneer of the Year, and the recipient of numerous advertising awards. Mr. McCook is also an automotive fleet consultant and auction agent with all major automotive auctions in the United States. He is a graduate of the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering and the Delaware Valley School of Real Estate.

Robert S. Bottone has been an auctioneer and an appraiser since 1975 conducting numerous auctions, liquidation’s and appraisals of real and personal property. He is on the approved list of auctioneers and appraisers for the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey, the United States Small Business Administration and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Mr. Bottone is bonded as an auctioneer to the City of New York and numerous municipalities in New Jersey. He is licensed in North Carolina as an Auctioneer and Real Estate Broker, in New Jersey as a Real Estate sales agent and in New York City as an Auctioneer. Mr. Bottone is a senior, designated member of the Columbia Society Of Real Estate Appraisers. He has been qualified as an expert witness in legal proceedings within the State of New Jersey. Mr. Bottone is a past instructor at the Ocean County College, past Vice President of the Shore Professional Business Association, a past President, Vice President and Director of the New Jersey State Society of Auctioneers. He is a recipient of NJSSA’s most prestigious award, Auctioneer Of The Year and has received numerous advertising awards. Mr. Bottone is a graduate of the Reppert School of Auctioneering, is a participating member of the National Auctioneers Association and the National Association of Realtors®.

Kimberly P. McCook Has been Auction Sale and General Operations Manager since 1985, Versed in jewelry and gem Identification; she has identified obscure and rare items overlooked by other professionals. Kim is also a licensed New Jersey Realtor®, Handling the day to day activities related to Sales and Listing of Real Estate Transactions, Handling Open Houses and assisting in auction photography. Kim has also designed award winning advertising and catalogs for Raritan Bay Auction Services, Inc. and B&M Auctioneers & Appraisers.

Shannon M. McCook Shannon in addition to being the owner of Shannon McCook Photography, has been an integral member of our team since her Graduation from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Photographic Communications and Concentration in Mandarin Chinese. Shannon’s award winning Photography will showcase your Real Estate in our custom designed full color brochures. Shannon is a recipient of The Pilsner Urquell International Photography Award and was featured in the Lucie’s Best of Show International Exhibition.

Auctions have experienced explosive growth, popularity and acceptance in all areas of the country because the auction method of marketing with a well run, efficient public auction is the fastest most effective means of converting your valuable assets into cash.  Virtually every type of commodity imaginable has been sold at auction.  In fact, it’s hard to imagine anything that is not sold at auction.  For decades, the sale of everything conceivable, antiques, machinery, livestock, automobiles, inventories and real estate have been successfully sold at auction.  Auctions are recognized as the most stimulating and effective method of producing serious and prudent buyers with money in hand quickly and efficiently making it an integral part of our way of life. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), by the year 2010, 30% of all real estate transactions will be by auction.